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Series Wrapup

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After the Pittsburgh Pirates won five of the previous six N.L. East titles, the Philadelphia Phillies began a three-year run as Eastern Division champions in 1976.  The Phillies finished the regular season with a record of 101-61, nine games ahead of the runner-up Pirates.

Strong in all aspects of the game, Philadelphia placed second in the National League with 770 runs scored, 110 home runs, a .272 team batting average, and a .981 team fielding average.  Philadelphia’s pitching staff also finished third in the senior circuit with a 3.08 team ERA.

Steve Carlton anchored a starting rotation that featured five double-digit winners.  Lefty finished 20-7, with a 3.13 ERA, 195 strikeouts, 13 complete games, and 253 innings pitched.  Jim Lonborg finished second on the club with 18 victories and eight complete games, while leading the staff with a 3.08 ERA.

Mike Schmidt and Greg Luzinski powered Philadelphia’s offense.  Schmidt led the league with 38 home runs, and he also placed among the leaders with 107 runs batted in and 112 runs scored.  Luzinski batted .304 and finished second to Schmidt on the team with 21 homers and 95 runs batted
in.  Meanwhile, Dave Cash and Garry Maddox served as the table-setters at the top of the batting order.  Cash batted .284, collected 189 hits, and scored 92 runs.  In addition to playing a brilliant centerfield, Maddox batted .330 and stole 29 bases.  

While the Phillies established themselves as the Eastern Division’s strongest team, the Cincinnati Reds continued to reign supreme in the N.L. West.  Combining an effective pitching staff with easily the most potent offense in all of baseball, Cincinnati finished the campaign with a record of 102-60, 10 full games ahead of the second-place Los Angeles Dodgers.  

A veritable collection of All-Stars, Cincinnati’s lineup led the National League with 857 runs scored, 141 home runs, 210 stolen bases, and a team batting average of .280.  Leadoff hitter Pete Rose batted .323 and topped the circuit with 130 runs scored, 215 hits, and 42 doubles.  Second-place hitter Ken Griffey batted .336, scored 111 runs, and stole 34 bases.  Tony Perez hit 19 homers and drove in 91 runs in his final year in Cincinnati.  Leftfielder George Foster hit 29 home runs, batted .306, and led the league with 121 runs batted in.  An injured Johnny Bench suffered through a subpar season, batting only .234, hitting just 16 homers, and driving in only 74 runs.  But Joe Morgan remained the league’s finest all-around player, capturing N.L. MVP honors for the second straight time.  Morgan hit 27 home runs, placed among the league leaders with 111 runs batted in, 113 runs scored, a .320 batting average, and 60 stolen bases, and topped the circuit with a .453 on-base percentage and a .576 slugging percentage.  

The Phillies remained competitive throughout much of the NLCS, outhitting the Reds in Games Two and Three, and posting a .270 team batting average to the .253 mark Cincinnati compiled during the Series.  Philadelphia even held a lead after five innings in both Games Two and Three.  However, Cincinnati’s powerful offense rallied each time, enabling the Reds to advance to the World Series with a three-game sweep of the Phillies.  They outscored their Eastern Division rivals by a combined margin of 19-11 over the course of the NLCS.

The Reds had an even easier time against the Yankees in the Fall Classic, sweeping their American League counterparts in four straight games.  Cincinnati scored 22 runs, hit four homers, and posted a .313 team batting average; New York scored only eight times, hit just one home run, and batted only .222 as a team.  Johnny Bench earned Series MVP honors by hitting two homers, driving in six runs, and batting .533.  The victory over the Yankees made the Reds the first National League team to repeat as world champions since 1922.

Other outstanding performers, notable events, and points of interest from around the league follow:

• January 14 - Ted Turner completed his purchase of the Atlanta Braves.

• April 10 - The Braves signed free agent pitcher Andy Messersmith to a "lifetime contract" worth $1 million.

• April 14 - At Wrigley Field, Dave Kingman of the New York Mets launched a home run estimated at 550 feet during a 6-5 loss to the Cubs.  

