Tag: 1977

1977 – Bob Watson belts a three-run triple off San Francisco’s Bob Knepper in the first inning. He then doubles and hits a solo homer. In the eighth, he singles home Cesar Cedeno to become the second Astro to hit for the cycle. Watson has five RBIs in a 5-5 tie. Jose Cruz doubles home Wilbur Howard in the 11th for the 6-5 victory.

1977 – Bob Watson belts a three-run triple off San Francisco’s Bob Knepper in the first inning. He then doubles and hits a solo homer. In the eighth, he singles home Cesar Cedeno to become the second Astro to hit for the cycle. Watson has five RBIs in a 5-5 tie. Jose Cruz doubles home Wilbur Howard in the 11th for the 6-5 victory.

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1977 – Bob Watson drills a three-run blast in the top of the ninth to tie the Reds at 3-3, then Art Howe scorches a two-run double in the eleventh for a 6-4 victory. Watson has four hits on the night. 

1977 – Bob Watson drills a three-run blast in the top of the ninth to tie the Reds at 3-3, then Art Howe scorches a two-run double in the eleventh for a 6-4 victory. Watson has four hits on the night. 

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1977 – Ballboy Scotty Tarvin gloves Larry Bowa’s double down the right field line. Umpires allow Bowa to take third during the 7-4 Phillies win at the Dome. Bowa later scores. Greg Luzinski tags Bo McLaughlin for a titanic shot into the upper reserved seats to help Philadelphia. 

1977 – Ballboy Scotty Tarvin gloves Larry Bowa’s double down the right field line. Umpires allow Bowa to take third during the 7-4 Phillies win at the Dome. Bowa later scores. Greg Luzinski tags Bo McLaughlin for a titanic shot into the upper reserved seats to help Philadelphia. 

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1977 – An exhibition game with the Texas Rangers in Tulsa, OK, is halted when a part of the stand collapses, injuring 17 people. Players helped carry victims to aid, some making stretchers out of wooden planks. 

1977 – An exhibition game with the Texas Rangers in Tulsa, OK, is halted when a part of the stand collapses, injuring 17 people. Players helped carry victims to aid, some making stretchers out of wooden planks. 

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1977 – Astros obtain outfielder Willie Crawford and infielder Rob Sperring from San Francisco for infielder Rob Andrews. After the season, outfielder Art Gardner is sent to the Giants to complete the deal. 

1977 – Astros obtain outfielder Willie Crawford and infielder Rob Sperring from San Francisco for infielder Rob Andrews. After the season, outfielder Art Gardner is sent to the Giants to complete the deal. 

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1977 – Outfielder Jesus Alou is signed as a free agent. It is his second stint as an Astro. Out of the majors the past two years, the 36-year-old Dominican bats .308 over the next two seasons, primarily in pinch-hit duties. 

1977 – Outfielder Jesus Alou is signed as a free agent. It is his second stint as an Astro. Out of the majors the past two years, the 36-year-old Dominican bats .308 over the next two seasons, primarily in pinch-hit duties. 

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1977 – Ron Willis dies in Memphis, TN at age 34 in an auto accident. A midseason purchase from St. Louis, the righthander sees action in three games with the Astros in 1969. He is returned to the Cardinals at the end of the season.

1977 – Ron Willis dies in Memphis, TN at age 34 in an auto accident. A midseason purchase from St. Louis, the righthander sees action in three games with the Astros in 1969. He is returned to the Cardinals at the end of the season.

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1977 – Jose Cruz and Cesar Cedeno both sock a pair of homers, blasting Cincinnati, 7-2. Bob Watson belts another for good measure. Cedeno has four hits, including a triple. J.R. Richards whiffs eleven Reds for his 15th win.

1977 – Jose Cruz and Cesar Cedeno both sock a pair of homers, blasting Cincinnati, 7-2. Bob Watson belts another for good measure. Cedeno has four hits, including a triple. J.R. Richards whiffs eleven Reds for his 15th win.

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1977 – Art Howe’s first-inning grand slam keys a six-run first inning on Houston’s way to a 15-3 laugher in Atlanta. Rob Sperring and J.R. Richard also launch bombs before the Astros wait through a rain delay with a 15-0 lead. Sperring gets four hits. Dan Larsontosses four innings of relief for the “save”. 

1977 – Art Howe’s first-inning grand slam keys a six-run first inning on Houston’s way to a 15-3 laugher in Atlanta. Rob Sperring and J.R. Richard also launch bombs before the Astros wait through a rain delay with a 15-0 lead. Sperring gets four hits. Dan Larsontosses four innings of relief for the “save”. 

