1971 Kansas City Royals season

1971 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s) Cedric Tallis
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 Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 10160 0.627 46–35 55–25
Kansas City Royals 8576 0.528 16 44–37 41–39
Chicago White Sox 7983 0.488 22½ 39–42 40–41
California Angels 7686 0.469 25½ 35–46 41–40
Minnesota Twins 7486 0.463 26½ 37–42 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 6992 0.429 32 34–48 35–44

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 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
CJerry May7121855.252124
3BPaul Schaal161548150.2741163
LFLou Piniella126448125.279351

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
Chuck Harrison4914331.217221
Carl Taylor20397.17903
Ted Savage19295.17201

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
Dick Drago35241.117112.98109
Mike Hedlund32205.21582.7176
Bruce Dal Canton25141.1863.4458
Wally Bunker732.1235.0115

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
Al Fitzmorris36127.1754.1753
Roger Nelson1334015.2929
Lance Clemons1024104.1220
Monty Montgomery321.1302.1112
Mike McCormick49.2009.312

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
Tom Burgmeier6797171.7344
Ted Abernathy6346232.5655

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Jack McKeon
AA Elmira Royals Eastern League Harry Malmberg
A San Jose Bees California League Buddy Peterson
A Waterloo Royals Midwest League Steve Boros
Rookie Kingsport Royals Appalachian League Owen Friend
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Buzzy Keller
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Gary Blaylock

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elmira, GCL Royals

Notes

  1. Kansas City Royals Team History & Encyclopedia
  2. Ellie Rodríguez at Baseball Reference
  3. Gary Lance at Baseball Reference
  4. Tom Matchick at Baseball Reference
  5. George Brett at Baseball Reference

References

  • 1971 Kansas City Royals at Baseball Reference
  • 1971 Kansas City Royals at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
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