Tony Oliva, Unfortunate lot...All three would not return to the top 3 in batting...Oliva took his last or three batting crowns; the first in his Rookie year of 1964 and an encore as a sophomore in 1965...Tony O was out for most of 1972 with a knee injury and while he put up solid numbers never really was the same afterwards having been robbed of his speed.... Bobby Murcer....solid career and NY darling turned his focus to home runs in 1972, collecting 33 but at the cost of a 39 point drop in BA....Murcer would reach over .300 once more, in 1973.....Merv Rettenmund sported a .318 BA and great promise but turned out to be a flash in the pan....At the end of 1971, was hitting .306 for his career; a figure that dovetailed to .271 mark by the time he hung up his spikes in 1980.
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
Thursday, October 14, 2021
Winner Joe Torre was a pioneer of off season fitness in a time, struggling with weight issues in his last years in Atlanta, arrives in St Louis for 1969 with a slender frame....in an instant, electrified production....Joe drives in 137 Cardinals to home plate....a personal best and mean feat at age 30....Torre would never reach such statistical heights although he was a two time all star.....as they finished win and place in home runs accordingly Willie Stargell and Hank Aaron take place and show respectively in the RBI derby.....”Pop’s” 125 RBIs was his best effort but would take the crown in 1973.....Henry’s 118 RBIs was pedestrian in his career....tied for the rank of 8th in his storied career.
Monday, October 11, 2021
#1 Harmon Killebrew, While the Killer lost something off his home run count his RBI collection remained healthy at 119 good for the top spot in the Junior Circuit....the last hurrah for the Harmon in a major offensive category....Harmon had been the reigning RBI king in 1969 so regaining the RBI mark was a redemption and bright spot in a mediocre Twins season....At #2 Frank Robinson’s register of 99 RBIs somewhat pales in comparison to his Reds glory days and the legendary triple crown year of 1966.....still never reached his 1971 statistics again.....#3 Reggie Smith drove in 96 runs which was his showing in league competition....but personal best was 100 in 1974 but only good for 8th in NL.....Overall total AL run production dropped to 7472 in 1971 down from 8109 in 1970.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Home runs leader numbers were still in vogue in NL.....Willie Stargell, always threat to go deep for nearly a decade since starting in ....Stargell enters a three year prime with NL leading 48 dingers....Pops would place fifth in 1972, and take the crown again in 1973....Hank Aaron’s 47 represents a personal best for the all time home run king....The Hammer had previously claimed three HR crowns in 1957, 1963, and 1966....Another personal best, Lee May registered 39 bombs....possibly the only bright spot at the plate for the underachieving Reds....Got traded to Houston and oh so difficult power alleys of the Astrodome....while his numbers still made top ten would never hit over 29 dingers again.
Thursday, September 30, 2021
Big change in leaders....Stalwarts Frank Howard and Harmon Killebrew are now also rans....Bill Melton who repeated his total of 1970 which was good for 6th....but in light of a league power outage with his peers surged Melton to an unexpected top spot....back injuries curtailed his playing time in 1972 and his power numbers drained in the rest of his career.....Finding fountain of youth Cash more than doubles his HR total from 1970....no stranger to top 10 finishes, making the mark 9 times...his personal high was 41 in 1961 which in the frenzy of the Maris/Mantle race was only good for 6th....The future Dean of Home Runs, Reggie Jackson gets the bronze with 31.....Destined to take the AL home run crowns of 1973, 1975, 1980, and 1982....13 times in top 10 home runs....had reached #3 with his personal best total of 47 home runs in 1969.
Friday, September 24, 2021
Tom Seaver.....Another league leading ERA mark for Tom Terrific....at 1.76 a career best mark....what is exceptional is that he lowered his ERA by over a run per game from his league leading mark in 1970....while Tom did not threepeat in 1972, he reclaims the ERA crown in 1973....finished in top 10 seven more times...tallies 12 top 10 finishes in his career....stellar effort was from Dave Roberts at 2.10 for the upstart Padres...a career mark good for ERA sliver medalist....traded to Astros for the next year only reaches top 10 again in 1973.... Don Wilson also with a career best in 1971 with 2.45.....was able to have the 8th best NL ERA the following year....while 1973 and 1974 were adequate output in terms ERA: 3.20 and 3.08 respectively, Don would tragically pass away in Jan 1975.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
Vida Blue New kid on the block, the sensation of the year, registered 1.82 runs per game....only time Blue took ERA top spot....his stingy mark turned out to be a personal best....would be in his respected circuit top 10 ERA five more times....all falling in a seven year period from 1975 to 1981....Wilbur Wood familiar face, long time veteran but with a new role, starter....the 29 year old claimed an ERA of 1.91 over the course of 334 innings.....only time in top 10.....his personal best 1.87 in 1968 was not eligible for ERA title....being a fireman that he logged in 159 innings....Jim Palmer still only 25 had a long future being top of the line hurler.....twice future ERA champ taking place 1973 and 1975....finished 2nd in his two prior years....four more top 10 finishes ending in 1982.