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1976 Philadelphia Phillies season

 

1976 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1976 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 94th season in the history of the franchise. The Phillies won their first National League East title, as they compiled a record of 101-61, nine games ahead of the second-place Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Phillies lost the NLCS, 3-0 to the Cincinnati Reds. Danny Ozark managed the Phillies, as they played their home games at Veterans Stadium, where the All-Star Game was played that season.

Offseason

Regular season

The final 9-game margin masks how competitive the season actually was. In a scary echo of 1964, the Phillies saw a 15 12-game August lead dwindle to just 3 games as their offense dried up on two late-year road trips.

Mike Schmidt hit 12 home runs in Philadelphia's first 15 games, including 4 in one game on April 17.[5] No one had hit this many home runs so quickly. In that game, the Phillies and Chicago Cubs combined for thirty-four runs in a game which featured nine home runs.[6] Schmidt's home run feat was later tied by Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Schmidt also won his first of 10 Gold Gloves that year, and carried the Phillies to the 1976 NLCS where he hit .308.


Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia Phillies 101 61 .623 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 .568 9
New York Mets 86 76 .531 15
Chicago Cubs 75 87 .463 26
St. Louis Cardinals 72 90 .444 29
Montreal Expos 55 107 .340 46

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Roster

1976 Philadelphia Phillies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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
2B Cash, DaveDave Cash 160 666 189 .284 1 56
3B Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 160 584 153 .262 38 107
LF Luzinski, GregGreg Luzinski 149 533 162 .304 21 95

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
Hutton, TommyTommy Hutton 95 124 25 .202 1 13
Andrews, FredFred Andrews 4 6 4 .667 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
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 35 252.2 20 7 3.13 195
Kaat, JimJim Kaat 38 227.2 12 14 3.48 83
Lonborg, JimJim Lonborg 33 222 18 10 3.08 118
Christenson, LarryLarry Christenson 32 168.2 13 8 3.68 54

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
Garber, GeneGene Garber 59 9 3 11 2.82 92
McGraw, TugTug McGraw 58 7 6 11 2.50 76
Lerch, RandyRandy Lerch 1 0 0 0 3.00 0

1976 National League Championship Series

Game 1

October 9, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 6 10 0
Philadelphia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 1
W: Don Gullett (1-0)  L: Steve Carlton (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: CINGeorge Foster (1)   PHI – None

Game 2

October 10, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 6 6 0
Philadelphia 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
W: Pat Zachry (1-0)  L: Jim Lonborg (0-1)   SV: Pedro Borbón (1)
HRs: CIN – None   PHIGreg Luzinski (1)

Game 3

October 12, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 6 11 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 7 9 2
W: Rawly Eastwick (1-0)  L: Gene Garber (0-1)   SV: None
HRs: CINGeorge Foster (2)   Johnny Bench (1)   PHI – None

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Oklahoma City 89ers American Association Jim Bunning
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Bob Wellman and Granny Hamner
A Peninsula Pilots Carolina League Cal Emery
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Lee Elia
Short-Season A Auburn Phillies New York-Penn League Mike Compton
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Notes

References

  • Baseball Reference: 1976 Philadelphia Phillies

External links

Preceded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1975
NL East Championship Season
1976
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1977
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