1970 Season News

Baltimore's Frank Robinson hit two successive grand slams during a 12-2 Orioles triumph over the Washington Senators becoming just the seventh major leaguer to ever accomplish the feat. The back-to-back historic blasts were the only grand slams Robinson ever hit as a "Blackbird".

Tommy Harper of the Milwaukee Brewers matched thirty stolen bases with his thirtieth home run of the year to become the fifth major leaguer to go 30-30 in the same season. Incidentally, the stats added up as the resulting 4-2 win over the Anaheim Angels marked the Brewers "60th" of the year.

The New York Mets' Tom Seaver set a Major League record after striking out nineteen Padres, including the last ten in succession, during an April 22nd, 2-1 victory over San Diego. The feat topped every pitcher ever to take the mound in the 20th Century and no one had ever struck out ten in a row to date.

Atlanta Braves icon "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron collected his three-thousandth hit with an infield single as well as his five-hundred seventieth home run off of Wayne Granger during a 7-6, 15-inning loss to the Cincinnati Reds on May 17th.

St. Louis Cardinals' Golden Glove outfielder Curt Flood filed a civil lawsuit against Major League Baseball in an effort to challenge their contract reserve clause. Flood refused to report to the Philadelphia Phillies after being traded and contended that the rule violated federal antitrust laws. Flood eventually lost his $4.1 million suit later in the year after Federal Judge Irving Ben Cooper upheld the legality of the clause. However, Cooper did recommend changes in the reserve system, to be achieved through negotiation between both players and owners.
1970 American League East
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 108-54 -
New York Yankees 93-69 15.0
Boston Red Sox 87-75 21.0
Detroit Tigers 79-83 29.0
Cleveland Indians 76-86 32.0
Washington Senators 70-92 38.0
1970 American League West
Team Record GB
Minnesota Twins 98-64 -
Oakland Athletics 89-73 9.0
California Angels 86-76 12.0
Milwaukee Brewers 65-97 33.0
Kansas City Royals 65-97 33.0
Chicago White Sox 56-106 42.0
1970 National League East
Team Record GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 89-73 -
Chicago Cubs 84-78 5.0
New York Mets 83-79 6.0
St. Louis Cardinals 76-86 13.0
Philadelphia Phillies 73-88 15.5
Montreal Expos 73-89 16.0
1970 National League West
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 102-60 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 87-74 14.5
San Francisco Giants 86-76 16.0
Houston Astros 79-83 23.0
Atlanta Braves 76-86 26.0
San Diego Padres 63-99 39.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Baltimore Orioles 108 54 0.667 792 4.89 574 3.54 179 139 0.257 0.342 0.401 3.15 469 941 0.981 148
Minnesota Twins 98 64 0.605 744 4.59 605 3.73 153 130 0.262 0.324 0.403 3.23 486 940 0.980 130
New York Yankees 93 69 0.574 680 4.20 612 3.78 111 130 0.251 0.324 0.365 3.24 451 777 0.980 146
Oakland Athletics 89 73 0.549 678 4.19 593 3.66 171 134 0.249 0.322 0.392 3.30 542 858 0.977 152
Boston Red Sox 87 75 0.537 786 4.85 722 4.46 203 156 0.262 0.333 0.428 3.87 594 1003 0.974 131
California Angels 86 76 0.531 631 3.90 630 3.89 114 154 0.251 0.307 0.363 3.48 559 922 0.980 169
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 666 4.11 731 4.51 148 153 0.238 0.321 0.374 4.09 623 1045 0.978 142
Cleveland Indians 76 86 0.469 649 4.01 675 4.17 183 163 0.249 0.312 0.394 3.91 689 1076 0.979 168
Washington Senators 70 92 0.432 626 3.86 689 4.25 138 139 0.238 0.318 0.358 3.80 611 823 0.982 173
Milwaukee Brewers 65 97 0.401 613 3.78 751 4.64 126 146 0.242 .0317 0.358 4.21 587 895 0.978 142
Kansas City Royals 65 97 0.401 611 3.77 705 4.35 97 138 0.244 0.308 0.348 3.78 641 915 0.976 162
Chicago White Sox 56 106 0.346 633 3.91 822 5.07 123 164 0.253 0.312 0.362 4.54 556 762 0.975 187
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 0.630 775 4.78 681 4.20 191 118 0.270 0.336 0.436 3.69 592 843 0.976 173
Pittsburgh Pirates 89 73 0.549 729 4.50 664 4.10 130 106 0.270 0.323 0.406 3.70 625 990 0.979 195
Los Angeles Dodgers 87 74 0.540 749 4.65 684 4.25 87 164 0.270 0.334 0.382 3.82 496 880 0.979 135
San Francisco Giants 86 76 0.531 831 5.13 826 5.10 165 156 0.262 0.347 0.409 4.50 604 931 0.973 153
Chicago Cubs 84 78 0.519 806 4.98 679 4.19 179 143 0.259 0.333 0.415 3.76 475 1000 0.978 146
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 695 4.29 630 3.89 120 135 0.249 0.333 0.370 3.45 575 1064 0.979 136
Houston Astros 79 83 0.488 744 4.59 763 4.71 129 131 0.259 0.331 0.391 4.23 577 942 0.978 144
Atlanta Braves 76 86 0.469 736 4.54 772 4.77 160 185 0.270 0.332 0.404 4.33 478 960 0.977 118
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 0.469 744 4.59 747 4.61 113 102 0.263 0.330 0.379 4.06 632 960 0.977 159
Philadelphia Phillies 73 88 0.453 594 3.69 730 4.53 101 132 0.238 0.304 0.356 4.17 538 1047 0.981 134
Montreal Expos 73 89 0.451 687 4.24 807 4.98 136 162 0.237 0.320 0.365 4.50 716 914 0.977 193
San Diego Padres 63 99 0.389 681 4.20 788 4.86 172 149 0.246 0.309 0.391 4.36 611 886 0.975 159