• September 28 – After 23 seasons and 2,040 victories, Walter Alston stepped down as Dodger manager.  Los Angeles subsequently promoted third base coach Tommy Lasorda to the post.

• San Diego's Randy Jones earned N.L. Cy Young honors by compiling a 2.74 ERA and leading the league with 22 wins, 25 complete games, and 315 innings pitched.

• The National League won the All-Star Game 7-1 at Philadelphia.

• Butch Metzger of San Diego and Pat Zachry of Cincinnati tied for the National League Rookie of the Year Award.

• Mike Schmidt hit four home runs in a 10-inning game against the Chicago Cubs on April 17.

• John Montefusco of San Francisco threw a no-hitter against Atlanta on September 29.

• John Candelaria of Pittsburgh tossed a no-hitter against Los Angeles on August 9.

• Larry Dierker of Houston threw a no-hitter against Montreal on July 9.

• Chicago's Bill Madlock edged out Ken Griffey for the National League batting title with a mark of .339.

• Tom Seaver led the league with 235 strikeouts, fanning at least 200 batters for a major league record ninth straight time.  

• Pittsburgh’s Bob Moose died in an auto accident.

• Pete Rose set a National League record for most runs by a third baseman since 1901 (130).

• Cardinal John Denny led the league with a 2.52 ERA.

Seasons of the National League

1876 · 1877 · 1878 · 1879 · 1880 · 1881 · 1882 · 1883 · 1884 · 1885 · 1886 · 1887 · 1888 · 1889 · 1890 · 1891 · 1892 · 1893 · 1894 · 1895 · 1896 · 1897 · 1898 · 1899 · 1900 · 1901 · 1902 · 1903 · 1904 · 1905 · 1906 · 1907 · 1908 · 1909 · 1910 · 1911 · 1912 · 1913 · 1914 · 1915 · 1916 · 1917 · 1918 · 1919 · 1920 · 1921 · 1922 · 1923 · 1924 · 1925 · 1926 · 1927 · 1928 · 1929 · 1930 · 1931 · 1932 · 1933 · 1934 · 1935 · 1936 · 1937 · 1938 · 1939 · 1940 · 1941 · 1942 · 1943 · 1944 · 1945 · 1946 · 1947 · 1948 · 1949 · 1950 · 1951 · 1952 · 1953 · 1954 · 1955 · 1956 · 1957 · 1958 · 1959 · 1960 · 1961 · 1962 · 1963 · 1964 · 1965 · 1966 · 1967 · 1968 · 1969 · 1970 · 1971 · 1972 · 1973 · 1974 · 1975 · 1976 · 1977 · 1978 · 1979 · 1980 · 1981 · 1982 · 1983 · 1984 · 1985 · 1986 · 1987 · 1988 · 1989 · 1990 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 · 1994 · 1995 · 1996 · 1997 · 1998 · 1999 · 2000 · 2001 · 2002 · 2003 · 2004 · 2005 · 2006 · 2007 · 2008 · 2009 · 2010  

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
ATL 2041 5345 620 1309 586 .167 170 30 82 74 61 1785 .305 .212 .575 131 47 107
CHN 2175 5519 611 1386 559 .181 216 24 105 74 74 1965 .321 .232 .608 126 41 75
CIN 2139 5702 857 1599 802 .219 271 63 141 210 57 2419 .359 .309 .705 103 60 67
HOU 2040 5464 625 1401 571 .190 195 50 66 150 57 1894 .307 .249 .580 127 39 57
LAN 2017 5472 608 1371 561 .176 200 34 91 144 55 1912 .315 .236 .590 129 47 91
MON 2240 5428 531 1275 507 .183 224 32 94 86 44 1845 .291 .248 .592 107 40 75
NYN 1982 5415 615 1334 560 .193 198 34 102 66 58 1906 .328 .262 .606 127 33 92
PHI 2170 5528 770 1505 708 .265 259 45 110 127 70 2184 .367 .394 .774 119 67 59
PIT 2033 5604 708 1499 660 .219 249 56 110 130 45 2190 .313 .335 .673 131 50 61
SDN 2129 5369 570 1327 528 .196 216 37 64 92 46 1809 .332 .252 .634 119 42 125
SFN 2155 5452 595 1340 552 .210 211 37 85 88 55 1880 .285 .271 .557 122 48 80
SLN 2168 5516 629 1432 584 .210 243 57 63 123 55 1978 .317 .292 .626 127 45 86

