1971 Detroit Tigers season

1971 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John Fetzer
General manager(s) Jim Campbell
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 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

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK WSH
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

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
CBill Freehan148516143.2772171
1BNorm Cash135452128.2833291
2BDick McAuliffe12847799.2081857
3BAurelio Rodríguez154604153.2531539
SSEd Brinkman159527120.228137
LFWillie Horton119450130.2892272
CFMickey Stanley139401117.292755
RFAl Kaline133405119.2941554

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
Jim Northrup136459124.2701671
Gates Brown8219566.3381129
Tony Taylor5518152.287319
Dalton Jones8313835.254511
Ike Brown5911028.255819
Jim Price295413.24117
Kevin Collins314111.26814
César Gutiérrez38377.18904
Tim Hosley7163.18826
John Young242.50001

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
Mickey Lolich4537625142.92308
Joe Coleman392862093.15236
Les Cain26144.21094.35118

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
Joe Niekro31122.1674.4943
Dean Chance3189.2463.5164
Mike Kilkenny3086.1455.0047
Bill Gilbreth930214.8014

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
Fred Scherman6911620402.7176
Tom Timmermann52764233.8651
Bill Denehy31031104.2227
Daryl Patterson1201034.825
Jim Hannan710033.276
Dave Boswell300016.233
Jim Foor3000118.002

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

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Mike Roarke
AA Montgomery Rebels Southern League Dick Tracewski
A Rocky Mount Leafs Carolina League Len Okrie
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Stubby Overmire
A Clinton Pilots Midwest League Max Lanier
A-Short Season Batavia Trojans New York–Penn League Joe Lewis
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Jim Leyland

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, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. 1 2 Dave Boswell page at Baseball Reference
  5. Gene Pentz page at Baseball Reference
  6. Tony Taylor page at Baseball Reference

References

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