Below are more highlights of the 1977 baseball season, including stellar performances, big trades, and the retirement of Brooks Robinson:
- LA sends Bill Buckner, Ivan DeJesus, and Jeff Albert to the Cubs for Rick Monday and Mike Garman.
ships Tony Armas, Rick Langford, Doc Medich, and three other players to
Oakland for Phil Garner and two other players.
- The American League revises its schedule: each team now plays divisional opponents only 13 times each per year.
- Gene Richards of San Diego goes 6-for-7 in 15 innings on July 26.
- The Cubs swap Bill Madlock and Rob Sperring to the Giants for Bobby Murcer and two other players.
Mark Fidrych hurts his knee in a spring training game; the injury
alters his delivery and he is never again much of a factor.
- Rangers swap Willie Montanez to Mets for Jon Matlack and John Milner.
- Minors are stabilized at 17 leagues and 121 teams.
- Danny Frisella of Atlanta is killed in a dune buggy accident.
- Bucky Harris dies.
- Ernie Lombardi dies.
- Olympic Stadium opens on April 15, Phils vs. Montreal.
- American League teams combine for more than 10,000 runs scored, the first time a major league tops that mark.
- Padre Gene Tenace sets a major league record for walks by a catcher with 125.
- Brooks Robinson retires as holder of many career fielding records, including top FA for a third baseman and most games played at third base.
- Robinson retires after a major league record 23 years with the same team.
- On June 24, Don Money of Milwaukee makes an American League record 12 assists by a second baseman in a nine-inning game.
- St. Louis’ Garry Templeton leads the major league with 18 triples.
- Boston’s Ted Cox starts a major league career with six straight hits.
- Minnesota’s Larry Hisle tops the American League in RBI (119).
- Ranger Toby Harrah leads the American League in walks (109).
- Smith has National League’s top OBP (.432) and is third in slugging (.576).
- Jim Palmer, KC’s Dennis Leonard, and Minnesota’s Dave Goltz tie for American League lead in wins with 20.
- Palmer paces the American League in innings (319) and ties Ryan for most CGs in the major league (22).
- California’s Frank Tanana has the American League’s top ERA (2.54).
- Phil Niekro tops the National League in Ks (262) and CGs (20).
leads the major league in fewest hits allowed per game with 5.96 --
nearly a hit per game less than any other major league pitcher.
- Rollie Fingers of San Diego tops the major league with 35 saves.
- Boston’s Bill Campbell leads the American League with 31 saves.
- Seaver tops the National League with seven shutouts; Tanana likewise tops the American League with seven shutouts.
- Kansas City’s Paul Splittorff has best win pct. in the American League (.727), as he goes 16-6.
- Twins lead the major league with .282 team BA, as Carew hits .388 and teammate Lyman Bostock bats .336.
- Frank Taveras of Pittsburgh tops majors with 70 steals.
- Phils win 101 games for second year in a row to tie own club record.
- Tommy John of LA, out all of 1975 after elbow reconstruction surgery, rebounds to win 20 games for first time in his career.
- The expansion Seattle Mariners finish sixth in the American League West, ahead of Oakland, only two years after the A’s won their fifth straight division flag.
To learn more about baseball, see:
- 1976 Baseball Season
- 1978 Baseball Season
- Baseball History
- How Baseball Works
- How the Baseball Hall of Fame Works
- How Minor League Baseball Teams Work
- Babe Ruth