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1971 Detroit Tigers season

1971 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Detroit, Michigan (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) John Fetzer
    Manager(s) Billy Martin
    Local television WJBK
    (George Kell, Larry Osterman)
    Local radio WJR
    (Ernie Harwell, Ray Lane)
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    The 1971 Detroit Tigers finished in second place in the American League East with a 91-71 record, 12 games behind the Orioles. They outscored their opponents 701 to 645. They drew 1,591,073 fans to Tiger Stadium, the second highest attendance in the American League.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Mickey Lolich became the second pitcher in the history of the American League to win 25 games but not win the Cy Young Award.[3]

    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

    Opening Day lineup

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1971 Detroit Tigers
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: 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 Freehan, BillBill Freehan 148 516 143 .277 21 71
    1B Cash, NormNorm Cash 135 452 128 .283 32 91
    2B McAuliffe, DickDick McAuliffe 128 477 99 .208 18 57
    3B Rodríguez, AurelioAurelio Rodríguez 154 604 153 .253 15 39
    SS Brinkman, EdEd Brinkman 159 527 120 .228 1 37
    LF Horton, WillieWillie Horton 119 450 130 .289 22 72
    CF Stanley, MickeyMickey Stanley 139 401 117 .292 7 55
    RF Kaline, AlAl Kaline 133 405 119 .294 15 54

    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
    Northrup, JimJim Northrup 136 459 124 .270 16 71
    Brown, GatesGates Brown 82 195 66 .338 11 29
    Taylor, TonyTony Taylor 55 181 52 .287 3 19
    Jones, DaltonDalton Jones 83 138 35 .254 5 11
    Brown, IkeIke Brown 59 110 28 .255 8 19
    Price, JimJim Price 29 54 13 .241 1 7
    Collins, KevinKevin Collins 31 41 11 .268 1 4
    Gutiérrez, CésarCésar Gutiérrez 38 37 7 .189 0 4
    Hosley, TimTim Hosley 7 16 3 .188 2 6
    Young, JohnJohn Young 2 4 2 .500 0 1

    Note: pitchers' batting statistics not included

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 45 376 25 14 2.92 308
    Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 39 286 20 9 3.15 236
    Cain, LesLes Cain 26 144.2 10 9 4.35 118

    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
    Niekro, JoeJoe Niekro 31 122.1 6 7 4.49 43
    Chance, DeanDean Chance 31 89.2 4 6 3.51 64
    Kilkenny, MikeMike Kilkenny 30 86.1 4 5 5.00 47
    Gilbreth, BillBill Gilbreth 9 30 2 1 4.80 14

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L= Losses; SV = Saves; GF = Games finished; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV GF ERA SO
    Scherman, FredFred Scherman 69 11 6 20 40 2.71 76
    Timmermann, TomTom Timmermann 52 7 6 4 23 3.86 51
    Denehy, BillBill Denehy 31 0 3 1 10 4.22 27
    Patterson, DarylDaryl Patterson 12 0 1 0 3 4.82 5
    Hannan, JimJim Hannan 7 1 0 0 3 3.27 6
    Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 3 0 0 0 1 6.23 3
    Foor, JimJim Foor 3 0 0 0 1 18.00 2

    Awards and honors

    • Mickey Lolich, Tiger of the Year award from Detroit baseball writers

    League top ten finishers

    Ed Brinkman

    • AL leader in games played at shortstop (159)
    • AL leader in innings played at shortstop (1395-2/3)
    • AL leader in assists by a shortstop (513)
    • #4 in AL in games played (159)
    • #7 in AL in times hit by pitch (7)

    Norm Cash

    • Finished 12th in AL MVP voting
    • AL leader in at bats per home run (14.1)
    • #2 in AL in home runs (32)
    • #3 in AL in slugging percentage (.531)
    • #3 in AL in OPS (.903)
    • #7 in AL in times hit by pitch (7)
    • #8 in AL in RBIs (91)
    • #9 in AL in runs created (93)
    • 7th oldest player in the AL

    Joe Coleman

    • #3 in AL in strikeouts (236)
    • #4 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (7.43)
    • #5 in AL in win percentage (.690)
    • #5 in AL in innings pitched (286)
    • #5 in AL in batters faced (1174)
    • #6 in AL in wins (20)
    • #9 in AL in complete games (16)

    Bill Freehan

    • AL leader in games at catcher (144)
    • AL leader in complete games at catcher (128)
    • AL leader in innings played at catcher (1265)
    • AL leader in putouts by a catcher (912)
    • #3 in AL in times hit by pitch (9)
    • #8 in AL in doubles (26)
    • #9 in AL in extra base hits (51)
    • #9 in AL in at bats per strikeout (10.8)

    Willie Horton

    • #7 in AL in slugging percentage (.496)
    • #7 in AL in times hit by pitch (7)
    • #10 in AL in extra base hits (48)
    • #10 in AL in at bats per home run (20.5)

    Al Kaline

    • #3 in AL in on-base percentage (.416)
    • #6 in AL in OPS (.878)
    • #7 in AL in time hit by pitch (7)
    • #8 in AL in batting average (.294)
    • #10 in AL in bases on balls (82)
    • 9th oldest player in the AL

    Mickey Lolich

    • Finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Award voting (behind Vida Blue)
    • Finished 5th in AL MVP voting
    • MLB leader in wins (25)
    • MLB leader in strikeouts (308)
    • MLB leader in innings pitched (376)
    • MLB leader in games started (45)
    • AL leader in complete games (29)
    • MLB leader in hits allowed (336)
    • MLB leader in batters faced (1538)
    • #2 in MLB in home runs allowed (36)
    • #2 in MLB in earned runs allowed (122)
    • #4 in AL in sacrifice hits (16)
    • #4 in AL in strikeout to walk ratio (3.35)
    • #5 in AL in strikeouts per 9 innings pitched (7.37)
    • #7 in AL in Adjusted ERA+ (125)
    • #8 in AL in bases on balls per 9 innings pitched (2.20)
    • #10 in AL in ERA (2.92)

    Aurelio Rodríguez

    • #3 in AL in doubles (30)
    • #4 in AL in triples (7)
    • #4 in AL in outs (476)
    • #5 in AL in at bats (604)
    • #8 in AL in extra base hits (52)
    • #10 in AL in strikeouts (104)

    Fred Scherman

    • #2 in AL in games by pitcher (69)
    • #3 in AL in saves (20)
    • #3 in AL in games finished (40)

    Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

    The following members of the 1972 Tigers were ranked among the Top 100 of all time at their position in The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. ^ Denny McLain page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Jerry Robertson page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 236, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    4. ^ a b Dave Boswell page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Gene Pentz page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Tony Taylor page at Baseball Reference

    References