October 8, 1976

National League awards [1976]



Ted Turner bought Atlanta, then signed Andy Messersmith to a “lifetime contract” worth $1 million. Rick Monday rescued the American flag at Dodger Stadium. John Montefusco, Larry Dierker and John Candelaria threw no-hitters. Managers Walter Alston and Danny Murtaugh retired.

Babe Ruth Award | Joe Morgan, Reds. 27 home runs, 111 RBIs, .320 batting average, .444 on-base percentage, .576 slugging percentage, 113 runs, 114 walks, 60 stolen bases.

2. Mike Schmidt, Phillies
3. Pete Rose, Reds

Walter Johnson Award | John Montefusco, Giants. 16-14, 2.84 ERA, 172 strikeouts and 74 walks in 253.1 innings, 11 complete games, six shutouts. 2. Phil Niekro, Atlanta. | The Lip Who Is Split

Jackie Robinson Award | Pat Zachry, Reds. 14-7, 2.74 ERA, 143 strikeouts and 83 walks in 204 innings.

Pee Wee Reese Award | Garry Maddox, Phillies. 6 home runs, 68 RBIs, .330 batting average, .377 on-base percentage, .456 slugging percentage, 37 doubles, 29 stolen bases.

Connie Mack Award | Danny Ozark, Phillies. 101-61 [.623]

2. Sparky Anderson, Reds
3. Danny Murtaugh, Pirates



Catcher | Johnny Bench, Reds. 16 home runs, 74 RBIs, .234 batting average, .348 on-base percentage, .394 slugging percentage. 2. Ted Simmons, Cardinals. Best fielder | Bench

First base | Steve Garvey, Dodgers. 13 home runs, 80 RBIs, .317 batting average, .363 on-base percentage, .450 slugging percentage, 200 hits, 37 doubles. 2. Bob Watson, Astros. Best fielder | Garvey

Second base | Joe Morgan, Reds. 27 home runs, 111 RBIs, .320 batting average, .444 on-base percentage, .576 slugging percentage, 113 runs, 114 walks, 60 stolen bases. Best fielder | Manny Trillo, Cubs.

2. Dave Cash, Phillies
3. Davey Lopes, Dodgers

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 38 home runs, 107 RBIs, .262 batting average, .376 on-base percentage, .524 slugging percentage, 112 runs, 100 walks, 11 HBPs. Best fielder | Schmidt

2. Pete Rose, Reds
3. Ron Cey, Dodgers

Shortstop | Dave Concepcion, Reds. 9 home runs, 69 RBIs, .281 batting average, .355 on-base percentage, .401 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Concepcion

Left field | George Foster, Reds. 29 home runs, 121 RBIs, .306 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, .530 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Bill Buckner, Dodgers

Center field | Cesar Cedeno, Astros. 18 home runs, 83 RBIs, .297 batting average, .357 on-base percentage, .454 slugging percentage, 58 stolen bases. Best fielder | Maddox

2. Garry Maddox, Phillies

Right field | Dave Winfield, Padres. 13 home runs, 69 RBIs, .283 batting average, .366 on-base percentage, .431 slugging percentage. 2. Ken Griffey, Reds.



Starting rotation |

1. John Montefusco, Giants.
16-14, 2.84 ERA, 172 strikeouts and 74 walks in 253.1 innings, 11 complete games, six shutouts.

2. Phil Niekro, Atlanta. 17-11, 3.29 ERA, 173 strikeouts and 101 walks in 270.2 innings, 10 complete games, 14 wild pitches.

3. Tom Seaver, Mets. 14-11, 2.59 ERA, 235 strikeouts and 77 walks in 271 innings, 13 complete games, five shutouts, 12 wild pitches.

4. Jim Barr, Giants. 15-12, 2.89 ERA, 75 strikeouts and 60 walks in 252.1 innings.

5. Randy Jones, Padres. 22-14, 2.74 ERA, 93 strikeouts and 50 walks in 315.1 innings, 25 complete games, five shutouts. Jones tied Christy Mathewson’s league record with 68 straight innings without a walk. | Uncommon Success

Reliever | Charlie Hough, Dodgers. 12-8, 2.21 ERA, 18 saves, 81 strikeouts and 77 walks in 142.2 innings. 2. Rawly Eastwick, Reds.