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
ATL 426 70 92 1436 818 564 6232 1435 86 80.140 617 700 33 10 27 60 16
CHN 491 75 87 1471 850 490 6289 1511 123 93.100 644 728 27 8 33 38 11
CIN 436 102 60 1471 790 491 6191 1436 100 47.530 573 633 33 8 45 43 7
HOU 397 80 82 1446 780 662 6213 1349 82 69.650 571 657 42 15 29 57 12
LAN 344 92 70 1473 747 479 6085 1330 97 34.720 493 543 47 16 28 32 3
MON 471 55 107 1439 783 659 6282 1442 89 85.090 640 734 26 8 21 63 8
NYN 345 86 76 1450 1025 419 5908 1248 97 42.930 474 538 53 17 25 43 12
PHI 409 101 61 1461 918 397 6024 1377 98 32.330 502 557 34 4 44 38 7
PIT 399 92 70 1466 762 460 6146 1402 95 45.750 549 630 45 10 35 26 6
SDN 420 73 89 1432 652 543 6087 1368 87 87.360 581 662 47 11 18 48 17
SFN 466 74 88 1461 746 518 6264 1464 68 56.360 573 686 27 13 31 47 9
SLN 460 72 90 1453 731 581 6212 1416 91 62.660 583 671 35 11 26 61 8

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
ATL 2430 7347 5308 1851 188 .954 17256 138 51 0 38
CHN 2516 7550 5496 1895 159 .975 17652 112 59 0 11
CIN 2531 7382 5552 1708 122 .949 17652 94 51 0 6
HOU 2372 7433 5430 1835 168 .969 17333 166 59 0 32
LAN 2352 7549 5543 1861 145 .971 17649 114 55 0 14
MON 2635 7518 5327 2005 186 .972 17278 113 69 1.00 11
NYN 2403 7251 5379 1717 155 .974 17390 103 58 1.00 8
PHI 2632 7373 5524 1706 143 .967 17512 103 38 0 6
PIT 2362 7668 5561 1916 191 .958 17595 94 66 1.00 13
SDN 2479 7550 5449 1938 163 .962 17186 104 53 0 9
SFN 2499 7618 5419 1976 223 .947 17539 136 46 0 15
SLN 2512 7633 5564 1875 194 .971 17446 87 72 1.00 16

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 2629708 1 790
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 2386301 2 747
Houston Astros 80 82 886146 3 780
San Francisco Giants 74 88 626868 4 746
San Diego Padres 73 89 1458478 5 652
Atlanta Braves 70 92 818179 6 818

Central

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
Philadelphia Philies 101 61 2480150 1 918
Pittsburg Pirates 92 70 1025945 2 762
New York Mets 86 76 1468754 3 1025
Chicago Cubs 75 87 1026217 4 850
St. Louis Cardinals 72 90 1207079 5 731
Montreal Expos 55 107 646704 6 783

Awards

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1976 NLCS, 1976 World Series, Andy Messersmith, Bill Madlock, Bob Moose, Butch Metzger, Cincinnati Reds, Dave Cash, Dave Kingman, Garry Maddox, George Foster, Greg Luzinski, Jim Lonborg, Joe Morgan, John Candelaria, John Denny, John Montefusco, Johnny Bench, Ken Griffey, Larry Dierker, Mike Schmidt, Pat Zachry, Pete Rose, Philadelphia Phillies, Ralph Garr, Randy Jones, Steve Carlton, Ted Turner, Tom Seaver, Tommy Lasorda, Tony Perez, Walter Alston

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