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MLB Statistical Leaders

American League National League
AVG Rod Carew MIN .364 Ralph Garr ATL .353
HR Dick Allen CWS 32 Mike Schmidt PHI 36
RBI Jeff Burroughs TEX 118 Johnny Bench CIN 129
Wins Catfish Hunter OAK &
Fergie Jenkins TEX
25 Andy Messersmith LAD
Phil Niekro ATL
ERA Catfish Hunter OAK 2.49 Buzz Capra ATL 2.28
Ks Nolan Ryan CAL 367 Steve Carlton PHI 240

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 .562 --
New York Yankees 89 73 .549 2
Boston Red Sox 84 78 .519 7
Cleveland Indians 77 85 .475 14
Milwaukee Brewers 76 86 .469 15
Detroit Tigers 72 90 .444 19
West Division
Oakland Athletics 90 72 .556 --
Texas Rangers 84 76 .525 5
Minnesota Twins 82 80 .506 8
Chicago White Sox 80 80 .500 9
Kansas City Royals 77 85 .475 13
California Angels 68 94 .420 22

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 .543 --
St. Louis Cardinals 86 75 .534 1.5
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 .494 8
Montreal Expos 79 82 .491 8.5
New York Mets 71 91 .438 17
Chicago Cubs 66 96 .407 22
West Division
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 60 .630 --
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 .605 4
Atlanta Braves 88 74 .543 14
Houston Astros 81 81 .500 21
San Francisco Giants 72 90 .444 30
San Diego Padres 60 102 .370 42




  • April 4 - Hank Aaron hits the 714th home run of his career, tying Babe Ruth's lifetime Home Run record.

  • April 8 - Hank Aaron hits Home Run number 715, finally breaking Babe Ruth's lifetime Home Run record.

  • April 14 - Graig Nettles of the New York Yankees hits four home runs during a doubleheader split against his former team, the Cleveland Indians. The Yankees win 9–5, then lose 6–9. Nettles will go on to tie a major league record with 11 home runs in the month of April.

  • May 1 - Dock Ellis of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits three consecutive batters with pitches in the first inning, setting an ML record, and walks another in the frame before being lifted. Pittsburgh loses 5–3 to the Cincinnati Reds.

  • June 21 - The Braves fire manager Eddie Mathews, the only man to have played for the Braves in Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.


  • August 20 - Davey Lopes sets a Dodgers record when he totals 15 bases against the Cubs in an 18–8 drubbing at Wrigley Fieldmarker. Lopes has three home runs, a double and a single in his team's 24-hit attack. The Dodgers totaled 48 bases in the game, a team record.

  • September 3 - In an amazing performance, SF Giants' John Montefusco makes his major league debut, hits a home run in his first official time at bat off Charlie Hough, and pitches nine innings of relief to earn a 9–5 victory over the Dodgers.

  • September 11 - The St. Louis Cardinals win a marathon night game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadiummarker, after seven hours four minutes, and 25 innings, the longest game to a decision in major league history. The Cardinals, trailing 3-1 with two out in the ninth, tie the score on Ken Reitz's two-run home run off Jerry Koosman, sending the game into extra innings. Two Mets errors lead to the Cardinals' winning run, starting with an errant pickoff throw that allows Bake McBride to scamper all the way around from first. St. Louis wins, 4–3. The Mets go to the plate 103 times, the only time the century mark has been reached in a major league game; the Cards are not far behind with 99 plate appearances. All told, a record 175 official at-bats are recorded, with a major-league record 45 runners stranded. Only a thousand fans are on hand when the game ends at 3:13 a.m..

  • September 12 - Tigers pitcher John Hiller picks up his 17th victory in relief, an American League record, as he beats the Brewers, 9–7.

  • September 28:
    • In his last start of the year, Nolan Ryan of the California Angels pitches his third career no-hitter, victimizing the Minnesota Twins, 4–0. In the process, Ryan strikes out 15 batters for the sixth time this season. He also walks eight to run his season total to 202 base on balls, joining Bob Feller in 1938 as the only pitcher to walk more than 200 in a season. Ryan will top 200 in 1977.
    • Don Wilson of the Houston Astros throws a 5–0, two-hit shutout against the Braves. It would be Wilson's last major league game, followed barely three months later by his suicide.


