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1976 American League
|1976 in baseball|
|1976 American League|
|Cuban National League|
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The 1976 season of the American League was the seventy-sixth season of the league.
- 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||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|
|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|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Player of the Month Award
- April: Willie Horton, Detroit Tigers
- May: Ron LeFlore, Detroit Tigers
- June: Mark Fidrych, Detroit Tigers
- July: Reggie Jackson, Baltimore Orioles
- August: Luis Tiant, Boston Red Sox
- September: Nolan Ryan, California Angels and Frank Tanana, California Angels
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.
- Larry Barnett
- Nick Bremigan
- Joe Brinkman
- Nestor Chylak
- Al Clark
- Terry Cooney
- Bill Deegan
- Don Denkinger
- Lou DiMuro
- Jim Evans
- Dale Ford
- Art Frantz
- Rich Garcia
- Russ Goetz
- Bill Haller
- Greg Kosc
- Bill Kunkel
- Ron Luciano
- George Maloney
- Larry McCoy
- Jim McKean
- Durwood Merrill
- Jerry Neudecker
- Steve Palermo
- Dave Phillips
- Marty Springstead
- 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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