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The 1977 Seattle Mariners season was the first season in franchise history, which was established via the 1977 Major League Baseball expansion. The creation of the Mariners brought baseball back to Seattle, which had been without a major league team since the Seattle Pilots left for Milwaukee to become the Brewers in April 1970.

1977 Seattle Mariners
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record64–98 (.395)
Divisional place6th
Other information
Owner(s)Danny Kaye
General manager(s)Dick Vertlieb/Lou Gorman
Manager(s)Darrell Johnson
Local televisionKING-TV 5 (NBC)
Local radioKVI 570 AM
(Dave Niehaus, Ken Wilson)
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The Mariners ended the 1977 season by narrowly avoiding last place (held by the Oakland A's), finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 64–98 (.395), 38 games behind the AL West champion Kansas City Royals.

Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The first gameEdit

LinescoreEdit

April 6, Kingdome, Seattle, Washington

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 7 9 1
Seattle 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 2
W: Frank Tanana (1–0)  L: Diego Seguí (0–1)  
HRs: Joe Rudi (1)

BoxscoreEdit

BattingEdit
California Angels AB R H RBI Seattle Mariners AB R H RBI
Remy, 2b 3 1 0 0 Collins, DH 4 0 0 0
Grich, ss 4 0 0 0 Báez, 2B 4 0 2 0
Bonds, rf 5 1 0 0 Braun, LF 3 0 1 0
Baylor, dh 3 1 1 1 Stanton, RF 4 0 1 0
Rudi, lf 5 1 3 4 Stein, 3B 4 0 2 0
Solaita, 1b 5 0 1 0 Meyer, 1B 4 0 0 0
Bochte, cf 3 2 2 0 Jones, CF 4 0 0 0
Chalk, 3b 5 0 1 0 Stinson, C 3 0 1 0
Humphrey, c 4 1 1 2 Reynolds, SS 4 0 2 0
Totals 37 7 9 7 Totals 34 0 9 0
PitchingEdit
California Angels IP H R ER BB SO Seattle Mariners IP H R ER BB SO
Tanana, W, (1–0) 9.0 9 0 0 2 9 Seguí, L, (0–1) 3.2 5 6 4 3 3
Montague 5.1 4 1 1 3 3
Totals 9.0 9 0 0 2 9 Totals 9.0 9 7 5 6 6

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Other notable eventsEdit

  • April 10, 1977: Designated hitter Juan Bernhardt hit the first home run in team history.[6]
  • April 13, 1977: The first extra innings game in team history resulted in a 3–2 win over the Minnesota Twins.
  • May 19, 1977: The first shutout win in team history was a 3–0 victory over the Oakland Athletics.
  • July 1, 1977: The Milwaukee Brewers played their first game in Seattle since 1969, when they were the Seattle Pilots. The Brewers beat the hometown Mariners, 2–1.
  • July 8, 1977: Scored the most runs of the season in a 13–11 win against the Minnesota Twins.

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


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1977 Seattle Mariners
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game logEdit

1977 Game Log

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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 Bob Stinson 105 297 80 .269 8 32
1B Dan Meyer 159 582 159 .273 22 90
2B José Báez 91 305 79 .259 1 17
3B Bill Stein 151 566 144 .259 13 67
SS Craig Reynolds 135 420 104 .248 4 28
LF Steve Braun 139 451 106 .235 5 31
CF Ruppert Jones 160 597 157 .263 24 76
RF Leroy Stanton 133 454 125 .275 27 90
DH Juan Bernhardt 89 305 74 .243 7 30

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
Dave Collins 120 402 96 .239 5 28
Carlos López 99 297 84 .283 8 34
Larry Milbourne 86 242 53 .219 2 21
Julio Cruz 60 199 51 .256 1 7
Skip Jutze 42 109 24 .220 3 15
Larry Cox 35 93 23 .247 2 6
Ray Fosse 11 34 12 .353 0 5
Tommy Smith 21 27 7 .259 0 4
Joe Lis 9 13 3 .231 0 1
Tom McMillan 2 5 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
Glenn Abbott 36 204.1 12 13 4.45 100
Dick Pole 25 122.1 7 12 5.15 51
Gary Wheelock 17 88.1 6 9 4.89 47
Rick Jones 10 42.1 1 4 5.10 16
Paul Mitchell 9 39 3 3 4.99 20
Frank MacCormack 3 7 0 0 3.86 4

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 Montague 47 182.1 8 12 4.29 98
Diego Seguí 40 110.2 0 7 5.69 91
Tom House 26 89.1 4 5 3.93 39
Dave Pagan 24 66 1 1 6.14 30
Stan Thomas 13 58.1 2 6 6.02 14
Bob Galasso 11 35 0 6 9.00 21
Rick Honeycutt 10 29 0 1 4.34 17

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
Enrique Romo 58 8 10 16 2.83 105
Bill Laxton 43 3 2 3 4.95 49
Mike Kekich 41 5 4 3 5.60 55
Tommy Moore 14 2 1 0 4.91 13
Steve Burke 6 0 1 0 2.87 6
Greg Erardi 5 0 1 0 6.00 5
Byron McLaughlin 1 0 0 0 27.00 1

Farm systemEdit

Level Team League Manager
A-Short Season Bellingham Mariners Northwest League Bobby Floyd

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bellingham[13]

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit