1971 Boston Red Sox season

1971 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
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 the 71st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 85 wins and 77 losses, 18 games behind the Baltimore Orioles, who went on to win the AL championship.


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 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

11Luis AparicioSS
  7Reggie SmithCF
  8Carl Yastrzemski    LF
  6Rico Petrocelli3B
  5George Scott1B
24Duane JosephsonC
40Billy ConigliaroCF
  2Doug Griffin2B
21Ray CulpP

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 10157 0.639 53–24 48–33
Detroit Tigers 9171 0.562 12 54–27 37–44
Boston Red Sox 8577 0.525 18 47–33 38–44
New York Yankees 8280 0.506 21 44–37 38–43
Washington Senators 6396 0.396 38½ 35–46 28–50
Cleveland Indians 60102 0.370 43 29–52 31–50

Record vs. opponents

1971 American League Records

Baltimore 9–97–58–413–58–106–59–310–211–77–413–3
Boston 9–96–610–211–712–61–116–68–47–113–912–6
California 5–76–68–108–46–68–106–1212–66–67–114–8
Chicago 4–82–1010–83–97–59–911–77–115–711–710–2
Cleveland 5–137–114–89–36–122–104–84–88–104–87–11
Detroit 10–86–126–65–712–68–410–26–610–84–814–4
Kansas City 5–611–110–89–910–24–88–109–95–75–139–3
Milwaukee 3–96–612–67–118–42–1010–810–72–103–156–6
Minnesota 2–104–86–1211–78–46–69–97–108–48–105–6
New York 7–1111–76–67–510–88–107–510–24–85–77–11
Oakland 4–79–311–77–118–48–413–515–310–87–59–3
Washington 3–136–128–42–1011–74–143–96–66–511–73–9

Notable transactions


1971 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
CDuane Josephson9130675.2451039

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
Phil Gagliano476822.324013


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
Bobby Bolin525364.2651

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels International League Darrell Johnson
AA Pawtucket Red Sox Eastern League Billy Gardner
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Don Lock
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League John Butler
A Greenville Red Sox Western Carolinas League Rac Slider
A-Short Season Williamsport Red Sox New York–Penn League Dick Berardino



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