1971 Season News

July 9th, the Oakland Athletics' Vida Blue tossed the longest shutout in American League history during a twenty inning, 1-0 triumph over the Anaheim Angels. The A's ace fanned seventeen batters in eleven innings while the Angels' Billy Cowan tied a Major League record by striking out six times. Both teams also combined to set a Major League record with forty-three K's.

July 13 – In an All-Star Game featuring home runs by future Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson, the American League triumphs over the National League 6–4 at Tiger Stadium. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson's home run goes 520 feet, and Robinson is named MVP.

On August 24th, Ernie Banks hit his five-hundred twelfth and final home run off of the Cincinnati Reds' Jim McGlothin during a 5-4 win at Wrigley Field. The monumental blast moved Banks ahead of Mel Ott for an eighth place tie with Eddie Mathews on the all-time list.

September 26 – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer shuts out the host Cleveland Indians, 5–0, and becomes the fourth member of the Orioles 1971 pitching staff to notch his 20th victory, joining Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson. Only one other team in ML history, the 1920 Chicago White Sox, boasted four 20-game winners.

The Pittsburgh Pirates started what is believed to be the first all-minority line-up on September 1st as Rennie Stennett, Gene Clines, Roberto Clemente, Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen, Dave Cash, Al Oliver, Jackie Hernandez, Dock Ellis and Bob Veale all take the field for the "Buccos".

Boston's Carl Yastrzemski signed what is believed to be the richest player contract in baseball history at the time. The three-year agreement agreed to pay the Red Sox slugger an accumulated salary of $500,000.
1971 American League East
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 101-57 -
Detroit Tigers 91-71 12.0
Boston Red Sox 85-77 18.0
New York Yankees 82-80 21.0
Washington Senators 63-96 38.5
Cleveland Indians 60-102 43.0
1971 American League West
Team Record GB
Oakland Athletics 101-60 -
Kansas City Royals 85-76 16.0
Chicago White Sox 79-83 22.5
California Angels 76-86 25.5
Minnesota Twins 74-86 26.5
Milwaukee Brewers 69-92 32.0
1971 National League East
Team Record GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 97-65 -
St. Louis Cardinals 90-72 7.0
Chicago Cubs 83-79 14.0
New York Mets 83-79 14.0
Montreal Expos 71-90 25.5
Philadelphia Phillies 67-95 30.0
1971 National League West
Team Record GB
San Francisco Giants 90-72 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 89-73 1.0
Atlanta Braves 82-80 8.0
Cincinnati Reds 79-83 11.0
Houston Astros 79-83 11.0
San Diego Padres 61-100 28.5
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 101 57 0.639 742 4.70 530 3.35 158 125 0.261 0.344 0.398 2.99 416 793 0.981 148
Oakland Athletics 101 60 0.627 691 4.29 564 3.50 160 131 0.252 0.319 0.384 3.05 501 999 0.981 157
Detroit Tigers 91 71 0.562 701 4.33 645 3.98 179 126 0.254 0.321 0.405 3.63 609 1000 0.983 156
Kansas City Royals 85 76 0.528 603 3.75 566 3.52 80 84 0.250 0.313 0.353 3.25 496 775 0.979 178
Boston Red Sox 85 77 0.525 691 4.27 667 4.12 161 136 0.252 0.321 0.397 3.80 535 871 0.981 149
New York Yankees 82 80 0.506 648 4.00 641 3.96 97 126 0.254 0.327 0.360 3.43 423 707 0.981 159
Chicago White Sox 79 83 0.488 617 3.81 597 3.69 138 100 0.250 0.321 0.373 3.12 468 976 0.975 128
California Angels 76 86 0.469 511 3.15 576 3.56 96 101 0.231 0.288 0.329 3.10 607 904 0.980 159
Minnesota Twins 74 86 0.463 654 4.09 670 4.19 116 139 0.260 0.324 0.372 3.81 529 895 0.980 134
Milwaukee Brewers 69 92 0.429 534 3.32 609 3.78 104 130 0.229 0.302 0.329 3.38 569 795 0.977 152
Washington Senators 63 96 0.396 537 3.38 660 4.15 86 132 0.230 0.306 0.326 3.70 554 762 0.977 170
Cleveland Indians 60 102 0.370 543 3.35 747 4.61 109 154 0.238 0.298 0.342 4.28 770 937 0.981 159
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Pittsburgh Pirates 97 65 0.599 788 4.86 599 3.70 154 108 0.274 0.329 0.416 3.31 470 813 0.979 164
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 706 4.36 644 3.98 140 128 0.247 0.327 0.378 3.32 471 831 0.972 153
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556 739 4.56 699 4.31 95 104 0.275 0.339 0.385 3.85 576 911 0.977 155
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 73 0.549 663 4.09 587 3.62 95 110 0.266 0.326 0.370 3.23 399 853 0.979 159
Chicago Cubs 83 79 0.512 637 3.93 648 4.00 128 132 0.258 0.323 0.378 3.61 411 900 0.980 150
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 588 3.63 550 3.40 98 100 0.249 0.317 0.351 2.99 529 1157 0.982 135
Atlanta Braves 82 80 0.506 643 3.97 699 4.31 153 152 0.257 0.311 0.385 3.75 485 823 0.977 180
Cincinnati Reds 79 83 0.488 586 3.62 581 3.59 138 112 0.241 0.298 0.366 3.35 501 750 0.984 174
Houston Astros 79 83 0.488 585 3.61 567 3.50 71 75 0.240 0.301 0.340 3.13 475 914 0.983 152
Montreal Expos 71 90 0.441 622 3.86 729 4.53 88 133 0.246 0.316 0.353 4.12 658 829 0.976 164
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 558 3.44 688 4.25 123 132 0.233 0.296 0.350 3.71 525 838 0.981 158
San Diego Padres 61 100 0.379 486 3.02 610 3.79 96 93 0.233 0.291 0.332 3.22 559 923 0.974 144