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1971: Four 20 Game Winners versus Steel City Power

The 1971 Major League Baseball season dawned with the defending World Champion Baltimore Orioles poised for a repeat of their dominant performance from the previous year. Indeed, the Oriole squad played like a force of nature, recording an impressive 101-57 record en route to a third consecutive American League Crown. In addition to the heroics of heavy hitters, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, and Boog Powell, the Orioles put together one of history’s most impressive pitching staffs, featuring four 20-game winners in Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, Pat Dobson, and Hall of Famer Jim Palmer. Earl Weaver’s Orioles had all of the ingredients to secure a second World Series victory.

Their opponents in the World Series were Danny Murtaugh’s powerful Pittsburgh Pirates, led by National League Home Run Leader Willie Stargell (48 home runs) and Roberto Clemente (.341). After dropping the first two games of the Series, the Bucs roared back to force a Game #7 and defeat the favored Orioles to capture the World Championship for the Steel City, its first since 1960.

Not only did the 1971 Major League Baseball season feature one of the finest World Series match-ups in history, but it also witnessed stellar seasons from American League Cy Young Award Winner and MVP Vida Blue (24-8, 1.82 ERA), National League MVP Joe Torre (.363, 137 RBI), and National League Cy Young Award Winner Fergie Jenkins (24-13, 2.77 ERA). Providing additional excellence were Harmon Killebrew (119 RBI), Bill Melton (33 Home Runs), Mickey Lolich (25 Wins, 308 Ks), Tom Seaver (1.76 ERA, 289 Ks), Lou Brock (64 Steals), and Amos Otis (52 Steals).

Major League Baseball featured its first World Series night game in 1971, as the Pirates downed the Orioles 4-3 in Game #4.

Change was in the autumn air. The era of long hair, artificial turf, and colorful uniforms was dawning.

In the 1970s, our National Pastime was weird, rollicking, and unpredictable, a time that bid adieu to tradition and ushered in the modern era. Diamond Mind Baseball is proud to bring you the 1971 baseball season, complete with all the features you have come to appreciate in our version 11 game. Order yours today, and relive this historic season, as baseball got down and got funky.


Written by Steve Ehresman

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