More 1970 Baseball Season Highlights
From Johnny Bench leading the Reds to the 1970 World Series to Vida Blue's complete game shutouts and much more, there was plenty of excitement in the 1970 baseball season. Find more of the season's highlights below:
- Tom Seaver tops National League in Ks (283) and ERA (2.81).
- Billy Williams tops major league in runs (137), total bases (373), and runs produced (224), and ties for major league lead in hits (205).
- Frank Howard leads American League in homers (44), RBI (126), and walks (132).
- O's have two 24-game winners (Dave McNally and Mike Cuellar) and also a 20-game winner (Jim Palmer).
- Royals end major league record skein of 23 consecutive losses to Orioles.
- Rookie Ray Fosse of Cleveland wins first of two consecutive Gold Gloves given to American League catchers.
- Fosse sustains career-threatening injury in home-plate collision with Pete Rose in All-Star Game when Rose bowls him over to score winning run.
- Cincinnati's Tommy Helms wins first of two consecutive Gold Gloves given to National League second basemen.
- Houston's Doug Rader wins first of five consecutive Gold Gloves as National League third baseman.
- White Sox Luis Aparicio wins the last of his nine Gold Gloves at shortstop.
- Mets center fielder Tommie Agee becomes the first outfielder to win a Gold Glove in each league.
- Paul Blair of the O's wins third of what will be eight consecutive Gold Gloves as American League outfielder.
- Major league umps refuse to work the LCS games and force a settlement that increases their salaries and benefits.
- Cleveland hits an American League record 133 homers at home.
- Official scorer's pay is raised from $30 to $35 per game.
- Average player's salary is up to $25,000.
- Ray Schalk dies.
- Jim Bouton's book about the 1969 season, Ball Four, is a smash success.
- KC's Amos Otis sets American League stolen base pct. record of .943 (33 in 35 attempts).
- Montreal's Bobby Wine sets National League record for shortstops by participating in 137 double plays.
- Yaz is last player to win All-Star MVP Award while playing for the game's losing team.
- Felix Millan of Atlanta goes 6-for-6 on July 6:
- Denny McLain is suspended for part of the season for being involved in a bookmaking operation.
- After the season, Tigers trade McLain and three other players to Washington for Joe Coleman, Ed Brinkman, Aurelio Rodriguez, and Jim Hannan.
- Red Sox trade Tony Conigliaro and two other players to the Angels for Ken Tatum, Jarvis Tatum, and Doug Griffin.
- Tom Egan of the Angels sets an American League record when he commits five passed balls on July 28.
- Bill Melton of the White Sox Ks ten consecutive times, a major league record for nonpitchers.
- Willie McCovey tops major league in SA (.612) and walks (137).
- LA's Wes Parker leads major league in doubles with 47.
- Dodger Willie Davis leads major league in triples (16).
- Bobby Tolan of the Reds tops majors with 57 steals; Bert Campaneris leads American League with 42.
- Yaz tops American League in runs (125), runs produced (187), total bases (335), OBP (.453), and SA (.592).
- Minnesota's Cesar Tovar leads American League in triples (13) and ties for lead in doubles (36).
- Tony Oliva leads American League in hits (204) and ties in doubles (36).
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