1971 in baseball
Major League BaseballEdit
National League: Pittsburgh Pirates
American League: Baltimore Orioles
1971 World Series: Pittsburgh (NL) def. Baltimore (AL), 4 games to 3.
Inter-league playoff: Pittsburgh (NL) declined challenge by Tokyo Yomiuri Giants.
- World Series MVP: Roberto Clemente
- All-Star Game, July 13 at Tiger Stadium: American League, 6–4; Frank Robinson, MVP
- Amateur World Series: Cuba
- College World Series: USC
- Japan Series: Yomiuri Giants over Hankyu Braves (4–1)
- Big League World Series: District 44 LL, Cupertino, California
- Little League World Series: Tainan, Taiwan
- Senior League World Series: La Habra, California
- Pan American Games: Cuba over United States
Awards and honorsEdit
- Baseball Hall of Fame
- Most Valuable Player
- Cy Young Award
- Rookie of the Year
- Gold Glove Award
|American League||National League|
|AVG||Tony Oliva||.337||Joe Torre||.363|
|HR||Bill Melton||33||Willie Stargell||48|
|RBI||Harmon Killebrew||119||Joe Torre||137|
|Wins||Mickey Lolich||25||Ferguson Jenkins||24|
|ERA||Vida Blue||1.82||Tom Seaver||1.76|
Major league baseball final standingsEdit
American League final standingsEdit
National League final standingsEdit
- January 7 - The ruptured Achilles tendon of Reds centerfielder Bobby Tolan brings an end to two sports seasons. Tolan suffers the injury while playing basketball for the Reds offseason squad. He misses the baseball season because of the injury and the Cincinnati front office orders the basketball team to disbanded as a result.
- January 11 - Tigers pitcher John Hiller suffers a heart attack at age 27. he'll miss this season but will make a remarkable comeback.
- January 31 – The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, and Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss.
- February 9 – Former Negro leagues pitcher Satchel Paige is nominated for the Hall of Fame. On June 10, the Hall's new Veterans Committee will formally select Paige for induction.
- February 10- The Los Angeles Dodgers acquire pitcher Al Downing from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Andy Kosco. Downing would later be a part of history as the pitcher who surrendered Hank Aaron's 714th career home run, which broke the all-time record set by Babe Ruth.
- March 6, 1971: Charlie Finley persuaded American League president Joe Cronin to have a preseason game in which a walk was allowed on three pitches rather than four. The Athletics bested the Milwaukee Brewers by a 13–9 tally. Nineteen total walks were issued in the game, and a collective six home runs were hit.
- April 5- The St. Louis Cardinals return First Baseman Cecil Cooper to the Boston Red Sox. The Cardinals had selected Cooper in the Rule 5 draft in November 1970.
- April 10:
- The Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Montreal Expos, 4–1, in the first game played at Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium.
- Willie Stargell hits three home runs, including his 200th career homer.
- Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants becomes the first player to hit a home run in each of his team's first four games of a season. The shot comes off Jerry Reuss in the third inning of Giants' 6-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Memorial Stadium. Mays had also homered in each of the first three games of the season, against the San Diego Padres.
- April 16- The Atlanta Braves sign free agent pitcher Luis Tiant.
- April 27 – Hank Aaron becomes the third player in Major League history to hit his 600th home run.
- May 6 – Commissioner Bowie Kuhn signs Major League Baseball to a $72 million television contract with NBC.
- May 15 – Billy Williams hits the 300th home run of his career during a 6–4 win over the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. The milestone homer was hit off Tom Phoebus.
- Luis Tiant, signed by the Braves just one month earlier, is released by Atlanta. Two days later, he signs with the Boston Red Sox, for whom he'd have multiple 20 win seasons for.
- May 17:
- Johnny Bench hits his 100th career home run.
