1971 October

2nd  The Giants win the first game of the NL Championship Series 5–4 over the Pirates, behind 2-run HRs by Tito Fuentes and Willie McCovey.

3rd  Baltimore downs Oakland 5–3 in the ALCS opener, as the Orioles score 4 runs in the 7th inning. OF Paul Blair caps the big inning with a 2-run double.

Bob Robertson crashes 3 HRs and a double, scoring 4 runs and driving home 5, to lead Pittsburgh to a 9–4 triumph. Robertson ties a post-season record of four extra base hits set by Frank Isbell in the 1906 WS.

4th  Baltimore wins its 2nd straight game in the ALCS, beating Oakland 5–1 on HRs by Boog Powell (2), Brooks Robinson, and Ellie Hendricks. Four of Baltimore’s 7 hits against Catfish Hunter are homers.

5th  The Orioles overcome 2 Reggie Jackson HRs to complete a sweep of Oakland in the LCS with a 5–3 victory.

Richie Hebner’s homer off Juan Marichal in the 8th inning gives Pittsburgh a 2–1 victory, and a 2-1 lead in the series.

The Angels trade moody OF Alex Johnson and C Gerry Moses to the Indians for outfielders Vada Pinson and Frank Baker, and P Alan Foster.

6th  The Pirates outslug the Giants 9–5 to win the LCS 3 games to one, as Richie Hebner’s bat takes Pittsburgh into the WS. Hebner has 3 hits and 3 RBI, including a homer.

7th  The Angels fire manager Lefty Phillips following a stormy season. Del Rice takes over in 1972.

9th  The Orioles win game one of the WS over the Pirates 5–3 behind Dave McNally’s 3-hitter and Merv Rettenmund’s 3-run homer. Frank Robinson also homers, off Dock Ellis, who he homered off of in the All-Star game—a first.

10th  Rain washes out game 2 of the WS, the first Series postponement since 1962.

11th  Brooks Robinson ties a Series record by reaching base 5 straight times on 3 hits and 2 walks as Baltimore rolls over Pittsburgh 11–3 to take a 2-0 Series advantage. Pitcher Jim Palmer gets walked in the 4th and 5th innings, both times with the bases loaded.

The Red Sox and the Brewers engineer a 10-player trade that sees P Jim Lonborg, P Ken Brett, OF Joe Lahoud, OF Billy Conigliaro and 1B George Scott go to Milwaukee, and P Marty Pattin, P Lew Krausse and OF Tommy Harper head to Boston.

12th  As the Series moves to Pittsburgh, Steve Blass 3-hits the Orioles 5–1 to give the Pirates their first win.

13th  Pittsburgh comes back from a 3–0 deficit to beat Baltimore 4–3, as Milt May drives in the winning run in the 8th with a pinch-hit single. It is the first WS game to be played entirely under the lights.

The White Sox trade P Rich Hinton to the Yankees for Jim Lyttle.

14th  Nelson Briles hurls a 2-hit shutout and Robertson slugs his 6th post-season HR as the Pirates win the 5th game 4–0 and take a 3-2 Series advantage. Roberto Clemente hits safely in his 12th straight WS game. This is the last weekday day game in the World Series.

16th  Brooks Robinson drives in Frank Robinson in the 10th inning to give Baltimore a Series-tying 3–2 win.

17th  Steve Blass hurls a 4-hitter and Clemente homers as the Pirates win game 7 of the WS 2–1, becoming World Champions for the first time since 1960. After the game, 40,000 people riot in downtown Pittsburgh; at least 100 are injured, some seriously.

26th  Vida Blue wins the AL Cy Young Award by a 98-85 margin over the Tigers Mickey Lolich. Blue was 24-8 for the A’s, posting 301 strikeouts, 8 shutouts, and a 1.82 ERA. Ferguson Jenkins wins the Cy Young Award in the NL posting a 24-13 record with 30 complete games in a NL-high 325 innings pitched. Jenkins gets 17 first-place votes to Tom Seaver’s 16.