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 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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