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1971 Kansas City Royals season

1971 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Kansas City, Missouri (since 1969)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
    Manager(s) Bob Lemon
    Local television KMBC-TV
    Local radio KMBZ
    (Buddy Blattner, Denny Matthews)
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    The 1971 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 85 wins and 76 losses, 16 games behind the Oakland Athletics. This was also the first time in franchise history that the Royals had finished with a winning record.[1] It happened in only their third season, the fastest of any expansion club in Major League Baseball history to that point. The record would stand until the 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League West title in their second season.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

    AL West W L GB Pct.
    Oakland Athletics 101 60 -- .627
    Kansas City Royals 85 76 16 .528
    Chicago White Sox 79 83 22.5 .488
    California Angels 76 86 25.5 .469
    Minnesota Twins 74 86 26.5 .463
    Milwaukee Brewers 69 92 32 .429

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1971 Kansas City Royals
    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 May, JerryJerry May 71 218 55 .252 1 24
    3B Schaal, PaulPaul Schaal 161 548 150 .274 11 63
    LF Piniella, LouLou Piniella 126 448 125 .279 3 51

    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
    Harrison, ChuckChuck Harrison 49 143 31 .217 2 21
    Taylor, CarlCarl Taylor 20 39 7 .179 0 3
    Savage, TedTed Savage 19 29 5 .172 0 1

    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
    Drago, DickDick Drago 35 241.1 17 11 2.98 109
    Hedlund, MikeMike Hedlund 32 205.2 15 8 2.71 76
    Dal Canton, BruceBruce Dal Canton 25 141.1 8 6 3.44 58
    Bunker, WallyWally Bunker 7 32.1 2 3 5.01 15

    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
    Fitzmorris, AlAl Fitzmorris 36 127.1 7 5 4.17 53
    Nelson, RogerRoger Nelson 13 34 0 1 5.29 29
    Clemons, LanceLance Clemons 10 24 1 0 4.12 20
    Montgomery, MontyMonty Montgomery 3 21.1 3 0 2.11 12
    McCormick, MikeMike McCormick 4 9.2 0 0 9.31 2

    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
    Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 67 9 7 17 1.73 44
    Abernathy, TedTed Abernathy 63 4 6 23 2.56 55

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elmira, GCL Royals

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