- The Cleveland Indians are involved in a bizarre play against the Washington Senators at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. The Senators' Tommy McCraw leads off the bottom of the fourth inning with a 140-foot pop fly (some sources say it was 250 feet) into short left-center for what should be an out. Instead, Indians shortstop Jack Heidemann, left fielder John Lowenstein and center fielder Vada Pinson collide into each other going for the ball, which falls amongst the three players. Before the ball can be recovered, McCraw circles the bases for an inside-the-park home run; meanwhile, Heidemann, Lowenstein and Pinson are all injured and have to be replaced. Despite their embarrassing moment, the Indians defeat the Senators 6–3.
- June 3 – Pitcher Ken Holtzman of the Chicago Cubs throws the second no-hitter of his career, victimizing the hosts Cincinnati Reds 1–0. Holtzman scores the only run, unearned, in the third inning, to beat Reds pitcher Gary Nolan.
- June 6 – Willie Mays hits his major league-leading 22nd and last career extra-inning home run against Phillies reliever Joe Hoerner.
- June 23 – In a singular performance, pitcher Rick Wise of the Philadelphia Phillies no-hits the Cincinnati Reds, 4–0, and bangs two home runs in the game. Wise joins Wes Ferrell (1931), Jim Tobin (1944) and Earl Wilson (1962) as the only pitchers to pitch a no-hitter and hit a home run in the same game. It is the second no-hitter against Cincinnati this month, both in Riverfront Stadium.
- June 25 – Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates hits what will be the longest home run ever hit at Veterans Stadium. In the second inning of the Pirates' 14–4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, his shot off Jim Bunning strikes above an exit in the 600 level in the upper deck. The spot where the ball struck will eventually be marked with a yellow star with a black "S" inside a white circle until Stargell's 2001 death, after which the white circle will then be painted black. The star will remain until the stadium's 2004 demolition.
- June 29 - The Atlanta Braves release 48 year old pitcher Hoyt Wilhelm. he would later sign with the Los Angeles Dodgers and finish his hall of fame career.
- July 7 – Commissioner Kuhn announces that players from the Negro leagues elected to the Hall of Fame will be given full membership in the museum. It had been previously announced that they would be honored in a separate wing.
- July 9
- The Oakland Athletics beat the California Angels 1–0 in 20 innings – the longest shutout in American League history. Vida Blue strikes out 17 batters in 11 innings for Oakland, while the Angels' Billy Cowan ties a major league record by fanning six times. Both teams combine for 43 strikeouts, a new major league record.
- Kansas City Royals shortstop Freddie Patek hits for the cycle in the Royals' 6–3 victory over the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium.
- July 13 – In an All-Star Game featuring home runs by future Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew and Frank Robinson, the American League triumphs over the National League 6–4 at Tiger Stadium. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson's home run goes 520 feet, and Robinson is named MVP.
- August 4:
- In Texas League action, Tom Walker pitched a 15-inning no-hitter for the Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs to beat the Albuquerque Dodgers, 1–0, which is considered the second longest no-hitter pitched in American professional baseball history. Walker struck out 11 batters and walked four to complete the gem. His manager Cal Ripken, Sr. left him in the game until he finally picked the victory after throwing 176 pitches. Only Fred Toney, who hurled 17 no-hit innings in the Blue Grass League in 1909, has pitched a longer no-hitter in baseball history.
- St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson wins his 200th game, a 7–2 victory over the San Francisco Giants at St. Louis.
- August 10:
- August 14 – Ten days after his 200th victory, St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Bob Gibson no-hits the Pittsburgh Pirates 11–0, the first no-hitter ever pitched at Three Rivers Stadium. He strikes out 10 batters along the way; three of those are to Willie Stargell, including the final out. The no-hitter is the first to be pitched in Pittsburgh in 64 years; none had been pitched in the 62-year (mid-1909 to mid-1970) history of Three Rivers Stadium's predecessor, Forbes Field.
- August 17 – Billy Williams collects the 2,000th hit of his career in a 5–4 loss to the Atlanta Braves in Atlanta.
