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|1971 in baseball|
|1971 American League|
|Cuban National League|
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 Season summary
- 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|
|1||Baltimore Orioles||158||101||57||0||.639||-.-||742 (4.70)||530 (3.35)||0.261||0.344||0.398||2.99||0.981|
|2||Detroit Tigers||162||91||71||0||.562||12.0||701 (4.33)||645 (3.98)||0.254||0.321||0.405||3.63||0.983|
|3||Boston Red Sox||162||85||77||0||.525||18.0||691 (4.27)||667 (4.12)||0.252||0.321||0.397||3.80||0.981|
|4||New York Yankees||162||82||80||0||.506||21.0||648 (4.00)||641 (3.96)||0.254||0.327||0.360||3.43||0.981|
|5||Washington Senators||159||63||96||0||.396||38.5||537 (3.38)||660 (4.15)||0.230||0.306||0.326||3.70||0.977|
|6||Cleveland Indians||162||60||102||0||.370||43.0||543 (3.35)||747 (4.61)||0.238||0.298||0.342||4.28||0.981|
|1||Oakland Athletics||161||101||60||0||.627||-.-||691 (4.29)||564 (3.50)||0.252||0.319||0.384||3.05||0.981|
|2||Kansas City Royals||161||85||76||0||.528||16.0||603 (3.75)||566 (3.52)||0.250||0.313||0.353||3.25||0.979|
|3||Chicago White Sox||162||79||83||0||.488||22.5||617 (3.81)||597 (3.69)||0.250||0.321||0.373||3.12||0.975|
|4||California Angels||162||76||86||0||.469||25.5||511 (3.15)||576 (3.56)||0.231||0.288||0.329||3.10||0.980|
|5||Minnesota Twins||160||74||86||0||.463||26.5||654 (4.09)||670 (4.19)||0.260||0.324||0.372||3.81||0.980|
|6||Milwaukee Brewers||161||69||92||0||.429||32.0||534 (3.32)||609 (3.78)||0.229||0.302||0.329||3.38||0.977|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 All-Star Game
The American League Championship Series, featured Baltimore Orioles, the Eastern Division winner, and the Oakland Athletics, the Western Division winner. The Orioles defeated the Athletics, 3 games to 0.
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Vida Blue, a pitcher with the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 268 out of a possible 336 points and 14 first place votes.
The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Chris Chambliss, a first baseman with the Cleveland Indians. In the award's voting, he had 11 out of a possible 24 points and 11 first place votes.
 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.
 Hall of Fame Game
The twenty-ninth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 9 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Cleveland Indians defeated the Chicago Cubs of the National League by a score of 13 to 5.
 Notable events