November 13, 1976

Battle of the Network Stars I



Winner | ABC

2. CBS
3. NBC

Swimming relay | NBC

Karen Grassle
Ben Murphy
Melissa Sue Anderson
Robert Conrad
Tim Matheson

2. CBS
3. ABC

Running relay | ABC

Penny Marshall
Darleen Carr
Robert Hegyes
Gabe Kaplan
Ron Howard
Richard Hatch

2. NBC (two-second penalty)
3. CBS

Gabe Kaplan beat Robert Conrad in a 100-meter run-off.



Tennis | CBS

Pat Harrington Jr. / Loretta Swit

2. NBC
3. ABC

Golf | CBS

Bill Macy
Lee Meriwether

2. NBC
3. ABC

Baseball dunk | CBS

2. ABC
3. NBC

Leading scorer | Jimmie Walker, CBS
Leading scorer | Ron Howard, ABC

Bicycle relay | NBC

Anchor leg | Ben Murphy

Obstacle course | ABC

2. NBC
3. CBS

Best time (men) | Ben Murphy, NBC, 17.0
Best time (men) | Richard Hatch, ABC, 17.7
Best time (women) | Penny Marshall, ABC, 20.6

Volleyball | ABC

ABC beat CBS 11-7 in the final.

2. CBS
3. NBC

All three networks finished with 600 points. ABC and CBS faced each other in the Tug of War, because they won the most events.

Tug of War | ABC beat CBS

Robert Hegyes
Hal Linden
Penny Marshall
Gabe Kaplan
Lynda Carter
Richard Hatch

All-Battle team | Richard Hatch, ABC

Gabe Kaplan, ABC
Penny Marshall, ABC
Robert Hegyes, ABC
Ben Murphy, NBC
Loretta Swit, CBS
Lee Meriwether, CBS
Lynda Carter, ABC

Injury
Robert Hegyes, ABC (left shin)

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