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Old 11-20-2017, 01:53 PM   #261
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November 1976

NOVEMBER 1, 1976

Major League Baseball announced the Gold Glove winners for 1976. They are:

Dave McNally 	MIN	 P	Larry Christenson   CHN
Jerry Grote	MIL	 C	Ted Simmons	    LA
George Scott 	CAL	 1B	Rod Carew	    NYM
Willie Randolph BAL	 2B	Don Money	    CIN
Mike Schmidt    CHA	 3B     Brooks Robinson	    NYM
Chris Speier	CHA	 SS	Bucky Dent	    CIN
Jim Rice	DET	 LF	Willie Wilson	    StL
Jerry Morales   BAL      CF	Jerry Mumphrey	    LA
Rick Miller  	OAK	 RF	Bobby Bonds	    SF
NOVEMBER 2, 1976

For the second time in three years the American League rookie of the year came from the Oakland Athletics and this year there were a pair of candidates to choose from. In the end it was A's second baseman Jerry Remy who outpointed his doubleplay partner Ken Oberkfell for the award. Remy, a 23 year old taken 20th overall in the 1970 draft, hit .297 as the A's leadoff man this season. He started 146 games, scored 76 runs and drove in 52.

Teammate Ken Oberkfell finished second in the balloting. A 20 year old shortstop who was taken by the A's with the 22nd pick in the 1974 draft, Oberkfell was twice named rookie of the month this season. He hit .276 with 58 rbi's in 152 games after playing just 78 minor league games in his young career. Two years ago the rookie of the year went to pitcher Dick Lange, who was 15-6 with a 2.93 era in his debut with the Athletics. He was 13-14, 3.75 this year.

Boston Red Sox outfielder Warren Cromartie also earned consideration for the award. The 23 year old hit .303 with 9 homers and 80 rbi's in 153 games this season. Cromartie was the 8th pick of the 1973 draft and entered the season as the #11 ranked prospect in the game.

The top prospect is outfielder Dwayne Murphy, a 21 year old in the Cincinnati Reds system. Murphy, who made his major league debut last September and played 52 games with the Reds this year, has struggled against major league pitching as he hit just .142 in 218 career big league at bats. He does have a tie to Seattle as the 1972 first round pick of the Reds spent parts of two seasons with the Seattle Rainiers of the Northwest League.

Here are the American League rookies of the year since 1901:
1901 AL	Doc White (CLE)
1902 AL	William Wright (PHA)
1903 AL	Fred Smith (WS1)
1904 AL	Ty Cobb (SLA)
1905 AL	Big Jeff Pfeffer (NYY)
1906 AL	George Gibson (CLE)
1907 AL	Billy Maloney (PHA)
1908 AL	Benjamin Henderson (NYY)
1909 AL	Shoeless Joe Jackson (PHA)
1910 AL	Ray Collins (DET)
1911 AL	Ballplayer Railing (CWS)
1912 AL	Cy Williams (BOS)
1913 AL	Les Mann (CLE)
1914 AL	George Kahler (SLA)
1915 AL	Bill Wambsganss (WS1)
1916 AL	Jack Smith (BOS)
1917 AL	Earl S Smith (DET)
1918 AL	Frank Brazill (SLA)
1919 AL	Charlie See (WS1)
1920 AL	Cliff Heathcote (PHA)
1921 AL	George Grantham (SLA)
1922 AL	Bob Fothergill (CWS)
1923 AL	Jim Bottomley (CWS)
1924 AL	John Taylor (PHA)
1925 AL	Pat Crawford (PHA)
1926 AL	Hank Thormahlen (NYY)
1927 AL	Carl Reynolds (DET)
1928 AL	Moose Solters (WS1)
1929 AL	Len Dondero (DET)
1930 AL	Johnny Hodapp (SLA)
1931 AL	John Wilson (NYY)
1932 AL	Arky Vaughan (PHA)
1933 AL	Joe DiMaggio (CWS)
1934 AL	Rudy York (CWS)
1935 AL	Phil Cavarretta (PHA)
1936 AL	Wally Judnich (CLE)
1937 AL	David Whatley (DET)
1938 AL	Joe Mack (WS1)
1939 AL	Junior Thompson (SLA)
1940 AL	Jerry Priddy (SLA)
1941 AL	Gene Woodling (WS1)
1942 AL	Stan Spence (BOS)
1943 AL	Bob Harvey (DET)
1944 AL	Al Cuozzo (WS1)
1945 AL	Jackie Robinson (CWS)
1946 AL	Vic Wertz (CLE)
1947 AL	Jack Wallaesa (NYY)
1948 AL	Gil Hodges (WS1)
1949 AL	Tom Burgess (WS1)
1950 AL	Vic Power (DET)
1951 AL	Chico Carrasquel (WS1)
1952 AL	Edward Lisiewski (CLE)
1953 AL	Rocky Colavito (PHA)
1954 AL	Fred Hahn (BAL)
1955 AL	Felipe Montemayor (BAL)
1956 AL	Ron H Jackson (DET)
1957 AL	Felipe Alou (CWS)
1958 AL	Johnny Callison (CWS)
1959 AL	Jim O'Toole (CWS)
1960 AL	Tommy Harper (BAL)
1961 AL	Jim Pagliaroni (BAL)
1962 AL	Felix DeLeon (MIN)
1963 AL	Tony Conigliaro (LAA)
1964 AL	Paul Blair (KC1)
1965 AL	Vern Fuller (WS2)
1966 AL	Jim Lonborg (MIN)
1967 AL	Hal McRae (DET)
1968 AL	Carlos May (CWS)
1969 AL	Darrell Evans (BAL)
1970 AL	Eric Soderholm (MIN)
1971 AL	Andre Thornton (CLE)
1972 AL	John Milner (BAL)
1973 AL	Fred Lynn (DET)
1974 AL	Dick Lange (OAK)
1975 AL	Robin Yount (DET)
1976 AL Jerry Remy (OAK)

The National League rookie of the year award was presented to Chicago Cubs outfielder Steve Kemp today. The 22 year old hit .282 with 16 homers and 81 rbi's this season. The 5th overall pick in last December's draft, Kemp went straight to the majors without playing a single minor league game.

San Francisco second baseman Lou Whitaker was the runner-up. Whitaker, a 19 year old who was selected 9th overall by the Giants in the 1974 draft, played 150 games this season and hit .262 after splitting the previous year between the Gulf Coast League and Class A. 20 year old Pittsburgh third baseman Rance Mulliniks came in third after batting .244 with 6 homers and 47 rbi's for the Bucs this past season.

Here are the National League rookie of the year winners since the award was first presented in 1901.
1901 NL	Bill Daley (PHI)
1902 NL	Beany Jacobson (CIN)
1903 NL	Earl Zook (BRO)
1904 NL	Sherry Magee (NY1)
1905 NL	Joe W Harris (CIN)
1906 NL	Mike Mowrey (NY1)
1907 NL	Walter Johnson (NY1)
1908 NL	Ed Konetchy (PIT)
1909 NL	Fred Brown (CIN)
1910 NL	Jack Lapp (BRO)
1911 NL	Guy Zinn (CIN)
1912 NL	Wally Schang (PHI)
1913 NL	Joe Harris (NY1)
1914 NL	Babe Ruth (PIT)
1915 NL	Bing Miller (BSN)
1916 NL	Austin McHenry (STL)
1917 NL	Karl Crandall (CIN)
1918 NL	Johnny Mokan (STL)
1919 NL	Bernie Friberg (PIT)
1920 NL	Ben Paschal (STL)
1921 NL	Jack Hannibal (NY1)
1922 NL	Lou Gehrig (PHI)
1923 NL	Turkey Stearnes (CHC)
1924 NL	Ripper Collins (BSN)
1925 NL	Homer Peel (PIT)
1926 NL	Orville Singer (CHC)
1927 NL	Al Simmons (BRO)
1928 NL	Chuck Klein (CHC)
1929 NL	Ballplayer Schilling (NY1)
1930 NL	Earl Averill (BRO)
1931 NL	Dom Dallessandro (NY1)
1932 NL	Red Rolfe (CHC)
1933 NL	Schoolboy Rowe (BRO)
1934 NL	Gene Schott (STL)
1935 NL	Freddie Muller (CHC)
1936 NL	Ken Keltner (PHI)
1937 NL	Ted Williams (BRO)
1938 NL	Sam Chapman (PHI)
1939 NL	Charlie Gilbert (CIN)
1940 NL	Hal Trosky (STL)
1941 NL	Sibby Sisti (CIN)
1942 NL	Andy Pafko (NY1)
1943 NL	Dick Wakefield (NY1)
1944 NL	Ralph Kiner (CIN)
1945 NL	Billy Goodman (NY1)
1946 NL	Grady Hatton (STL)
1947 NL	Minnie Minoso (PIT)
1948 NL	Frank Gravino (BSN)
1949 NL	Bob Nieman (STL)
1950 NL	Mickey Mantle (STL)
1951 NL	Gene Conley (PIT)
1952 NL	Bill Skowron (CHC)
1953 NL	Harvey Kuenn (CHC)
1954 NL	Roger Maris (PIT)
1955 NL	Harold Holland (PIT)
1956 NL	Leon Wagner (CHC)
1957 NL	Rick Botelho (CHC)
1958 NL	Don Buddin (SF)
1959 NL	Bob Quinn (CHC)
1960 NL	Joe Torre (LAD)
1961 NL	Chris Short (SF)
1962 NL	Duke Sims (CIN)
1963 NL	Lou Piniella (NYM)
1964 NL	Ollie Brown (NYM)
1965 NL	Jim Gosger (ML1)
1966 NL	Rick Monday (CIN)
1967 NL	Richie Hebner (CIN)
1968 NL	Jim Fairey (LAD)
1969 NL	Wayne Garrett (LAD)
1970 NL	Jeff Burroughs (LAD)
1971 NL	Dave Kingman (PHI)
1972 NL	Ken Griffey Sr (STL)
1973 NL	Keith Hernandez (STL)
1974 NL	Ross Grimsley (LAD)
1975 NL	Jerry Martin (SF)
1976 NL Steve Kemp (CHC)
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1976 Federal League Rookie of the Year

The Federal League rookie of the year award was presented to Cleveland Whales third baseman Larry Rush. The 19 year old hit .289 with 20 homers and 72 rbi's in 107 games this season. He signed with the Whales in spring training 1975 after being released by the Baltimore Orioles but spent the entire 1975 campaign on the Whales reserve roster. Rush was originally a fourth round pick of the Cubs in December 1972 but after failing to sign he re-entered the draft the following season and was taken by Baltimore in the 10th round. In real life Rush played a decade in the minor leagues including 4 seasons of AAA ball but never made the majors.

I found his LinkedIn page in a google search and it appears he now works for major league baseball after spending several years in Information Technology roles.

Not to knock on Rush, but his winning the Federal League rookie of the year award shows how far the league has slid in stature since the major league draft was instituted after the 1964 season. Past winners of the award going back before the draft included Hank Aaron, Bill Skowron, Bob Cerv, Joe Dimaggio, Mel Ott and Rudy York. The Federal League used to get many of the top teenagers to play a season or two before they were scooped up by major league teams but since the draft these players instead intern in the minor leagues.

The best player in recent years to win the rookie of the year award was pitcher Vida Blue, who was named rookie of the year and top pitcher after he went 21-7 for the Hartford Terriers in 1971. Blue was never drafted and actually signed first with the Baltimore Terrapins in November of 1968 but the Oakland Athletics purchased his contract for $25,000 two months later. After winning the Southern League pitcher of the year award as a 20 year old in 1970 when he went 12-9 with a 2.11 era the A's let him go and he signed with the Terriers. He would lead Hartford to the Federal League title that season before joining the Baltimore Orioles the following year. Blue would go 17-4 in his first season with the Orioles and help them win their 7th World Series title in franchise history.

