1971 New York Yankees season: Wikis


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1971 New York Yankees
Major league affiliations
1971 information
Owner(s) CBS
Manager(s) Ralph Houk
Local television WPIX
Local radio WMCA
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Whitey Ford)

The New York Yankees' 1971 season was the 69th season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 82-80, finishing 21 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. New York was managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.



Regular season


Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 101 57 0 .639
Detroit Tigers 91 71 12 .562
Boston Red Sox 85 77 18 .525
New York Yankees 82 80 21 .506
Washington Senators 63 96 38.5 .396
Cleveland Indians 60 102 43 .370

Notable transactions

The final Senators game

The Yankees were part of Washington baseball history. The Senators played their final game in Washington at RFK Stadium and their opponents were the Yankees. Fan enmity came to a head in the game on September 30. Thousands of fans simply walked in without paying because the security guards left early in the game, swelling the paid attendance of 14,460 to around 25,000. The Senators led 7-5 with two outs in the top of the ninth. Just then, fans poured onto the field. An obese teenager scooped up first base and ran away. With no security guards in sight, the game was forfeited to the Yankees, 9-0.


1971 New York Yankees roster
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
RF Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 131 461 133 .289 8 69

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Blefary, CurtCurt Blefary 21 36 7 .194 1 2


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bahnsen, StanStan Bahnsen 36 242 14 12 3.35 110

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Closter, AlAl Closter 14 28.1 2 2 5.08 22
Hardin, JimJim Hardin 12 28.1 0 2 5.08 14

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Aker, JackJack Aker 41 4 4 4 2.59 24
Burbach, BillBill Burbach 2 0 1 0 10.80 3
Gardner, RobRob Gardner 2 0 0 0 3.00 2

Awards and honors

  • Bobby Murcer competed in his first All-Star Game[10]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Loren Babe
AA Manchester Yankees Eastern League Mickey Vernon
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Gene Hassell
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Bobby Cox
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League George Case
Rookie Johnson City Yankees Appalachian League Jerry Walker



  1. ^ Pete Ward page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Felipe Alou page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Curt Blefary page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Bill Burbach page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Frank Tepedino page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Larry Murray page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Mike Pazik page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Ron Swoboda page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ a b Bobby Cox page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Yankee for Life, Bobby Murcer and Glen Waggoner, p.64, Harper Collins, 2008, New York, ISBN 978-0-06-147342-5
  11. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007



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