Best Picture | The Bad News Bears



— Kevin Brewer

American League awards [1976]



The Yankees and Red Sox fought in one of the wildest brawls of all time. Athletics owner Charlie Finley tried to trade or sell all of his star players. 50-year-old Minnie Minoso singled against the Angels. Cleveland player-manager Frank Robinson singled in his final at-bat.

Babe Ruth Award | Mark Fidrych, Tigers. 19-9, 2.34 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 53 walks in 250.1 innings, 24 complete games. | The Bird Fell to Earth

2. George Brett, Royals
3. Graig Nettles, Yankees
4. Rod Carew, Twins
5. Frank Tanana, Angels

Walter Johnson Award | Mark Fidrych, Tigers. Fidrych didn’t make his first start until May 15, then won nine of his first 10. | Cuckoo Over a Rara Avis

Jackie Robinson Award | Mark Fidrych, Tigers. 2. Butch Wynegar, Twins.

Pee Wee Reese Award | Thurman Munson, Yankees. 17 home runs, 105 RBIs, .302 batting average, .337 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage. | He’s a Dish Only Behind the Plate

Connie Mack Award | Billy Martin, Yankees. 97-62 [.610]

2. Gene Mauch, Twins
3. Whitey Herzog, Royals



Catcher | Thurman Munson, Yankees. 17 home runs, 105 RBIs, .302 batting average, .337 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Jim Sundberg, Rangers.

2. Carlton Fisk, Red Sox

First base | Rod Carew, Twins. 9 home runs, 90 RBIs, .331 batting average, .395 on-base percentage, .463 slugging percentage, 200 hits, 12 triples, 49 stolen bases. Best fielder | Jim Spencer, White Sox.

Second base | Bobby Grich, Orioles. 13 home runs, 54 RBIs, .266 batting average, .373 on-base percentage, .417 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Grich

Third base | George Brett, Royals. 7 home runs, 67 RBIs, .333 batting average, .377 on-base percentage, .462 slugging percentage, 215 hits, 14 triples. Brett won the batting title over teammate Hal McRae in his last at-bat of the season. Best fielder | Graig Nettles, Yankees.

2. Nettles
3. Sal Bando, Athletics

Shortstop | Mark Belanger, Orioles. 1 home run, 40 RBIs, .270 batting average, .336 on-base percentage, .326 slugging percentage, 27 stolen bases. Best fielder | Belanger

Left field | Roy White, Yankees. 14 home runs, 65 RBIs, .293 batting average, .338 on-base percentage, .382 slugging percentage, 36 doubles.

Center field | Mickey Rivers, Yankees. 8 home runs, 67 RBIs, .312 batting average, .327 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage, 43 stolen bases. Best fielder | Rivers

2. Ron LeFlore, Tigers

Right field | Reggie Jackson, Orioles. 27 home runs, 91 RBIs, .277 batting average, .351 on-base percentage, .502 slugging percentage, 28 stolen bases.

Designated hitter | Hal McRae, Royals. 8 home runs, 73 RBIs, .332 batting average, .407 on-base percentage, .461 slugging percentage.



Starting rotation |

1. Mark Fidrych, Tigers.
19-9, 2.34 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 53 walks in 250.1 innings, 24 complete games.

2. Frank Tanana, Angels. 19-10, 2.43 ERA, 261 strikeouts and 73 walks in 288.1 innings, 23 complete games.

3. Vida Blue, Athletics. 18-13, 2.35 ERA, 166 strikeouts and 63 walks in 298.1 innings, 20 complete games, six shutouts.

4. Jim Palmer, Orioles. 22-13, 2.51 ERA, 159 strikeouts and 84 walks in 315 innings, 23 complete games, six shutouts.

5. Luis Tiant, Red Sox. 21-12, 3.06 ERA, 131 strikeouts and 64 walks in 279 innings, 19 complete games. 6. Bert Blyleven, Twins-Rangers.

Left-handed reliever | John Hiller, Tigers. 12-8, 2.38 ERA, 13 saves, 117 strikeouts and 67 walks in 121 innings.

Right-handed reliever | Rollie Fingers, Athletics. 13-11, 2.47 ERA, 20 saves, 113 strikeouts and 40 walks in 134.2 innings.

Best Picture | The Bad News Bears



— Kevin Brewer