As for Blue, he has just completed his 5th season in Baltimore and is 82-34 including a 20 win season in 1975. He will be a free agent at the end of next season.

While I am talking about former Federal League rookies of the year I should take a look at Joe DiMaggio's storied career. DiMaggio began and ended his career in the Federal League, but is best known for the 18 seasons in between in which he was a Chicago White Sox outfielder.

He was Federal League rookie of the year and MVP with Boston in 1932 as a 17 year old when he hit .331 with 31 homers and a league leading 137 rbi's for the Pilgrims. The White Sox signed him that off-season and he would be named American League rookie of the year the following season after batting .317. A 12 time major league all-star, Dimaggio was named the 1936 AL MVP and would lead the White Sox to their only World Series appearance during his tenure that same season. In the '36 series DiMaggio hit .522 with 2 homers and 9 rbi's. It was the first title in franchise history dating back to 1882 and they would not win another World Series until 1959.

DiMaggio never won a batting title or lead the league in homers or rbi's, but he did finish his major league career with a .301 average, 329 homers and 1426 rbi's. He would end his top level playing days with a Federal League season with Baltimore in 1951 at the age of 36 before joining the Hollywood Stars for 50 games in 1952. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1956 on his first appearance on the ballot. He was joined by Dizzy Dean, Dizzy Trout and Ben Chapman as inductees that season.

Here are the career numbers for DiMaggio and Blue as well as an image of Larry Rush.

I will add if there are any past players (either MLB or career minor leaguers) you want to hear about just post their names.
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The other DiMaggio brothers

After looking in more detail at Joe's career I figured I would see how the other 2 DiMaggio's fared.

All three DiMaggio brothers had a connection to the Federal League and all 3 were World Champions.

I spoke about Joe in the previous post as he made his pro debut with the Boston Pilgrims in 1932 and won a Federal Series title. His brother Vince also made his debut in the Federal League that same season. Vince was with the Hartford Terriers for 1932 and 1933 before moving on to the Philadelphia Athletics organization. Vince actually led the Federal League in homers in 1932, hitting 33 to finish with two more than his younger brother. Vince would also finish third with 126 rbi's that season but the Terriers were a below .500 ballclub.

The following season, with Joe gone to the American League, Vince would lead the Federal loop in rbi's and help the Terriers finish with the league's best regular season record. Despite Vince hitting .308 with a pair of homers in the Federal Series, the Terriers would lose in 6 games to second place Cleveland. Following the season Vince would see his contract purchased by the Atletics and he would go on to win 6 World Series titles, a World Series MVP and 2 gold gloves with the A's.

Vince would play 16 and a half seasons with the Athletics before ending his career with 23 games for the Cleveland Indians and half a season in the American Association with Kansas City. He could have been the most famous DiMaggio had he not suffered a serious back injury in 1945 at the age of 31. DiMaggio was never an every-day player after that injury and finished his major league career with 1548 hits, 176 homeruns and a .262 batting average. He started just 212 games after the injury.

Like Joe, youngest brother Dom would win both a World Series and a Federal Series title. Dom signed with the Browns organization and broke in to pro ball with a year in the Texas League as a 20 year old in 1937. He hit .319 that season and was MVP of the Texas League playoffs but his San Antonio Missions club lost to Tulsa in 7 games that year. He spent all of 1938 with the Browns but it took him nearly 3 years to become an everyday player in the major leagues. He held his starting job in the St Louis outfield for 3 seasons and was an all-star twice before a ruptured disc in his back at the age of 26 derailed his career. He came back from the injury but was never the same player- he hit over .300 in each of his 3 seasons prior to the injury but was a .250-.275 hitter the rest of his career.

In 1946 he was dealt to the White Sox for pitchers Pat McGlothin and Sheldon Jones allowing him to be a teammate of his brother Joe. They were to be in the outfield as starters together for the entire 1947 season but Joe suffered a back injury (seemed to run in the family) that limited him to 97 games. Dom hit .272 that season but missed all but 10 games the following year with hamstring problems.

Early in the 1949 season Dom was dispatched to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Wally Judnich but injuries would again strike - this time to his shoulder. He was healthy for the 1950 season and had his best year since before the first injury, batting .295 and scoring 89 runs for the Bucs. In 1951 injuries limited him to 88 games but the Pirates won their first World Series in 31 years that season. It was a 7-game affair against the Athletics (Vince had been dealt to Cleveland the year before so they did not face each other) and Dom hit .360 in the series.

The Pirates released him after the 1952 season and he signed with the Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League where in 1954 he would hit .286 and play in 154 games to help the Rebels to the Federal Series. A knee injury suffered on the final day of the season would keep him out of the playoffs but the Rebels would beat Hartford in 6 games to give Dom, just like Joe, a Federal title to go with a World Series ring. Dom would also win a Federal League gold glove that season which prompted the Cincinnati Reds to purchase the contract of the now 38 year old. He lasted just 36 games in Cincinnati, batting .167 before being released and he would finish out his pro career with 18 games for the Chattanooga Lookouts of the Southern League.
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Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams

Thought I would take a look at a couple of more former rookie of the year award winners.


With the color barrier long gone, Robinson did not have the distinction of being the first Negro player in the major leagues as that went to NY Giants teammates Oscar Charleston and Jack Hannibal when they jumped from the Federal League midway through the 1921 season. However, Robinson still made a mark on the game right from day one.

He signed with the Chicago White Sox in the winter before the 1945 season and made his MLB debut that spring. He enjoyed a 4-hit game with 3 stolen bases against Detroit in early May and was on the mid-season all-star team for the first of 6 times. When the dust settled on the 1945 season, Robinson finished with a .307 batting average and 27 stolen bases, good enough for the rookie of the year award.

He would enjoy 10 solid seasons as the White Sox starting second baseman, playing 1565 games while hitting .292 with 1763 base hits. In 1955, he lost his starting job as his speed and skills rapidly eroded. His batting average fell from .307 the previous season to .233 in just 64 games in 1955. A young Bill Mazeroski took over the second base job for the Sox the following season and Robinson ended his career with a year in the Pacific Coast League, batting .293 as a 37 year old for the Sacramento Solons.

Robinson would never play a post-season game in the majors or in AAA and his numbers came up short for the Hall of Fame.

TED WILLIAMS (Hall of Fame 1962)

Williams was just 17 years old when he signed a pro contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He would go on to win 8 MVP awards, 8 batting titles and 6 World Series rings while amassing 3037 career hits and 460 homeruns. Williams is one of just 30 players with 3000 hits and trails only the legendary Jimmie Foxx for hits by a Dodger. With 22 World Series titles the Dodgers are the class of this baseball universe. Williams appeared in 10 World Series with the Dodgers and was a .328 lifetime hitter with 11 homers in 55 games.

In 1936 at the age of 17, Williams started in low minors with the Beatrice Blues of the Class D Nebraska State League. Despite Williams hitting .411 with 42 homers and 142 rbi's the Blues finished a distant third, 31 games back of the first place Fairbury Jets in the six team loop. Williams, despite his gaudy numbers, paled in comparison to the Jets top player as 28 year old career minor leaguer Brinton McClellan (.471,60,177) won the triple crown and established league single season records in each of those categories. Of course Williams had the last laugh as he was in the majors a year later while McClellan's minor league career continued on with stops in Little Rock, San Diego, Minneapolis and Louisville. Williams would make a late season move up to the New York-Penn League, where he hit .315 in 13 games for the Allentown Brooks.

In 1937 he took over the starting left field role in Brooklyn and would remain entrenched there for the next 18 seasons. He was pretty healthy during that time, missing 5 weeks with a shoulder injury in 1944 and another 3 months with shoulder problems in 1949. With his skills eroding he lost his starting job in 1955 at the age of 36 and was cut loose by the Dodgers midway through the 1956 season. He signed with Cincinnati and ended his career with 22 games in a Reds uniform bringing his final major league totals to 2558 career games played. He was a first ballot Hall of Famer, getting 99.1% of the votes in 1962.
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NOVEMBER 6, 1976

Cincinnati Reds righthander Denny McLain was named the National League's Charlie Geggus Award winner for the second time in his career. The 32 year old McLain went 17-6 for the Reds, who finished third in the National League West Division with an 83-79 record. McLain struck out 150 batters in 286 innings while walking just 57 and postion a fine 1.89 ERA.

McLain, who is 168-120 in his major league career, also won the Geggus Award in 1971 when he was a career best 23-8. He was also named World Series MVP that season as he helped the Reds to their first World Championship since 1901. He had originally signed with the Chicago White Sox as an 18 year old but was dealt to Cincinnati prior to making his major league debut at the age of 20 in 1964.

San Francisco Giants' 31 year old Don Sutton finished second in the voting after leading the National League in wins. Sutton was 20-8 with a 2.35 era on the season for the NL West Division champions. It was his second straight 20-win season and the third of his career. Sutton was a former teammate of McLain in Cincinnati for the first seven years of his career before moving to Houston and later San Francisco. He was part of the first draft class in MLB history when he was taken 17th overall by the Reds in the December 1964 draft. Sutton is a former Geggus Award winner (1970) and is 183-136 for his career.

Third place went to another former Geggus Award winner as longtime New York Mets hurler Jim Nash finished 16-11, 2.29 for the National League champions. Nash is 183-99 in his major league career.

In the American League the Geggus Award went to Steve Carlton of the New York Yankees as he outpointed California's Bert Blyleven and Lance Tobert of the White Sox. The 31 year old Carlton won a major league best 23 games this season but it wasn't enough to lift the second place Yankees past Detroit in the American League East. It was the first award for the much travelled Carlton who early in his career was best remembered as the minor leaguer who was dealt along with Ted Abernathy from Washington to Detroit in exchange for Roberto Clemente. Carlton actually made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 1966 before being dealt to the Yankees the following season. The lefthander is 168-93 so far in his major league career.

Blyleven (20-10, 2.41) finished second in the voting and joined Carlton and Sutton as the only 20 game winners in the major leagues this season. The 25 year old pitched for the 4th place Angels in the AL West - the team that drafted him 10th overall in 1968. He made his major league debut at the age of 19 in 1970 and is 105-80 for his career.

Tobert (16-13, 2.89) was third after helping the White Sox win the World Series. In real life he never made the major leagues peaking at AA after spending a couple of years in the Orioles system. In the game he was a 12th round pick of the Giants in 1964 but after starting the year 5-0 with San Francisco in 1969 he was dealt to the White Sox along with Joe Lahoud for Bernie Allen at midseason. He has been in Chicago ever since, compiling a 103-73 career record and making his first all-star appearance this season.

Here is a list of the all-time Charlie Geggus Award winners as the top pitcher in each league.

