1971 Baseball Season Highlights
The Oakland A's Vida Blue set an American League record in the 1971 baseball season, when he pitched the longest shutout game in American League history -- 20 innings. Read about other record-setting plays and 1971 season highlights below:
- Pirates win National League flag under Danny Murtaugh.
- Orioles take their third straight pennant in American League.
- Bucs defeat Giants in four games in NLCS, as Pirate Bob Robertson cracks four homers.
- Orioles again sweep ALCS, this time beating Oakland.
- Pirates win 1971 World Series in seven games after trailing two games to none.
- Pirate Steve Blass is 1971 World Series pitching star with two CG wins, including 2-1 victory over Mike Cuellar in game seven.
- Roberto Clemente is overall 1971 World Series star, hitting .414 with 12 hits and two homers.
- Game four at Pittsburgh is the first night game in World Series history.
- Cardinal Joe Torre is National League MVP, as he leads league in BA (.363), hits (230), RBI (137), and total bases (352).
- Oakland's Vida Blue wins both MVP and Cy Young awards in American League.
- Chicago's Ferguson Jenkins cops 1971 National League Cy Young award, as he leads loop in wins (24), CGs (30), and innings (325).
- Earl Weaver is the first non-Yankee manager since 1931 to win three consecutive American League flags.
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- Tiger Mickey Lolich leads American League in wins (25), innings (376), CGs (29), and Ks (308).
- Lolich's 45 starts and 376 innings are the most by any hurler since dead-ball era.
- Willie Stargell leads majors with 48 homers.
- Chicago's Bill Melton tops American League in homers with 33.
- Baltimore becomes the only flag winner in major league history to have four 20-game winners.
- Montreal's Ron Hunt sets a modern major league record when he's hit by pitches 50 times.
- Astros play major league record 75 one-run games.
- Veterans Stadium opens on April 10, Expos vs. Phils.
- Phillie Larry Bowa's .987 FA is a new major league record for shortstops.
- Cleveland third baseman Graig Nettles compiles a major league record 412 assists.
- Tony Oliva wins third American League bat crown (.337) and leads the league in slugging (.546).
- American League wins 1971 All-Star Game 6-4 at Detroit, as Oakland's Reggie Jackson blasts a mammoth home run.
- Chris Chambliss of Cleveland is 1971 American League Rookie of the Year.
- Atlanta's Earl Williams is named 1971 National League Rookie of the Year.
- Williams, a catcher/third baseman, hits 33 homers, a National League rookie record for both catchers and infielders.
- Phillie rookie Willie Montanez cracks 30 homers, setting a team rookie record.
- Hank Aaron leads National League with a .669 slugging average.
- On June 23, Rick Wise of the Phils no-hits Reds and hits two home runs.
- Wise homers in four consecutive games he pitches in June.
- Ken Holtzman of Cubs no-hits Cincinnati on June 3.
- Bob Gibson no-hits Pittsburgh on August 14.
- Vida Blue fans 301 in his first full major league season.
- Lou Brock tops majors in runs (126) and steals (64).
- Harmon Killebrew leads American League in RBI (119) and walks (114).
- Tom Seaver tops National League in Ks (289) and ERA (1.76), winning 20 games.
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