1976 Baseball Season Highlights
The 1976 baseball season was the year of the "Big Red Machine"; the Cincinnati Reds led the National League in runs, batting, hits, doubles, triples, homers, steals, walks, on-base percentage and slugging. They went on to sweep the Yankees in the 1976 World Series. Below, you will find highlights from the 1976 baseball season:
- Reds win again in the National League.
- Yankees garner their first American League flag since 1964.
- Reds blow Phils out in three games in National League Championship Series.
- Yankees beat Kansas City in five games in American League Championship Series, as Chris Chambliss wins game five on a homer in the ninth.
- Reds sweep Yankees in most one-sided World Series ever to this juncture.
- Catfish Hunter's complete game 4-3 loss in game two of 1976 World Series is New York's lone competitive effort.
- Johnny Bench leads all 1976 World Series hitters with .533 BA and six RBI.
- Joe Morgan is 1976 National League MVP, hitting .320 and stealing 60 bases.
- Morgan tops the major league in OBP (.453), SA (.576), and runs produced (197).
- Thurman Munson is 1976 American League MVP, and also tops Yankee hitters in Series with .529 BA.
- San Diego's Randy Jones takes the 1976 National League Cy Young Award, topping the National League with 22 wins.
- Jones ties a National League record when he pitches 68 consecutive innings without allowing a walk.
- Jim Palmer claims his third American League Cy Young Award in four years, as he leads the American League with 22 wins.
- A's set record with 341 stolen bases.
- In June, Charley Finley tries to sell Joe Rudi, Rollie Fingers, and Vida Blue, but commissioner Bowie Kuhn vetoes the deals.
- Free agency bidding begins in earnest after 1976 season; Yankees sign Reggie Jackson for $3.5 million.
- George Brett wins bat crown over teammate Hal McRae, .333 to .332.
- Brett wins BA title on his last at-bat of season, as Twins outfielder Steve Brye seems to deliberately misplay the ball.
- Mike Schmidt leads majors in homers (38) and total bases (306).
- The National League wins 1976 All-Star Game 7-1 at Philadelphia, as Detroit rookie Mark Fidrych starts for the American League and takes the loss.
- Fidrych is 1976 American League Rookie of the Year, winning 19 for Detroit.
- Fidrych leads the American League in ERA (2.34) and CGs (24).
- Butch Metzger of San Diego and Pat Zachry of Cincinnati tie for 1976 National League Rookie of the Year Award.
- Ted Turner buys the Braves.
- Hank Aaron retires; still holds major league records for RBI (2,297) and total bases (6,856).
- Schmidt hits four homers in ten-inning game on April 17.
- Only "rainout" in Astrodome history occurs on June 15 when heavy rains prevent fans and umps from getting to the dome.
- John Montefusco of San Francisco no-hits Atlanta on Sept. 29.
- John Candelaria of Pittsburgh no-hits LA on August 9 -- first no-hitter thrown by Pirates pitcher at home since 1907.
- Blue Moon Odom and Francisco Barrios of White Sox pitch a combined no-hitter vs. Oakland on July 28.
- Larry Dierker of Houston no-hits Expos on July 9.
- On September 12, at age 54, Minnie Minoso of White Sox becomes oldest player to get a hit in a major league game.
- Pete Rose tops the National League in hits (215), doubles (42), and runs (130).
- Brett leads the American League in hits (215), total bases (298), and triples (14).
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