1871 NL	Cherokee Fisher (CH1)	1871 AL	George Zettlein (SL2)
1872 NL	Bobby Mathews (BS1)	1872 AL	George Zettlein (2 ) (SL2)
1873 NL	Cherokee Fisher(2)(CH2)	1873 AL	Al Spalding (PH1)
1874 NL	Jim Britt (BR2)		1874 AL	George Zettlein (3 ) (SL2)
1875 NL	Jim Britt (2 ) (BR2)	1875 AL	George Zettlein (4 ) (SL2)
1876 NL	Jim Britt (3 ) (BR3)	1876 AL	Al Spalding (2 ) (PHN)
1877 NL	Jim Britt (4 ) (BR3)	1877 AL	Will White (PH4)
1878 NL	Jim Britt (5 ) (BR3)	1878 AL	Will White (2 ) (PH4)
1879 NL	Curry Foley (BR3)	1879 AL	Monte Ward (CL2)
1880 NL	Bobby Mathews (2) (BSN)	1880 AL	Larry Corcoran (PH4)
1881 NL	Frank J Pearce (BR3)	1881 AL	Jim Whitney (SL3)
1882 NL	Sam Weaver (CN2)	1882 AL	Monte Ward (2 ) (CL2)
1883 NL	Dupee Shaw (NY1)	1883 AL	Larry Corcoran (2 ) (PH4)
1884 NL	Bob Emslie (BR3)	1884 AL	Larry Corcoran (3 ) (PH4)
1885 NL	Bob Caruthers (BSN)	1885 AL	Toad Ramsey (CL3)
1886 NL	Bob Emslie (2 ) (BR3)	1886 AL	Toad Ramsey (2 ) (CL3)
1887 NL	Charlie Geggus (BR3)	1887 AL	Matt Kilroy (WS8)
1888 NL	Charlie Geggus (2)(BR3)	1888 AL	Charlie Sweeney (WS8)
1889 NL	Charlie Geggus (3)(BR3)	1889 AL	Charlie Sweeney (2 ) (WS8)
1890 NL	Charlie Geggus (4)(BRO)	1890 AL	Charlie Sweeney (3 ) (WS9)
1891 NL	Charlie Geggus (5)(BRO)	1891 AL	Charlie Sweeney (4 ) (WS9)
1892 NL	Kid Nichols (CHC)	1892 AL	Charlie Sweeney (5 ) (WSN)
1893 NL	Charlie Geggus (6)(BRO)	1893 AL	Cy Young (PHA)
1894 NL	Charlie Geggus (7)(BRO)	1894 AL	Pete Conway (DET)
1895 NL	Charlie Geggus (8)(BRO)	1895 AL	Ed Morris (DET)
1896 NL	Charlie Geggus (9)(BRO) 1896 AL	Ed Morris (2 ) (DET)
1897 NL	Charlie Geggus(10)(BRO) 1897 AL	Hardie Henderson (DET)
1898 NL	Charlie Geggus(11)(BRO) 1898 AL	Pete Conway (2 ) (DET)
1899 NL	Charlie Geggus(12)(BRO) 1899 AL	Carney Flynn (BLN)
1900 NL	Charlie Geggus(13)(BRO) 1900 AL	Charlie Sweeney (6 ) (WS1)
1901 NL	Charlie Geggus(14)(BRO) 1901 AL	Doc White (CLE)
1902 NL	Charlie Geggus(15)(BRO) 1902 AL	Carney Flynn (2 ) (BLA)
1903 NL	Harry McIntire (STL)	1903 AL	Monte Method (DET)
1904 NL	Charles Bender (STL)	1904 AL	Monte Method (2 ) (DET)
1905 NL	Rube Waddell (PIT)	1905 AL	Monte Method (3 ) (DET)
1906 NL	Christy Mathewson (PHI)	1906 AL	William Wright (PHA)
1907 NL	Walter Johnson (NY1)	1907 AL	William Wright (2 ) (PHA)
1908 NL	Walter Johnson (2)(NY1)	1908 AL	Tom L Hughes (CLE)
1909 NL	Walter Johnson (3)(NY1)	1909 AL	Rip Ragan (DET)
1910 NL	Walter Johnson (4)(NY1)	1910 AL	Rip Ragan (2 ) (DET)
1911 NL	Walter Johnson (5)(NY1)	1911 AL	Ray Collins (DET)
1912 NL	Rube Marquard (PHI)	1912 AL	Ray Collins (2 ) (DET)
1913 NL	Walter Johnson (6)(NY1)	1913 AL	Ray Collins (3 ) (DET)
1914 NL	Walter Johnson (7)(NY1)	1914 AL	George Kahler (SLA)
1915 NL	Charles Bender (2)(STL)	1915 AL	Dick Rudolph (PHA)
1916 NL	Russ Ford (PHI)		1916 AL	Tommy Atkins (WS1)
1917 NL	Dutch H Leonard (BRO)	1917 AL	Flame Delhi (CWS)
1918 NL	Walter Johnson (8)(NY1)	1918 AL	Herb Pennock (PHA)
1919 NL	Harry Krause (STL)	1919 AL	Herb Pennock (2 ) (PHA)
1920 NL	Hippo Vaughn (BRO)	1920 AL	Herb Pennock (3 ) (PHA)
1921 NL	Lefty Gervais (CIN)	1921 AL	Dutch H Leonard (2 ) (DET)
1922 NL	Bullet Joe Bush (STL)	1922 AL	Louis Drucke (CWS)
1923 NL	Bullet Joe Bush (2)(STL)1923 AL	Dutch H Leonard (3 ) (DET)
1924 NL	George Daly (STL)	1924 AL	Glen Ballplayer Harle (PHA)
1925 NL	Lefty Grove (BRO)	1925 AL	Flame Delhi (2 ) (CWS)
1926 NL	Lefty Grove (2 ) (BRO)	1926 AL	Glen Ballplayer Harle (2 ) (PHA)
1927 NL	Rube Walberg (STL)	1927 AL	Dutch H Leonard (4 ) (DET)
1928 NL	George Blaeholder(CIN)	1928 AL	Glen Ballplayer Harle (3 ) (PHA)
1929 NL	Bullet Joe Bush(3)(STL) 1929 AL	Hank Thormahlen (NYY)
1930 NL	Bullet Joe Bush(4)(STL) 1930 AL	Dutch Henry (DET)
1931 NL	Bullet Joe Bush(5)(STL) 1931 AL	Glen Ballplayer Harle (4 ) (PHA)
1932 NL	GeorgeBlaeholder(2)(CIN)1932 AL Glen Ballplayer Harle (5 ) (PHA)
1933 NL	Dizzy Dean (BRO)	1933 AL	Claude Jonnard (SLA)
1934 NL	Schoolboy Rowe (BRO)	1934 AL	Jimmy Pattison (CWS)
1935 NL	Dizzy Dean (2 ) (BRO)	1935 AL	Pete Donohue (DET)
1936 NL	Dizzy Dean (3 ) (BRO)	1936 AL	Jimmy Pattison (2 ) (CWS)
1937 NL	Dizzy Dean (4 ) (BRO)	1937 AL	Tex Carleton (PHA)
1938 NL	Dizzy Dean (5 ) (BRO)	1938 AL	Tex Carleton (2 ) (PHA)
1939 NL	Schoolboy Rowe (2)(BRO)	1939 AL	Dizzy Trout (PHA)
1940 NL	Gene Schott (STL)	1940 AL	Rip Sewell (SLA)
1941 NL	Bob Feller (NY1)	1941 AL	Jimmy Pattison (3 ) (CWS)
1942 NL	Whit Wyatt (BRO)	1942 AL	Jimmy Pattison (4 ) (CWS)
1943 NL	Schoolboy Rowe (3)(BRO)	1943 AL	Hal Newhouser (NYY)
1944 NL	Nels Potter (NY1)	1944 AL	Dizzy Trout (2 ) (PHA)
1945 NL	Mort Cooper (PIT)	1945 AL	Hal Newhouser (2 ) (NYY)
1946 NL	Nels Potter (2 ) (NY1)	1946 AL	Harry Brecheen (PHA)
1947 NL	Mort Cooper (2 ) (PIT)	1947 AL	Hal Newhouser (3 ) (NYY)
1948 NL	Nels Potter (3 ) (NY1)	1948 AL	Harry Brecheen (2 ) (PHA)
1949 NL	Mort Cooper (3 ) (PIT)	1949 AL	Carlisle Gilmore (CLE)
1950 NL	Bob Rush (NY1)		1950 AL	Carl Scheib (PHA)
1951 NL	Robin Roberts (STL)	1951 AL	Dave Ferriss (PHA)
1952 NL	Robin Roberts (2 )(STL)	1952 AL	Bobby Shantz (DET)
1953 NL	Gene Conley (PIT)	1953 AL	Mike Garcia (WS1)
1954 NL	Robin Roberts (3 )(STL)	1954 AL	Mike Garcia (2 ) (PHA)
1955 NL	Robin Roberts (4 )(STL)	1955 AL	Billy Pierce (WS1)
1956 NL	Gerald Kleinsmith (PIT)	1956 AL	Don Newcombe (WS1)
1957 NL	Robin Roberts (5 )(STL)	1957 AL	Mike Garcia (3 ) (KC1)
1958 NL	Anthony Sierzega (PIT)	1958 AL	Billy Pierce (2 ) (WS1)
1959 NL	Robin Roberts (6 )(STL)	1959 AL	Sandy Koufax (WS1)
1960 NL	Larry Jackson (SF)	1960 AL	Sandy Koufax (2 ) (WS1)
1961 NL	Larry Jackson (2 ) (SF)	1961 AL	Sandy Koufax (3 ) (MIN)
1962 NL	Jim Maloney (SF)	1962 AL	Sandy Koufax (4 ) (MIN)
1963 NL	Jim Maloney (2 ) (SF)	1963 AL	Sandy Koufax (5 ) (MIN)
1964 NL	Gary Peters (PHI)	1964 AL	Sandy Koufax (6 ) (MIN)
1965 NL	Jim Maloney (3 ) (SF)	1965 AL	Sandy Koufax (7 ) (MIN)
1966 NL	Jim Maloney (4 ) (SF)	1966 AL	Sam McDowell (KC1)
1967 NL	Jim Maloney (5 ) (SF)	1967 AL	Sandy Koufax (8 ) (MIN)
1968 NL	Gary Peters (2 ) (PHI)	1968 AL	Dean Chance (CLE)
1969 NL	Gaylord Perry (PHI)	1969 AL	Fergie Jenkins (NYY)
1970 NL	Don Sutton (CIN)	1970 AL	Fergie Jenkins (2 ) (NYY)
1971 NL	Denny McLain (CIN)	1971 AL	Tom Seaver (CAL)
1972 NL	Jim Nash (NYM)		1972 AL	Santiago Guzman (CLE)
1973 NL	Clyde Wright (PHI)	1973 AL	Santiago Guzman (2 ) (CLE)
1974 NL	Jon Matlack (ATL)	1974 AL	Tom Seaver (2 ) (CAL)
1975 NL	Denny Lemaster (PHI)	1975 AL	Billy McCool (DET)
1976 NL	Denny McLain (2) (CIN)	1976 AL	Steve Carlton (NYY)
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NOVEMBER 5, 1976

In a repeat of last season's announcement the Major League Baseball MVP's are once again Mike Schmidt and Ken Singleton. The two players, who met in the World Series when Schmidt's Chicago White Sox prevailed over Singleton's New York Mets, each won the award a year ago.

Schmidt (.294,28,110), who led the American League in rbi's and finished second to the Yankees Gorman Thomas in homeruns, won for the second time in his young career. The third baseman, who recently turned 27, has been a 5-time all-star in his six seasons with the White Sox. He was taken 12th overall in the 1970 draft and made his major league debut in 1971.

Jim Rice, the talented young outfielder from the Detroit Tigers finished second in the voting after winning his first batting title this season. The 23 year old hit .338 with 22 homers and 98 rbi's in just his second full season in the major leagues. 27 year old Cleveland first baseman Andre Thornton (.310,22,103) finished third.

Ken Singleton won his third straight National League MVP. The New York Mets outfielder finished third in National League batting with a .317 average, second to Willie McCovey in homeruns with 24 and led the majors with 120 rbi's. The 29 year old also drew a major league leading 110 walks. Taken 10th overall by the Mets in 1966, Singleton has been with the club since making his MLB debut in 1969. He is a lifetime .306 hitter with 157 career homeruns in 1155 games.

38 year old San Francisco Giants first baseman Willie McCovey finished second in the voting after leading the National League in homeruns. McCovey played his first major league season with Brooklyn of the Federal League in 1956 as an 18 year old, hitting 33 homeruns in the process. He joined the Giants the following season which was their last year in New York before heading west to San Francisco. A 4-time NL MVP, McCovey is 5th all-time in career homeruns with 608 (not counting his 33 in the Federal League) and has left the door open to return for another season.

Longtime New York Met middle infielder Joe Morgan (.304,10,53) finished third in the voting despite missing a month of the season with a sprained ankle. Morgan has been a Met since making his major league debut at age 19 back in 1963. He has never finished first in MVP voting but has been in the top three on several occasions. A 10 time all-star he did claim the all-star game MVP award in 1965.

Here is the complete list of National and American League MVPs.


1871 NL	Levi Meyerle (BR2)	1871 AL	Ezra Sutton (SL2)	
1872 NL	Levi Meyerle (2) (BR2)	1872 AL	Ezra Sutton (2 ) (SL2)	
1873 NL	Levi Meyerle (3) (BR2)	1873 AL	Jimmy Wood (SL2)	
1874 NL	Levi Meyerle (4) (BR2)	1874 AL	Joe Start (SL2)	
1875 NL	Levi Meyerle (5) (BR2)	1875 AL	Dickie Flowers (SL2)	
1876 NL	Levi Meyerle (6) (BR3)	1876 AL	John Bass (PHN)	
1877 NL	John Morrill (BR3)	1877 AL	Orator Shafer (CL2)	
1878 NL	Levi Meyerle (7) (BR3)	1878 AL	John Bass (2 ) (PH4)	
1879 NL	Charley Jones (BR3)	1879 AL	George Gore (CL2)	
1880 NL	Roger Connor (CN1)	1880 AL	Hardy Richardson (CL2)	
1881 NL	Ed Swartwood (BR3)	1881 AL	Fred Dunlap (PH4)	
1882 NL	Dan Brouthers (BR3)	1882 AL	Jack Rowe (LS2)	
1883 NL	Ed Swartwood (2) (BR3)	1883 AL	Fred Dunlap (2 ) (PH4)	
1884 NL	Dan Brouthers (2) (BR3)	1884 AL	Fred Dunlap (3 ) (PH4)	
1885 NL	Pete Browning (BR3)	1885 AL	Fred Dunlap (4 ) (PH4)	
1886 NL	Pete Browning (2) (BR3)	1886 AL	Fred Dunlap (5 ) (PH4)	
1887 NL	Dan Brouthers (3)(BR3)	1887 AL	Hardy Richardson (2 ) (CL3)	
1888 NL	Ed McKean (BR3)		1888 AL	Jack Clements (WS8)	
1889 NL	Mike Tiernan (CN2)	1889 AL	Fred Dunlap (6 ) (PH4)	
1890 NL	Mike Tiernan (2 ) (CIN)	1890 AL	Fred Dunlap (7 ) (PH4)	
1891 NL	Tom P Daly (BRO)	1891 AL	Fred Dunlap (8 ) (PHA)	
1892 NL	Tom P Daly (2 ) (BRO)	1892 AL	Fred Dunlap (9 ) (PHA)	
1893 NL	Mike Tiernan (3 ) (CIN)	1893 AL	George Van Haltren (PHA)	
1894 NL	Jake Beckley (BSN)	1894 AL	Jesse Burkett (PHA)	
1895 NL	Ed Delahanty (CIN)	1895 AL	Hughie Jennings (DET)	
1896 NL	Ed Delahanty (2) (CIN)	1896 AL	Hughie Jennings (2 ) (DET)	
1897 NL	John J McGraw (CIN)	1897 AL	Hughie Jennings (3 ) (DET)	
1898 NL	John J McGraw (2)(CIN)	1898 AL	Jimmy Sheckard (DET)	
1899 NL	Joe Kelley (STL)	1899 AL	Jimmy Sheckard (2 ) (DET)	
1900 NL	John J McGraw (3)(CIN)	1900 AL	Hughie Jennings (4 ) (DET)	
1901 NL	John J McGraw (4)(CIN)	1901 AL	Emmet Heidrick (WS1)	
1902 NL	John J McGraw (5)(CIN)	1902 AL	Jimmy Sheckard (3 ) (DET)	
1903 NL	Mike Donlin (BSN)	1903 AL	Jimmy T Williams (WS1)	
1904 NL	Honus Wagner (STL)	1904 AL	Jimmy Sheckard (4 ) (DET)	
1905 NL	Harry Steinfeldt (CHC)	1905 AL	Jimmy T Williams (2 ) (WS1)	
1906 NL	Mike Donlin (2) (BSN)	1906 AL	Jimmy T Williams (3 ) (WS1)	
1907 NL	HarrySteinfeldt(2)(CHC)	1907 AL	Jimmy Sheckard (5 ) (DET)	
1908 NL	John J McGraw (6 )(CIN)	1908 AL	Nap Lajoie (CLE)	
1909 NL	Sherry Magee (NY1)	1909 AL	Tris Speaker (DET)	
1910 NL	Sherry Magee (2 )(NY1)	1910 AL	Ty Cobb (SLA)	
1911 NL	Sherry Magee (3 )(NY1)	1911 AL	Ty Cobb (2 ) (SLA)	
1912 NL	Sherry Magee (4 )(NY1)	1912 AL	Tris Speaker (2 ) (DET)	
1913 NL	Bill Sweeney (BSN)	1913 AL	Zack Wheat (SLA)	
1914 NL	Jim Viox (PHI)		1914 AL	Ty Cobb (3 ) (SLA)	
1915 NL	Eddie Collins Sr (PIT)	1915 AL	Tris Speaker (3 ) (DET)	
1916 NL	Babe Ruth (PIT)		1916 AL	Ty Cobb (4 ) (SLA)	
1917 NL	Harry Heilmann (STL)	1917 AL	Ty Cobb (5 ) (SLA)	
1918 NL	Rogers Hornsby (STL)	1918 AL	Ty Cobb (6 ) (SLA)	
1919 NL	Babe Ruth (2 ) (PIT)	1919 AL	Charlie Hollocher (CWS)	
1920 NL	Rogers Hornsby (2)(STL)	1920 AL	Ty Cobb (7 ) (SLA)	
1921 NL	Babe Ruth (3 ) (CIN)	1921 AL	Ken Williams (NYY)	
1922 NL	Babe Ruth (4 ) (CIN)	1922 AL	Hack Wilson (CWS)	
1923 NL	Rogers Hornsby (3)(STL)	1923 AL	Hack Wilson (2 ) (CWS)	
1924 NL	Rogers Hornsby (4)(STL)	1924 AL	Hack Wilson (3 ) (CWS)	
1925 NL	Rogers Hornsby (5)(STL)	1925 AL	Hack Wilson (4 ) (CWS)	
1926 NL	Rogers Hornsby (6)(STL)	1926 AL	Hack Wilson (5 ) (CWS)	
1927 NL	Rogers Hornsby (7)(STL)	1927 AL	Earle Combs (NYY)	
1928 NL	Rogers Hornsby (8)(STL)	1928 AL	Hack Wilson (6 ) (CWS)	
1929 NL	Rogers Hornsby(9)(STL)	1929 AL	Bill Terry (NYY)	
1930 NL	Lou Gehrig (PHI)	1930 AL	Hack Wilson (7 ) (CWS)	
1931 NL	Wally Berger (STL)	1931 AL	Babe Ruth (5 ) (BOS)	
1932 NL	Lou Gehrig (2 ) (PHI)	1932 AL	Hack Wilson (8 ) (CWS)	
1933 NL	Jimmie Foxx (BRO)	1933 AL	Babe Ruth (6 ) (BOS)	
1934 NL	Jimmie Foxx (2) (BRO)	1934 AL	Hank Greenberg (PHA)	
1935 NL	Al Simmons (BRO)	1935 AL	Hank Greenberg (2 ) (PHA)	
1936 NL	Jimmie Foxx (3) (BRO)	1936 AL	Joe DiMaggio (CWS)	
1937 NL	Jimmie Foxx (4) (BRO)	1937 AL	Hank Greenberg (3 ) (PHA)	
1938 NL	Jimmie Foxx (5) (BRO)	1938 AL	Hank Greenberg (4 ) (PHA)	
1939 NL	Ted Williams (BRO)	1939 AL	Hank Greenberg (5 ) (PHA)	
1940 NL	Ted Williams (2) (BRO)	1940 AL	Hank Greenberg (6 ) (PHA)	
1941 NL	Jimmie Foxx (6) (BRO)	1941 AL	Hank Greenberg (7 ) (PHA)	
1942 NL	Ted Williams (3) (BRO)	1942 AL	Hank Greenberg (8 ) (PHA)	
1943 NL	Jimmie Foxx (7) (BRO)	1943 AL	Arky Vaughan (PHA)	
1944 NL	Jimmie Foxx (8) (BRO)	1944 AL	Phil Cavarretta (PHA)	
1945 NL	Ted Williams (4) (BRO)	1945 AL	Hank Greenberg (9 ) (PHA)	
1946 NL	Ted Williams (5) (BRO)	1946 AL	Hank Greenberg (10 ) (PHA)	
1947 NL	Ted Williams (6) (BRO)	1947 AL	Al Rosen (PHA)	
1948 NL	Ted Williams (7) (BRO)	1948 AL	Al Rosen (2 ) (PHA)	
1949 NL	Hank Sauer (NY1)	1949 AL	Al Rosen (3 ) (PHA)	
1950 NL	Ted Williams (8) (BRO)	1950 AL	Al Rosen (4 ) (PHA)	
1951 NL	Ralph Kiner (CIN)	1951 AL	Al Rosen (5 ) (PHA)	
1952 NL	Mickey Mantle (STL)	1952 AL	Ted Kluszewski (PHA)	
1953 NL	Ralph Kiner (2 ) (CIN)	1953 AL	Eddie Mathews (PHA)	
1954 NL	Mickey Mantle (2) (STL)	1954 AL	Ted Kluszewski (2 ) (PHA)	
1955 NL	Roger Maris (PIT)	1955 AL	Al Rosen (6 ) (KC1)	
1956 NL	Mickey Mantle (3) (STL)	1956 AL	Eddie Mathews (2 ) (KC1)	
1957 NL	Mickey Mantle (4) (STL)	1957 AL	Eddie Mathews (3 ) (KC1)	
1958 NL	Mickey Mantle (5) (STL)	1958 AL	Eddie Mathews (4 ) (KC1)	
1959 NL	Mickey Mantle (6) (STL)	1959 AL	Eddie Mathews (5 ) (KC1)	
1960 NL	Mickey Mantle (7) (STL)	1960 AL	Eddie Mathews (6 ) (KC1)	
1961 NL	Ernie Banks (LAD)	1961 AL	Norm Cash (BAL)	
1962 NL	Mickey Mantle (8) (STL)	1962 AL	Felipe Alou (CWS)	
1963 NL	Mickey Mantle (9) (STL)	1963 AL	Frank Howard (DET)	
1964 NL	Mickey Mantle(10)(STL)	1964 AL	Lee Thomas (BOS)	
1965 NL	Willie Stargell (STL)	1965 AL	Jim Wynn (MIN)	
1966 NL	Willie McCovey (SF)	1966 AL	Eddie Mathews (7 ) (KC1)	
1967 NL	Willie McCovey (2) (SF)	1967 AL	Don Buford (MIN)	
1968 NL	Bill Freehan (PHI)	1968 AL	Rico Petrocelli (CLE)	
1969 NL	Dick Allen (CHC)	1969 AL	Tony Conigliaro (CAL)	
1970 NL	Graig Nettles (PHI)	1970 AL	Rico Petrocelli (2 ) (CLE)	
1971 NL	Reggie Jackson (NYM)	1971 AL	Rico Petrocelli (3 ) (CLE)	
1972 NL	Bobby Bonds (SF)	1972 AL	Rico Petrocelli (4 ) (CLE)	
1973 NL	Reggie Jackson (2)(NYM)	1973 AL	Richie Zisk (CAL)	
1974 NL	Ken Singleton (NYM)	1974 AL	Darrell Evans (BAL)	
1975 NL	Ken Singleton (2) (NYM)	1975 AL	Mike Schmidt (CWS)	
1976 NL	Ken Singleton (3) (NYM)	1976 AL	Mike Schmidt (2) (CWS)
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On the eve of free agency the California Angels and outfielder Richie Zisk agreed on a deal to keep the 27 year old in Anaheim for the next six years. Zisk, who hit .288 with 14 homers and 87 rbi's this past season, agreed to a deal that will pay him an average of just over $435,000 a season.

