Baseball in the 1970s

1970s Baseball

Baseball in the 1970s was great if you were an Orioles fan, an Athletics fan or a Reds fan. It’s ironic because none of those teams has come close to a pennant in almost that many years.

The early 70s were dominated by the A’s mustaches. The mid 70s were owned by the Big Red Machine. The late 70s were dominated by cocaine. Just kidding.

Nolan Ryan set off an his path to becoming one of the greatest pitchers of all time. He was doing things we’d never seen before.

And Cincinnati had a full lineup that pitchers would cringe thinking about facing. And who can forget Carlton Fisk waving the ball fair in Game 6.

The seventies were great. And we even got to see uniforms with collars and shorts. You know, like softball.

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List of World Series winners in the 1970s

Year

Winning Team

Series

Losing Team

1970

Baltimore Orioles (AL)

4–1

Cincinnati Reds (NL)

1971

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)

4–3

Baltimore Orioles (AL)

1972

Oakland Athletics (AL)

4–3

Cincinnati Reds (NL)

1973

Oakland Athletics (AL)

4–3

New York Mets (NL)

1974

Oakland Athletics (AL)

4–1

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)

1975

Cincinnati Reds (NL)

4–3

Boston Red Sox (AL)

1976

Cincinnati Reds (NL)

4–0

New York Yankees (AL)

1977

New York Yankees (AL)

4–2

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)

1978

New York Yankees (AL)

4–2

Los Angeles Dodgers (NL)

1979

Pittsburgh Pirates (NL)

4–3

Baltimore Orioles (AL)

List of National League MVPs in the 1970s

1970Johnny BenchCincinnatiCR
1971Joe TorreSt. Louis3BR
1972Johnny BenchCincinnatiCR
1973Pete RoseCincinnatiOFB
1974Steve GarveyLos Angeles1BR
1975Joe MorganCincinnati2BL
1976Joe MorganCincinnati2BL
1977George FosterCincinnatiOFR
1978Dave ParkerPittsburghOFL
1979Keith HernandezSt. Louis1BL

List of American League MVPs in the 1970s

1970Boog PowellBaltimore1B
1971Vida BlueOaklandP
1972Dick AllenChicago1B
1973Reggie JacksonOaklandOF
1974Jeff BurroughsTexasOF
1975Fred LynnBostonOF
1976Thurman MunsonNew YorkC
1977Rod CarewMinnesota1B
1978Jim RiceBostonOF
1979Don BaylorCaliforniaDH

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Rollie Fingers in 1972

Baseball in 1972 »

The Oakland A’s combined 19 mustaches, 1 mule, 1 overpowering owner, and uniforms fit for a softball team to produce a victory in the 1972 World Series.
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Last modified: Aug 09, 2013 | Written by Paul Phipps