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The 1970 season of the American League was the seventieth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Eastern Division
1 Baltimore Orioles 162 108 54 0 .667 -.- 792 (4.89) 574 (3.54) 0.257 0.342 0.401 3.15 0.981
2 New York Yankees 163 93 69 1 .571 15.0 680 (4.17) 612 (3.75) 0.251 0.324 0.365 3.24 0.980
3 Boston Red Sox 162 87 75 0 .537 21.0 786 (4.85) 722 (4.46) 0.262 0.333 0.428 3.87 0.974
4 Detroit Tigers 162 79 83 0 .488 29.0 666 (4.11) 731 (4.51) 0.238 0.321 0.374 4.09 0.978
5 Cleveland Indians 162 76 86 0 .469 32.0 649 (4.01) 675 (4.17) 0.249 0.312 0.394 3.91 0.979
6 Washington Senators 162 70 92 0 .432 38.0 626 (3.86) 689 (4.25) 0.238 0.318 0.358 3.80 0.982
Western Division
1 Minnesota Twins 162 98 64 0 .605 -.- 744 (4.59) 605 (3.73) 0.262 0.324 0.403 3.23 0.980
2 Oakland Athletics 162 89 73 0 .549 9.0 678 (4.19) 593 (3.66) 0.249 0.322 0.392 3.30 0.977
3 California Angels 162 86 76 0 .531 12.0 631 (3.90) 630 (3.89) 0.251 0.307 0.363 3.48 0.980
4 Kansas City Royals 162 65 97 0 .401 33.0 611 (3.77) 705 (4.35) 0.244 0.308 0.348 3.78 0.976
4 Milwaukee Brewers 163 65 97 1 .399 24.0 613 (3.76) 751 (4.61) 0.242 0.317 0.358 4.21 0.978
6 Chicago White Sox 162 56 106 0 .346 42.0 633 (3.91) 822 (5.07) 0.253 0.312 0.362 4.54 0.975

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Sandy Alomar
Roy White
California Angels
New York Yankees
162
At Bats Horace Clarke New York Yankees 686
Runs Scored Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox 125
Hits Tony Oliva Minnesota Twins 204
Doubles Tony Oliva
Amos Otis
Cesar Tovar
Minnesota Twins
Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins
36
Triples Cesar Tovar Minnesota Twins 13
Home Runs Frank Howard Washington Senators 44
Total Bases Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox 335
Runs Batted In Frank Howard Washington Senators 126
Stolen Bases Bert Campaneris Oakland Athletics 42
Caught Stealing Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 17
Walks Frank Howard Washington Senators 132
Intentional Base-on-Balls Frank Howard Washington Senators 29
Hit by Pitch Roy Foster Cleveland Indians 12
Strikeouts Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 135
Sacrifice Hits Eddie Leon Cleveland Indians 23
Sacrifice Flies Jack Heidemann
Rico Petrocelli
Cleveland Indians
Boston Red Sox
10
Grounded into Double Plays Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 28
Batting Average Alex Johnson California Angels 0.329
On-Base Percentage Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox 0.452
Slugging Percentage Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox 0.592
On-Base plus Slugging Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox 1.044
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox 178

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Mike Cuellar
Dave McNally
Jim Perry
Baltimore Orioles
Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins
24
Losses Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers 19
Win-Loss Percentage Steve Hargan Cleveland Indians 0.786
Appearances Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 77
Games Started Mike Cuellar
Chuck Dobson
Catfish Hunter
Dave McNally
Jim Perry
Baltimore Orioles
Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins
40
Complete Games Mike Cuellar Baltimore Orioles 21
Shutouts Chuck Dobson
Jim Palmer
Oakland Athletics
Baltimore Orioles
5
Games Finished Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 62
Saves Ron Perranoski Minnesota Twins 34
Innings Pitched Sam McDowell
Jim Palmer
Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles
305.0
Batters Faced Sam McDowell
Jim Palmer
Cleveland Indians
Baltimore Orioles
1257
Hits Allowed Dave McNally Baltimore Orioles 277
Home Runs Allowed Mike Cuellar Baltimore Orioles 34
Base-on-Balls Allowed Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians 131
Intentional Base-on-Balls Tommy John
Darold Knowles
Chicago White Sox
Washington Senators
16
Hit Batsmen Ray Culp
Bob Johnson
Boston Red Sox
Kansas City Royals
11
Strikeouts Sam McDowell Cleveland Indians 304
Wild Pitches Tommy John
Sam McDowell
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
17
Balks Bert Blyleven
Greg Garrett
Jim Palmer
Minnesota Twins
California Angels
Baltimore Orioles
3
Runs Allowed Lew Krausse Milwaukee Brewers 130
Earned Runs Allowed Mike Cuellar
Mickey Lolich
Baltimore Orioles
Detroit Tigers
115
Earned Run Average Diego Segui Oakland Athletics 2.56
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Fritz Peterson New York Yankees 1.102

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the forty-first midsummer classic at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OH on Tuesday, July 14, 1970 by a score of 5 to 4 in 12 innings. The league's manager was Earl Weaver.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Baltimore Orioles, the Eastern Division winner, and the Minnesota Twins, the Western Division winner. The Orioles defeated the Twins, 3 games to 0.

In the World Series, the American League champion Baltimore Orioles defeated the National League's Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Boog Powell, a first baseman with the Baltimore Orioles. In the award's voting, he had 234 out of a possible 336 points and 11 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Jim Perry of the Minnesota Twins. In the award's voting, he had 55 out of a possible 120 points and 6 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Thurman Munson, a catcher with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 23 out of a possible 24 points and 23 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Jim Kaat Minnesota Twins
C Ray Fosse Cleveland Indians
1B Jim Spencer California Angels
2B Davey Johnson Baltimore Orioles
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox
OF Ken Berry Chicago White Sox
Paul Blair Baltimore Orioles
Mickey Stanley Detroit Tigers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The twenty-eighth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 27 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Chicago White Sox lost to the Montreal Expos of the National League by a score of 10 to 6.

[edit] Notable events

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