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1971 Oakland Athletics season

 

1971 Oakland Athletics season

The 1971 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's finishing first in the American League West with a record of 101 wins and 60 losses. In their first postseason appearance of any kind since 1931, the A's were swept in three games by the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Championship Series.

Offseason

Round 5: Rich Dauer (did not sign)
Secondary Phase[2]
Round 1: Phil Garner
Round 3: Steve Staggs (did not sign)

Regular season

Vida Blue became the first black player in the history of the American League to win the American League Cy Young Award.[3] He was also the youngest AL player in the 20th century to win the MVP Award.[4] During the year, Vida Blue was on the cover of Sports Illustrated and Time Magazine. [5]

Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Oakland Athletics 101 60 -- .627
Kansas City Royals 85 76 16 .528
Chicago White Sox 79 83 22.5 .488
California Angels 76 86 25.5 .469
Minnesota Twins 74 86 26.5 .463
Milwaukee Brewers 69 92 32 .429

Opening Day starters

  • 1B Tommy Davis
  • 2B Mike Hegan
  • 3B Sal Bando
  • SS Mike Epstein
  • LF Felipe Alou
  • CF Reggie Jackson
  • RF Rick Monday
  • C Gene Tenace
  • P Catfish Hunter

Notable transactions

Roster

1971 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1B Epstein, MikeMike Epstein 104 329 77 .234 18 51
3B Bando, SalSal Bando 153 538 146 .271 24 74

[9]

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Mangual, ÁngelÁngel Mangual 94 287 82 .286 4 30
Brown, LarryLarry Brown 70 189 37 .196 1 9
Mincher, DonDon Mincher 28 98 22 .239 2 8
Hovley, SteveSteve Hovley 24 27 3 .111 0 3
Fernández, FrankFrank Fernández 4 9 1 .111 0 1
Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 2 8 2 .250 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Blue, VidaVida Blue 39 312 24 8 1.82 301
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 37 273.2 21 11 2.96 181
Dobson, ChuckChuck Dobson 30 189 15 5 3.81 100
Seguí, DiegoDiego Seguí 26 146.1 10 8 3.14 81

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gardner, RobRob Gardner 4 7.2 0 0 2.35 5

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 48 4 6 17 2.99 98
Knowles, DaroldDarold Knowles 43 5 2 7 3.59 40
Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 15 1 0 3 1.98 13
Lindblad, PaulPaul Lindblad 8 1 0 0 3.94 4
Panther, JimJim Panther 4 0 1 0 11.12 4

Awards and honors

All-Stars

1971 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

1971 American League Championship Series

Game 1

Sunday, October 3, 1971 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 9 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 0 X 5 7 1
WP: Dave McNally (1–0)   LP: Vida Blue (0–1)   Sv: Eddie Watt (1)

Game 2

Monday, October 4, 1971 at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 0
Baltimore 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 X 5 7 0
WP: Mike Cuellar (1–0)   LP: Catfish Hunter (0–1)
Home runs:
OAK: None
BAL: Brooks Robinson (1), Boog Powell 2 (2), Elrod Hendricks (1)

Game 3

Tuesday, October 5, 1971 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 5 12 0
Oakland 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 7 0
WP: Jim Palmer (1–0)   LP: Diego Seguí (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: None
OAK: Reggie Jackson 2 (2), Sal Bando (1)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Oaks American Association Sherm Lollar
AA Birmingham A's Southern League Phil Cavarretta
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Harry Bright
Short-Season A Coos Bay-North Bend A's Northwest League Jim Reinebold

References

External links

  • 1971 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1971 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Minnesota Twins
1970
AL West Championship Season
1971
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1972
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