1976 Season News

New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson was named the first team captain since "Iron Horse" Lou Gehrig had held the position in the 1930's. Unfortunately, Munson, like his predecessor, would die before his time in a plane crash in 1979.

The Chicago White Sox's Minnie Minoso joined the "four-decade player club" after entering a September 11th contest against the California Angels as a designated hitter. The fifty-three year-old went 0-3 as his team fell 7-3 to the "halos" and four years later Minoso became only the second five-decade player in Major League history.

On August 25th, the Minnesota Twins and New York Yankees went head-to-head for five hours and thirty-six minutes during a nineteen-inning marathon. Willie Randolph, of the Yanks, set an American League record for extra innings with thirteen assists and twenty chances at second base.

On April 17th, Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies, hit four consecutive homeruns (and a single) accounting for eight runs himself during an 18-16 victory over the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The newly renovated Yankees Stadium was dedicated in a special pre-game ceremony attended by Mrs. Babe Ruth, Mrs. Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Don Larsen and eighty-five year old Bob Shawkey, who had pitched at the ballpark when it opened in 1923. In what some have considered to be a sign of the "Babe" showing disapproval of the changes to "his house", the $3 million dollar scoreboard ceased to function.

On July 20th, "Hammerin'" Hank Aaron hit the 755th and final homerun of his career off the Anaheim Angels' Dick Drago during a 6-2 Milwaukee Brewers' win. The historical moment was soured though after the ball was retrieved by Dick Arndt, a member of the ground crew, who refused to return it to the rightful owner. Arndt was subsequently fired and has since then turned down offers of up to $10,000 from Hank Aaron himself.
1976 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 97-62 -
Baltimore Orioles 88-74 10.5
Boston Red Sox 83-79 15.5
Cleveland Indians 81-78 16.0
Detroit Tigers 74-87 24.0
Milwaukee Brewers 66-95 32.0
1976 American League West
Team Record GB
Kansas City Royals 90-72 -
Oakland Athletics 87-74 2.5
Minnesota Twins 85-77 5.0
California Angels 76-86 14.0
Texas Rangers 76-86 14.0
Chicago White Sox 64-97 25.5
1976 National League East
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Phillies 101-61 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 92-70 9.0
New York Mets 86-76 15.0
Chicago Cubs 75-87 26.0
St. Louis Cardinals 72-90 29.0
Montreal Expos 55-107 46.0
1976 National League West
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 102-60 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 92-70 10.0
Houston Astros 80-82 22.0
San Francisco Giants 74-88 28.0
San Diego Padres 73-89 29.0
Atlanta Braves 70-92 32.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 97 62 0.610 730 4.59 575 3.62 120 97 0.269 0.326 0.389 3.19 448 674 0.98 141
Kansas City Royals 90 72 0.556 713 4.40 611 3.77 65 83 0.269 0.328 0.371 3.21 493 735 0.978 147
Baltimore Orioles 88 74 0.543 619 3.82 598 3.69 119 80 0.243 0.309 0.358 3.32 489 678 0.982 157
Oakland Athletics 87 74 0.540 686 4.26 598 3.71 113 96 0.246 0.321 0.361 3.26 415 711 0.977 130
Minnesota Twins 85 77 0.525 743 4.59 704 4.35 81 89 0.274 0.339 0.375 3.69 610 762 0.973 182
Boston Red Sox 83 79 0.512 716 4.42 660 4.07 134 109 0.263 0.324 0.402 3.52 409 673 0.978 148
Cleveland Indians 81 78 0.509 615 3.87 615 3.87 85 80 0.263 0.323 0.359 3.47 533 928 0.98 159
California Angels 76 86 0.469 550 3.40 631 3.90 63 95 0.235 0.304 0.318 3.36 553 992 0.977 139
Texas Rangers 76 86 0.469 616 3.80 652 4.02 80 106 0.250 0.320 0.341 3.45 461 773 0.976 142
Detroit Tigers 74 87 0.460 609 3.78 709 4.40 101 101 0.257 0.314 0.365 3.87 550 738 0.974 161
Milwaukee Brewers 66 95 0.410 570 3.54 655 4.07 88 99 0.246 0.311 0.340 3.64 567 677 0.975 160
Chicago White Sox 64 97 0.398 586 3.64 745 4.63 73 87 0.255 0.313 0.349 4.25 600 802 0.979 155
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 0.630 857 5.29 633 3.91 141 100 0.280 0.357 0.424 3.51 491 790 0.984 157
Philadelphia Phillies 101 61 0.623 770 4.75 557 3.44 110 98 0.272 0.337 0.395 3.08 397 918 0.981 148
Pittsburgh Pirates 92 70 0.568 708 4.37 630 3.89 110 95 0.267 0.320 0.391 3.36 460 762 0.975 142
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568 608 3.75 543 3.35 91 97 0.251 0.312 0.349 3.02 479 747 0.98 154
New York Mets 86 76 0.531 615 3.80 538 3.32 102 97 0.246 0.317 0.352 2.94 419 1025 0.979 116
Houston Astros 80 82 0.494 625 3.86 657 4.06 66 82 0.256 0.322 0.347 3.56 662 780 0.978 155
Chicago Cubs 75 87 0.463 611 3.77 728 4.49 105 123 0.251 0.312 0.356 3.93 490 850 0.978 145
San Francisco Giants 74 88 0.457 595 3.67 686 4.23 85 68 0.246 0.311 0.345 3.53 518 746 0.972 153
San Diego Padres 73 89 0.451 570 3.52 662 4.09 64 87 0.247 0.310 0.337 3.65 543 652 0.978 148
St. Louis Cardinals 72 90 0.444 629 3.88 671 4.14 63 91 0.260 0.322 0.357 3.6 581 731 0.973 163
Atlanta Braves 70 92 0.432 620 3.83 700 4.32 82 86 0.245 0.320 0.334 3.86 564 818 0.973 151
Montreal Expos 55 107 0.340 531 3.28 734 4.53 94 89 0.235 0.291 0.340 3.99 659 783 0.975 179