Zisk was originally taken 19th overall by the Kansas City Athletics in the 1966 draft but failed to sign with the A's and was selected by California with the 5th pick of the 1967 draft. He joined the Angels farm system for 1968 and after a brief stint in AA the following year was promoted to the big leagues. He hit .293 with 15 homers as a 20 year old rookie in 1969 and in enhoyed the best season of his career in 1973 when he won the American League MVP after hitting .309 with 34 homers and 131 rbi's. He helped the Angels reach the World Series for the first time in franchise history that year but they fell to Philadelphia despite two World Series homeruns from Zisk.


The New York Mets added to their bullpen depth today with the acquisition of 29 year old righthander Tom Buskey from the San Diego Padres. Heading west will be minor league shortstop Dave McKay.

Buskey was a 10th round pick of the Padres in the 1968 first year player draft. He bounced around their minor league system until making his major league debut in 1974, pitching 2 innings of relief. After spending all of the 1975 season with AAA Hawaii, Buskey completed his first full year in the majors this past season. He was 3-4 with a 3.89 era in 28 appearances, all in relief for the Padres. The Mets added him to provide depth in the organization after 31 year old reliever Richard Johnson opted for free agency rather than to sign an aribration contract. Johnson was 0-2 out of the Mets pen this season.

In McKay the Padres get a 26 year old who can play any infield position. In real life he was the first Canadian to suit up for the expansion Toronto Blue Jays while in this universe he was a 6th round pick of the Mets in 1970 but has been so far unable to crack a major league roster. He did play 6 games for the Mets in 1975 but went 2-for-10 in his only stay in the major leagues - a span of 17 days and found himself back in Tidewater of the International League. He will battle Bump Wills, Rob Wilfong, Dickie Thon and Denny Walling for playing time next season.


The new crop of free agents are officially able to negotiate with other teams when the clock strikes midnight tonight. While baseball fans in Seattle would love to see the new Mariners franchise make big noise by singing a player like Amos Otis, Bobby Grich, Jon Matlack or Mickey Rivers the reality is none of those players would likely consider Seattle.

The one exception might be at the catcher position as there is an abundance of backstops available including Darrel Porter, Ted Simmons, George Mitterwald, Joe Ferguson, Jerry Grote, Thurman Munson and Dave Duncan. It is expected that those players may be out of the Mariners budget but a pair to consider are Bill Freehan or Ray Fosse.

The soon to be 35 year old Freehan seems like an ideal fit. A veteran of over 2035 games who has played the past six seasons on the west coast with San Francisco might be the type of player willing to mentor a young expansion club. Freehan, who won a pair of Gold Gloves in the late 1960s, is still strong defensively and that would more than make up for his anemic .211 batting average in 128 games with the Giants last year.

A former MVP and a World Champion with the 1969 Philadelphia Phillies, Freehan could be just what the likely inexperienced Mariners pitching staff could use. Due to his poor offensive numbers last season and the plethora of catchers available in free agency he may fit right into the Mariners budget.

A good second choice would be 29 year old Ray Fosse. Like Freehan, Fosse is a 2-time gold glove winner and won a World Championship just two years ago with Detroit. He hit .243 with 9 homers and 52 rbi's this past season, his 10th in the Motor City, but the Tigers elected not to sign him and are instead looking for an upgrade at the position as they only have the often-injured Alan Ashby as a potential number one catcher.


Voting opened today to determine the 1977 class for the Baseball Hall of Fame. The top newcomers to the ballot are Eddie Mathews and Frank Robinson while Harvey Kuenn, who missed by less than 2% of the votes last year, and Roger Maris, who garnered 63% of the votes in his first year of eligibility, have to also be considered strong candidates.

Mathews has to be considered a lock to make the grade. The long-time Athletics third baseman is second to only Mickey Mantle with 669 career homeruns and also ranks 5th all-time in rbi's. He spent his entire 22 year career with the A's in three different cities going back to his debut as an 18 year old in 1950 when the franchise was based in Philadelphia. A 7-time American League MVP, Mathews also won 5 World Series titles and was MVP of the 1955 Fall Classic.

Frank Robinson won 4 World Series titles with the Giants and hit 517 homeruns in MLB with another 30 during his one season in the Federal League as a 17 year old. He won 4 gold gloves as an outfielder and his 2938 career major league hits rank him 36th all-time in that category. He won 3 National League batting titles in his career, of which all but the first and last season were played as a Giant. He spent one year in the Federal League with Newark prior to joining the Giants and spent the final year of his major league career - 1971- as a New York Yankee.

The 1977 class will be unveiled on January 5th. Presently there are 125 players in the Hall of Fame.
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NOVEMBER 30, 1976

The Baltimore Orioles have locked up catcher Carlton Fisk for the longterm as the club announced the 28 year old has agreed to a six-year extension that is worth a total of $2.1 million. Fisk, who hit .259 in 68 games after joining the Orioles in a mid-season deal with St Louis, has played 8 years in the major leagues. He broke in with the Cardinals in 1969 and was named the #1 prospect in the game that year.

Injuries have been his downfall as he has never been healthy for an entire season, topping out at 129 games in 1975. The Orioles dealt pitching prospects Bob Owchinko and Brian Kingman along with minor league outfielder Darrell Parker to the rebuilding Cardinals to get Fisk.

DECEMBER 14, 1976

After an extremely quiet winter meeting session the baseball world is about to heat up over the next couple of days as the Seattle Mariners and Toronto Blue Jays franchises begin to take shape. The first year player draft, with the Milwaukee Brewers selecting first, will take place tomorrow followed by the expansion draft.

With the focus on finalizing their protected list for the expansion selection there were no deals of any note made over the past few days and the only free agent signing was first baseman George Scott reupping with his former team - the California Angeles.

The rookie draft features some top talent as the Brewers are expected to use their pick on either 20 year old third baseman Paul Molitor or 17 year old outfielder Tim Raines. However, there is talk that neither want to report to Milwaukee and the Brewers might elect to take an easier to sign player like infielder Mickey Hatcher or a pitcher such as Jeff Reardon or Scott Sanderson.

DECEMBER 15, 1976

The Milwaukee Brewers passed on arguably the best player in the draft in order to select someone they were comfortable that they could sign. The Brewers did take a third baseman, but instead of Paul Molitor they settled for Mickey Hatcher, a 21 year old from Cleveland. The scouting report on Hatcher is while he won't have a lot of power, he could challenge for a batting title. While he is listed as a third baseman his defensive shortcomings probably leave him better suited for a corner outfield spot.

Meanwhile, Molitor slipped all the way to 5th as he was adamant prior to the draft he would likely a play a year of college ball. It will be up to the Minnesota Twins to see if they can change Molitor's mind.

Here is the first round of the draft and some other notable names:
Round 1, Pick 1 - Milwaukee Brewers: 3B Mickey Hatcher, age 21 
Round 1, Pick 2 - Montreal Expos: SP Scott Sanderson, age 20 
Round 1, Pick 3 - Boston Red Sox: SP Steve Trout, age 19, out of college (Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI) 
Round 1, Pick 4 - Chicago Cubs: SP Bob Welch, age 20 
Round 1, Pick 5 - Minnesota Twins: 3B Paul Molitor, age 20 
Round 1, Pick 6 - Kansas City Royals: SP Danny Darwin, age 21 
Round 1, Pick 7 - Atlanta Braves: C Terry Kennedy, age 20 
Round 1, Pick 8 - St. Louis Cardinals: LF Tim Raines, age 17 
Round 1, Pick 9 - Toronto Blue Jays: SS Ozzie Smith, age 21 
Round 1, Pick 10 - Seattle Mariners: SP Bill Gullickson, age 17 
Round 1, Pick 11 - San Diego Padres: RP Dave S Smith, age 21 
Round 1, Pick 12 - Houston Astros: CF Willie McGee, age 18 
Round 1, Pick 13 - Pittsburgh Pirates: SP Jack Morris, age 21 
Round 1, Pick 14 - Cleveland Indians: RP Frank DiPino, age 20 
Round 1, Pick 15 - California Angels: RF Jesse Barfield, age 17 
Round 1, Pick 16 - Detroit Tigers: RF Harold Baines, age 17 
Round 1, Pick 17 - Cincinnati Reds: CF Dave Henderson, age 18 
Round 1, Pick 18 - Texas Rangers: RF George Vukovich, age 20 
Round 1, Pick 19 - Oakland Athletics: RF Kevin Bass, age 17 
Round 1, Pick 20 - Baltimore Orioles: SP Bob Walk, age 20 
Round 1, Pick 21 - Los Angeles Dodgers: RP Enrique Romo, age 29 
Round 1, Pick 22 - Philadelphia Phillies: RP Jeff Reardon, age 21 
Round 1, Pick 23 - New York Mets: 1B Greg Walker, age 17 
Round 1, Pick 24 - Houston Astros: SP Greg A Harris, age 21 
Round 1, Pick 25 - Chicago White Sox: RF Mike Davis, age 17 
Round 1, Pick 26 - New York Yankees: RF Tack Wilson, age 20, out of college (Louisiana Tech; Ruston, LA) 
Round 1, Pick 27 - Detroit Tigers: RP DeWayne Buice, age 19 
Round 1, Pick 28 - San Francisco Giants: CF Rod Allen, age 17 
Round 1, Pick 29 - Chicago White Sox: 1B John Harris, age 22 

Pick 3 - Milwauee       Ron Kittle
Pick 8 - Texas	        Mookie Wilson
Pick 24- Philadelphia   Joe Charboneau

The Seattle Mariners finally have some players in their system as they participated in baseball's first year playoff draft yesterday. While none of these names are likely to play in Seattle this year, and for most they will never make the major leagues, the Mariners did draft 40 players including 17 year old Marshall (Texas) high school pitcher Bill Gullickson.

Gullickson was taken 10th overall immediately after their expansion partners from Toronto drafted a young shortstop by the name of Ozzie Smith. The 6'3" Gullickson has 3 pitches that are said to be already close to major league ready but he will need to work on his control. If the Mariners are able to sign him he will likely spend the season with Bellingham of the Northwest League but a call-up to the big leagues is always a possibility.

Here are the Mariners draft picks:


Wednesday, December 15th, 1976 
Drafted SP Bill Gullickson in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 1, Pick 10, 10th overall pick). 
Drafted CF Rick Peters in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 2, Pick 2, 31st overall pick). 
Drafted 1B Jim Tracy in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 3, Pick 2, 60th overall pick). 
Drafted 2B Alfred Weston in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 4, Pick 2, 90th overall pick). 
Drafted RF Robert Potts in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 5, Pick 2, 119th overall pick). 
Drafted SS Scott Carnes in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 6, Pick 2, 145th overall pick). 
Drafted C Dennis Cirbo in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 7, Pick 2, 171st overall pick). 
Drafted RP Dewey Robinson in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 8, Pick 2, 197th overall pick). 
Drafted 3B Bruce Fournier in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 9, Pick 2, 223rd overall pick). 
Drafted LF Steven Trumbauer in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 10, Pick 2, 249th overall pick). 
Drafted RP John Hillas in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 11, Pick 2, 275th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Mike Morley in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 12, Pick 2, 301st overall pick). 
Drafted RP Jay Robertson in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 13, Pick 2, 327th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Dennis Wyszynski in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 14, Pick 2, 353rd overall pick). 
Drafted SP Ernest Gause in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 15, Pick 2, 379th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Daniel Hartwig in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 16, Pick 2, 405th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Rick Borchers in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 17, Pick 2, 431st overall pick). 
Drafted C Rickey McGlone in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 18, Pick 2, 457th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Mark Miller in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 19, Pick 2, 483rd overall pick). 
Drafted RP Robert Ballard in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 20, Pick 2, 509th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Ramon Romero in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 21, Pick 2, 535th overall pick). 
Drafted RP James Haight in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 22, Pick 2, 561st overall pick). 
Drafted SP Ronald Woods in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 23, Pick 2, 587th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Rick Williams in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 24, Pick 2, 613rd overall pick). 
Drafted SP Todd Heimer in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 25, Pick 2, 639th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Jeffrey Wilson in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 26, Pick 2, 665th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Craig Harris in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 27, Pick 2, 691st overall pick). 
Drafted RP Charles Tewell in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 28, Pick 2, 717th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Michael Reichenbach in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 29, Pick 2, 743rd overall pick). 
Drafted RP Timothy Ganch in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 30, Pick 2, 769th overall pick). 
Drafted SP William Miller in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 31, Pick 2, 795th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Gary Johnson in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 32, Pick 2, 821st overall pick). 
Drafted SP Thomas Vasche in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 33, Pick 2, 847th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Luis Rodriguez in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 34, Pick 2, 873rd overall pick). 
Drafted SP Alexander Coghen in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 35, Pick 2, 899th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Wayne Anderson in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 36, Pick 2, 925th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Randy Hodges in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 37, Pick 2, 951st overall pick). 
Drafted RP Steven Mason in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 38, Pick 2, 977th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Steve Friar in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 39, Pick 2, 1003rd overall pick). 
Drafted RP Brian Monahan in the 1976 first-year player draft (Round 40, Pick 2, 1029th overall pick).
The bulk of the roster will take shape today as the Mariners and Blue Jays prepare for the expansion draft.
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Expansion Draft


The Seattle Mariners selected 27 year old first baseman-outfielder Bill Buckner with the first pick in the expansion draft. In all the Mariners selected 35 players but will rely on Buckner and fellow veterans Reggie Smith, Jim Lonborg and Tony Oliva to lead the club.

Buckner and Reggie Smith, who was selected in the 20th round from the New York Yankees, are the only players the Mariners drafted who were major league regulars a year ago. Buckner appeared in 139 games for the Philadelphia Phillies, batting .274 with 10 homers and 46 rbi's. Smith, a 31 year old first baseman, hit a career low .195 last year with 8 homers and 52 rbi's while starting 160 games for the Yankees. The 13 year major league veteran was an all-star in 1974 when he hit .276 with 24 homeruns.

Pitching will be of huge concern for the Mariners as only one player they drafted started a major league game last season. Joe Bosworth was 0-3 in 6 starts for the St Louis Cardinals last year. He was the Mariners 34th pick. Wayne Twitchell pitched 31 games in relief for California last season and will probably be in the Mariners opening day rotation. Twitchell is 22-20 in his major league career that included 32 starts.

An intriguing pick is the selection of 34 year old Jim Lonborg in the 31st round from the New York Mets organization. Lonborg has a career record of 122-80 including a 24-4 season with Minnesota in 1967. A two-time all star and 2-time World Series champion but he has not started a major league game since 1973 and pitched just 15 innings of relief in the past two years. He spent all of last season in the minors.

The Mariners also dipped into Seattle sports history by selecting William Knoch from Milwaukee. The 34 year old pitcher made his major league debut in 1969 with the Seattle Pilots, going 6-12 that season. He spent most of last season in the Brewers pen, going 1-2 with a 5.29 era in 35 relief appearances.

The selection of 38 year old outfielder Tony Oliva from the Dodgers gives the Mariners a very recognizable name but the question is whether or not Oliva has anything left. He has not been a major league starter since 1972 and Oliva spent all of last season with AAA Albuquerque but he did manage to hit .337 with the Dukes. In 1595 career major league games he is a lifetime .300 hitter and is a two-time all-star.

Another player with a decent major league pedigree the Mariners selected is second baseman Ted Kubiak. Kubiak played six years with the Dodgers and another 3 with the Boston Pilgrims of the Federal League. He spent all of last season with Detroit's AAA affiliate in Evansville but at the age of 34 may still be able to contribute.

A player to keep an eye on is relief pitcher Kent Tekulve. The 29 year old was a late first round pick of Baltimore in the 1969 draft but has yet to make his major league debut. He had 22 saves between AA and AAA last year and could be a key piece of the Mariners bullpen in 1977.

The Mariners will hopefully make some noise in free agency as the roster they have right now would have a tough time comparing with the awful 1969 Pilots squad, and that team won just 40 games.


Friday, December 17th, 1976 
Drafted 1B Bill Buckner in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 1, Pick 1, 1st overall pick). 
Drafted LF Albert Thompson in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 2, Pick 1, 3rd overall pick). 
Drafted RF Jim Fuller in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 3, Pick 2, 6th overall pick). 
Drafted 2B Julius Bender in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 4, Pick 1, 7th overall pick). 
Drafted SS Dennis Odom in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 5, Pick 2, 10th overall pick). 
Drafted 3B Rimp Lanier in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 6, Pick 1, 11th overall pick). 
Drafted LF Steven Brown in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 7, Pick 2, 14th overall pick). 
Drafted CF Richard Leon in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 8, Pick 1, 15th overall pick). 
Drafted C Dave Rader in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 9, Pick 2, 18th overall pick). 
Drafted CF Dave Schneck in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 10, Pick 1, 19th overall pick). 
Drafted SS Kenneth Bruno in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 11, Pick 2, 22nd overall pick). 
Drafted 2B Ronnie Helton in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 12, Pick 1, 23rd overall pick). 
Drafted RF Jack Maloof in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 13, Pick 2, 26th overall pick). 
Drafted RF Tony Oliva in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 14, Pick 1, 27th overall pick). 
Drafted 1B Ronald Manders in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 15, Pick 2, 30th overall pick). 
Drafted C Greg Goossen in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 16, Pick 1, 31st overall pick). 
Drafted LF Tom Shopay in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 17, Pick 2, 34th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Wayne Twitchell in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 18, Pick 1, 35th overall pick). 
Drafted SP John Gelnar in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 19, Pick 2, 38th overall pick). 
Drafted 1B Reggie Smith in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 20, Pick 1, 39th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Ralph Garcia in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 21, Pick 2, 42nd overall pick). 
Drafted LF Wayne Tyrone in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 22, Pick 1, 43rd overall pick). 
Drafted SS Ted Kubiak in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 23, Pick 2, 46th overall pick). 
Drafted 3B Gary Gloede in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 24, Pick 1, 47th overall pick). 
Drafted SS Tom Ragland in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 25, Pick 2, 50th overall pick). 
Drafted 2B Fred Zweifel in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 26, Pick 1, 51st overall pick). 
Drafted RP Jim Barr in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 27, Pick 2, 54th overall pick). 
Drafted CL Tom Pratt in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 28, Pick 1, 55th overall pick). 
Drafted CL Kent Tekulve in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 29, Pick 2, 58th overall pick). 
Drafted CL Mark L Lee in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 30, Pick 1, 59th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Jim Lonborg in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 31, Pick 2, 62nd overall pick). 
Drafted LF Jimmy Rosario in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 32, Pick 1, 63rd overall pick). 
Drafted CF Milton Swift in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 33, Pick 2, 66th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Joe Bosworth in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 34, Pick 1, 67th overall pick). 
Drafted RP William Knoch in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 35, Pick 2, 70th overall pick). 

Friday, December 17th, 1976 
Drafted LF Rusty Torres in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 1, Pick 2, 2nd overall pick). 
Drafted RF Terry Crowley in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 2, Pick 2, 4th overall pick). 
Drafted RF Craig Kusick in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 3, Pick 1, 5th overall pick). 
Drafted CF Jim Dunegan in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 4, Pick 2, 8th overall pick). 
Drafted SS Ed Crosby in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 5, Pick 1, 9th overall pick). 
Drafted C Ellie Rodriguez in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 6, Pick 2, 12th overall pick). 
Drafted 2B Bill Stein in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 7, Pick 1, 13th overall pick). 
Drafted RP James Moyer in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 8, Pick 2, 16th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Barry Bagley in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 9, Pick 1, 17th overall pick). 
Drafted LF Mike Reinbach in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 10, Pick 2, 20th overall pick). 
Drafted 3B Reid Braden in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 11, Pick 1, 21st overall pick). 
Drafted LF Daniel DeMichele in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 12, Pick 2, 24th overall pick). 
Drafted 1B Ernie Pedersen in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 13, Pick 1, 25th overall pick). 
Drafted LF John Sipin in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 14, Pick 2, 28th overall pick). 
Drafted SS John Harbin in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 15, Pick 1, 29th overall pick). 
Drafted 2B Ed Mello in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 16, Pick 2, 32nd overall pick). 
Drafted RF Johnny Smith in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 17, Pick 1, 33rd overall pick). 
Drafted C Fran Healy in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 18, Pick 2, 36th overall pick). 
Drafted CF Fred Rico in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 19, Pick 1, 37th overall pick). 
Drafted SS Frederick Wolcott in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 20, Pick 2, 40th overall pick). 
Drafted 1B Charlie Vinson in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 21, Pick 1, 41st overall pick). 
Drafted LF Mike Fiore in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 22, Pick 2, 44th overall pick). 
Drafted 1B Andy Kosco in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 23, Pick 1, 45th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Jerry Meadows in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 24, Pick 2, 48th overall pick). 
Drafted 3B James Hoover in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 25, Pick 1, 49th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Stephen Denison in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 26, Pick 2, 52nd overall pick). 
Drafted SP Kirk Thomas in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 27, Pick 1, 53rd overall pick). 
Drafted 1B Michael Everett in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 28, Pick 2, 56th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Steve Luebber in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 29, Pick 1, 57th overall pick). 
Drafted CL Steven Fair in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 30, Pick 2, 60th overall pick). 
Drafted RP Dennis Lamp in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 31, Pick 1, 61st overall pick). 
Drafted RP Dale Bjerke in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 32, Pick 2, 64th overall pick). 
Drafted RF Wilbur Howard in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 33, Pick 1, 65th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Bob Rommes in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 34, Pick 2, 68th overall pick). 
Drafted SP Bill Bonham in the 1976 expansion draft (Round 35, Pick 1, 69th overall pick).
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JANUARY 1, 1977

The California Angels gave their fans a late Christmas present with the announcement that pitcher Tom Seaver has agreed to a 2 year, $800,000 contract extension that will keep him with the club through the 1979 season. The 32 year old Seaver, who was 12-12 last year, has a career record of 170-119. He was selected fourth overall in the 1965 draft and made his major league debut with the Angels in 1966. A 2-time Charlie Geggus Award winner including 1971 when he was 25-6 with a 1.91 era, Seaver has also been selected for the all-star game 5 times in his career.

It was a busy holiday season for the Angels as they also locked up first baseman George Scott to a 4 year extension earlier in the week. The 32 year old Scott joined the Angels in 1964 and has been their starting first baseman ever since. Last year he hit .268 with 18 homers and 80 rbi's. He also won his third gold glove this past season. For his career, Scott is a .274 hitter with 242 round-trippers.


The Seattle Mariners have signed a pair of their high draft picks including first round selection Bill Gullickson. Gullickson, a 17 year old pitcher who was taken 10th overall in last month's draft, agreed to sign for a bonus of $142,400. He will be given every opportunity to make the Mariners opening day roster when they break camp in April. At this point he looks like a lock to make the team as Seattle is extremely short on quality starting pitchers but they are expected to make some moves late in free agency.

