1976 Major League Baseball season

1976 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 8 – October 21, 1976
Top draft pick Floyd Bannister
Picked by Houston Astros
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Thurman Munson (NYY)
NL: Joe Morgan (CIN)
AL champions New York Yankees
  AL runners-up Kansas City Royals
NL champions Cincinnati Reds
  NL runners-up Philadelphia Phillies
World Series
Champions Cincinnati Reds
  Runners-up New York Yankees
Finals MVP Johnny Bench (CIN)

The 1976 Major League Baseball season was the last post 1961-season until 1993 in which the American League (AL) and the National League (NL) had the same number of teams. The season ended with the Cincinnati Reds taking the World Series Championship for the second consecutive season by sweeping the New York Yankees in four games. It would be the Reds' last title until Lou Piniella guided the club in 1990, and the second time that the Yankees were swept in World Series history. The only team to do it before was the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers.

Regular season standings


  League Championship Series
World Series
East NY Yankees 3  
West Kansas City 2  
    AL NY Yankees 0
  NL Cincinnati 4
East Philadelphia 0
West Cincinnati 3  

Awards and honors

 American LeagueNational League
Most Valuable PlayerThurman MunsonCNYYJoe Morgan2BCIN
Cy Young AwardJim PalmerRHPBALRandy JonesLHPSD
Rookie of the YearMark FidrychRHPDETButch Metzger
Pat Zachry
Relief Man of the YearBill CampbellRHPMINRawly EastwickRHPCIN


Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGGeorge Brett KC.333Bill Madlock PIT.339
HRGraig Nettles NYY32Mike Schmidt PHI38
RBILee May BAL109George Foster CIN121
SBBilly North OAK75Davey Lopes LA63
WinsJim Palmer BAL22Randy Jones SD22
ERAMark Fidrych DET2.34John Denny STL2.52
SONolan Ryan CAL327Tom Seaver NYM235
SVSparky Lyle NYY23Rawly Eastwick CIN26
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