- August 28 – Phillies pitcher Rick Wise hits two home runs, including a grand slam off Don McMahon, in the second game of a doubleheader, duplicating his feat in his June no-hitter. Wise beats the Giants 7–3.
- September 1 – The Pittsburgh Pirates start what is believed to be the first All-Black lineup in major league history, which include several Latin American players, in a 10–7 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The lineup: Rennie Stennett (2B); Gene Clines (CF); Roberto Clemente (RF); Willie Stargell (LF); Manny Sanguillén (C); Dave Cash (3B); Al Oliver (1B); Jackie Hernández (SS), and Dock Ellis (P). Another black player, Bob Veale, was one of three relievers in the game.
- September 5 – J. R. Richard tied Karl Spooner's major league record by striking out 15 San Francisco Giants in his first major league game, as the Houston Astros beat the Giants.
- September 9 - The Chicago Cubs sign Bruce Sutter as an undrafted amateur free agent.
- September 10 – Ferguson Jenkins breaks Charlie Root's Chicago Cubs club record for career strikeouts during an 8–7, 12-inning loss to the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.
- September 13 – Baltimore Orioles rightfielder Frank Robinson becomes the 11th player to reach 500 career home runs.
- September 26 – Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer shuts out the host Cleveland Indians, 5–0, and becomes the fourth member of the Orioles 1971 pitching staff to notch his 20th victory, joining Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson. Only one other team in ML history, the 1920 Chicago White Sox, boasted four 20-game winners.
- September 29 – The Montreal Expos' Ron Hunt is hit by a pitch for the 50th time of the season.
- September 30 – The Washington Senators' lead 7–5 in their last home game, but forfeit the game to the New York Yankees, when, with two outs in the top of the ninth, fans storm the field. The Senators moved to Arlington, Texas, and became the Texas Rangers for the 1972 season. The Nation's Capital would not have another MLB team until the 2005 relocation of the Montreal Expos, to become the Washington Nationals.
- October 17 – Pitcher Steve Blass throws a four-hitter and Roberto Clemente homers as the Pittsburgh Pirates win Game Seven of the World Series over the Baltimore Orioles, 2–1, becoming World Champions for the first time since 1960. Clemente is named the Series MVP. Game Four, played on October 13, was the first night game in World Series history.
- November 2 – Pat Dobson of the Baltimore Orioles pitches a no-hitter against the Yomiuri Giants, winning 2–0. It is the first no-hitter in Japanese-American baseball exhibition history. The Orioles compile a record of 12–2–4 on the tour.
- November 10:
- Joe Torre of the St. Louis Cardinals, who led the National League in batting average (.363) and runs batted in (137) while hitting 24 home runs, is named the Most Valuable Player over Willie Stargell of the Pittsburgh Pirates (.295/125/48). Torre receives 318 points to 222 for Stargell.
- Oakland Athletics pitcher Vida Blue adds the American League MVP Award to his list of awards for 1971, easily outpointing teammate Sal Bando 268–182.
- November 14 – In Venezuelan Winter League, Luis Tiant of the Tiburones de la Guaira hurled a 3–0 no-hitter against his former team Leones del Caracas. Tiant became the fourth pitcher in league's 26-year history to achieve the feat, joining Len Yochim (1955), Mel Nelson (1963) and Howie Reed (1968).
- November 17 – At age 22, Oakland Athletics pitcher Vida Blue becomes the youngest player ever to win the Most Valuable Player Award and only the fourth to capture both the Cy Young Award and the MVP in the same season.
- November 22 – Cleveland Indians first baseman Chris Chambliss receives 11 of 24 first place votes to win the American League Rookie of the Year Award.
- November 24 – Catcher-infielder Earl Williams, who hit 33 home runs and 87 RBI for the Atlanta Braves, wins the National League Rookie of the Year honors. Williams gets 18 of 24 first place votes, with the others going to Willie Montañez of the Philadelphia Phillies.
