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The 1976 season of the American League was the seventy-sixth 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 New York Yankees 159 97 62 0 .610 -.- 730 (4.59) 575 (3.62) 0.269 0.326 0.389 3.19 0.980
2 Baltimore Orioles 162 88 74 0 .543 10.5 619 (3.82) 598 (3.69) 0.243 0.309 0.358 3.32 0.982
3 Boston Red Sox 162 83 79 0 .512 15.5 716 (4.42) 660 (4.07) 0.263 0.324 0.402 3.52 0.978
4 Cleveland Indians 159 81 78 0 .509 16.0 615 (3.87) 615 (3.87) 0.263 0.323 0.359 3.47 0.980
5 Detroit Tigers 161 74 87 0 .460 24.0 609 (3.78) 709 (4.40) 0.257 0.314 0.365 3.87 0.974
6 Milwaukee Brewers 161 66 95 0 .410 32.0 570 (3.54) 655 (4.07) 0.246 0.311 0.340 3.64 0.975
Western Division
1 Kansas City Royals 162 90 72 0 .556 -.- 713 (4.40) 611 (3.77) 0.269 0.328 0.371 3.21 0.978
2 Oakland Athletics 161 87 74 0 .540 2.5 686 (4.26) 598 (3.71) 0.246 0.321 0.361 3.26 0.977
3 Minnesota Twins 162 85 77 0 .525 5.0 743 (4.59) 704 (4.35) 0.274 0.339 0.375 3.69 0.973
4 Texas Rangers 162 76 86 0 .469 14.0 616 (3.80) 652 (4.02) 0.250 0.320 0.341 3.45 0.976
5 California Angels 162 76 86 0 .469 14.0 550 (3.40) 631 (3.90) 0.235 0.304 0.318 3.36 0.977
6 Chicago White Sox 161 64 97 0 .398 25.5 586 (3.64) 745 (4.63) 0.255 0.313 0.349 4.25 0.979

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played John Mayberry
Rusty Staub
Robin Yount
Kansas City Royals
Detroit Tigers
Milwaukee Brewers
161
At Bats George Brett Kansas City Royals 645
Runs Scored Roy White New York Yankees 104
Hits George Brett Kansas City Royals 215
Doubles Amos Otis Kansas City Royals 40
Triples George Brett Kansas City Royals 14
Home Runs Graig Nettles New York Yankees 32
Total Bases George Brett Kansas City Royals 298
Runs Batted In Lee May Baltimore Orioles 109
Stolen Bases Billy North Oakland Athletics 75
Caught Stealing Billy North Oakland Athletics 29
Walks Mike Hargrove Texas Rangers 97
Intentional Base-on-Balls Jim Spencer Chicago White Sox 19
Hit by Pitch Don Baylor Oakland Athletics 20
Strikeouts Jim Rice Boston Red Sox 123
Sacrifice Hits Roy Smalley Texas Rangers/Minnesota Twins 25
Sacrifice Flies John Mayberry Kansas City Royals 12
Grounded into Double Plays Rusty Staub Detroit Tigers 23
Batting Average George Brett Kansas City Royals 0.333
On-Base Percentage Hal McRae Kansas City Royals 0.407
Slugging Percentage Reggie Jackson Baltimore Orioles 0.502
On-Base plus Slugging Hal McRae Kansas City Royals 0.868
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Reggie Jackson Baltimore Orioles 155

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles 22
Losses Nolan Ryan California Angels 18
Win-Loss Percentage Bill Campbell Minnesota Twins 0.773
Appearances Bill Campbell Minnesota Twins 78
Games Started Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles 40
Complete Games Mark Fidrych Detroit Tigers 24
Shutouts Nolan Ryan California Angels 7
Games Finished Bill Campbell Minnesota Twins 68
Saves Sparky Lyle New York Yankees 23
Innings Pitched Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles 315.0
Batters Faced Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles 1256
Hits Allowed Jim Slaton Milwaukee Brewers 287
Home Runs Allowed Catfish Hunter New York Yankees 28
Base-on-Balls Allowed Nolan Ryan California Angels 183
Intentional Base-on-Balls Tom Murphy Milwaukee Brewers/Boston Red Sox 14
Hit Batsmen Bert Blyleven Minnesota Twins/Texas Rangers 12
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan California Angels 327
Wild Pitches Dave Goltz Minnesota Twins 15
Balks Jim Umbarger Texas Rangers 3
Runs Allowed Catfish Hunter
Jim Slaton
New York Yankees
Milwaukee Brewers
126
Earned Runs Allowed Catfish Hunter New York Yankees 117
Earned Run Average Mark Fidrych Detroit Tigers 2.34
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Frank Tanana California Angels 0.988

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the forty-seventh midsummer classic at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, PA on Tuesday, July 13, 1976 by a score of 7 to 1. The league's manager was Darrell Johnson.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured New York Yankees, the Eastern Division winner, and the Kansas City Royals, the Western Division winner. The Yankees defeated the Royals, 3 games to 2.

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees were defeated by the National League's Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 0.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Thurman Munson, a catcher with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 304 out of a possible 336 points and 18 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles. In the award's voting, he had 108 out of a possible 120 points and 19 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Mark Fidrych, a pitcher with the Detroit Tigers. In the award's voting, he had 22 out of a possible 24 points and 22 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 Palmer Baltimore Orioles
C Jim Sundberg Texas Rangers
1B George Scott Milwaukee Brewers
2B Bobby Grich Baltimore Orioles
3B Aurelio Rodríguez Detroit Tigers
SS Mark Belanger Baltimore Orioles
OF Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox
Rick Manning Cleveland Indians
Joe Rudi Oakland Athletics

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The thirty-fourth 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 Milwaukee Brewers defeated the New York Mets of the National League by a score of 9 to 3.

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

  • Dan Epstein: Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, Thomas Dunne Books, St. Martins Press, New York, NY, 2014. ISBN 978-1250034380


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