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The 1976 season of the National League was the one hundred first 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 Philadelphia Phillies 162 101 61 0 .623 -.- 770 (4.75) 557 (3.44) 0.272 0.337 0.395 3.08 0.981
2 Pittsburgh Pirates 162 92 70 0 .568 9.0 708 (4.37) 630 (3.89) 0.267 0.320 0.391 3.36 0.975
3 New York Mets 162 86 76 0 .531 15.0 615 (3.80) 538 (3.32) 0.246 0.317 0.352 2.94 0.979
4 Chicago Cubs 162 75 87 0 .463 26.0 611 (3.77) 728 (4.49) 0.251 0.312 0.356 3.93 0.978
5 St. Louis Cardinals 162 72 90 0 .444 29.0 629 (3.88) 671 (4.14) 0.260 0.322 0.359 3.60 0.973
6 Montreal Expos 162 55 107 0 .340 46.0 531 (3.28) 734 (4.53) 0.235 0.291 0.340 3.99 0.975
Western Division
1 Cincinnati Reds 162 102 60 0 .630 -.- 857 (5.29) 633 (3.91) 0.280 0.357 0.424 3.51 0.984
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 92 70 0 .568 10.0 608 (3.75) 543 (3.35) 0.251 0.312 0.349 3.02 0.980
3 Houston Astros 162 80 82 0 .494 22.0 625 (3.86) 657 (4.06) 0.256 0.322 0.347 3.56 0.978
4 San Francisco Giants 162 74 88 0 .457 28.0 595 (3.67) 686 (4.23) 0.246 0.311 0.345 3.53 0.972
5 San Diego Padres 162 73 89 0 .451 29.0 570 (3.52) 662 (4.09) 0.247 0.310 0.337 3.65 0.978
6 Atlanta Braves 162 70 92 0 .432 32.0 620 (3.83) 700 (4.32) 0.245 0.320 0.334 3.86 0.973

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Willie Montanez San Francisco Giants/Atlanta Braves 163
At Bats Dave Cash Philadelphia Phillies 666
Runs Scored Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 130
Hits Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 215
Doubles Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 42
Triples Dave Cash Philadelphia Phillies 12
Home Runs Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 38
Total Bases Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 306
Runs Batted In George Foster Cincinnati Reds 121
Stolen Bases Davey Lopes Los Angeles Dodgers 63
Caught Stealing Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals 19
Walks Jimmy Wynn Atlanta Braves 127
Intentional Base-on-Balls Ted Simmons St. Louis Cardinals 19
Hit by Pitch Greg Luzinski
Bill Madlock
Mike Schmidt
Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago Cubs
Philadelphia Phillies
11
Strikeouts Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies 149
Sacrifice Hits Rod Gilbreath Atlanta Braves 20
Sacrifice Flies Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 12
Grounded into Double Plays Willie Montanez San Francisco Giants/Atlanta Braves 26
Batting Average Bill Madlock Chicago Cubs 0.339
On-Base Percentage Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 0.444
Slugging Percentage Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 0.576
On-Base plus Slugging Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 1.020
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds 187

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Randy Jones San Diego Padres 22
Losses Steve Rogers
Dick Ruthven
Montreal Expos
Atlanta Braves
17
Win-Loss Percentage Rick Rhoden Los Angeles Dodgers 0.800
Appearances Dale Murray Montreal Expos 81
Games Started Randy Jones San Diego Padres 40
Complete Games Randy Jones San Diego Padres 25
Shutouts Jon Matlack
John Montefusco
New York Mets
San Francisco Giants
6
Games Finished Butch Metzger San Diego Padres 62
Saves Rawly Eastwick Cincinnati Reds 26
Innings Pitched Randy Jones San Diego Padres 315.1
Batters Faced Randy Jones San Diego Padres 1251
Hits Allowed Randy Jones San Diego Padres 274
Home Runs Allowed Gary Nolan Cincinnati Reds 28
Base-on-Balls Allowed J.R. Richard Houston Astros 151
Intentional Base-on-Balls Butch Metzger San Diego Padres 14
Hit Batsmen Woodie Fryman Montreal Expos 9
Strikeouts Tom Seaver New York Mets 235
Wild Pitches Phil Niekro Atlanta Braves 14
Balks Joaquin Andujar
Dick Ruthven
Houston Astros
Atlanta Braves
5
Runs Allowed Rick Reuschel Chicago Cubs 117
Earned Runs Allowed Dick Ruthven Atlanta Braves 112
Earned Run Average John Denny St. Louis Cardinals 2.52
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Randy Jones San Diego Padres 1.027

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won 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 Sparky Anderson.

[edit] Postseason

The National League Championship Series, featured Philadelphia Phillies, the Eastern Division winner, and the Cincinnati Reds, the Western Division winner. The Reds defeated the Phillies, 3 games to 0.

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

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Joe Morgan (morgajo02), a second baseman with the Cincinnati Reds. In the award's voting, he had 311 out of a possible 336 points and 19 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Randy Jones of the San Diego Padres. In the award's voting, he had 96 out of a possible 120 points and 15 first place votes.

The winners of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, were Butch Metzger of the San Diego Padres and Pat Zachry of the Cincinnati Reds. In the award's voting, both had 11 out of a possible 24 points and 11 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 Philadelphia Phillies
C Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
1B Steve Garvey Los Angeles Dodgers
2B Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds
3B Dave Concepción Cincinnati Reds
SS Mike Schmidt Philadelphia Phillies
OF Garry Maddox Philadelphia Phillies
Cesar Cedeno Houston Astros
Cesar Geronimo Cincinnati Reds

[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 National League's New York Mets lost to the Milwaukee Brewers of the American 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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