1971 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1971 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 90–72 (.556)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s) Bing Devine
Manager(s) Red Schoendienst
Local television KSD-TV
Local radio KMOX
(Jack Buck, Jim Woods)
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The 1971 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 90th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 80th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 90–72 during the season and finished second in the National League East, seven games behind the eventual NL pennant and World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates.

Offseason

Regular season

The Cardinals scrapped their traditional buttoned jerseys for T-shirt style uniform tops, and would keep them until they switched back in 1992.

Third baseman Joe Torre won the MVP Award this year, batting .363, with 24 home runs and 137 RBIs. Pitcher Bob Gibson won a Gold Glove this year, and threw a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates on August 14.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 97 65 0.599 52–28 45–37
St. Louis Cardinals 90 72 0.556 7 45–36 45–36
Chicago Cubs 83 79 0.512 14 44–37 39–42
New York Mets 83 79 0.512 14 44–37 39–42
Montreal Expos 71 90 0.441 25½ 36–44 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 67 95 0.414 30 34–47 33–48


Record vs. opponents

1971 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 9–9 9–9 9–9 7–5 7–5 8–4 4–8 11–7 7–11 6–6
Chicago 7–5 6–6 5–7 8–4 8–10 11–7 11–7 6–12 9–3 3–9 9–9
Cincinnati 9–9 6–6 5–13 7–11 7–5 8–4 5–7 5–7 10–8 9–9 8–4
Houston 9–9 7–5 13–5 8–10 4–8 5–7 8–4 4–8 10–8 9–9 2–10
Los Angeles 9–9 4–8 11–7 10–8 8–4 5–7 7–5 4–8 13–5 12–6 6–6
Montreal 5–7 10–8 5–7 8–4 4–8 9–9 6–12 7–11 6–5 7–5 4–14
New York 5–7 7–11 4–8 7–5 7–5 9–9 13–5 10–8 7–5 4–8 10–8
Philadelphia 4-8 7–11 2–10 3–9 5–7 6–10 5–13 6–12 4–8 6–6 7–11
Pittsburgh 8–4 12–6 7–5 8–4 8–4 11–7 8–10 12–6 9–3 3–9 11–7
San Diego 7–11 3–9 8–10 8–10 5–13 5–6 5–7 8–4 3–9 5–13 4–8
San Francisco 11–7 9–3 9–9 9–9 6–12 5–7 8–4 6–6 9–3 13–5 5–7
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 4–8 10–2 6–6 14–4 8–10 11–7 7–11 8–4 7–5


Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1971 St. Louis Cardinals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

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
2B Ted Sizemore 135 478 126 .264 3 42
3B Joe Torre 161 634 230 .363 24 137
RF José Cardenal 89 301 73 .243 7 48
1B Joe Hague 129 380 86 .226 16 54

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
Matty Alou 149 609 192 .315 7 74
Julián Javier 90 259 67 .259 3 28
Luis Meléndez 88 173 39 .225 0 11
Jerry McNertney 56 128 37 .289 4 22
Bob Stinson 17 19 4 .211 0 1
Milt Ramírez 4 11 3 .273 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
Steve Carlton 37 273.1 20 9 3.56 172
Bob Gibson 31 245.2 16 13 3.04 185
Reggie Cleveland 34 222 12 12 4.01 148

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
Al Santorini 19 49.2 0 2 3.81 21
Santiago Guzmán 2 10 0 0 0.00 13

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
Don Shaw 45 7 2 2 2.65 19
Rudy Arroyo 9 0 1 0 5.40 5
George Brunet 7 0 1 0 5.79 4
Fred Norman 4 0 0 0 12.27 4
Bob Chlupsa 1 0 0 0 9.00 1

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tulsa Oilers American Association Warren Spahn and Gary Geiger
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Jack Krol
A Modesto Reds California League Roy Majtyka
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Joe Cunningham
A Cedar Rapids Cardinals Midwest League Bobby Dews
Rookie GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League Tom Burgess

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Arkansas[9]

References

  1. ^ Dick Allen page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Jerry McNertney page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1971&t=SLN
  4. ^ Keith Hernandez page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Al Santorini page at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Mike Torrez page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Stolen Bases Single Season National League Leaders by Baseball Almanac
  8. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

External links

  • 1971 St. Louis Cardinals
  • 1971 St. Louis Cardinals team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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