1971 Boston Red Sox season
|1971 Boston Red Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Dick O'Connell|
|Local television||WHDH-TV, Ch. 5|
(Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, Johnny Pesky)
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- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Farm system
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- December 3, 1970: Carmen Fanzone was traded by the Red Sox to the Chicago Cubs for Phil Gagliano.
- December 31, 1970: Chuck Hartenstein was purchased from the Red Sox by the Chicago White Sox.
- January 13, 1971: John Tamargo was drafted by the Red Sox in the 3rd round of the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft (Secondary Phase), but did not sign.
- March 31, 1971: Tony Muser and Vicente Romo were traded by the Red Sox to the Chicago White Sox for Duane Josephson and Danny Murphy.
In the second year of Eddie Kasko's management, the Red Sox finished 16 games behind the eventual American League champions Baltimore Orioles. The Sox did not have a .300 hitter in 1971, with Reggie Smith's .283 batting average being the best among their regulars. Tony Conigliaro, his health still a question, had been traded the previous October to the California Angels for reliever Ken Tatum and rookie infielder Doug Griffin. Conigliaro played in 74 games for the Angels in 1971 but then had to give up baseball, his sight having deteriorated greatly. Tatum was 2-4 with the Red Sox, and Griffin batted a season .244, while becoming the regular second baseman.
Highlights of an otherwise forgettable season included the late arrival of a big catcher from Bellows Falls, Vermont, Carlton Fisk, who got into 14 games for the 1971 Sox and hit two home runs. Making a bigger splash was a utility fielder who had been acquired in 1970 from the New York Yankees but came into his own in 1971. John Kennedy hit .272, with five homers and 22 RBIs, and was nicknamed "Super Sub".
Another bright spot for the Sox in '71 was Sonny Siebert, a pitcher acquired in a deal with the Cleveland Indians in 1969, was the top hurler for Boston, winning 16 games. A feisty left-hander, Sparky Lyle was 6-4, with 16 saves and a 2.77 ERA.
Opening Day lineup
|Boston Red Sox||85||77||18||.525|
|New York Yankees||82||80||21||.506|
- April 7, 1971: Tom Satriano was released by the Red Sox.
- May 17, 1971: Luis Tiant was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox.
Starters by positionNote: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Josephson, DuaneDuane Josephson||91||306||75||.245||10||39|
Other battersNote: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Gagliano, PhilPhil Gagliano||47||68||22||.324||0||13|
Starting pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Other pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Relief pitchersNote: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
|Bolin, BobbyBobby Bolin||52||5||3||6||4.26||51|
- Phil Gagliano page at Baseball Reference
- Chuck Hartenstein page at Baseball-Reference
- John Tamargo page at Baseball Reference
- Tony Muser page at Baseball Reference
- Tom Satriano page at Baseball-Reference
- Luis Tiant page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.
- 1971 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
- 1971 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com