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The 1977 season of the American League was the seventy-seventh 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 162 100 62 0 .617 -.- 831 (5.13) 651 (4.02) 0.281 0.344 0.444 3.61 0.979
2 Baltimore Orioles 161 97 64 0 .602 2.5 719 (4.47) 653 (4.06) 0.261 0.329 0.393 3.74 0.983
3 Boston Red Sox 161 97 64 0 .602 2.5 859 (5.34) 712 (4.42) 0.281 0.344 0.465 4.11 0.978
4 Detroit Tigers 162 74 88 0 .457 26.0 714 (4.41) 751 (4.64) 0.264 0.319 0.410 4.13 0.978
5 Cleveland Indians 161 71 90 0 .441 28.5 676 (4.20) 739 (4.59) 0.269 0.333 0.380 4.10 0.979
6 Milwaukee Brewers 162 67 95 0 .414 33.0 639 (3.94) 765 (4.72) 0.258 0.313 0.389 4.32 0.978
7 Toronto Blue Jays 161 54 107 0 .335 45.5 605 (3.76) 822 (5.11) 0.252 0.315 0.365 4.57 0.974
Western Division
1 Kansas City Royals 162 102 60 0 .630 -.- 822 (5.07) 651 (4.02) 0.277 0.339 0.436 3.52 0.978
2 Texas Rangers 162 94 68 0 .580 8.0 767 (4.73) 657 (4.06) 0.270 0.341 0.405 3.56 0.982
3 Chicago White Sox 162 90 72 0 .556 12.0 844 (5.21) 771 (4.76) 0.278 0.344 0.444 4.25 0.974
4 Minnesota Twins 161 84 77 0 .522 17.5 867 (5.39) 776 (4.82) 0.282 0.347 0.417 4.36 0.978
5 California Angels 162 74 88 0 .457 28.0 675 (4.17) 695 (4.29) 0.255 0.323 0.386 3.72 0.976
6 Seattle Mariners 162 64 98 0 .395 38.0 624 (3.85) 855 (5.28) 0.256 0.310 0.381 4.83 0.976
7 Oakland Athletics 161 63 98 0 .391 38.5 605 (3.76) 749 (4.65) 0.240 0.306 0.352 4.04 0.970

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Al Cowens
Hal McRae
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
162
At Bats Rick Burleson Boston Red Sox 663
Runs Scored Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 128
Hits Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 239
Doubles Hal McRae Kansas City Royals 54
Triples Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 16
Home Runs Jim Rice Boston Red Sox 39
Total Bases Jim Rice Boston Red Sox 382
Runs Batted In Larry Hisle Minnesota Twins 119
Stolen Bases Freddie Patek Kansas City Royals 53
Caught Stealing Bert Campaneris Texas Rangers 20
Walks Toby Harrah Texas Rangers 109
Intentional Base-on-Balls Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 15
Hit by Pitch Hal McRae Kansas City Royals 13
Strikeouts Butch Hobson Boston Red Sox 162
Sacrifice Hits Bert Campaneris Texas Rangers 40
Sacrifice Flies Alan Bannister
Carl Yastrzemski
Chicago White Sox
Boston Red Sox
11
Grounded into Double Plays Rusty Staub Detroit Tigers 27
Batting Average Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 0.388
On-Base Percentage Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 0.449
Slugging Percentage Jim Rice Boston Red Sox 0.593
On-Base plus Slugging Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 1.019
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 178

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Dave Goltz
Dennis Leonard
Jim Palmer
Minnesota Twins
Kansas City Royals
Baltimore Orioles
20
Losses Vida Blue
Wayne Garland
Rick Langford
Oakland Athletics
Cleveland Indians
Oakland Athletics
19
Win-Loss Percentage Don Gullett New York Yankees 0.778
Appearances Sparky Lyle New York Yankees 72
Games Started Dave Goltz
Jim Palmer
Minnesota Twins
Baltimore Orioles
39
Complete Games Jim Palmer
Nolan Ryan
Baltimore Orioles
California Angels
22
Shutouts Frank Tanana California Angels 7
Games Finished Bill Campbell
Sparky Lyle
Boston Red Sox
New York Yankees
60
Saves Bill Campbell Boston Red Sox 31
Innings Pitched Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles 319.0
Batters Faced Nolan Ryan California Angels 1272
Hits Allowed Vida Blue
Dave Goltz
Oakland Athletics
Minnesota Twins
284
Home Runs Allowed Jerry Garvin Toronto Blue Jays 33
Base-on-Balls Allowed Nolan Ryan California Angels 204
Intentional Base-on-Balls Adrian Devine
Dennis Eckersley
Bob Lacey
Dick Tidrow
Texas Rangers
Cleveland Indians
Oakland Athletics
New York Yankees
11
Hit Batsmen Jim Colborn Kansas City Royals 13
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan California Angels 341
Wild Pitches Nolan Ryan California Angels 21
Balks Jim Bibby Cleveland Indians 4
Runs Allowed Dave Lemanczyk Toronto Blue Jays 143
Earned Runs Allowed Vida Blue
Dave Lemanczyk
Oakland Athletics
Toronto Blue Jays
119
Earned Run Average Frank Tanana California Angels 2.54
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Bert Blyleven Texas Rangers 1.065

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the forty-eighth midsummer classic at Yankee Stadium in New York, NY on Tuesday, July 19, 1977 by a score of 7 to 6. The league's manager was Billy Martin.

[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 defeated the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Rod Carew, a first baseman with the Minnesota Twins. In the award's voting, he had 273 out of a possible 392 points and 12 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Sparky Lyle of the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 56 out of a possible 140 points and 9 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Eddie Murray, a designated hitter with the Baltimore Orioles. In the award's voting, he had 12 out of a possible 28 points and 12 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 Jim Spencer Chicago White Sox
2B Frank White Kansas City Royals
3B Graig Nettles New York Yankees
SS Mark Belanger Baltimore Orioles
OF Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox
Juan Beniquez Texas Rangers
Al Cowens Kansas City Royals

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The thirty-fifth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 8 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Minnesota Twins defeated the Philadelphia Phillies of the National League by a score of 8 to 5.

[edit] Notable events

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