Below are more headlines from the 1970 baseball season, including league leaders and memorable moments from the 1970 World Series.
Brooks Robinson: A's for D in 1970 World Series
Brooks Robinson achieved recognition as perhaps the finest fielding third baseman after his stunning performance in the 1970 World Series. Some, however, felt he was not even the best hot-corner gloveman in the American League that year. The debate over whether Robinson or Graig Nettles was the better third sacker raged for the next half-decade.
Gaylord Perry, 23 Wins, Leads National League
Gaylord Perry led National League pitchers in several hurling departments in 1970 -- 23 wins (tied for first place), five shutouts, and 329 innings pitched. When he sagged to 16 wins the following year, he was traded to Cleveland for Sam McDowell. Perry went on to take the Cy Young Award in 1972, his first season with the Tribe; McDowell was nearly through that year.
Alex Tops American League in BA
Alex Johnson lived to get his cuts at the plate, and in batting practice he looked as if he ought to be the game's hitting king. There were days when he was. In 1970, for example, Johnson claimed the American League batting crown with a .329 average, beating out Carl Yastrzemski by a fraction of a point. Most of the time, though, Johnson frustrated his managers more than any other player of his era.
Billy Williams Scores 137 Runs
Billy Williams compiled 2,711 hits, 426 home runs, and 1,475 RBI over an 18-year career. In 1970, he led the National League with 137 runs scored and tied for first with 205 hits.Moe Drabowsky Beats Pete Rose to Bag
Relief hurler Moe Drabowsky scurried to the first-base bag in time to retire Pete Rose on a ground ball to first sacker Boog Powell. The 1970 World Series was Drabowsky's second fall appearance with Baltimore, which had reclaimed him earlier in the year after losing him in the 1969 expansion draft.Frank Robinson Tags Former Mates
Second baseman Tommy Helms of Cincinnati nabbed Frank Robinson at the keystone sack in the 1970 World Series. In his only postseason appearance against his former teammates, Robinson hit just .273 but rapped two pivotal home runs. One dinger came in game three, a contest which also featured a grandslam by Baltimore pitcher Dave McNally; the other round-tripper came in the game-five finale.
Lee May Wins Game Four
Tony Perez and Johnny Bench waited to greet Lee May after he homered with both of them aboard in the eighth inning of game four of the 1970 World Series. May's three-run blow gave the Reds a 6-5 win and averted a sweep by the Orioles. Reliever Eddie Watt, making his lone fall appearance in 1970, was the victim.
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