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The 1971 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 89th year in Major League Baseball, their 14th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 12th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in first place in the National League West with a 90–72 record. The Giants faced the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1971 National League Championship Series, losing three games to one.

1971 San Francisco Giants
1971 National League West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Horace Stoneham
General manager(s)Jerry Donovan
Manager(s)Charlie Fox
Local televisionKTVU
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons, Bill Thompson)
Local radioKSFO
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons, Bill Thompson)
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OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

 
The Giants play at Candlestick Park, July 1971, with upper deck expansion in progress.
  • The Giants battled their arch rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, throughout the season for the NL West Division lead. The Giants led by 8.5 games on September 1. In mid September the Dodgers won 8 in a row, including 5 over the Giants to narrow the gap to one game. On the final day of the season, rookie Dave Kingman homered, leading the Giants to a win over the San Diego Padres to take the division crown, allowing Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, and Willie McCovey to play in the post season for the last time together.
  • September 5, 1971: In a game against the Giants, J. R. Richard of the Houston Astros struck out 15 batters in his very first game, tying a Major League record first set by Karl Spooner.[2]

Season standingsEdit

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 90 72 0.556 51–30 39–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 73 0.549 1 42–39 47–34
Atlanta Braves 82 80 0.506 8 43–39 39–41
Cincinnati Reds 79 83 0.488 11 46–35 33–48
Houston Astros 79 83 0.488 11 39–42 40–41
San Diego Padres 61 100 0.379 28½ 33–48 28–52

Record vs. opponentsEdit

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 lineupEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

Game log and scheduleEdit

Legend
  Giants win
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  Postponement
Bold Giants team member
1971 Game Log (90–72) (Home: 51–30; Road: 39–42)

PostseasonEdit

1971 Postseason Game Log

RosterEdit

1971 San Francisco Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Dick Dietz 142 453 58 114 .252 19 72 1
1B Willie McCovey 105 329 45 91 .277 18 70 0
2B Tito Fuentes 152 630 63 172 .273 4 52 12
3B Al Gallagher 136 429 47 119 .277 5 57 2
SS Chris Speier 157 601 74 141 .235 8 46 4
LF Ken Henderson 141 504 80 133 .264 15 65 18
CF Willie Mays 136 417 82 113 .271 18 61 23
RF Bobby Bonds 155 619 110 178 .288 33 102 26

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Other battersEdit

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
Jimmy Rosario 92 192 43 .224 0 13
Hal Lanier 109 206 48 .233 1 13
Dave Kingman 41 115 32 .278 6 24
George Foster 36 105 28 .267 3 8
Fran Healy 47 93 26 .280 2 11
Bernie Williams 35 73 13 .178 1 5
Russ Gibson 25 57 11 .193 1 7
Frank Johnson 32 49 4 .082 0 5
Ed Goodson 20 42 8 .190 0 1
Jim Ray Hart 31 39 10 .256 2 5
Frank Duffy 21 28 5 .179 0 2
Floyd Wicker 9 21 3 .143 0 1
Chris Arnold 6 13 3 .231 1 3
Jim Howarth 7 13 3 .231 0 2
Bob Heise 13 11 0 .000 0 0
Dave Rader 3 4 0 .000 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gaylord Perry 37 280 16 12 2.76 158
Juan Marichal 37 279 18 11 2.94 159
Ron Bryant 27 140 7 10 3.79 79
Steve Stone 24 110.2 5 9 4.16 63

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
John Cumberland 45 185 9 6 2.92 65
Don Carrithers 22 80.1 5 3 4.03 41
Rich Robertson 23 61 2 2 4.57 32
Frank Reberger 13 43.2 3 0 3.92 21
Jim Willoughby 2 4 0 1 9.00 3

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Jerry Johnson 67 12 9 18 2.97 85
Don McMahon 61 10 6 4 4.06 71
Steve Hamilton 39 2 2 4 3.02 38
Jim Barr 17 1 1 0 3.57 16

National League Championship SeriesEdit

The Pittsburgh Pirates win the series, 3–1, over the Giants.

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Pittsburgh – 4, San Francisco – 5 October 2 Candlestick Park 40,977
2 Pittsburgh – 9, San Francisco – 4 October 3 Candlestick Park 42,562
3 San Francisco – 1, Pittsburgh – 2 October 5 Three Rivers Stadium 38,322
4 San Francisco – 5, Pittsburgh – 9 October 6 Three Rivers Stadium 35,487

Award winnersEdit

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ron Hunt at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Seidel, Jeff (June 9, 2010). "K street: Strasburg racks up the strikeouts". MLB.com. Retrieved June 13, 2010.
  3. ^ George Foster at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Floyd Wicker at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Frank Riccelli at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Willie Prall at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/SFG/1971.shtml
  8. ^ 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 linksEdit