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The 1971 Major League Baseball season was the final season for the Senators in Washington, D.C., before the team's relocation to the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb Arlington for the following season, as the Texas Rangers, leaving the nation's capital without a baseball team of its own until 2005.

1971 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 5 – October 17, 1971
Top draft pickDanny Goodwin
Picked byChicago White Sox
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Vida Blue (OAK)
NL: Joe Torre (STL)
AL championsBaltimore Orioles
  AL runners-upOakland Athletics
NL championsPittsburgh Pirates
  NL runners-upSan Francisco Giants
World Series
ChampionsPittsburgh Pirates
  Runners-upBaltimore Orioles
World Series MVPRoberto Clemente (PIT)
MLB seasons

This was the final season the majority of MLB teams wore wool flannel uniforms. The Pirates and Cardinals wore double knit uniforms of nylon and rayon throughout 1971, and the Orioles gradually phased out flannels, going all-double knit in time for the ALCS. By 1973, flannel uniforms completely disappeared from the MLB scene.

Regular season standingsEdit


  League Championship Series
World Series
East Baltimore 3  
West Oakland 0  
    AL Baltimore 3
  NL Pittsburgh 4
East Pittsburgh 3
West San Francisco 1  

Awards and honorsEdit

Statistical leadersEdit

Statistic American League National League
AVG Tony Oliva MIN .337 Joe Torre STL .363
HR Bill Melton CHW 33 Willie Stargell PIT 48
RBI Harmon Killebrew MIN 119 Joe Torre STL 137
Wins Mickey Lolich DET 25 Ferguson Jenkins CHC 24
ERA Vida Blue OAK 1.82 Tom Seaver NYM 1.76
SO Mickey Lolich DET 308 Tom Seaver NYM 289
SV Ken Sanders MIL 31 Dave Giusti PIT 30
SB Amos Otis KC 52 Lou Brock STL 64

Regular Season RecapEdit

Three of the four division races were anticlimactic; the only race was in the N.L. West between old rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. The Giants led by 8.5 games on September 1 but the Dodgers chipped away. In mid September, the Dodgers won 8 in a row, including 5 over the Giants to narrow the gap to one game. But they could get no closer; ultimately both teams won on the final day of the season and the Giants won the division by 1 game.

Major league baseball final standingsEdit





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