1971 Oakland Athletics season

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1971 Oakland Athletics
1971 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 101–60 (.627)
Other information
Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
Manager(s) Dick Williams
Local television KBHK
Local radio KEST
(Monte Moore, Bob Elson, Red Rush)
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The 1971 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing first in the American League West with a record of 101 wins and 60 losses. In their first postseason appearance of any kind since 1931, the A's were swept in three games by the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series.

Offseason[edit]

Round 5: Rich Dauer (did not sign)
Secondary Phase[2]
Round 1: Phil Garner
Round 3: Steve Staggs (did not sign)

Regular season[edit]

Vida Blue became the first black player in the history of the American League to win the American League Cy Young Award.[3] He was also the youngest AL player in the 20th century to win the MVP Award.[4] During the year, Vida Blue was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Time magazine.[5]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 101 60 0.627 46–35 55–25
Kansas City Royals 85 76 0.528 16 44–37 41–39
Chicago White Sox 79 83 0.488 22½ 39–42 40–41
California Angels 76 86 0.469 25½ 35–46 41–40
Minnesota Twins 74 86 0.463 26½ 37–42 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 69 92 0.429 32 34–48 35–44


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1971 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK WSH
Baltimore 9–9 7–5 8–4 13–5 8–10 6–5 9–3 10–2 11–7 7–4 13–3
Boston 9–9 6–6 10–2 11–7 12–6 1–11 6–6 8–4 7–11 3–9 12–6
California 5–7 6–6 8–10 8–4 6–6 8–10 6–12 12–6 6–6 7–11 4–8
Chicago 4–8 2–10 10–8 3–9 7–5 9–9 11–7 7–11 5–7 11–7 10–2
Cleveland 5–13 7–11 4–8 9–3 6–12 2–10 4–8 4–8 8–10 4–8 7–11
Detroit 10–8 6–12 6–6 5–7 12–6 8–4 10–2 6–6 10–8 4–8 14–4
Kansas City 5–6 11–1 10–8 9–9 10–2 4–8 8–10 9–9 5–7 5–13 9–3
Milwaukee 3–9 6–6 12–6 7–11 8–4 2–10 10–8 10–7 2–10 3–15 6–6
Minnesota 2–10 4–8 6–12 11–7 8–4 6–6 9–9 7–10 8–4 8–10 5–6
New York 7–11 11–7 6–6 7–5 10–8 8–10 7–5 10–2 4–8 5–7 7–11
Oakland 4–7 9–3 11–7 7–11 8–4 8–4 13–5 15–3 10–8 7–5 9–3
Washington 3–13 6–12 8–4 2–10 11–7 4–14 3–9 6–6 6–5 11–7 3–9


Opening Day starters[edit]

  • 1B Don Mincher
  • 2B Dick Green
  • 3B Sal Bando
  • SS Bert Campaneris
  • LF Felipe Alou
  • CF Rick Monday
  • RF Reggie Jackson
  • C Dave Duncan
  • P Vida Blue

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1971 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Dave Duncan 103 363 92 .253 15 40
1B Mike Epstein 104 329 77 .234 18 51
2B Dick Green 144 475 116 .244 12 49
3B Sal Bando 153 538 146 .271 24 74
SS Bert Campaneris 134 569 143 .251 5 47
LF Joe Rudi 127 513 137 .267 10 52
CF Rick Monday 116 355 87 .245 18 56
RF Reggie Jackson 150 567 157 .277 32 80

[9]

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Ángel Mangual 94 287 82 .286 4 30
Larry Brown 70 189 37 .196 1 9
Don Mincher 28 98 22 .239 2 8
Steve Hovley 24 27 3 .111 0 3
Frank Fernández 4 9 1 .111 0 1
Felipe Alou 2 8 2 .250 0 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Vida Blue 39 312 24 8 1.82 301
Catfish Hunter 37 273.2 21 11 2.96 181
Chuck Dobson 30 189 15 5 3.81 100
Diego Seguí 26 146.1 10 8 3.14 81

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Rob Gardner 4 7.2 0 0 2.35 5

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rollie Fingers 48 4 6 17 2.99 98
Darold Knowles 43 5 2 7 3.59 40
Mudcat Grant 15 1 0 3 1.98 13
Paul Lindblad 8 1 0 0 3.94 4
Jim Panther 4 0 1 0 11.12 4

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1971 American League Championship Series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

Sunday, October 3, 1971, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 X 5 7 1
WP: Dave McNally (1–0)   LP: Vida Blue (0–1)   Sv: Eddie Watt (1)

Game 2[edit]

Monday, October 4, 1971, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Baltimore 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 X 5 7 0
WP: Mike Cuellar (1–0)   LP: Catfish Hunter (0–1)
Home runs:
OAK: None
BAL: Brooks Robinson (1), Boog Powell 2 (2), Elrod Hendricks (1)

Game 3[edit]

Tuesday, October 5, 1971, at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 5 12 0
Oakland 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 7 0
WP: Jim Palmer (1–0)   LP: Diego Seguí (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: None
OAK: Reggie Jackson 2 (2), Sal Bando (1)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Oaks American Association Sherm Lollar
AA Birmingham A's Southern League Phil Cavarretta
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Harry Bright
A-Short Season Coos Bay-North Bend A's Northwest League Jim Reinebold

References[edit]

External links[edit]