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1971 Philadelphia Phillies season

The 1971 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 89th season for the franchise in Philadelphia. The Phillies finished in sixth place in the National League East, with a record of 67-95.


Regular season

On April 10, the Phillies officially opened Veterans Stadium, their new home park, with a 4-1 victory over the Montreal Expos. Harry Kalas was hired by the Phillies in 1971 to succeed Bill Campbell, and was the master of ceremonies at the 1971 opening of Veterans Stadium.

The Phillies played an exhibition game against the Reading Phillies on June 17, 1971 in Reading. The Phillies had signed second-round draft-pick Mike Schmidt on June 11. Schmidt made his professional debut in the exhibition game in Reading. Schmidt played the whole game at shortstop for the Phillies and hit a game-winning home run against Reading. He was subsequently assigned to the Reading club where he played the balance of the season.[4]

On June 25, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell hit what wound up being the longest home run in Veterans Stadium history off of pitcher Jim Bunning in a 14-4 Pirates win over the Phillies.[5] The spot where the ball landed was marked with a yellow star with a black "S" inside a white circle until Stargell's 2001 death, when the white circle was painted black.[6] The star remained until the stadium's 2004 demolition.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 97 65 .599 --
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 .556 7
Chicago Cubs 83 79 .512 14
New York Mets 83 79 .512 14
Montreal Expos 71 90 .441 25.5
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 .414 30

Notable transactions

Draft picks


1971 Philadelphia Phillies
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
RF Freed, RogerRoger Freed 118 348 77 .221 6 37

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
Harmon, TerryTerry Harmon 79 221 45 .204 0 12
Stone, RonRon Stone 95 185 42 .227 2 23
Lis, JoeJoe Lis 59 123 26 .211 6 10
Taylor, TonyTony Taylor 36 107 25 .234 1 5
Koegel, PetePete Koegel 12 26 6 .231 0 3
Briggs, JohnnyJohnny Briggs 10 22 4 .182 0 3


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

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
Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 37 149.1 10 7 3.38 104
Bunning, JimJim Bunning 29 110 5 12 5.48 58
Champion, BillBill Champion 37 108.2 3 5 4.39 49

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
Brandon, BuckyBucky Brandon 52 6 6 4 3.90 44
Muñiz, MannyManny Muñiz 5 0 1 0 6.97 6

Awards and honors


  • Terry Harmon, National League record, Most Chances Accepted in one nine-inning game (18 chances on June 12, 1971)[12]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Eugene Emeralds Pacific Coast League Andy Seminick
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Nolan Campbell
A Peninsula Phillies Carolina League Howie Bedell
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Bob Wellman
Short-Season A Walla Walla Phillies Northwest League Garry Powel
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Harry Lloyd


Further reading


  • 1971 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference
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