1977 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1977 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Major League Baseball[edit]

  League Championship Series
World Series
East New York Yankees 3  
West Kansas City Royals 2  
    AL New York Yankees 4
  NL Los Angeles Dodgers 2
East Philadelphia Phillies 1
West Los Angeles Dodgers 3  

Other champions[edit]

Winter Leagues

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

American League National League
AVG Rod Carew MIN .388 Dave Parker PIT .338
HR Jim Rice BOS 39 George Foster CIN 52
RBI Larry Hisle MIN 119 George Foster CIN 149
Wins Dave Goltz MIN,
Dennis Leonard KCR
& Jim Palmer BAL
20 Steve Carlton PHI 23
ERA Frank Tanana CAL 2.54 John Candelaria PIT 2.34
SO Nolan Ryan CAL 341 Phil Niekro ATL 262
SV Bill Campbell BOS 31 Rollie Fingers SDP 35
SB Freddie Patek KCR 53 Frank Taveras PIT 70

Major league baseball final standings[edit]



  • January 2 – Not even a full season into owning the Atlanta Braves, Ted Turner is suspended by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn for tampering with the signing of Gary Matthews.
  • January 4 – Mary Shane is hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer.
  • January 19 – The Baseball Writers' Association of America elects Ernie Banks to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
  • January 31 – The Special Veterans Committee selects Joe Sewell, Amos Rusie and Al López for the Hall of Fame.
  • February 3 – The Hall of Fame's Special Committee on the Negro Leagues picks versatile Cuban star Martín Dihigo and shortstop John Henry Lloyd for induction. The committee then dissolves, its functions being taken over by the Veterans Committee.
  • March 21 – Mark Fidrych, the 1976 AL Rookie of the Year, rips the cartilage in his left knee and will undergo surgery in ten days. The injury will effectively end the career of The Bird.
  • March 28 – While in Orlando, Florida for an exhibition game with the Minnesota Twins, the Texas Rangers' Lenny Randle walks up to Rangers manager Frank Lucchesi during batting practice and says he wanted to talk to him. Words are exchanged, and Randle punches Lucchesi, who was still in street clothes, in the face. Lucchesi is hospitalized for a week, needing plastic surgery to repair his fractured cheekbone which Randle breaks in three places. He also receives bruises to his kidney and back. The Rangers suspend Randle for 30 days without pay and fined him $10,000. Randle is charged with assault, and would plead no contest to battery charges in a Florida court, getting slapped with a $1,050 fine.




















  • January 1 – Mary Carey, 51, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League infielder
  • January 1 – Danny Frisella, 30, relief pitcher who saved 57 games for five teams
  • January 6 – Mike Miley, 23, shortstop for the California Angels
  • January 10 – Vic Frazier, 82, pitched for the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Boston Bees in the 1930s
  • January 11 – Tex Carleton, 70, pitcher who won 100 games, including a no-hitter, for Cardinals, Cubs and Dodgers
  • January 16 – Baby Doll Jacobson, 86, center fielder for the St. Louis Browns who batted .311 lifetime
  • January 29 – Hod Ford, 79, infielder for fifteen seasons with five NL teams
  • February 3 – Chi-Chi Olivo, 48, pitcher for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves from 1961 to 1966
  • February 4 – Nemo Leibold, 84, outfielder for four AL teams batted .300 twice; later a minor league manager
  • February 8 – Boardwalk Brown, 87, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and the New York Yankees from 1911 to 1915
  • February 18 – George Zackert, 92, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals from 1911 to 1912
  • March 9 – Spike Merena, 57, pitcher for the 1934 Boston Red Sox


  • April 3 – Hank Steinbacher, 64, outfielder for the Chicago White Sox from 1937 to 1939
  • April 12 – Philip K. Wrigley, 82, owner of the Chicago Cubs since 1932, and vice president of the National League from 1947 to 1966; also organized the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1943
  • April 27 – Ernie Neitzke, 82, outfielder/pitcher for the 1921 Boston Red Sox
  • April 28 – Al Smith, 69, All-Star pitcher who won 99 games for Giants, Phillies and Indians
  • May 5 – Bill Marshall, 66, second baseman who played for the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds in the 1930s
  • June 10 – Turk Farrell, 43, All-Star pitcher who won 106 games, mainly with the Phillies and Astros
  • June 15 – Big Bill Lee, 67, All-Star pitcher who had two 20-win seasons for the Chicago Cubs
  • June 18 – Johnny Frederick, 75, slugger who hit .308 with 85 HR and 377 RBI in parts of six seasons for the 1930s Brooklyn Dodgers


  • July 16 – Milt Stock, 84, third baseman who batted .300 five times
  • August 16 – Al Javery, 59, two-time All-Star pitcher who played for the Boston Braves from 1940 to 1946
  • August 19 – Bob Klinger, 69, pitcher who compiled a 66-61 record for the Pirates and Red Sox from 1938 to 1947
  • August 19 – Chuck Wortman, 85, shortstop for the Chicago Cubs from 1916–18, who appeared in the 1918 World Series
  • September 2 – Chucho Ramos, 59, Venezuelan outfielder who played four games for the 1944 Cincinnati Reds
  • September 8 – Oral Hildebrand, 70, All-Star pitcher who won 83 games for the Indians, Browns and Yankees
  • September 14 – Beau Bell, 70, All-Star right fielder who led AL in hits and doubles in 1937; later coached at Texas A&M
  • September 24 – Sherm Lollar, 53, seven-time All-Star catcher for the Chicago White Sox who won first three Gold Gloves awarded
  • September 26 – Ernie Lombardi, 69, eight-time All-Star catcher, mainly with the Cincinnati Reds and New York Giants, who batted .306 lifetime and won 1938 MVP award; only catcher to win two batting titles, he caught Johnny Vander Meer's back-to-back no-hitters in 1938
  • September 30 – Del Pratt, 89, second baseman for four AL teams who led AL in RBI in 1916 with St. Louis Browns; batted .300 in his last five seasons


  • October 17 – Cal Hubbard, 76, Hall of Fame umpire in the American League from 1936 to 1951 who developed modern systems of umpire positioning
  • November 4 – Pinky Pittenger, 78, backup infielder/outfielder who played from 1921 through 1929 for the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds
  • November 8 – Bucky Harris, 81, Hall of Fame manager of five teams who won 3rd most games (2,157) in history; managed Senators three times, winning 1924 World Series as rookie skipper, and also led Yankees to 1947 title; as second baseman, led AL in double plays five times
  • November 9 – Fred Haney, 79, manager who won World Series with Milwaukee Braves in 1957; was Angels' first general manager from 1960–68
  • November 17 – Roger Peckinpaugh, 86, shortstop for four AL teams who was named the 1925 MVP in his last full season; became manager and general manager of the Indians
  • November 24 – Mayo Smith, 62, manager of the Phillies, Reds and Tigers who led Detroit to the 1968 World Series title
  • November 28 – Bob Meusel, 81, outfielder, who batted over .300 seven times, including a career-high mark of .337 in 1927, hit for the cycle three times, and appeared in six World Series with the New York Yankees
  • December 1 – Dobie Moore, 82, star shortstop for the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs
  • December 11 – Berith Melin, 59, outfielder, one of the original Rockford Peaches founding members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in its 1943 inaugural season
  • December 29 – Jimmy Brown, 67, All-Star infielder and leadoff hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals


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