1977 Season News

On the Forth of July, the Boston Red Sox set off some "fireworks" of their own as they launched eight home run blasts out of Fenway Park, tying a Major League record and beating the Toronto Blue Jays 9-6. The home run derby ended a nine-game losing streak and featured round-trippers by Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, Carl Yastrezemski, George Scott, Butch Hobson and Bernie Carbo.

On October 18th, Reggie Jackson officially became "Mr. October" after hitting three consecutive homeruns and five RBIs during Game 6 of the World Series. The New York Yankees followed his lead and went on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers for their first World Championship title since 1962. Jackson finished the Series with five home runs, eight runs batted in and a .450 average.

During an 8-0 victory (in what be his last game in Shea Stadium as a Met until 1983) New York ace Tom Seaver sat down Dan Driessen, of the Cincinnati Reds, for his 2,397th K, passing Sandy Koufax for the twenty-third spot on the all-time strikeout kings list.

Three Atlanta Braves, Gary Matthews, Biff Pocoraba and Pat Rockett pulled off the impossible after they executed a triple steal over the San Diego Padres en-route to a 7-3 victory on September 11th.

Prior to the start of the '77 season, the Toronto Blue Jays had agreed to a trade that would send veteran pitcher Bill Singer to the New York Yankees for the then, little used, left-hander Ron Guidry. All bets were off though after the front office realized that Singer was on the cover of their printed media guide. By the end of the season, Singer had gone 2-8 and retired while Guidry compiled a 16-7 record and an impressive 2.82 ERA.
1977 American League East
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 100-62 -
Baltimore Orioles 97-64 2.5
Boston Red Sox 97-64 2.5
Detroit Tigers 74-88 26.0
Cleveland Indians 71-90 28.5
Milwaukee Brewers 67-95 33.0
Toronto Blue Jays 54-107 45.5
1977 American League West
Team Record GB
Kansas City Royals 102-60 -
Texas Rangers 94-68 8.0
Chicago White Sox 90-72 12.0
Minnesota Twins 84-77 17.5
California Angels 74-88 28.0
Seattle Mariners 64-98 38.0
Oakland Athletics 63-98 38.5
1977 National League East
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Phillies 101-61 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 96-66 5.0
St. Louis Cardinals 83-79 18.0
Chicago Cubs 81-81 20.0
Montreal Expos 75-87 26.0
New York Mets 64-98 37.0
1977 National League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 98-64 -
Cincinnati Reds 88-74 10.0
Houston Astros 81-81 17.0
San Francisco Giants 75-87 23.0
San Diego Padres 69-93 29.0
Atlanta Braves 61-101 37.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Kansas City Royals 102 60 0.630 822 5.07 651 4.02 146 110 0.277 0.339 0.436 3.52 499 850 0.978 145
New York Yankees 100 62 0.617 831 5.13 651 4.02 184 139 0.281 0.344 0.444 3.61 486 758 0.979 151
Baltimore Orioles 97 64 0.602 719 4.47 653 4.06 148 124 0.261 0.329 0.393 3.74 494 737 0.983 189
Boston Red Sox 97 64 0.602 859 5.34 712 4.42 213 158 0.281 0.344 0.465 4.11 378 758 0.978 162
Texas Rangers 94 68 0.580 767 4.73 657 4.06 135 134 0.270 0.341 0.405 3.56 471 864 0.982 156
Chicago White Sox 90 72 0.556 844 5.21 771 4.76 192 136 0.278 0.344 0.444 4.25 516 842 0.974 125
Minnesota Twins 84 77 0.522 867 5.39 776 4.82 123 151 0.282 0.347 0.417 4.36 507 737 0.978 184
California Angels 74 88 0.457 675 4.17 695 4.29 131 136 0.255 0.323 0.386 3.72 572 965 0.976 137
Detroit Tigers 74 88 0.457 714 4.41 751 4.64 166 162 0.264 0.319 0.410 4.13 470 784 0.978 153
Cleveland Indians 71 90 0.441 676 4.20 739 4.59 100 136 0.269 0.333 0.380 4.10 550 876 0.979 145
Milwaukee Brewers 67 95 0.414 639 3.94 765 4.72 125 136 0.258 0.313 0.389 4.32 566 719 0.978 165
Seattle Mariners 64 98 0.395 624 3.85 855 5.28 133 194 0.256 0.310 0.381 4.83 578 785 0.976 162
Oakland Athletics 63 98 0.391 605 3.76 749 4.65 117 145 0.240 0.306 0.352 4.04 560 788 0.970 136
Toronto Blue Jays 54 107 0.335 605 3.76 822 5.11 100 152 0.252 0.315 0.365 4.57 623 771 0.974 133
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Philadelphia Phillies 101 61 0.623 847 5.23 668 4.12 186 134 0.279 0.347 0.448 3.71 482 856 0.981 168
Los Angeles Dodgers 98 64 0.605 769 4.75 582 3.59 191 119 0.266 0.335 0.418 3.22 438 930 0.981 160
Pittsburgh Pirates 96 66 0.593 734 4.53 665 4.10 133 149 0.274 0.330 0.413 3.61 485 890 0.977 137
Cincinnati Reds 88 74 0.543 802 4.95 725 4.48 181 156 0.274 0.345 0.436 4.21 544 868 0.984 154
St. Louis Cardinals 83 79 0.512 737 4.55 688 4.25 96 139 0.270 0.329 0.388 3.81 532 768 0.978 174
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 680 4.20 650 4.01 114 110 0.254 0.318 0.385 3.54 545 871 0.978 136
Chicago Cubs 81 81 0.500 692 4.27 739 4.56 111 128 0.266 0.330 0.387 4.01 489 942 0.977 147
Montreal Expos 75 87 0.463 665 4.10 736 4.54 138 135 0.260 0.317 0.402 4.01 579 856 0.980 128
San Francisco Giants 75 87 0.463 673 4.15 711 4.39 134 114 0.253 0.323 0.383 3.75 529 854 0.972 136
San Diego Padres 69 93 0.426 692 4.27 834 5.15 120 160 0.249 0.322 0.375 4.43 673 827 0.971 142
New York Mets 64 98 0.395 587 3.62 663 4.09 88 118 0.244 0.311 0.346 3.77 490 911 0.978 132
Atlanta Braves 61 101 0.377 678 4.19 895 5.52 139 169 0.254 0.320 0.376 4.85 701 915 0.972 127