1976 Boston Red Sox season

1976 Boston Red Sox season

The 1976 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing third in the American League East with a record of 83 wins and 79 losses. The Red Sox did not come close to repeating the previous year's success. An off-season contract dispute with Fred Lynn was a distraction. In early May, a brawl with the New York Yankees led to a shoulder injury for Bill Lee, one of their best pitchers. A 17-game winner in 1975, Lee would be out until mid-1977, and his loss was keenly felt. Worst of all, the Red Sox' beloved owner, Tom Yawkey, died of leukemia in July. Manager Darrell Johnson was fired shortly thereafter, and replaced by coach Don Zimmer. Overall, it was a disappointing season for a talented but underachieving team.

Offseason

Regular season

On June 15, 1976, Oakland A's owner Charlie O. Finley attempted to sell left fielder Joe Rudi and relief pitcher Rollie Fingers to the Red Sox for $1 million each. Three days later, Bowie Kuhn voided the transactions in the "best interests of baseball."

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
New York Yankees 97 62 -- .610
Baltimore Orioles 88 74 10.5 .543
Boston Red Sox 83 79 15.5 .512
Cleveland Indians 81 78 16 .509
Detroit Tigers 74 87 24 .509
Milwaukee Brewers 66 95 32 .410


Notable transactions

Opening Day lineup

17 Cecil Cooper DH
  5 Denny Doyle 2B
19 Fred Lynn CF
14 Jim Rice LF
  8 Carl Yastrzemski     1B
27 Carlton Fisk C
24 Dwight Evans RF
  6 Rico Petrocelli 3B
  7 Rick Burleson SS
31 Ferguson Jenkins P

Roster

1976 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Managers

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Darwin, BobbyBobby Darwin 43 106 19 .179 3 13
Carbo, BernieBernie Carbo 17 55 13 .236 2 6

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cleveland, ReggieReggie Cleveland 41 170 10 9 3.07 76

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Joe Morgan
AA Bristol Red Sox Eastern League John Kennedy
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Tony Torchia
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Rac Slider
Short-Season A Elmira Red Sox New York-Penn League Dick Berardino

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Winston-Salem, Elmira

Notes

References

  • 1976 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1976 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com