The Mariners also signed their 3rd round pick this week as 21 year old 1B-OF Jim Tracy joined the organization after receiving a signing bonus of just over $100,000. Tracy, who hails from Hamilton, New Jerseys was taken 60th overall.

A number of first round picks have already signed including 21 year old third baseman Mickey Hatcher, who was selected first overall by Milwaukee. The Brewers selected Hatcher because he was easy to sign over consenus number one Paul Molitor. The 20 year Molitar slipped to the 5th spot where Minnesota grabbed him. Molitor has yet to agree to a contract.

The only other top 10 pick to sign so far is 17 year old outfielder Tim Raines, who was selected 8th by the St Louis Cardinals.

JANUARY 5, 1977

Eddie Mathews, Frank Robinson and Harvey Kuenn can now be called Hall of Famers after the three were elected to join the collection of legends in Cooperstown today. There has never been a unanimous selection to the Hall but Mathews came very close, topping this year's voting by appearing on 99.4 of the ballots - which is the highest total since Jimmie Foxx also had a 99.4 in 1954.

Mathews was a lock to make it after a 3075 game major league career with the Athletics that saw him record 2993 career hits and 669 homeruns as well as earn 7 American League Most Valuable Player Awards. Robinson finished second, appearing on just over 97% of the ballots. He played all but 19 of his 2472 major league games with the Giants. After falling just short last year, Harvey Kuenn was voted in this season - his second year on the ballot. He played 2172 games for the Cubs and Phillies and was a lifetime .324 hitter, winning a pair of National League batting titles.


Eddie Mathews		99.4%	1st 	ELECTED
Frank Robinson		97.3	1st	ELECTED
Harvey Kuenn		85.3	2nd	ELECTED
Roger Maris		72.6	3rd	
Don Mossi		67.3	3rd
Frank Sullivan		64.9	3rd
Pete Runnels		58.1	7th
Minnie Minoso		51.0	6th
Norm Cash		45.7	1st
Bobby Shantz		31.0	6th
Felipe Alou		29.5	1st
Leon Wagner		20.1	3rd
Paul Foytack		13.9	2nd
Andy Pafko		13.0   19th
Wally Moon		10.6	2nd
John Romano	 	 8.0	1st
Miller Shealy		 7.7	8th
Bob Friend		 7.7	3rd
Whitey Kurowski		 7.7   18th
Robert Thomas		 7.7   15th
Tom Sturdivant		 6.5	1st
Mel Himes		 6.2	7th
Bill Skowron		 4.4	5th	Dropped
Willard Marshall	 3.8   13th	Dropped
Ken McBride		 3.5	2nd	Dropped
Joe Cunningham		 3.5	3rd	Dropped
Ralph Terry		 1.8	2nd	Dropped
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Off Season prior to 1977

JANUARY 10, 1977

Some of the bigger names available in free agency are starting to ink deals with the biggest signing being the 4 year deal pitcher Jon Matlack inked with the Oakland Athletics. Matlack, who won a Charlie Geggus Award with Atlanta in 1974, signed a deal worth $302,000 per season. Just 27 years old, he was 13-13 for the Braves last season and is 90-68 in his major league career. He will join an Oakland rotation that also includes Sam McDowell (13-8, 3.03), Al Martin (16-9, 3.33) and Dick Lange (13-14, 3.75).

For sheer dollars the biggest signings were catcher Ted Simmons ageeing to a 7 year, $2.8 million dollar deal with San Francisco and infielder Bobby Grich inking a 7 year, $2.5 million dollar deal with the Phillies. The 27 year old Simmons won a gold glove while batting .285 for the Dodgers last season. Prior to a trade to LA, Simmons spent 8 seasons with the Yankees. Grich moved from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia after hitting a career best .281 for the Bucs last season.

The catching carousal continues as the signing of Simmons in San Francisco prompted quick deals for George Mitterwald in Cincinnati and Ed Kirkpatrick in Minnesota. Mitterwald, who hit .278 with 22 homers in Cleveland, will be the replacement the Reds needed for Darrel Porter (.289,11,78), who remains the top free agent still available.

Pitcher Dave DeBusschere, who long ago turned down a possible NBA career to remain in baseball, reupped with Baltimore today for 2 more seasons. The 35 year old is 197-138 in 15 major league seasons. He was 16-9 last season, his 11th with the Orioles after starting his career with the Angels.


The Seattle Mariners added to their pitching depth by signing Jim Bibby to a minor league contract. The 32 year old righthander will be given a chance to make the Mariners opening day roster and, if successful, it will mark his MLB debut. Bibby has pitched in 300 minor league games over the past 11 seasons and is 84-74 with 25 saves during that time.

Originally a second round pick of the Pirates in the 1964 draft, Bibby has also toiled in the minors with the Indians and Athletics systems before signing with the Mariners. In real life he won 111 major league games making his MLB debut at the age of 29 and pitching until he was 41 years old.


The Minnesota Twins finally got their first round pick under contract but it took until the final day in which rookies were allowed to sign. Paul Molitor, who was rated the top prospect in the draft but slipped to the Twins at pick 5 because of concerns about how difficult he would be to sign, finally agreed to a deal that gave him a $605,000 signing bonus. In comparison, first overall pick Mickey Hatcher got a $344,800 signing bonus from Milwaukee.

Three first-round selections elected not to sign and will re-enter the draft next season. The highest unsigned pick was Bob Welch, who failed to agree on a deal with the Cubs after going 4th overall. Outfielders Harold Baines, taken 16th by Detroit, and George Vukovich, picked 18th by Texas, also did not sign.

The Seattle Mariners were unable to agree on a contract with second round pick Rick Peters so the 21 year old outfielder will also re-enter the draft next year. Seattle was able to sign all of it's other draft picks.


The Seattle Mariners added to their pitching rotation with the announcement that Buzz Capra and Dick Selma have each agreed to to terms on a one-year deal. The 29 year old Capra spent last season in the Federal League with the Cleveland Whales, going 11-9 with a 3.41 era in 26 starts. Prior to joining the Federal League, Capra was 8-18 over parts of 4 seasons with the Boston Red Sox.

Selma, a 33 year old righthander, also spent time with the Red Sox, going 22-26 over 8 seasons before moving to the Federal League prior to the 1975 campaign. He was 10-8 for the Whales in 1975 and then went 11-14 with the Boston Pilgrims last season.


The Los Angeles Dodgers won the Darrell Porter sweepstakes, inking the 25 year old catcher to a 7 year, $3.3 million dollar contract. Porter, spent the past seven seasons with the Dodgers NL West rival Cincinnati Reds, making 3 all-star game appearances. Last season he hit .289 with 11 homers and 78 rbi's.

Oakland was also busy as the Athletics signed third baseman Brooks Robinson and pitcher Tom Parsons this week to go along with last week's deal that brought Jon Matlack to Oakland. The 39 year old Robinson, who owns 13 Gold Gloves, hit .270 for the Mets last season. In 2892 career games, Robinson is a .272 hitter with 3042 career base hits. Parsons, 37 years old, is 194-122 in a major league career that began in 1959 with the Reds. He played 18 seasons in Cincinnati before moving to Oakland.

The Baltimore Orioles signed 28 year old centerfielder Mickey Rivers to a 4 year deal. Rivers, who was drafted 6th overall by Boston in 1966, spent 8 seasons with the Red Sox. Last year he challenged for the batting title while hitting .335 with 33 stolen bases.

Finally San Francisco inked 28 year old middle infielder Lee Lacy to a 5 year deal that pays him a league leading $430,000 for 1977. Lacy spent 7 seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Last year he led the American League in plate appearances and hits while batting .324 with 9 homers and 77 rbi's. It is expected he will play third base for the Giants, joining an infield that includes Willie McCovey (.279,29,89) at first, Lou Whitaker (.262,6,46) at second and Bill Russell (.296,2,58) as the shortstop. The rest of the imposing Giants offense includes outfielder Willie Stargell (.255,11,46), Bobby Bonds (.267,22,87) and Rowland Office (.288,8,57) along with catcher Ted Simmons (.285,11,83).
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Federal League ends 50 year agreement with MLB


The Federal League's bid to have it's teams participate in baseball's annual first year player draft appears to have stalled following a court decision to maintain the status quo. The Federal League argued that it is being denied the ability to compete fairly because their member clubs are not allowed access to the top college and high school players. As a recognized major league they felt they should be able to participate.

The suit was shot down as the courts referred back to an agreement signed in the 1920's between Major League Baseball and the Federal League, in which the Federal League agreed to allow major league clubs to sign players from their teams. The court decided that agreement meant the Federal League was not a competitor of, but rather a partner with MLB, and would have to play by MLB rules.


The 8 members of the Federal League announced today that they will no longer allow the team of Major League Baseball to purchase contracts of Federal League players. In addition the Federal League teams have decided to aggressively pursue free agents, ending a nearly seven decade long truce between the two leagues.

Federal League clubs, which have seen a large increase in cash flow from a number of different sources the past year, now seem poised to compete on an almost equal footing with Major League Baseball. In the past the Federal clubs were almost an extended farm system for the major leagues as an MLB club could at any time purchase the contract of a Federal League player for a $25,000 fee.

Federal League teams had rarely offered contracts in excess of $50,000 annually but all of that changed today when the Boston Pilgrims agreed to a 6 year, $681,000 deal with 26 year old free agent outfielder Jeff Burroughs. Burroughs, who was the 1970 National League rookie of the year with Los Angeles and an all-star the following season, was limited to just 67 games last season due to a broken wrist but will be counted on to be a marquee talent in the Federal loop. He hit a career high 28 homers and drove in 102 runs for the Dodgers in 1974 but was moved to Texas last year after hitting just .216 with 17 homers and 63 rbi's for the 1975 Dodgers.

This deal indicates the Federal League is serious in it's plans to compete with MLB for player talent. The Federal League also outlined a plan to expand to 12 teams in the next decade.


The happiest man at this news quite likely is baseball union head Marvin Miller, who suddenly has 8 more teams that are willing to compete on the open market for free agent players. While Miller's relationship with MLB has been rocky, the union boss has never had a dispute with the Federal League...although until today's annoucement they were merely bit players in the negotiations between baseball and it's players union.

Federal League popularity has increased over the past few seasons as a number of labor issues disrupted major league baseball including the loss of some games from the 1972 schedule. Players association director Marvin Miller welcomed the competition saying it is "good for the game, and very good for the players."

Miller also pointed out their union has never had a problem with the Federal League. "We have partnered with the Federal League teams right from day one of this organization and have nothing but respect for the league and it's member clubs. I certainly encourage our members to look at all options once they have earned the right be free agents, and that certainly includes the Federal League."
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Federal League Free Agent signings


If anyone thought the signing of Jeff Burroughs was biggest move the Federal League would make this off-season they were sorely mistaken. With the shackles of being forced to sell players to MLB teams gone and an influx of cash from several new investors the Federal League clubs went on a shopping spree over the past two weeks.

The Cleveland Whales made the biggest statement as they signed outfielders Al Oliver and Cleon Jones, along with pitcher Dave McNally and infielder-outfielder Bobby Murcer. The 30 year old Oliver had spent the past decade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, hitting .280 with 8 homers and 56 rbi's last season. Jones, 34, spent last season as a bench player for the World Series champion Chicago White Sox. He is a lifetime .278 hitter in 1532 MLB games with Baltimore and the White Sox. McNally is also 34 years old and coming off an 8-15 season for the Minnesota Twins. He previously pitched for the Dodgers, Phillies and Yankees, going 115-83 in his career. Murcer is a 3-time all-star who played for Houston and Cincinnati before joining the Mets last season. He also had a brief stint with Boston of the Federal League.

