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1971 Kansas City Royals
Major league affiliations
Location
1971 information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) Bob Lemon
Local television KMBC-TV
Local radio KMBZ
(Buddy Blattner, Denny Matthews)

The 1971 Kansas City Royals season involved the Royals finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 85 wins and 76 losses, 16 games behind the Oakland Athletics. This was also the first time in franchise history that the Royals had finished with a winning record. It happened in only their third season, the second-fastest of any expansion club in Major League Baseball history to that point. The record would stand until the 1999 Arizona Diamondbacks won the National League West title in their second season.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

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Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Oakland Athletics 101 60 -- .627
Kansas City Royals 85 76 16 .528
Chicago White Sox 79 83 22.5 .488
California Angels 76 86 25.5 .469
Minnesota Twins 74 86 26.5 .463
Milwaukee Brewers 69 92 32 .429

Notable transactions

Roster

1971 Kansas City Royals roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 May, JerryJerry May 71 218 55 .252 1 24
LF Piniella, LouLou Piniella 126 448 125 .279 3 51

Other batters

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
Harrison, ChuckChuck Harrison 49 143 31 .217 2 21
Taylor, CarlCarl Taylor 20 39 7 .179 0 3
Savage, TedTed Savage 19 29 5 .172 0 1

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Drago, DickDick Drago 35 241.1 17 11 2.98 109
Dal Canton, BruceBruce Dal Canton 25 141.1 8 6 3.44 58
Bunker, WallyWally Bunker 7 32.1 2 3 5.01 15

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Nelson, RogerRoger Nelson 13 34 0 1 5.29 29
Clemons, LanceLance Clemons 10 24 1 0 4.12 20
Montgomery, MontyMonty Montgomery 3 21.1 3 0 2.11 12

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Abernathy, TedTed Abernathy 63 4 6 23 2.56 55
Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 67 9 7 17 1.73 44

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Jack McKeon
AA Elmira Royals Eastern League Harry Malmberg
A San Jose Bees California League Buddy Peterson
A Waterloo Royals Midwest League Steve Boros
Rookie Kingsport Royals Appalachian League Owen Friend
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Buzzy Keller
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Gary Blaylock

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Elmira, GCL Royals

Notes

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0963718983.  

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