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1977 Baseball Season

1977 Baseball Season Highlights

Despite fighting within the New York Yankees -- mostly involving Reggie Jackson, Billy Martin, and George Steinberner -- the Yanks managed to beat the Dodgers in the 1977 World Series. Below are some of the highlights from the 1977 baseball season:

  • Dodgers win the National League flag.

  • Yankees repeat as American League champs.

  • National League East champ Phils again put up little resistance in League Championship Series, bowing in four games.

  • Yanks again edge KC in five games in American League Championship Series, as New York rallies for three in the ninth to win game five 5-3.

  • Yankees best Dodgers in six games in the 1977 World Series.

  • Reggie Jackson leads all World Series hitters with a .450 BA and five home runs, including three in game six.

  • Mike Torrez fashions two CG wins for New York in Series.

  • Billy Martin wins his only World Championship as manager.

    Joe Sewell
    Joe Sewell was inducted
    into the Baseball
    Hall of Fame in 1977

  • The Hall of Fame inducts Ernie Banks, Joe Sewell, Al Lopez, Amos Rusie, Martin Dihigo, and John Henry Lloyd.

  • Cincinnati’s George Foster is the 1977 National League MVP, as he leads the majors with 52 homers and 149 RBI.

  • Foster leads the National League in runs (124), total bases (388), and runs produced (221).

  • Rod Carew wins the American League MVP after hitting .388, top BA in majors since expansion.

  • The American League swells to 14 teams, taking on two new franchises -- Toronto Blue Jays and Seattle Mariners.

  • Steve Carlton wins the 1977 National League Cy Young Award, as he leads majors with 23 wins.

  • Yankee Sparky Lyle becomes first reliever to win the American League Cy Young Award.

  • Nolan Ryan fans a major league high 341 batters in 299 innings.

  • Boston’s Jim Rice leads the American League in homers (39), SA (.593), and total bases (382).

  • Dodgers become only team in history with four 30-homer men -- Ron Cey, Steve Garvey, Dusty Baker, and Reggie Smith.

  • The Mets, frustrated by salary disputes with star pitcher Tom Seaver, trade him to Cincinnati for four players.

  • The National League wins All-Star Game 7-5 at Yankee Stadium.

  • Chicago’s Chet Lemon sets an American League record for outfielders with 512 putouts.

  • Montreal’s Andre Dawson edges New York’s Steve Henderson by one vote for 1977 National League Rookie of the Year honors.

  • Baltimore’s Eddie Murray beats out Oakland’s Mitchell Page for the 1977 American League Rookie of the Year.

  • Jim Colborn of Kansas City no-hits Texas on May 14.

  • Dennis Eckersley of Cleveland no-hits California on May 30.

  • Bert Blyleven of Texas no-hits California on Sept. 22.

  • Merv Rettenmund of Padres sets a new major league record with 86 plate appearances as a pinch hitter.

  • On April 10, Cleveland and Boston combine to score a major league record 19 runs in one inning.

  • On July 4, Red Sox beat Toronto 9-6 on the strength of eight homers.

  • KC’s Hal McRae leads the major league with 54 doubles.

  • Pirate Dave Parker tops the National League in batting (.338), hits (215), and doubles (44).

  • Pirate John Candelaria tops the major league with 2.34 ERA and .800 win pct.

  • Carew leads the major league with 239 hits, 128 runs, and .452 OBP, and the American League in triples (16) and runs produced (214).

  • Royals are the first expansion team in history to top majors in wins, as they net 102.
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