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1971 Boston Red Sox season

1971 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
    General manager(s) Dick O'Connell
    Manager(s) Eddie Kasko
    Local television WHDH-TV, Ch. 5
    Local radio WHDH-AM 850
    (Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, Johnny Pesky)
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    The 1971 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing third in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season summary

    In the second year of Eddie Kasko's management, the Red Sox finished 16 games behind the eventual American League champions Baltimore Orioles. The Sox did not have a .300 hitter in 1971, with Reggie Smith's .283 batting average being the best among their regulars. Tony Conigliaro, his health still a question, had been traded the previous October to the California Angels for reliever Ken Tatum and rookie infielder Doug Griffin. Conigliaro played in 74 games for the Angels in 1971 but then had to give up baseball, his sight having deteriorated greatly. Tatum was 2-4 with the Red Sox, and Griffin batted a season .244, while becoming the regular second baseman.

    Highlights

    Highlights of an otherwise forgettable season included the late arrival of a big catcher from Bellows Falls, Vermont, Carlton Fisk, who got into 14 games for the 1971 Sox and hit two home runs. Making a bigger splash was a utility fielder who had been acquired in 1970 from the New York Yankees but came into his own in 1971. John Kennedy hit .272, with five homers and 22 RBIs, and was nicknamed "Super Sub".

    Another bright spot for the Sox in '71 was Jim Lonborg's winning 10 games (and losing 7). But Sonny Siebert, a pitcher acquired in a deal with the Cleveland Indians in 1969, was the top hurler for Boston, winning 16 games. A feisty left-hander, Sparky Lyle was 6-4, with 16 saves and a 2.77 ERA.

    Opening Day lineup

    11 Luis Aparicio SS
      7 Reggie Smith CF
      8 Carl Yastrzemski     LF
      6 Rico Petrocelli 3B
      5 George Scott 1B
    24 Duane Josephson C
    40 Billy Conigliaro CF
      2 Doug Griffin 2B
    21 Ray Culp P

    Season standings

    AL East W L GB Pct.
    Baltimore Orioles 101 57 0 .639
    Detroit Tigers 91 71 12 .562
    Boston Red Sox 85 77 18 .525
    New York Yankees 82 80 21 .506
    Washington Senators 63 96 38.5 .396
    Cleveland Indians 60 102 43 .370

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1971 Boston Red Sox
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    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
    C Josephson, DuaneDuane Josephson 91 306 75 .245 10 39

    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
    Gagliano, PhilPhil Gagliano 47 68 22 .324 0 13

    Pitching

    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

    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
    Bolin, BobbyBobby Bolin 52 5 3 6 4.26 51

    Farm system

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