1970 Baseball Season Highlights
- Pirates win the National League East flag with .549 win pct., lowest in major league history by winner to this juncture.
- Orioles give manager Earl Weaver his second consecutive American League flag.
- National League West champ Reds sweep Pirates in NLCS.
- Orioles sweep American League West champion Twins in ALCS.
- After two years of League Championship Series play, a losing team has yet to win a single game.
- Orioles win the 1970 World Series, beating Reds in five games.
- Baltimore's Brooks Robinson is 1970 World Series MVP with .429 BA and a host of brilliant fielding plays.
- Reds avert a sweep in 1970 World Series by winning game four on three-run homer by Lee May, who hits .389 with eight RBI in the Series.
- Boog Powell of Baltimore is American League MVP.
- Johnny Bench named National League MVP.
- Bob Gibson wins second Cy Young Award in National League, as he ties Gaylord Perry for National League lead in wins (23).
- Minnesota's Jim Perry is 1970 American League Cy Young winner, as he ties two others for American League lead in wins (24).
- The Perrys are the first brothers to ever top their respective leagues in wins.
- Orioles win 108 games, giving them a combined 217 victories over the last two years.
- Atlanta's Rico Carty leads major league with .366 BA.
- Angel Alex Johnson wins American League bat crown (.329) by fraction of a point over Carl Yastrzemski, who also bats .329.
- On April 22, Tom Seaver sets major league record when he fans ten Padres in a row and ties major league record by fanning 19 total.
- Cub Billy Williams sets new National League record when he plays in his 1,117th consecutive game.
- Willie Mays collects his 3,000th hit.
- National League wins its eighth straight All-Star Game, 5-4 in 12 innings at Cincinnati.
- Yankee Thurman Munson wins 1970 American League Rookie of the Year Award.
- Carl Morton of Expos is 1970 National League Rookie of the Year.
- Cincinnati's Wayne Granger sets new major league record with 35 saves.
- Giant Bobby Bonds fans 189 times to set major league record that still stands.
- Carty hits in 31 straight games.
- Three Rivers Stadium opens on July 16, Reds vs. Pirates.
- Riverfront Stadium opens on June 30, Braves vs. Reds.
- Conigliaro brothers, Tony and Billy, hit a sibling record 54 homers for Red Sox.
- The Seattle franchise is moved to Milwaukee just prior to the season; team name changed from "Pilots" to "Brewers."
- Hank Aaron gets his 3,000th hit.
Fergie Jenkins' 1970
- Vida Blue of Oakland no-hits Minnesota on Sept. 21.
- Fergie Jenkins sets a Cubs record with 274 strikeouts.
- Cardinal Vic Davalillo ties major league record with 24 pinch hits.
- Johnny Bench tops majors in homers (45) and RBI (148).
- Dock Ellis of Pittsburgh no-hits San Diego on June 12.
- Detroit's Cesar Gutierrez is first in the 20th century to go 7-for-7 when he does it on June 21 in 12-inning game.
- Clyde Wright of California no-hits Oakland on July 3.
- Bill Singer of LA no-hits Philadelphia on July 20.
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