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1977 Baseball Season

More 1977 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1977 baseball season, including stellar performances, big trades, and the retirement of Brooks Robinson:

  • LA sends Bill Buckner, Ivan DeJesus, and Jeff Albert to the Cubs for Rick Monday and Mike Garman.

  • Pittsburgh ships Tony Armas, Rick Langford, Doc Medich, and three other players to Oakland for Phil Garner and two other players.

  • The American League revises its schedule: each team now plays divisional opponents only 13 times each per year.

  • Gene Richards of San Diego goes 6-for-7 in 15 innings on July 26.

  • The Cubs swap Bill Madlock and Rob Sperring to the Giants for Bobby Murcer and two other players.

  • Detroit’s Mark Fidrych hurts his knee in a spring training game; the injury alters his delivery and he is never again much of a factor.

  • Rangers swap Willie Montanez to Mets for Jon Matlack and John Milner.

  • Minors are stabilized at 17 leagues and 121 teams.

  • Danny Frisella of Atlanta is killed in a dune buggy accident.

  • Bucky Harris dies.

  • Ernie Lombardi dies.

  • Olympic Stadium opens on April 15, Phils vs. Montreal.

  • American League teams combine for more than 10,000 runs scored, the first time a major league tops that mark.

  • Padre Gene Tenace sets a major league record for walks by a catcher with 125.

  • Brooks Robinson retires as holder of many career fielding records, including top FA for a third baseman and most games played at third base.

  • Robinson retires after a major league record 23 years with the same team.

  • On June 24, Don Money of Milwaukee makes an American League record 12 assists by a second baseman in a nine-inning game.

  • St. Louis’ Garry Templeton leads the major league with 18 triples.

  • Boston’s Ted Cox starts a major league career with six straight hits.

  • Minnesota’s Larry Hisle tops the American League in RBI (119).

  • Ranger Toby Harrah leads the American League in walks (109).

  • Smith has National League’s top OBP (.432) and is third in slugging (.576).

  • Jim Palmer, KC’s Dennis Leonard, and Minnesota’s Dave Goltz tie for American League lead in wins with 20.

  • Palmer paces the American League in innings (319) and ties Ryan for most CGs in the major league (22).

  • California’s Frank Tanana has the American League’s top ERA (2.54).

  • Phil Niekro tops the National League in Ks (262) and CGs (20).

  • Ryan leads the major league in fewest hits allowed per game with 5.96 -- nearly a hit per game less than any other major league pitcher.

  • Rollie Fingers of San Diego tops the major league with 35 saves.

  • Boston’s Bill Campbell leads the American League with 31 saves.

  • Seaver tops the National League with seven shutouts; Tanana likewise tops the American League with seven shutouts.

  • Kansas City’s Paul Splittorff has best win pct. in the American League (.727), as he goes 16-6.

  • Twins lead the major league with .282 team BA, as Carew hits .388 and teammate Lyman Bostock bats .336.

  • Frank Taveras of Pittsburgh tops majors with 70 steals.

  • Phils win 101 games for second year in a row to tie own club record.

  • Tommy John of LA, out all of 1975 after elbow reconstruction surgery, rebounds to win 20 games for first time in his career.

  • The expansion Seattle Mariners finish sixth in the American League West, ahead of Oakland, only two years after the A’s won their fifth straight division flag.

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