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1977 – Jose Cruz blasts an 11th-inning bomb off Rich “Goose” Gossage to sink the Pirates, 4-3. Mark Lemongello goes the distance for the victory in spite of 14 Pittsburgh hits, four walks and four Houston errors, escaping bases-loaded jams in the ninth and tenth innings. 

1977 – Jose Cruz blasts an 11th-inning bomb off Rich “Goose” Gossage to sink the Pirates, 4-3. Mark Lemongello goes the distance for the victory in spite of 14 Pittsburgh hits, four walks and four Houston errors, escaping bases-loaded jams in the ninth and tenth innings. 

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1977 – Mark Lemongello snaps a personal losing skid with a 3-1 victory over the Reds. Bob Watson and Enos Cabell swat solo homers for the winning margin. Joe Niekro hurls three innings in relief for the save.

1977 – Mark Lemongello snaps a personal losing skid with a 3-1 victory over the Reds. Bob Watson and Enos Cabell swat solo homers for the winning margin. Joe Niekro hurls three innings in relief for the save.

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1977 – After being called out on strikes by umpire Paul Pryor, Jose Cruz belts the game-winning homer in the 14th inning to give Houston a 2-1 triumph in Los Angeles. Cruz argues he has only two strikes on him and Pryor admits his mistake. Jose promptly sends the next pitch from Mike Garman into the right field stands. 

1977 – After being called out on strikes by umpire Paul Pryor, Jose Cruz belts the game-winning homer in the 14th inning to give Houston a 2-1 triumph in Los Angeles. Cruz argues he has only two strikes on him and Pryor admits his mistake. Jose promptly sends the next pitch from Mike Garman into the right field stands. 

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1977 – Melissa Ludtke, female Sports Illustrated sports writer, files suit against Major League Baseball, the Yankees and New York City officials for denying her access to the locker room to interview players during the 1977 World Series.

1977 – Melissa Ludtke, female Sports Illustrated sports writer, files suit against Major League Baseball, the Yankees and New York City officials for denying her access to the locker room to interview players during the 1977 World Series.

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Major League Baseball Season Recap 1977

Major League Season Recap 1977 World Series – New York Yankees AL over Los Angeles Dodgers NL 4 games to 2 World Series MVP – Reggie Jackson Babe Ruth Award – Reggie Jackson ALCS New York Yankees over Kansas...

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The Texas Rangers re-acquire future Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins from the Boston Red Sox for pitcher John Poloni and cash. Jenkins, who won only 10 games in 1977, will put together an 18-win season for the Rangers in 1978.

1977 – The Texas Rangers re-acquire future Hall of Fame pitcher Ferguson Jenkins from the Boston Red Sox for pitcher John Poloni and cash. Jenkins, who won only 10 games in 1977, will put together an 18-win season for the Rangers in 1978.

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The A’s and Reds announce a deal that will send P Vida Blue to Cincinnati for minor league OF Dave Revering and $1.75 million cash

The A’s and Reds announce a deal that will send P Vida Blue to Cincinnati for minor league OF Dave Revering and $1.75 million cash. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn will invalidate the deal on January 30th, contending that too much money is involved and there would be a competitive imbalance created. He later sets a limit of $400,000 as the maximum that can be exchanged between teams. The A’s will later acquire Revering in another deal and trade Blue to the Giants for seven players on March 15, 1978.

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1977 – The Rangers engineer a series of deals with the Braves, Mets, and Pirates, unloading a total of six players and getting three in return. Among those involved are 1B Willie Montanez (from Atlanta to New York), Bert Blyleven (from Texas to Pittsburgh), Al Oliver (from Pittsburgh to Texas), and 1B John Milner (from NY to Pittsburgh).

1977 – The Rangers engineer a series of deals with the Braves, Mets, and Pirates, unloading a total of six players and getting three in return. Among those involved are 1B Willie Montanez (from Atlanta to New York), Bert Blyleven (from Texas to Pittsburgh), Al Oliver (from Pittsburgh to Texas), and 1B John Milner (from NY to Pittsburgh).

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1977 – Former major league manager Mayo Smith dies at the age of 62. Smith skippered the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers during a nine-year managerial career, but gained most of his fame when he guided the Tigers to the 1968 World Championship. Smith later scouted for the Oakland Athletics.

1977 – Former major league manager Mayo Smith dies at the age of 62. Smith skippered the Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers during a nine-year managerial career, but gained most of his fame when he guided the Tigers to the 1968 World Championship. Smith later scouted for the Oakland Athletics.