Cleveland was not the only team to spend substantial money as the Pittsburgh Rebels inked 28 year old outfielder George Foster, who hit .251 with 9 homers for the Dodgers last season as well as 35 year old pitcher Natividad Martinez, a 14 game winner for the Mets in 1976. The Rebels also signed veteran catcher Jerry Grote (.223,2,46), formerly of the Milwaukee Brewers.

The highest paid Federal Leaguer for this season will be Baltimore Terrapins outfielder Sonny Jackson after the 32 year old agreed to a 4 year deal that will pay him $178,000 this season. Jackson has spent over a decade with the Houston Astros but was hobbled by injuries last season that limited him to just 55 games.

While Federal League salaries still pale in comparison to the major leagues (the highest paid MLB player this year is Lee Lacy's $430,000 deal with San Francisco) it is clear the loop will pursue mid-level free agents very aggressively.
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Top Prospects 1977


On the strength of 3 outfielders the Los Angeles Dodgers are considered to have the top minor league system in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers have a wealth of young outfield prospects led by #2 overall Andre Dawson and 4th ranked Rudy Law. In addition to the pair of top ten prospects the Dodgers also have 12th ranked Pedro Guerrero and Jeffrey Leonard, who is rated 28th overall. The 22 year old Dawson, who was selected 16th overall last year and was the MVP of the Midwest League after batting .344 with 20 homers in 107 games for the Danville Dodgers last season, will start the season in the major leagues but the other three will at least begin the year in the minors. Los Angeles already has 24 year old Jerry Mumphrey (.311,9,62), and 29 year old Glenn Adams (.303,4,40) in the majors to further add to the organization's outfield depth.

The Baltimore Orioles are ranked second among minor league organizations followed by Detroit and St Louis. The Orioles have catcher Rick Cerone (#3overall) and pitcher Mark Fidrych (#22) while the Tigers top prospects are outfielders Sixto Lezcano (#8) and Jerry Turner (#11). The Cardinals have third baseman Carney Lansford (#7) and outfielder Leon Durham (#9).

The number one prospect overall is Oakland's 20 year old catcher Lance Parrish. Taken 17th overall in 1973, Parrish is poised to make his major league debut this season after 3 years in the minors. He hit .281 in 32 spring training at bats this season.

There seems to be a real shortage of pitching talent as the top 21 prospects are all hitters. Mark Fidrych of the Orioles organization leads the pitchers at #22 with another Baltimore prospect in 25 year old Elliott Moore the next pitcher at #33.
The 22 year old Fidrych had an outstanding season last year in the Florida State League, going 19-7 with a 1.65 era to win the MVP award for that loop. He is expected to start the season in the Orioles bullpen.

Here are the top 10 prospects:
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The expansion Seattle Mariners had a rough March, winning just 8 of their 30 spring games and post the worst record in baseball. The Toronto Blue Jays, on the other hand, had a solid spring with a 17-13 record. The Mariners opened the spring with 5 straight losses before getting their first win by a 13-8 score over the Jays. The first official game in franchise history will be at the Kingdome tomorrow against the visiting California Angels. It will be the only contest on the American League docket.

Pitching remains the biggest concern for the Mariners, who head north with the following rotation:

1- JIM MERRITT - The 33 year old lefthander has impressive career numbers, going 165-99 over the past 14 seasons with Minnesota but he struggled last year with a 9-14 record and the highest ERA of his career. The two-time World Serie Champ, and MVP of the 1970 series, will add leadership. He was signed as a free agent in February after receiving little interest from other major league clubs.

2- WAYNE TWITCHELL - A 29 year old righthander, Twitchell was taken from California in the expansion draft. He was 22-20 with 11 saves in 148 appearances (32 starts) with the Angels over the past six years. He was originally a first round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1965 and was pitcher of the year twice in the minor leagues.

3- JOHN GELNAR - The 33 year old was taken from the White Sox organization in the expansion draft. Gelnar has spent nearly a decade in AAA, making his only major league appearances in 1969, when he was 2-2 for the White Sox, coming out of the pen. He won 20 games for the Denver Bears two years ago and was American Association pitcher of the year that season. In real life he went 3-10 for the 1969 Seattle Pilots.

4- MIKE DANIEL - The 33 year old must be a glutton for punishment, signing with the Mariners after also being a member of the 1969 Seattle Pilots. He went 4-22 that year - his major league debut - and has been with the franchise in Milwaukee ever since - compiling a lifetime major league mark of 34-134. The Brewers released him so he signed with the Mariners. In real life he never progressed past AAA.

5-DICK SELMA- Another 33 year old, Selma was signed as a free agent after going 11-14 last year for the Boston Pilgrims of the Federal League. He was 22-26 over 8 seasons with the Boston Red Sox before going to the Federal loop for the 1975 season. Selma was 3-1 with a 6.30 era in 5 spring training starts.

It was nice to see the Mariners assign 18 year old first round draft pick Bill Gullickson to Bellingham rather than rush him to the major leagues. While the rotation looks weak, the Seattle bullpen might be okay led by 30 year old rookie sidearm specialist Kent Tekulve along with veterans Ken Forsch and Fritz Peterson and 29 year old rookie Jim Barr.

The Mariners lineup will look like this:

CATCHER - Joe Ferguson: A late free agent signing as Ferguson was caught in the glut of free agent catchers and had to settle for 1 year deal with the M's. He hit .235 in 132 games with the Pirates last season and is an 8 year major league veteran. However, his lifetime batting average is just .210.

FIRST BASE - Bill Buckner: The 27 year old expansion draft pick spent the past 3 and a half seasons with the Phillies. LAst year he hit .274 with 10 homers and 46 rbi's in 139 games.

: A 21 year old rookie with 2 seasons of low minor league action was purchased from the Cleveland Whales organization just before the Federal League stopped allowing the majors to buy contracts Herr, who will be the Mariners lead-off man, was a late first round pick of the Mets in 1974.

SHORTSTOP - Kenneth Bruno : 25 year old was a depth player on the White Sox world Series winning club from last year before being taken in the expansion draft. Despite having over 5 years of major league services, Bruno has appeared in just 196 games for the White Sox in his career. He has a .238 batting average. In real life he never progressed past one season in the minors.

THIRD BASE - Mike Price : The Mariners acquired the 27 year old from Boston a week ago in a deal that sent outfielder Jim Fuller to the Red Sox. Price was a 17th round pick in 1969 by Boston and made his major league debut last season, hitting just .188 in 28 games. In real life he played just 2 seasons of Class A ball.

RIGHT FIELD - Tony Oliva : If the Mariners have a strength it is their outfield. The 38 year old Oliva, who spent 15 years with the Dodgers but all of last season in AAA Albuquerque, will be the cleanup hitter. He hit 185 homers in 1595 career games and is a .300 lifetime hitter. However, his best years are well past him.

CENTER FIELD - Amos Otis: A nice free agent signing for the Mariners. Otis split the 1976 season between Oakland and San Francisco, batting .316 in 130 games. The 29 year old began his major league career with Baltimore in 1968 before joining the A's in a 1972 trade. He won a World Series with Oakland in 1974.

LEFT FIELD - Albert Thompson: Another expansion draft pick from the White Sox, Thompson hit .241 in 55 games with Chicago last season before starting 11 games in their World Series run. The much travelled 30 year old has also played in the majors for California and the Pittsburgh Rebels of the Federal League. In real life he spent a decade in the minors but never made the major leagues.

DH- Jack Maloof: A 27 year old rookie, Maloof was selected from St Louis in the expansion draft. He appeared in 27 games for St Louis over the past two seasons, batting .308 but spent most of his time in AAA. In real life he spent 3 years in AAA but never made the majors.


Former New York Met Nativad Martinez outpitched another ex-MLBer in Dave McNally to lead the Pittsburgh Rebels to a 7-4 victory over Cleveland in the Federal League opener for the two teams. Martinez, who was 130-128 over his 12 seasons with the Mets, went the distance while allowing just 7 Whales hits in his Federal League debut. Another free agent signing, catcher Jerry Grote, paced the Rebels offense with 3 hits including an rbi double. The Rebels, winners of the last two Federal Series titles, are expected to challenge Cleveland for this year's crown. McNally, who was 8-15 for the Minnesota Twins last season, did not survive the fifth inning as the Rebels scored 7 runs on 8 hits before he was relieved by Jim Lonborg.

In other opening day action rookie infielder Ron Dunn homered and drove in 4 runs to lead the Hartford Terriers past the Baltimore Terrapins 6-2 while the Philadelphia Patroits downed Brooklyn 5-2.
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MLB Opening Day 1977


The Seattle Mariners had a tough start to their season as they fell 7-1 to Tom Seaver and the California Angels in the first game in franchise history. The game, played at the Mariners new domed stadium, was the only one on the American League slate. The 32 year old Seaver, who was 12-12 for the Angels a year ago and is 171-119 in his major league career, scattered 6 hits as he went the distance for the win. Ex-Minnesota Twin Jim Merritt got the start for the Mariners and his undoing was the longball. The 33 year old allowed just 8 hits over 7 innings but four of them were homeruns including a 3-run shot from Richie Zisk. Butch Hobson, Joe Lis and Pedro Garcia also homered for the Angels.

Mariners outfielder Albert Thompson got the first hit in franchise history, when he hit a 1-out single in the bottom of the first inning. The Mariners kept the score close for 6 innings as they trailed 2-0 on Butch Hobson's 2-run shot in the fourth inning. The wheels fell off for Merritt and the M's in the top of the 7th when California belted 3 more round-trippers including Zisk's 3-run blast.

NOTES- Seattle lost outfielder-DH Tony Oliva for 3-4 weeks with shoulder woes after he suffered an injury fielding a ball in the second inning. The 38 year old was making his return to the majors after spending all of last season with the Dodgers AAA farm club in Albuquerque.


There was just 1 game in the National League as Cincinnati continued it's tradition of hosting the league opener. It was a rough day for the Reds as the visiting San Diego Padres hammered Cincinnati 8-1. 25 year old outfielder Dave Winfield led the way for the winners with 4 hits including a double and a homerun. Catcher Ernie Whitt added 3 hits and a pair of rbi's while infielder Bump Willis had 2 hits and drove in 3 runs. Bucky Dent and Richie Hebner each led the Cincinnati offense with 2 hits. Tom Bradley struck out 8 and allowed 6 hits in going the distance for the victory while Gaylord Perry, a free agent signing who was 14-11 for the Phillies a year ago, was shelled in his Reds debut - surrendering 4 earned runs and 6 hits in 3 plus innings of work.


While most minor league seasons do not begin for a few days the Northwest League started it's season a couple of days ago (I should have reloaded a schedule as I believe it would not have started until June in real life). The big news out of the Northwest loop centered around 15 year old Vic Rodriguez of the Walla Walla Padres. The youngster, who was taken in the fourth round by San Diego in the December draft had 5 hits in a 14-8 win over the Eugene Emeralds yesterday. Included in his barrage was a pair of doubles and 6 rbi's. Despite not turning 16 until July, the youngster is batting .414 (12-29) with a homerun and a league leading 8 rbi's in 6 games.

In real life Rodriguez joined the Orioles organization just after turning 16 years old in 1977 and would eventually reach the major leagues briefly, playing 11 games for the 1984 Orioles and 6 more for the Twins in 1989. He hit .412 in his 11 games with the Orioles (7-17) but was dealt to the Padres organization that off-season. He would last just a year in the Padres system before moving to the Cardinals organization and then finally signing as a minor league free agent with Minnesota in 1988. He got called up to the Twins in 1989 to fill in for an injured Wally Backman, hitting .455 (5-for-11) in his short stay but was sent back to the minors. After his playing career ended Rodriguez was a coach for the Red Sox from 2013 until just recently accepting the same role in Cleveland for next season.
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