  • November 20 - Texas Rangers right fielder Jeff Burroughs, who batted .301 with 25 home runs and a league-leading 118 RBI, wins the American League MVP Award. Oakland teammates Joe Rudi, Sal Bando and Reggie Jackson are the runner-ups.

  • December 26 - The Little League is officially opened to girls as President Gerald Ford signs legislation amending the charter of the organization. Little League had sought changes in their charter after a series of lawsuits challenged its boys-only rule.

  • December 31 - After earning his freedom through arbitration over missed insurance payments by the Oakland Athletics, Jim "Catfish" Hunter is signed to a $3.75 million contract which is slightly more than triple the next highest salary in the game.

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  • January 18 - Pete Appleton, 69, relief pitcher for seven teams who won 14 games for 1936 Senators
  • January 20 - George Hockette, 72, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the mid 1930s
  • January 14 - Lloyd Brown, 73, pitcher who won 46 games for the 1930-32 Senators and also played with the Dodgers, Browns, Red Sox, Indians and Phillies
  • March 1 - Larry Doyle, 87, second baseman, primarily for the New York Giants whom he captained, who batted .300 five times and won the NL's 1912 MVP award; led NL in hits twice and stole home 17 times
  • March 14 - Alex Pompez, 83, owner of the Negro Leagues' Cuban Stars and New York Cubans from 1916 to 1950, later a scouting director for the Giants
  • April 5 - Fred Snodgrass, 86, center fielder for the New York Giants who made a critical drop of an easy fly ball in the tenth inning of the deciding game in the 1912 World Series
  • April 6 - Roy Wood, 81, outfielder/first baseman who played from 1913-15 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cleveland Naps/Indians
  • April 22 - Steve Swetonic, 70, pitcher for the Pittsbugh Pirates in the early 1930s, who tied for the National League lead in shutouts in 1932
  • April 23 - Cy Williams, 86, center fielder for the Cubs and Phillies who became the first NL player to hit 200 home runs, leading the league four times


  • May 5 - Vito Tamulis, 62, left-handed pitcher who posted a 40-28 record with a 3.97 ERA in six seasons for the Yankees, Browns, Dodgers and Phillies
  • May 18 - Dan Topping, 61, co-owner and president of the Yankees from 1945 to 1964, during which time the team won ten World Series and fifteen AL pennants
  • June 30 - Mule Haas, 70, center fielder for the Athletics and White Sox who hit two home runs in the 1929 World Series
  • July 4 - Del Webb, 75, co-owner and chairman of the Yankees from 1945 to 1964; co-owner Dan Topping had died just weeks earlier
  • July 17 - Dizzy Dean, 64, Hall of Fame pitcher who won MVP award in 1934 with 30-7 campaign, the last 30-win season by an NL pitcher; was MVP runnerup the next two years, but an injury in 1937 All-Star game led to end of career; became a broadcaster known for folksy mangling of the English language
  • August 8 - Howie Pollet, 53, All-Star pitcher who twice won 20 games for the St. Louis Cardinals


  • September 8 - Bert Niehoff, 90, second baseman for four National League clubs from 1913 to 1918, and one of the first managers selected by the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
  • September 19 - Zack Taylor, 76, NL catcher for fifteen seasons, later a coach, manager and scout for 35 years
  • September 26 - Lefty Stewart, 74, pitcher who won 20 games for the 1930 St. Louis Browns
  • September 25 - Cliff Brady, 77, a second baseman for the Boston Red Sox and minor league manager, who also was a member of the Scullin Steel soccer team which won the National Challenge Cup in 1922
  • October 13 - Sam Rice, 84, Hall of Fame right fielder for the Washington Senators who batted .322 lifetime and led AL in steals and triples once each, remembered for disputed catch in 1925 World Series; finished career with 2987 hits, at a time when little attention was paid to career totals
  • October 31 - Buddy Myer, 70, All-Star second baseman for the Washington Senators who batted .303 lifetime and won 1935 batting title
  • November 1 - Bullet Joe Bush, 81, pitcher who won 195 games including a no-hitter, had 26 wins for 1922 Yankees
  • November 24 - Johnny Weekly, 37, outfielder for the Houston Colt .45s from 1962-1964
  • December 18 - Harry Hooper, 87, Hall of Fame right fielder for the Red Sox and White Sox who starred on four Boston champions; outstanding defensive player and leadoff hitter retired with 5th-most walks in history

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