1971 Philadelphia Phillies season

1971 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) R. R. M. Carpenter, Jr.
General manager(s) John J. Quinn
Manager(s) Frank Lucchesi
Local television WPHL-TV
Local radio WCAU
(By Saam, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn)
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The 1971 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 89th season for the franchise in Philadelphia. The Phillies finished in sixth place in the National League East, with a record of 67–95.


Regular season

On April 10, the Phillies officially opened Veterans Stadium, their new home park, with a 4–1 victory over the Montreal Expos.[4]

Harry Kalas was hired by the Phillies in 1971 to succeed Bill Campbell, and was the master of ceremonies at the 1971 opening of Veterans Stadium.

The Phillies played an exhibition game against the Reading Phillies on June 17, 1971, in Reading. The Phillies had signed second-round draft-pick Mike Schmidt on June 11. Schmidt made his professional debut in the exhibition game in Reading. Schmidt played the whole game at shortstop for the Phillies and hit a game-winning home run against Reading. He was subsequently assigned to the Reading club where he played the balance of the season.[5]

On June 25, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Willie Stargell hit what wound up being the longest home run in Veterans Stadium history off of pitcher Jim Bunning in a 14–4 Pirates win over the Phillies.[6] The spot where the ball landed was marked with a yellow star with a black "S" inside a white circle until Stargell's 2001 death, when the white circle was painted black.[7] The star remained until the stadium's 2004 demolition.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9765 0.599 52–28 45–37
St. Louis Cardinals 9072 0.556 7 45–36 45–36
Chicago Cubs 8379 0.512 14 44–37 39–42
New York Mets 8379 0.512 14 44–37 39–42
Montreal Expos 7190 0.441 25½ 36–44 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 6795 0.414 30 34–47 33–48

Record vs. opponents

1971 National League Records

Atlanta 5–79–99–99–97–57–58–44–811–77–116–6
Chicago 7–56–65–78–48–1011–711–76–129–33–99–9
Cincinnati 9–96–65–137–117–58–45–75–710–89–98–4
Houston 9–97–513–58–104–85–78–44–810–89–92–10
Los Angeles 9–94–811–710–88–45–77–54–813–512–66–6
Montreal 5–710–85–78–44–89–96–127–116–57–54–14
New York 5–77–114–87–57–59–913–510–87–54–810–8
Philadelphia 4-87–112–103–95–76–105–136–124–86–67–11
Pittsburgh 8–412–67–58–48–411–78–1012–69–33–911–7
San Diego 7–113–98–108–105–135–65–78–43–95–134–8
San Francisco 11–79–39–99–96–125–78–46–69–313–55–7
St. Louis 6–69–94–810–26–614–48–1011–77–118–47–5

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Game log

 Phillies win
 Phillies loss
BoldPhillies team member
1971 Game Log[13]
Overall Record: 67–95
^[a] The August 1, 1971, game was protested by the Cardinals in the top of the twelfth inning.[20]
The protest was later upheld, and the game was completed on September 7 (with new umpires).[20][21]


1971 Philadelphia Phillies
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
RFRoger Freed11834877.221637

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
Terry Harmon7922145.204012
Ron Stone9518542.227223
Joe Lis5912326.211610
Tony Taylor3610725.23415
Pete Koegel12266.23103
Johnny Briggs10224.18203


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
Woodie Fryman37149.11073.38104
Jim Bunning291105125.4858
Bill Champion37108.2354.3949

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
Bucky Brandon526643.9044
Manny Muñiz50106.976

Awards and honors


  • Terry Harmon, National League record, Most Chances Accepted in one nine-inning game (18 chances on June 12, 1971)[22]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Eugene Emeralds Pacific Coast League Andy Seminick
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Nolan Campbell
A Peninsula Phillies Carolina League Howie Bedell
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Bob Wellman
A-Short Season Walla Walla Phillies Northwest League Garry Powel
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Harry Lloyd



  1. Doc Edwards page at Baseball-Reference
  2. Curt Flood page at Baseball Reference
  3. Roger Freed page at Baseball Reference
  4. "Curtain Up On a Mod New Act". Sports Illustrated. Time Inc. April 17, 1971. Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  5. Duke DeLuca (June 18, 1971). "Palmer Doesn't Mind The Exhibition Games". Reading Eagles. pp. 26, 28. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
  6. "June 25, 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates at Philadelphia Phillies Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
  7. Mandel, Ken (June 25, 2003). "Stargell's star a lasting tribute; Blast is marking point for all hitters". MLB.com. Archived from the original on May 5, 2009. Retrieved April 3, 2009.
  8. Johnny Briggs page at Baseball Reference
  9. Tony Taylor page at Baseball Reference
  10. Jerry Martin page at Baseball Reference
  11. Mike Schmidt page at Baseball Reference
  12. Dane Iorg page at Baseball Reference
  13. "1971 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  14. "Major Leagues". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 22, 1971. p. 26. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  15. "Baseball record". The Gazette. Montreal. May 7, 1971. p. 20. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  16. "Baseball Standings". Milwaukee Journal. May 9, 1971. p. 1, part 3. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  17. "Baseball". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 28, 1971. p. 2, part 2. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  18. 1 2 "Baseball Standings". Milwaukee Journal. September 21, 1971. p. 17, part 2. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  19. "Original Regular Season Schedules". retrosheet.org. Retrieved May 21, 2015.
  20. 1 2 "St. Louis Cardinals 9, Philadelphia Phillies 6". retrosheet.org. August 1, 1971. Retrieved May 16, 2015. ... 1:49 rain delay; ... [3 runs score] ... 31 minute rain delay; game was to revert to 3–3 tie when rain removal machine broke down before making field playable; the Cardinals protested and won; game resumed on 9/7 with new umpires[.]
  21. "Aug 1, 1971, Cardinals at Phillies Play by Play and Box Score". baseball-reference.com. sports-reference.com. August 1, 1971. Retrieved May 16, 2015.
  22. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.93, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  23. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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