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The New York Yankees sign free agent relief pitcher Rich Gossage to a six-year $2.75 million contract. Gossage had 26 saves and a 1.26 ERA for the Pirates last season. He will join Cy Young Award winner Sparky Lyle in the Yankees bullpen.

The New York Yankees sign free agent relief pitcher Rich Gossage to a six-year $2.75 million contract. Gossage had 26 saves and a 1.26 ERA for the Pirates last season. He will join Cy Young Award winner Sparky Lyle in the Yankees bullpen.

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Terry Forster, the American League saves leader in 1974 with the White Sox, signs a big contract with the Dodgers, becoming the team’s first free agent. Last season, the southpaw compiled a 6-4 record with a 4.43 ERA pitching for the Pirates and will post an 11-13 record during his five years in Los Angeles.

Terry Forster, the American League saves leader in 1974 with the White Sox, signs a big contract with the Dodgers, becoming the team’s first free agent. Last season, the southpaw compiled a 6-4 record with a 4.43 ERA pitching for the Pirates and will post an 11-13 record during his five years in Los Angeles.

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1977 – Baltimore Orioles first baseman Eddie Murray is named American League Rookie of the Year. Murray garners 12 1/2 points to beat out runner-up Mitchell Page of the Oakland Athletics, who polled 9 1/2 votes. Murray will go on to a Hall of Fame career, while Page will never come close to matching his rookie numbers.

1977 – Baltimore Orioles first baseman Eddie Murray is named American League Rookie of the Year. Murray garners 12 1/2 points to beat out runner-up Mitchell Page of the Oakland Athletics, who polled 9 1/2 votes. Murray will go on to a Hall of Fame career, while Page will never come close to matching his rookie numbers.

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White Sox owner Bill Veeck gives Yankee free-agent Ron Blomberg, who has played in only one game during the last two seasons, a generous four-year contract worth $500,000 that includes an additional $80,000 signing bonus. The questionable deal will turn out to be a complete bust when ‘Boomer’ hits only .231 in 169 plate appearances in his one year with Chicago.

White Sox owner Bill Veeck gives Yankee free-agent Ron Blomberg, who has played in only one game during the last two seasons, a generous four-year contract worth $500,000 that includes an additional $80,000 signing bonus. The questionable deal will turn out to be a complete bust when ‘Boomer’ hits only .231 in 169 plate appearances in his one year with Chicago.

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Rod Carew is selected by the BBWAA as the recipient of the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award, easily outpointing right-fielders Al Cowens (A’s) and Ken Singleton (Orioles), the runner-ups for the honor. The Twins’ first baseman led the league in hitting with a .338 batting average.

Rod Carew is selected by the BBWAA as the recipient of the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award, easily outpointing right-fielders Al Cowens (A’s) and Ken Singleton (Orioles), the runner-ups for the honor. The Twins’ first baseman led the league in hitting with a .338 batting average.

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Rod Carew is selected by the BBWAA as the recipient of the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award, easily outpointing right-fielders Al Cowens (A’s) and Ken Singleton (Orioles), the runner-ups for the honor. The Twins’ first baseman led the league in hitting with a .338 batting average.

Rod Carew is selected by the BBWAA as the recipient of the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award, easily outpointing right-fielders Al Cowens (A’s) and Ken Singleton (Orioles), the runner-ups for the honor. The Twins’ first baseman led the league in hitting with a .338 batting average.

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Hall of Fame manager Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday. Harris won two World Championships and three American League pennants over a 29-year career with the Washington Senators and New York Yankees, among other teams.

Hall of Fame manager Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday. Harris won two World Championships and three American League pennants over a 29-year career with the Washington Senators and New York Yankees, among other teams.

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George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds is named the National League MVP. The slugging left fielder, part of Cincinnati’s explosive “Big Red Machine” , led the NL in home runs with 52 and in RBI with 149.

George Foster of the Cincinnati Reds is named the National League MVP. The slugging left fielder, part of Cincinnati’s explosive “Big Red Machine” , led the NL in home runs with 52 and in RBI with 149.

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Hall of Fame skipper Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1924, the ‘Boy Wonder’ became the player-manager for the Senators, winning a World Championship with Washington in his first year at the helm at the age of 27.

Hall of Fame skipper Bucky Harris dies on his 81st birthday in Bethesda, Maryland. In 1924, the ‘Boy Wonder’ became the player-manager for the Senators, winning a World Championship with Washington in his first year at the helm at the age of 27.

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