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The 1977 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing first in the American League West with a record of 102 wins and 60 losses. They went on to lose the 1977 American League Championship Series to the New York Yankees, 3 games to 2.

1977 Kansas City Royals
1977 AL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s)Joe Burke
Manager(s)Whitey Herzog
Local televisionKBMA
Local radioWIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Kansas City Royals 102 60 0.630 55–26 47–34
Texas Rangers 94 68 0.580 8 44–37 50–31
Chicago White Sox 90 72 0.556 12 48–33 42–39
Minnesota Twins 84 77 0.522 17½ 48–32 36–45
California Angels 74 88 0.457 28 39–42 35–46
Seattle Mariners 64 98 0.395 38 29–52 35–46
Oakland Athletics 63 98 0.391 38½ 35–46 28–52

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1977 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 6–8 5–6 5–5 11–4 12–3 4–7 11–4 6–4 8–7 8–2 7–3 4–6 10–5
Boston 8–6 7–3 3–7 8–7 9–6 5–5 9–6 4–6 8–7 8–3 10–1 6–4 12–3
California 6–5 3–7 8–7 6–4 4–6 6–9 5–5 7–8 4–7 5–10 9–6 5–10 6–4
Chicago 5–5 7–3 7–8 6–4 4–6 8–7 6–5 10–5 3–7 10–5 10–5 6–9 8–3
Cleveland 4–11 7–8 4–6 4–6 8–7 3–7 11–4 2–9 3–12 7–3 7–3 2–9 9–5
Detroit 3–12 6–9 6–4 6–4 7–8 3–8 10–5 5–5 6–9 5–5 5–6 2–8 10–5
Kansas City 7–4 5–5 9–6 7–8 7–3 8–3 8–2 10–5 5–5 9–6 11–4 8–7 8–2
Milwaukee 4–11 6–9 5–5 5–6 4–11 5–10 2–8 3–8 8–7 5–5 7–3 5–5 8–7
Minnesota 4–6 6–4 8–7 5–10 9–2 5–5 5–10 8–3 2–8 8–6 7–8 8–7 9–1
New York 7–8 7–8 7–4 7–3 12–3 9–6 5–5 7–8 8–2 9–2 6–4 7–3 9–6
Oakland 2–8 3–8 10–5 5–10 3–7 5–5 6–9 5–5 6–8 2–9 7–8 2–13 7–3
Seattle 3–7 1–10 6–9 5–10 3–7 6–5 4–11 3–7 8–7 4–6 8–7 9–6 4–6
Texas 6–4 4–6 10–5 9–6 9–2 8–2 7–8 5–5 7–8 3–7 13–2 6–9 7–4
Toronto 5–10 3–12 4–6 3–8 5–9 5–10 2–8 7–8 1–9 6–9 3–7 6–4 4–7


Opening Day startersEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

  • May 27, 1977: Tim Ireland was signed as a free agent by the Royals.[4]

RosterEdit

1977 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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
C Darrell Porter 130 425 117 .275 16 60
1B John Mayberry 153 543 125 .230 23 82
2B Frank White 152 474 116 .245 5 50
3B George Brett 139 564 176 .312 22 88
SS Freddie Patek 154 497 130 .262 5 60
CF Amos Otis 142 478 120 .251 17 78
RF Al Cowens 162 606 189 .312 23 112
DH Hal McRae 162 641 191 .298 21 92

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
Pete LaCock 88 218 66 .303 3 29
Joe Zdeb 105 195 58 .297 2 23
Cookie Rojas 64 156 39 .250 0 10
John Wathan 55 119 39 .328 2 21
Buck Martinez 29 80 18 .225 1 9
Joe Lahoud 34 65 17 .262 2 8
Bob Heise 54 62 16 .258 0 5
Dave Nelson 27 48 9 .188 0 4
Willie Wilson 13 34 11 .324 0 1
U L Washington 10 20 4 .200 0 1
Clint Hurdle 9 26 8 .308 2 7

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
Dennis Leonard 38 292.2 20 12 3.04 244
Jim Colborn 36 239 18 14 3.62 103
Paul Splittorff 37 229 16 6 3.69 99
Andy Hassler 29 156.1 9 6 4.20 83

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
Marty Pattin 31 128.1 10 13 3.58 55

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
Doug Bird 53 11 4 14 3.88 83
Larry Gura 52 8 5 10 3.13 46
Mark Littell 48 8 4 12 3.58 55
Steve Mingori 43 2 4 4 3.09 19
Tom Hall 6 0 0 0 3.52 10
George Throop 4 0 0 1 3.38 1
Randy McGilberry 3 0 1 0 5.14 1
Gary Lance 1 0 1 0 4.50 0

Other eventsEdit

Before they were to play a game on June 12th against the Milwaukee Brewers at Milwaukee County Stadium, thieves stole gloves and uniforms belonging to Royals players. Due to this, all but seven Kansas City Royals players had to wear Milwaukee road uniforms for the game played that day.[5]

ALCSEdit

Game 1Edit

October 5: Yankee Stadium, New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 7 9 0
New York 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
W: Paul Splittorff (1–0)  L: Don Gullett (0–1)  
HRs: KCHal McRae (1), John Mayberry (1), Al Cowens (1) NYYThurman Munson (1)

Game 2Edit

October 6: Yankee Stadium, New York City

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 1
New York 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 - 6 10 0
W: Ron Guidry (1–0)  L: Andy Hassler (0–1)  
HRs: KC – none; NYYCliff Johnson (1)

Game 3Edit

October 7: Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 4 1
Kansas City 0 1 1 0 1 2 0 1 - 6 12 1
W: Dennis Leonard (1–0)  L: Mike Torrez (0–1)  
HRs: NYY – none; KC – none

Game 4Edit

October 8: Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 6 13 0
Kansas City 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 8 2
W: Sparky Lyle (1–0)  L: Larry Gura (0–1)  
HRs: NYY – none; KC – none

Game 5Edit

October 9: Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 5 10 0
Kansas City 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 10 1
W: Sparky Lyle (2–0)  L: Dennis Leonard (1–1)  
HRs: NYY – none; KC – none

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Ruppert Jones at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Jamie Quirk at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Frank Ortenzio at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Tim Ireland at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Kansas City Royals have gloves, uniforms stolen before game

ReferencesEdit

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

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