- November 29:
- The Cincinnati Reds sends 1B Lee May, 2B Tommy Helms and OF Jimmy Stewart to the Houston Astros, in exchange for 2B Joe Morgan, OF César Gerónimo and P Jack Billingham. This trade, criticized in the Cincinnati, Ohio press, will be one of the best in Reds history, and puts the wheels on the big Red Machine, as future Hall of Fame member Morgan will win two MVP awards.
- The Chicago Cubs trade P Ken Holtzman to the Oakland Athletics for OF Rick Monday, and the San Francisco Giants deal P Gaylord Perry and SS Frank Duffy to the Cleveland Indians for P Sam McDowell.
- November 30 - The Chicago White Sox purchase the contract of Jorge Orta from Mexicali of the Mexican Northern League.
- December 1 – The Chicago Cubs release longtime star and future Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, ending his 19-year major league career. The Cubs also announce that Banks will serve as a coach on manager Leo Durocher's staff in the 1972 season. Mr. Cub finishes his illustrious playing career with 512 home runs and 1,636 RBI.
- December 10 – The California Angels send star shortstop Jim Fregosi to the New York Mets in return for four players, one of whom is Nolan Ryan.
- January 2 – Rick Greene
- January 4 – Chris Michalak
- January 5 – Jason Bates
- January 6 – Eric Moody
- January 7 – Frank Menechino
- January 7 – Jorge Toca
- January 8 – Jason Giambi
- January 11 – Alex Delgado
- January 11 – Rey Ordóñez
- January 12 – Andy Fox
- January 13 – Elmer Dessens
- January 17 – Tyler Houston
- January 19 – Jeff Juden
- January 19 – Phil Nevin
- January 20 – Brian Giles
- January 21 – Johnny Guzmán
- January 23 – Charlie Greene
- January 24 – Cory Bailey
- January 25 – Kerry Taylor
- January 27 – Ken Huckaby
- January 28 – Kevin Tolar
- February 3 – Scott Klingenbeck
- February 3 – Eric Owens
- February 4 – Dennis Konuszewski
- February 8 – James Hoye
- February 10 – Kevin Sefcik
- February 13 – Todd Williams
- February 15 – Terry Jones
- February 16 – Mike Hubbard
- February 17 – Danny Patterson
- February 19 – Miguel Batista
- February 21 – Jeff Schmidt
- February 26 – Matt Luke
- February 26 – Danny Perez
- March 3 – José Oliva
- March 4 – Nerio Rodríguez
- March 5 – Chad Fonville
- March 5 – Jeffrey Hammonds
- March 5 – Brian Hunter
- March 5 – Brian Lesher
- March 5 – José Mercedes
- March 6 – Roger Salkeld
- March 10 – Bobby Hughes
- March 10 – Shad Williams
- March 11 – Rod Henderson
- March 11 – Lee Sang-hoon
- March 12 – Greg Hansell
- March 12 – Raúl Mondesí
- March 13 – Scott Sullivan
- March 17 – Bill Mueller
- March 19 – D. T. Cromer
- March 20 – Manny Alexander
- March 26 – Frank Lankford
- March 26 – Jesús Tavárez
- March 29 – Sean Lowe
- April 1 – José Martínez
- April 3 – Quilvio Veras
- April 5 – Andrés Berumen
- April 6 – Lou Merloni
- April 7 – Mark Thompson
- April 12 – Matt Williams
- April 13 – Kevin Ohme
- April 14 – Carlos Pérez
- April 14 – Gregg Zaun
- April 16 – Marc Sagmoen
- April 17 – Keith Johnson
- April 19 – Sean Whiteside
- April 25 – Brad Clontz
- April 29 – Sterling Hitchcock
- April 30 – Ryan Hawblitzel
- May 2 – Brent Bowers
- May 4 – Joe Borowski
- May 4 – Brian Maxcy
- May 5 – Mike Redmond
- May 8 – Todd Greene
- May 10 – Glen Barker
- May 11 – Kerry Ligtenberg
- May 13 – Mike Sirotka
- May 14 – Takashi Kashiwada
- May 18 – Rich Garcés
- May 21 – Chris Widger
- May 22 – Steve Reich
- May 23 – Marshall Boze
- May 24 – Todd Rizzo
- May 25 – Angel Echevarria
- May 25 – Sean Maloney
- May 26 – Jason Bere
- May 31 – José Malavé
- June 3 – Carl Everett
- June 3 – Aaron Ledesma
- June 3 – Izzy Molina
- June 7 – Roberto Petagine
- June 8 – Matt Whisenant
- June 12 – Ryan Klesko
- June 13 – Jason Thompson
- June 16 – Chris Gomez
- June 16 – Fernando Hernández
- June 22 – Brant Brown
- June 22 – Brian Sackinsky
- June 22 – Hunter Wendelstedt
- June 25 – Michael Tucker
- June 26 – Greg Blosser
- June 28 – Greg Keagle
- June 28 – Ron Mahay
- July 1 – Jamie Walker
- July 2 – Joel Adamson
- July 4 – Brendan Donnelly
- July 13 – Rich Aude
- July 15 – James Baldwin
- July 15 – Tim Harikkala
- July 19 – Gus Gandarillas
- July 19 – Keith Johns
- July 20 – Charles Johnson
- July 20 – Ray McDavid
- July 25 – Billy Wagner
- July 27 – Shane Bowers
- July 29 – Johnny Ruffin
- July 30 – Ron Blazier
- July 30 – Calvin Murray
- August 1 – Travis Driskill
- August 2 – Steve Sinclair
- August 3 – Chris Sexton
- August 5 – Carlos Pulido
- August 9 – Scott Karl
- August 9 – Ryan Radmanovich
- August 9 – Ben Van Ryn
- August 10 – Sal Fasano
- August 14 – Mark Loretta
- August 17 – Jim Converse
- August 17 – Jorge Posada
- August 18 – Albie López
- August 20 – Chris Clapinski
- August 21 – Lou Pote
- August 22 – Carl Schutz
- August 23 – Allen McDill
- August 24 – Everett Stull
- August 28 – Shane Andrews
- August 29 – Henry Blanco
- August 29 – Bronson Heflin
- September 1 – Derek Wallace
- September 2 – Rich Aurilia
- September 5 – Brian Bevil
- September 7 – Sid Roberson
- September 9 – Robinson Checo
- September 13 – Brent Brede
- September 13 – Armando Ríos
- September 15 – Jason Hardtke
- September 18 – Chris Holt
- September 19 – Joey Dawley
- September 23 – Willie Greene
- September 24 – Kevin Millar
- September 24 – Jamie Burke
- September 28 – Jamie Brewington
- September 29 – Eddy Díaz
- October 3 – Wil Cordero
- October 3 – Tim Hyers
- October 4 – Carlos Crawford
- October 8 – Joe Ayrault
- October 11 – Joe Roa
- October 12 – Tony Fiore
- October 14 – Midre Cummings
- October 15 – Chad Mottola
- October 16 – Larry Mitchell
- October 25 – Pedro Martínez
- October 27 – Scott Forster
- November 3 – Danny Young
- November 4 – Melvin Bunch
- November 6 – Bubba Trammell
- November 7 – Todd Ritchie
- November 9 – Jon Nunnally
- November 9 – Scott Sauerbeck
- November 10 – Butch Huskey
- November 10 – Terry Pearson
- November 11 – Roland de la Maza
- November 11 – Ryan Hancock
- November 15 – Ryan Jackson
- November 15 – Todd Steverson
- November 17 – Billy McMillon
- November 19 – Andy Sheets
- November 20 – Kevin Lomon
- November 20 – Gabe White
- November 21 – John Roper
- November 23 – Ryan McGuire
- November 23 – Matt Miller
- November 23 – Eddie Oropesa
- November 23 – Aaron Small
- November 25 – Tavo Álvarez
- November 27 – Iván Rodríguez
- November 28 – Bill Simas
- November 30 – Ray Durham
- November 30 – Matt Lawton
- December 6 – José Contreras
- December 6 – Adam Hyzdu
- December 8 – Garvin Alston
- December 9 – Todd Van Poppel
- December 11 – Willie Cañate
- December 13 – Greg Mullins
- December 14 – Eric Ludwick
- December 15 – Héctor Ramírez
- December 16 – Jeff Granger
- December 17 – Bret Hemphill
- December 20 – Marc Valdes
- December 22 – Jon Ratliff
- December 24 – Alex Cabrera
- December 26 – Jay Tessmer
- December 26 – Carlos Valdéz
- December 28 – Benny Agbayani
- December 28 – Melvin Nieves
- December 30 – Travis Baptist
- December 31 – Esteban Loaiza
- December 31 – Brian Moehler
- January 1 – Luis Aparicio Sr., 58, legendary Venezuelan shortstop and father of Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio
- January 1 – Joe Lotz, 79, pitcher who worked in 12 games for the 1916 St. Louis Cardinals
- January 1 – Harry Rice, 69, outfielder noted for his defense who also hit .300 five times; played in 1,034 games between 1923 and 1933 for five clubs, principally the St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers
- January 7 – Dud Lee, 71, infielder for the St. Louis Browns and Boston Red Sox in the 1920s
- January 7 – Hal Rhyne, 71, shortstop who played from 1926 to 1933 for the Pirates, Red Sox and White Sox
- January 9 – Elmer Flick, 94, Hall of Fame right fielder and lifetime .313 hitter who led AL in triples three times, steals twice, and batting and runs once each
- January 22 – Dorothy Comiskey Rigney, 54, principal owner of the Chicago White Sox from December 10, 1956 to February 7, 1959, when she sold her controlling interest to Bill Veeck
- January 27 – Bruce Connatser, 68, first baseman for 1931–1932 Cleveland Indians; later a longtime scout
- January 31 – Steve Yerkes, 82, second baseman who played in 711 games over seven seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Pittsburgh Rebels of the "outlaw" Federal League, and Chicago Cubs between 1909 and 1916; played all eight games of the 1912 World Series for champion Boston
- February 8 – Bobby Burke, 64, left-handed pitcher who appeared in 254 MLB games in ten seasons between 1927 and 1937, mostly for the Washington Senators; threw a no-hitter against Boston on August 8, 1931
- February 16 – Cedric Durst, 74, outfielder for the St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox between 1922 and 1930; member of the 1927–1928 world–champion Yankees
- February 18 – Chuck Hostetler, 67, outfielder who appeared in 132 games for the Detroit Tigers after his 40th birthday during the wartime 1944 and 1945 seasons
- February 20 – Vidal López, 52, three-time Triple Crown Pitching winner and slugging outfielder who played in the professional leagues of Cuba, México, Puerto Rico and Venezuela, throughout a career that lasted 21 years between the 1930s and 1950s
- February 28 – Lou Chiozza, 60, infielder-outfielder who appeared in 616 games from 1934 to 1939 for the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Giants; first player to bat in the major leagues' first night game on May 24, 1935, at Cincinnati
- March 2 – Johnny Podgajny, 50, pitcher in 115 games for the Philadelphia Phillies (1940–1943), Pittsburgh Pirates (1943) and Cleveland Indians (1946)
- March 8 – Tripp Sigman, 72, outfielder who appeared in 62 games for the 1929–1930 Phillies
- March 10 – Bill James, 78, pitcher for the Boston Braves (1913–1915 and 1919); compiled a 26–7 won–lost record for the "Miracle Braves" of 1914 and won two games in the 1914 World Series, throwing 11 shutout innings, as Boston swept the Philadelphia Athletics
- March 11 – Clyde Barfoot, 79, pitcher for the St.Louis Cardinals (1922–1923) and Detroit Tigers (1926) who worked in 86 major league contests
- March 16 – Ralph Birkofer, 62, left-handed pitcher who appeared in 132 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Brooklyn Dodgers from 1933 to 1937
- March 18 – Tony Welzer, 71, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox from 1926 to 1927, who was the first player born in Germany to appear in an American League game
- March 24 – Verlon Walker, 42, coach for the Chicago Cubs from 1961 until his death, and former minor-league catcher and manager; younger brother of Rube Walker
- March 31 – Sam Post, 74, first baseman who appeared in nine games for the 1922 Brooklyn Robins
- April 4 – Carl Mays, 79, underhand pitcher who won 20 games five times with three teams, but was best remembered for his pitch which struck Ray Chapman in the head for the only field fatality in major league history
- April 9 – Elmer Eggert, 69, pitcher for the 1927 Boston Red Sox
- April 9 – Will Harridge, 87, president of the American League from 1931 to 1958
- April 12 – Ed Lafitte, 85, pitcher who worked in 33 games for the Detroit Tigers between 1909 and 1912, followed by 73 appearances for the Brooklyn Tip-Tops of the "outlaw" Federal League in 1914 and 1915
- April 15 – Mickey Harris, 54, All-Star pitcher who won 17 games for the 1946 Red Sox, led AL in saves with 1950 Senators
- April 16 – William Eckert, 62, Commissioner of Baseball from December 15, 1965 to February 3, 1969; retired United States Air Force general
- April 16 – Ron Northey, 50, outfielder with a powerful arm for five MLB teams between 1942 and 1957; hit a record three pinch-hit grand slams in his career
- April 19 – Russ Hodges, 60, broadcaster for the New York and San Francisco Giants since 1949, previously with the Reds, Cubs, Senators and Yankees, best known for his call of Bobby Thomson's pennant-winning home run in 1951
- May 4 – Billy Mullen, 75, third baseman who appeared in 36 total games over five seasons for the St. Louis Browns (1920–1921 and 1928), Brooklyn Robins (1923) and Detroit Tigers (1926)
- May 12 – Heinie Manush, 69, Hall of Fame left fielder and career .330 hitter who won 1926 batting title with Detroit, led AL in hits and doubles twice each
- May 15 – Goose Goslin, 70, Hall of Fame left fielder who starred for five pennant winners in Washington and Detroit, batting .316 lifetime with eleven 100-RBI seasons; one of the first ten players to hit 200 home runs, he retired with the 7th-most RBIs in history
- May 20 – Martín Dihigo, 65, Cuban star in the Negro leagues who excelled at all positions, particularly as a pitcher and second baseman
- May 24 – Rupert "Tommy" Thompson, 61, outfielder who appeared in 397 games for the Boston Braves, Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Browns
- May 26 – Judge Nagle, 91, pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox during the 1911 season
- June 24 – Tom "Shaky" Kain, 63, longtime minor league manager and scout, influential to early career of Yogi Berra.
- July 2 – Chester Emerson, 81, outfielder for the 1911–1912 Philadelphia Athletics
- July 7 – Ray Phelps, 67, pitcher in 126 games for the Brooklyn Robins and Dodgers (1930–1932) and Chicago White Sox (1935–1936)
- July 8 – Ed Doherty, 71, longtime baseball executive and the first general manager of the expansion Washington Senators (1960–1962)
- July 12 – Wally Judnich, 54, center fielder who twice batted .300 for the St. Louis Browns; backup outfielder for 1948 World Series champion Cleveland Indians
- July 12 – Ed Weiland, 56, pitcher who appeared in ten career games for the Chicago White Sox in 1940 and 1942
- July 16 – Earl McNeely, 73, outfielder and first baseman who played 683 games for the Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns between 1924 and 1931; his single that bounced over the head of New York Giants' third baseman Fred Lindstrom in the 12th inning of Game 7 won the 1924 World Series for Washington
- July 16 – Harry Pattee, 89, second baseman who played 80 games for the 1908 Brooklyn Superbas
- July 25 – John "Chief" Meyers, 90, catcher for New York Giants, Brooklyn Robins and Boston Braves (1909–1917); led National League catchers in put outs five straight seasons (1910–1914) and in on-base percentage (1912); batted .291 in 992 career games, enjoying three over-.300 campaigns
- July 28 – Myril Hoag, 63, outfielder for the New York Yankees, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians over 13 seasons between 1931 and 1945 who recovered from a brutal 1936 collision to become an All-Star three years later
- August 16 – Walter Mueller, 76, outfielder who played in 121 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1922–1924 and 1926); father of Don Mueller
- September 4 – Joe Hassler, 66, shortstop who played in 37 MLB games for the 1928 and 1929 Philadelphia Athletics and 1930 St. Louis Browns
- September 6 – Artie Dede, 76, catcher in one game for the 1916 Brooklyn Robins who became a longtime scout for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Yankees
- September 11 – Rube Melton, 54, pitcher who worked in 162 career games for the Philadelphia Phillies (1941–1942) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1943; 1946–1947)
- September 14 – Bill Holden, 82, outfielder who played in 79 career games for the 1913–1914 New York Yankees and the 1914 Cincinnati Reds
- September 15 – Roberto Ortiz, 56, outfielder for the Washington Senators and Philadelphia Athletics who logged all or portions of six years in MLB between 1941 and 1950
- September 17 – Hack Miller, 77, outfielder who batted .323 in 349 career games, 334 of them for the Chicago Cubs of 1922–1925; played briefly for the 1916 Brooklyn Robins and 1918 Boston Red Sox
- September 20 – Tony Venzon, 56, National League umpire from 1957 until May 25, 1971, when he retired due to ill health
- October 8 – Murray Wall, 45, relief pitcher for the Boston Braves, Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators between 1950 and 1959
- October 14 – Doc Prothro, 78, licensed dentist; third baseman for the Senators (1920; 1923–1924), Red Sox (1925) and Cincinnati Reds (1926); manager of Philadelphia Phillies (1939–1941); influential minor league manager and club owner; father of Tommy Prothro
- October 17 – Mike Massey, 78, infielder in 31 games for the 1917 Boston Braves
- October 21 – William R. Daley, 79, principal owner of the Cleveland Indians (1956–1962) and Seattle Pilots (1969, their only year of existence)
- October 23 – Jesse Petty, 76, left-handed pitcher who worked in 207 games for the Cleveland Indians (1921), Brooklyn Robins (1925–1928), Pittsburgh Pirates (1929–1930) and Chicago Cubs (1930)
- October 23 – Woody Upchurch, 60, left-handed pitcher who appeared in ten games for the 1935–1936 Philadelphia Athletics
- November 4 – Howard "Polly" McLarry, 80, infielder for the Chicago White Sox (1912) and Chicago Cubs (1915)
- November 5 – Toothpick Sam Jones, 45, pitcher who began career in the Negro leagues and appeared in 322 MLB games, principally with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, over 12 seasons between 1951 and 1964; led National League in strikeouts (1955, 1956, 1958), games won (21 in 1959) and earned run average (2.83 in 1959); threw a no-hitter (1955) and a seven-inning no-no (1959, in a game shortened by rain); two-time NL All-Star
- December 13 – Mike Ryba, 68, pitcher (in 240 games) and catcher (in ten games) who toiled for the Cardinals (1935–1938) and Boston Red Sox (1941–1946); later a coach, minor league manager and longtime scout
- December 16 – Ferdie Schupp, 80, pitcher who won 21 games for the 1917 New York Giants but whose career faltered after service in World War I
- Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.146, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
- John Perrotto (August 14, 2006). "Baseball Plog". Beaver County Times.
- "Honoring First All-Minority Lineup". New York Times. September 17, 2006. p. Sports p. 2.
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