1976 Kansas City Royals Season
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1976 Kansas City Royals Season

1976 Kansas City Royals
1976 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s)Joe Burke
Manager(s)Whitey Herzog (first full season)
Local televisionKBMA
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
Local radioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1976 Kansas City Royals season was their eighth in Major League Baseball. The Royals won their first division title, taking the American League West with a record of 90-72 in the first full season as manager for Whitey Herzog. Kansas City was defeated 3-2 by the New York Yankees in the 1976 American League Championship Series. George Brett (.333) became the first Royals player to win a league batting title.

Offseason

Regular season

A game at Royals Stadium on Sunday, September 19, 1976. The pitcher is Chris Knapp and the batter is Tom Poquette. The Royals would beat the White Sox 6 to 5.

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 90 72 0.556 -- 49-32 41-40
Oakland Athletics 87 74 0.540 51-30 36-44
Minnesota Twins 85 77 0.525 5 44-37 41-40
Texas Rangers 76 86 0.469 14 39-42 37-44
California Angels 76 86 0.469 14 38-43 38-43
Chicago White Sox 64 97 0.398 25½ 35-45 29-52

Record vs. opponents

1976 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK TEX
Baltimore -- 7-11 8-4 8-4 7-11 12-6 6-6 11-7 4-8 13-5 4-8 8-4
Boston 11-7 -- 7-5 6-6 9-9 14-4 3-9 12-6 7-5 7-11 4-8 3-9
California 4-8 5-7 -- 11-7 7-5 6-6 8-10 4-8 8-10 5-7 6-12 12-6
Chicago 4-8 6-6 7-11 -- 3-9 6-6 8-10 7-5 7-11 1-11 8-9 7-11
Cleveland 11-7 9-9 5-7 9-3 -- 6-12 6-6 11-6 9-3 4-12 4-8 7-5
Detroit 6-12 4-14 6-6 6-6 12-6 -- 4-8 12-6 4-8 9-8 6-6 5-7
Kansas City 6-6 9-3 10-8 10-8 6-6 8-4 -- 8-4 10-8 7-5 9-9 7-11
Milwaukee 7-11 6-12 8-4 5-7 6-11 6-12 4-8 -- 4-8 5-13 5-7 10-2
Minnesota 8-4 5-7 10-8 11-7 3-9 8-4 8-10 8-4 -- 2-10 11-7 11-7
New York 5-13 11-7 7-5 11-1 12-4 8-9 5-7 13-5 10-2 -- 6-6 9-3
Oakland 8-4 8-4 12-6 9-8 8-4 6-6 9-9 7-5 7-11 6-6 -- 7-11
Texas 4-8 9-3 6-12 11-7 5-7 7-5 11-7 2-10 7-11 3-9 11-7 --


Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

Player stats

Batting

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
C Buck Martinez 95 267 61 .228 5 34
1B John Mayberry 161 594 138 .232 13 95
2B Frank White 152 446 102 .229 2 46
3B George Brett 159 645 215 .333 7 67
SS Freddie Patek 144 432 104 .241 1 43
LF Tom Poquette 104 344 104 .302 2 34
CF Amos Otis 153 592 165 .279 18 86
RF Al Cowens 152 581 154 .265 3 59
DH Hal McRae 149 527 175 .332 8 73

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
Jim Wohlford 107 293 73 .249 1 24
Bob Stinson 79 209 55 .263 2 25
Dave Nelson 78 153 36 .235 1 17
Cookie Rojas 63 132 32 .242 0 16
Jamie Quirk 64 114 28 .246 1 15
Tony Solaita 31 68 16 .235 0 9
Ruppert Jones 28 51 11 .216 1 7
John Wathan 27 42 12 .286 0 5
Fran Healy 8 24 3 .125 0 1
Tommy Davis 8 19 5 .263 0 0
Willie Wilson 12 6 1 .167 0 0

Pitching

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
Dennis Leonard 35 259 17 10 3.51 150
Al Fitzmorris 35 220.1 15 11 3.06 80
Paul Splittorff 26 158.2 11 8 3.97 59
Andy Hassler 19 99.2 5 6 2.89 45
Steve Busby 13 71.2 3 3 4.40 29

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
Doug Bird 39 197.2 12 10 3.37 107
Marty Pattin 44 141 8 14 2.49 65

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
Mark Littell 60 8 4 16 2.08 92
Steve Mingori 55 5 5 10 2.32 38
Tom Hall 31 1 1 1 4.45 25
Larry Gura 20 4 0 1 2.30 22
Tom Bruno 12 1 0 0 6.75 11
Bob McClure 8 0 0 0 9.00 3
Jerry Cram 4 0 0 0 6.23 2
Roger Nelson 3 0 0 0 2.08 4
Ray Sadecki 3 0 0 0 0.00 1
Ken Sanders 3 0 0 0 0.00 2

ALCS

Game 1

October 9, 1976, at Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 12 0
Kansas City 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 2
W: Catfish Hunter (1-0)   L: Larry Gura (0-1)
HR: None

Game 2

October 10, 1976, at Royals Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 12 5
Kansas City 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 7 9 0
W: Paul Splittorff (1-0)   L: Ed Figueroa (0-1)
HR: None

Game 3

October 12, 1976, at Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 0
New York 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 X 5 9 0
W: Dock Ellis (1-0)   L: Andy Hassler (0-1)   S: Sparky Lyle (1)
HR: NYY: - Chris Chambliss (1)

Game 4

October 13, 1976, at Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 7 9 1
New York 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 11 0
W: Doug Bird (1-0)   L: Catfish Hunter (1-1)   S: Steve Mingori (1)
HR: NYY: - Graig Nettles 2 (2)

Game 5

October 14, 1976, at Yankee Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 11 1
New York 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 11 1
W: Dick Tidrow (1-0)   L: Mark Littell (0-1)
HR: KCR: - John Mayberry (1), George Brett (1)   NYY: - Chris Chambliss (2)

Farm system

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Waterloo

Notes

  1. ^ Killebrew cut by Royals
  2. ^ Royals trade Briles to Texas
  3. ^ Roger Nelson at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Bill Paschall at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Ken Phelps at Baseball Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

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