1970 Baseball Season Highlights
While Curt Flood's lawsuit may have made news off the field, the 1970 baseball season featured plenty of newsworthy events on the field as well. You can read the highlights of the 1970 baseball season below:
- 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.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1969 Baseball Season
- 1971 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth