1971 BOSTON RED SOX ...

 

Heinie Manush   Bill James   Carl Mays   Tony Welzer
Died: May 12th   Died: Mar 10th   Died: Apr 4th   Died: March 18th
Mickey Harris   Mose Eggert   Hack Miller   Steve Yerkes
Died: Apr 15th   Died: April 9th   Died: Sept 16th   Died: Jan 31st
Bobby Jones   Goose Goslin   Martin Dihigo   Dud Lee
Died: Jan 9th   Died: May 15th   Died: May 20th   Died: Jan 7th
Doc Prothro   Cedric Durst   Walt Kinney   Judge Nagle
Died: Oct 14th   Died: Feb 16th   Died: July 1st   Died: May 26th
Hal Rhyne   Mike Ryba   Murray Wall   Joe Golding
Died: Jan 7th   Died: Dec 13th   Died: Oct 8th   Died: Dec 26th
Carl Everett   Wil Cordero   Bill Mueller   Rich Garces
Born: June 3rd   Born: Oct 3rd   Born: Mar 17th   Born: May 18th
Mark Loretta   Pedro Martinez   Lou Merloni   Kevin Millar
Born: Aug 14th   Born: Oct 25th   Born: Apr 6th   Born: Sept 24th
Willie McGinest   Troy Brown   Chris Slade   Pudge Rodriguez
Born: Dec 11th   Born: July 2nd   Born: Jan 30th   Born: Nov 27th
             
             

The players had split into two factions at the end of the 1970 season, one led by Tony Conigliaro and the other by Carl Yastrzemski. General manager Dick O'Connell was ordered to do something about it and, as with the Dick Williams firing, Tom Yawkey always backed Yastrzemski first. So the Sox traded Tony C. to the Angels. The Red Sox received second baseman Doug Griffin, pitcher Ken Tatum and outfielder Jarvis Tatum in return.

To make matters worse, other trades soon followed as remnants of the "Impossible Dream" team were cast aside. The Sox already had a good very second baseman in Mike Andrews, whom they turned around and shipped out to the Chicago White Sox in exchange for the aging Luis Aparacio, a great player in his day and still outstanding with the glove. But Aparicio was now 37 and his offensive production was non-existent.

The Sox started by beating the Yankees, 3 to 1, on "Opening Day" at Fenway, with Ray Culp tossing a one-hitter for seven innings. But then they lost three straight in Cleveland.

The Sox survived their second win against the Senators on April 12th. With the Sox leading 10-2 and two outs in the ninth inning, Washington put five runs up, but the Sox lasted 10 to 7. In the next game, Carl Yastrzemski hit his first homer of the season and newcomer, Duane Josephson knocked in two runs with a homer and a double, as the Sox beat the Senators again, 5 to 3.

In Detroit the Sox survived another ninth inning grinder, outlasting the Tigers, 5 to 3, on April 16th. They finished the road trip with Sonny Siebert pitching a brilliant, 1 to 0, game against Detroit. Yaz's homer in the fourth inning was the difference. And so, the trades made little difference on the field it seemed. The Red Sox played nine of their first ten games on the road and managed a 5-5 split.

On April 21st, with the score tied at 7-7 against the Indians at Fenway, and Joe Lahoud on second base, Carl Yastrzemski doubled to left in the eighth inning. Yaz had already gotten three hits with a home run in the Sox, 9 to 7 win.

Sonny Siebert beat the White Sox, 7 to 1, for his third win on April 23rd. In doing so, he lowered his ERA to 0.54 George Scott helped him with with a three-run homer. Scott made the difference in the next game also. He lofted a tie-breaking homer into the net, to give the Red Sox a 4 to 2 victory. Rico Petrocelli's blast, with a man on in the fourth inning, had tied the score.

The Sox made it a sweep of the White Sox in the third game, when Yaz took a pitch, with the bases loaded in the eighth inning. He had knocked in three runs and scored two himself, while bringing his batting average up to .362. In doing so, the Sox found themselves only 1/2 game behind the Orioles.

On April 28th, the Sox erupted against the Brewers, beating the 10 to 3, and tied Baltimore for the AL East lead. Sonny Siebert, who had given up only two earned runs in more than 33 innings, got his fourth win without a loss. Siebert helped himself with a homer into the net.

The Sox took sole possession of first place on April 30th, beating the Twins, 4 to 3. The Twins had men on second and third in the ninth inning, and once again, Sparky Lyle was called upon to save the game for the eighth time this month. The Sox had got rolling by winning 10 of 13 games at Fenway Park and started May in first place.

The fans at Fenway Park were treated to a real smorgasbord of baseball on May 2nd, as the Red Sox swept a thrilling doubleheader from the Minnesota Twins by scores of 1 to 0 and 9 to 8. The first game was a pitching masterpiece, with Ray Culp serving up a brilliant two-hit victory over Bert Blyleven. The second game was more pot luck, as the Red Sox came back to win with a dramatic ninth inning rally.

 

SPARKY LYLE

They went on the road and continued to play well, going 5-2. In Chicago, Sparky Lyle continued his run of 10 appearances without giving up a run. He pitched three brilliant innings in the Red Sox, 4-3 victory on May 5th. Carl Yastrzemski helped out by cutting down a runner in the 9th inning. Gary Peters went the distance for the first time this season, Doug Griffin enjoyed his first three hit game of the year, as the Red Sox easily subdued Chicago, 10 to 1, on May 6th.

Lyle remained perfect in Milwaukee, pitching out of a ninth inning bases-loaded jam, giving the Sox a 5-4 victory, on May 7th. Billy Conigliaro knocked in three runs with a first inning homer, the scored the winning run in the eighth, after he doubled. The Sox made it six straight the next day, as Reggie Smith knocked in all four runs, with a homer and two singles, in a 4-2 win over the Brewers.

In Minnesota, on May 11th, Bill Lee pitched four scoreless innings to protect a 5 to 4 Sox lead over the Twins. Two-run homers by Carl Yastrzemski and Duane Josephson provided the offense's punch. The win kept the Sox in first place, up 2 1/2 games over the two-time defending AL East champion Baltimore Orioles.

A series with the Orioles was survived, as the teams split. In their first meeting on May 14th at Fenway, Sonny Siebert won his sixth game without a loss, shutting out Baltimore, 2 to 0, in a pitching duel with Jim Palmer. The Sox lost the next game to Dave McNally.

LUIS TIANT

On May 17th, a minor deal was made, that eventually would reap great benefits for years to come. Veteran pitcher Luis Tiant, after breaking his clavicle, had unsuccessfully attempted a comeback with the Atlanta Braves Triple A team in Richmond. After 30 days, with a 1-3 record and a 6.26 ERA, Atlanta released him. Sox general manager, Dick O'Connell signed him to a contract with Louisville, in the International League, at the recommendation of Louisville manager, Darrell Johnson and Sox pitching coach, Lee Stange. It would prove to be one of the best deals the Red Sox ever made.

On the field, the Sox survived a shaky ninth inning to beat the Tigers at Fenway Park, 3 to 2. The next day, May 18th, Jim Lonborg picked up his first win in almost a year. Rico Petrocelli's three-run homer gave him a 5 to 3 win over Detroit.

Sonny Siebert (7-0) kept his perfect record intact on May 19th with a 7 to 2 win over the Yankees. Billy Conigliaro's three run homer in the eight inning was the game winner. The next night both Rico and George Scott blasted two-run homers, to lead the Sox over the Yankees, once again, 5 to 2. Yastrzemski also enjoyed a three hit game.

The Sox ended their homestand, going 5-1 over the iron in their division, Baltimore, Detroit and New York. They thus enjoyed a 3 game lead in the AL East.

On May 21st the Sox traveled down to Baltimore to face their division rivals. In their first game on May 21st, the Orioles spoiled a dramatic performance from Jim Lonborg, who was taken out after being one out away from a victory, when he was taken out. The Orioles tied the game, but then lost to the Sox in the 10th inning, 8 to 4.

After losing the next two games, Sonny Siebert beat the Orioles, in the second game of a doubleheader, 2 to 1, on May 23rd. He also took Orioles pitcher, Dave McNally, deep in the fifth inning, to give himself the two runs he would need.

The Sox then lost two straight to Washington, before beating them, 3-2, on May 26th behind Ray Culp. It was Bob Montgomery who supplied the punch with three hits along with Billy Conigliaro, who hit his fifth double in the last two games. The next day, the Sox split the four game series by beating the Senators, 6 to 2. Gary Peters helped himself win by knocking in two runs with a bases loaded single, and Rico Petrocelli and Reggie Smith homered to account for four of the Sox runs.

SONNY SIEBERT

In one of the most ballyhooed games of the year, the undefeated Sonny Siebert made it nine straight wins, beating the Vida Blue, who had won ten straight games, 4 to 3, on May 28th. It was a battle of home runs, but the game winning hit was a single by George Scott in the eighth inning. Rico Petrocelli had two homers, good for three runs.

By Memorial Day, the Red Sox were 29-16, and in first place. They led the Orioles by 2 1/2 games and the Tigers by four. After previous years, which had seen the Sox fall substantially behind Baltimore in the first half of the season, it was at least heartening to be giving chase in June. But it didnt take long for the slump to come.

It was the Kansas City Royals, who would finish second in the AL West, that were the thorn in the side of the Sox and they came into Boston and swept.  On May 31st, the Royals buried the Sox twice, 7 to 3 and 9 to 4. The next day the Sox were handed their 4th straight loss, 4 to 2, and a sweep of the series by K.C. The Sox lead in the AL East, over Baltimore was just one game.

At Yankee Stadium, the Yankees too their turn and whipped the Sox, 6 to 1, handing Sonny Siebert his first loss of the season. Coupled with a win by the Orioles, the Sox dropped out of first by percentage points.

It was Ray Culp who put a momentary stop to the slide on June 3rd, beating the Yankees, 3 to 2. Culp got two of the Sox hits, and Yaz broke out of a slump by knocking in the winning run in the eighth inning.

The Sox then beat up the Angels, 10 to 1, on June 4th at Fenway. Doug Griffin and Carl Yastrzemski had three hits apiece and the only man not to get a hit was Rico Petrocelli. But the two game winning streak was the best the Sox could put together, losing the next two games to the Angels.

In Oakland, Ray Culp again slowed the Sox skid, by beating the A's, 5 to 1. He spun a 3-hitter, striking out 11, including Reggie Jackson and Mike Epstein three times each. But the next day, the A's were on top, 6 to 1.

And then the Sox made the return trip to the heartland and the Royals swept them again in three games. On June 11th, Luis Tiant made his Red Sox debut and couldn't get out of the second inning, giving up five runs and losing 6 to 3. In between the two sweeps, the Red Sox went 3-10. They had started in first place, up by 1 1/2 games and when it was all over, they were five games back of the Orioles, and in third place.

In Anaheim, it took 15 innings before Doug Griffin lined a single to left, scoring Luis Aparicio for a 4 to 3 win on June 14th. Two nights later Jim Lonborg knocked in one run and Carl Yastrzemski drilled a two-run homer in the ninth inning to give Lonborg a gutsy, 4 to 1 win.

The Sox lost two of the three games they played in Washington, pushing them 6 games behind Baltimore. But in the last game of the series, on June 20th, John Kennedy's two-out ninth inning single gave the Sox a dramatic 4 to 3 victory.

But the Sox came off the canvas. On June 21st, George Thomas was released by the Sox while Ken Harrelson announced the he was retiring from baseball to pursue a career as a professional golfer. The next day the Sox split a doubleheader with the Indians at Fenway. George Scott's two-run home gave Sonny Siebert his 10th win, a 2-0 shutout, in the second game.

In the final game of the series with Cleveland, Ray Culp beat Sam McDowell, 2 to 1. Billy Conigliaro, who had been benched because of his poor attitude, played and knocked out two doubles and a triple to score one run. Joe Lahoud's homer supplied the other run.

Baltimore came to Fenway for a four-game set and Boston grabbed three wins, triggering a 12-3 stretch that got them to within 2 1/2 games by the end of the month.

After losing the first game to Baltimore and falling 8 games behind the Orioles, the Red Sox swept a doubleheader on June 26th. In the first game, Gary Peters was one pitch away from a 2-0 win, when Boog Powell launched a two-run homer, with two outs in the ninth inning, to tie the game. But in the 10th inning, with two outs and runners on second and first, Frank Robinson misjudged Luis Aparicio's (4 for 4) line drive, giving the Sox the game, 2 to 1. In the second game, Sonny Siebert breezed to his 11th win, with a six-hit, 10 to 2 win. He drove in five runs with a two-run homer, a two-run double, and a run producing groundout.

In the final game, Ray Culp pitched the Sox to a 3 to 1 victory. Unlike their other battles, the Sox jumped on Jim Palmer right away. Doug Griffin's single and Aparicio's double set-up Reggie Smith's two run double off the wall, that gave the Sox a lead they never relinquished.

On June 28th, the Sox beat the Senators with seven runs in the eighth inning, 10 to 4. Luis Tiant got thru three innings, but was forced out of the game in the fourth inning after giving up a walk, two singles and a double that accounted for three runs. John Kennedy's first homer of the year tied the game in the seventh. In the next game, it was a five run second inning, with Kennedy hitting another home run, that gave the Sox a 6 to 2 win over Washington.

In Detroit, Carl Yastrzemski slammed a three-run homer, one of his three hits, and George Scott added a two-run blow, to give the Sox a 6 to 4 win over the Tigers, on June 30th. In the next game, Rico Petrocelli delivered his biggest hit of the season. The Tigers had broken a 5-5 tie in the eighth with two runs, but in the ninth, with two out and one on, Rico slammed a line drive into the upper deck, to give the Sox their seventh straight win, 8 to 7.

The Sox started July by losing two games to the Yankees at Fenway. But in the second loss, Luis Tiant gave up only three hits through seven innings, but Roy White's two-run homer provided the difference in the 2-1 loss. Carl Yastrzemski, mired in another slump was booed by the crowd, and after his fourth out he let it get to him and gestured toward the stands.

In the third game, on July 4th, the Sox bats supplied the fireworks. Joe Lahoud, filling in for Yaz, hit home runs in his first two times at bat. George Scott followed Lahoud's first home with another bomb, with Petrocelli on board, as the Sox went on to win, 7 to 4. The Sox homer barrage continued in the next game, which the Sox won, 12 to 7. Trailing 7-6 in the sixth inning, on July 5th, Rico Petrocelli started with a triple off the wall, followed by homers, once again, from Scott and Lahoud.

In Cleveland, John Kennedy's game winning triple with a man on, in the sixth inning, gave the Sox a 3 to 2 win on July 6th. The Sox split a doubleheader the next day, with Ray Culp pitching like a machine and shutting out the Tribe, 4 to 0. Reggie Smith and Carl Yastrzemski both homered to help Culp's cause. However Luis Tiant was beaten in the nitecap. The final game was won thanks to Bob Montgomery's ninth inning two-run homer that gave the Sox a 5 to 3 win on July 8th. In other news, both Yaz and Luis Aparicio were voted as starters for the American League All Stars.

But after going 14-4, the Sox took the foot off the gas just prior to the All-Star break, losing three straight in the Bronx and ending up 5 1/2 back.

Just before the All-Star break, on July 9th in Anaheim, Tony C. announced his retirement. His eyesight was giving him trouble again and he boarded a plane to come home. Upon hearing the news, Billy Conigliaro exploded. He accused Yaz and Reggie Smith of destroying whatever unity there was in the Sox outfield, and getting him benched. He furthermore blamed Yaz for the Sox getting rid of manager Johnny Pesky, Ken Harrelson and his brother.

Things got so bad in the clubhouse, that Yastrzemski and the two Conigliaro brothers had to meet in an attorney's office to settle their differences.

The second half of the schedule started pretty well on July 15th. Luis Tiant pitched his best game for the Sox so far, as Rico Petrocelli slammed a three run homer in the 13th inning to win the game against the Twins at Fenway. Tiant pitched 10 innings and struck out nine, but the win went to Bill Lee (8-2). The next game saw Sonny Siebert win his 13th game and Rico smash another homer, with the Sox coasting to a 9-4 win.

The Sox swept a doubleheader from the Milwaukee Brewers, at Fenway, on July 17th. Carl Yastrzemski snapped out of his doldrums with two homers, good for 4 RBIs. Joe Lahoud also knocked out his 10th homer after George Scott doubled in the third inning of the first game, with the Sox winning 13 to 11. In the second game, Reggie Smith's homer supplied the power in a rain-shortened, 5 to 3 win in the second game.

RICO PETROCELLI

On July 20th, the Chicago White Sox walked Yaz to take their chances with Rico Petrocelli. Phil Gagliano was on second in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Rico shot the ball past third base to give Boston a 5 to 4 walk-off win. The Red Sox knocked the hapless White Sox around in the next game, 6 to 1, allowing Sonny Siebert to win his 14th game.

The 6-2 home stand against the Twins, Brewers and White Sox, meant that for the first time since 1967, the Red Sox were in legitimate contention for first place this late in the season.

In Minnesota, thanks to homers by Reggie Smith and George Scott, Ray Culp won his 12th game, 8 to 6, on July 23rd. The next night, the Sox bounced back in the last two innings of the game, to beat the Twins, 6 to 3. John Kennedy's homer tied the game in the eighth inning and Scott drove in the winning run in the ninth inning, following a double from Reggie. The wins allowed the Sox to close to within 2 1/2 games in the AL East.

But next, a four-game series in Milwaukee, with the Sox losing three and scoring only one run in those games, was an ominous foreshadowing of the impending collapse. The Sox fell to 5 1/2 games behind.

In Chicago, after losing the first game, Jim Lonborg pitched 6 2/3 innings of hitless ball and beat the White Sox, 6 to 0 on July 31st.

August started with two outstanding pitching performances in a doubleheader against the White Sox. Ray Culp won the opener, 5 to 1, and by Gary Peters won the nitecap,  6 to 1.

After Luis Tiant got knocked around in the first game in Baltimore, Bill Lee (9-2) came out of the bullpen and gave up just two hits. Except for an error, Lee mowed down the last 19 batters on August 2nd.

The killer blows came in the homestand from August 5th-18th. The entire two-week stretch was at Fenway, yet the Red Sox went 4-11, falling to the Tigers, the future AL West champion Oakland As, the Royals (of course) and the Angels. By the time the carnage was over, the deficit in the AL East was 10 1/2 games and pennant fever in the Fens was history.

There were some highlights such as what happened on August 16th, when Billy Conigliaro slammed a three-run homer in the  bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Angels 6 to 5. Two days later it was Phil Gagliano's clutch seventh inning double that beat the Angels, 4 to 3.

The next road trip was more of the same, with the Sox going 3-7 and dropping to 13 1/2 games behind. Things started off well with Gary Peters outdueling the super phenom, Vida Blue, in Oakland, 1 to 0, on August 20th. But the Sox lost the next three games.

REGGIE SMITH

After losing five straight games, the Sox finally beat the Kansas City Royals in Kansas City. On August 26th, Ray Culp shutout the Royals, 7 to 0, avoiding the dubious distinction of becoming the first Red Sox club, in modern history, to lose its entire season schedule to one team. Culp gave up six hits while Reggie Smith lauched a three-run homer, his 26th.

In Anaheim, Reggie collected three hits, including another homer, and drove in four runs, as the Sox defeated the angels, 6 to 2, on August 28th. But the Sox returned home, having gone 3-7.

The Sox closed the month at home against the Orioles. On August 31st, Carl Yastrzemski singled off the wall against Jim Palmer, in the ninth inning, to give the Red Sox a 4 to 3. The win went to Luis Tiant, who hadn't won a game in over a year when he beat the Athletics, while pitching for the Twins.

In August the Sox were 10-19 and had fallen another 9 games behind the Orioles, 14 1/2 games off the pace. Things got worse as players began to openly criticize manager Eddie Kasko. Attendance dropped as none of the players hit above the .300 mark.

The Sox took 2 of 3 from the Orioles as September started. On September 2nd, Sonny Siebert, who had lost five in a row, pitched a three-hitter, allowing only three men to reach second base, and walking two batters. But what a day he had, because at the plate, he knocked out two home runs, in beating Baltimore, 3 to 0.

Against the Indians, the next night, the Sox drubbed the last place Tribe, 9 to 2, belting out four home runs. Carl Yastrzemski snapped out of his doldrums, hitting his first homer in 32 days, and George Scott knocked out two "taters".

LUIS APARICIO

In Detroit, Luis Aparicio had a four-hit night, on September 9th, including a home run. He drove in five runs in the Sox 6 to 5 win. In the second game of the series, Gary Peters was one pitch away from a shutout, winning 6 to 1. Rico Petrocelli homered and drove in another run in the sixth inning.

After losing four in a row, the Sox moved into Cleveland, where Joe Lahoud beat the Indians with a ninth inning double on September 15th, giving the Red Sox a 6 to 5 victory. In the next game, rookie Rick Miller highlighted an 11-hit attack with his first major league home run and a run scoring single, as the Sox pounded out a 10 to 7 win. Rookie John Curtis got credit for the win, his first in the majors.

They then thumped the Senators, 10 to 7, in a donnybrook that featured three homers, a triple, a single and a wild pitch that accounted for five runs in the sixth inning. Consecutive home runs by Reggie Smith and Petrocelli wiped out a Washington lead. In the final game of the series, Rico slammed his 27th homer, his fourth in five games, leading the Sox to a 4 to 3 win on September 19th.  The Sox had taken four of the five game on the short road trip.

Luis Aparicio's 10th inning single drove home rookie Cecil Cooper with the winning run in a gritty 3 to 2 win against the Tigers at Fenway Park,  on September 21st. Jim Lonborg pitched a complete game to get the win.

Rookie Rogelio Moret beat the Senators 4-0, winning his fourth game and his first shutout, giving up only four hits, on September 24th. Rookie John Curtis got the victory the next day, as the Sox beat the Nats, 6 to 3. Only Doug Griffin, Reggie Smith and Rico Petrocelli were the starters who played. The hot Red Sox made it a clean sweep sweeping Washington, 8 to 1, in the final game of the series.  Jim Lonborg pitched his second complete game and earned his 10th win.

The Sox finished the season losing three straight games in their final series with the Orioles.

George Scott regressed, after appearing to come into his own in 1970. And the great Carl Yastrzemski, had a one-year loss of power, only slugging .392, even as he got on base to the tune of a .381 OBP.

Rico Petrocelli had changed positions, going from short to third to accommodate Aparacio, but Petrocellis bat didnt lose its bunch. He posted a .354 OBP and slugged .461. Reggie Smith, one of the outstanding young players in baseball, had numbers of .352/.489.

Two other players chipped in. Rightfielder Joe Lahoud, who replaced Tony Conigliaro, had a .330/.438 stat line. And Tonys younger brother Billy popped 11 home runs in a reserve role, while slugging .436.

The Sox top two starting pitchers, Ray Culp and 34-year-old Sonny Siebert, each significantly improved their ERAs, bringing them down to 2.42 and 2.91 respectively. But pitching improved across the league and it wasnt enough to prevent the Sox from still ranking 10th in ERA in the American League.

Gary Peters, also 34-years-old, struggled to a 4.37 ERA, though he did win 14 games. Jim Lonborg made 26 starts with a pedestrian ERA of 4.13. But among a few encouraging signs was the 9-2 record compiled by rookie pitcher Bill Lee.

The other good news came in the bullpen, where Sparky Lyle put up a 2.75 ERA and saved 16 games, a decent number at a time when saves werent nearly as common as they are today.

The Red Sox finished third again with a record of 85-77, 18 games behind the Orioles. After four years of finishing way in the rearview mirror of the leaders, they had done a little bit more.

 

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/06/1971 1-0 1st -  New York Yankees W 3-1 Ray Culp 1-0
04/07/1971 1-0 1st -  
04/08/1971 1-1 3rd -1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 3-2 Ken Tatum 0-1
04/09/1971 1-0 1st -  
04/10/1971 1-2 4th -2  at Cleveland Indians L 11-10 Ken Brett 0-1
04/11/1971 1-3 6th -2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 7-2 Gary Peters 0-1
04/12/1971 2-3 3rd -2  at Washington Senators W 10-7 Ray Culp 2-0
04/13/1971 3-3 3rd -1 1/2  at Washington Senators W 5-3 Sonny Siebert 1-0
04/14/1971 3-4 4th -2 1/2  at Washington Senators L 6-5 Bob Bolin 0-1
04/15/1971 3-4 5th -2 1/2  
04/16/1971 4-4 2nd -3  at Detroit Tigers W 5-3 Gary Peters 1-1
04/17/1971 4-5 4th -3  at Detroit Tigers L 10-9 Ken Tatum 0-2
04/18/1971 5-5 2nd -3  at Detroit Tigers W 1-0 Sonny Siebert 2-0
04/19/1971 5-6 4th -3 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 6-5 Bill Lee 0-1
04/20/1971 6-6 3rd -2 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 4-1 Gary Peters 2-1
04/21/1971 7-6 3rd -1 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 9-7 Sparky Lyle 1-0
04/22/1971 7-6 3rd -1 1/2  
04/23/1971 8-6 2nd -1 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 7-1 Sonny Siebert 3-0
04/24/1971 9-6 2nd -1/2  Chicago White Sox W 4-2 Mike Nagy 1-0
04/25/1971 10-6 2nd -1/2  Chicago White Sox W 5-4 Sparky Lyle 2-0
04/26/1971 10-6 1st -  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
04/27/1971 10-7 2nd -1  Milwaukee Brewers L 4-2 Ray Culp 2-1
04/28/1971 11-7 1st -  Milwaukee Brewers W 10-3 Sonny Siebert 4-0
04/29/1971 11-7 2nd -1/2  Minnesota Twins pp  
04/30/1971 12-7 1st +1/2  Minnesota Twins W 4-3 Bill Lee 1-1
05/01/1971 12-8 1st +1/2  Minnesota Twins L 7-3 Gary Peters 2-2
05/02/1971 13-8 1st +1  Minnesota Twins W 1-0 Ray Culp 3-1
14-8 1st +1 W 9-8 Ken Tatum 1-3
05/03/1971 14-8 1st +1  
05/04/1971 15-8 1st +1  at Chicago White Sox W 4-3 Bill Lee 2-1
05/05/1971 15-8 1st +1  at Chicago White Sox pp  
05/06/1971 16-8 1st +1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 10-1 Gary Peters 3-2
05/07/1971 17-8 1st +1  at Milwaukee Brewers W 5-4 Bill Lee 3-1
05/08/1971 18-8 1st +1 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 4-2 Sonny Siebert 5-0
05/09/1971 18-9 1st +2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 6-1 Mike Nagy 1-1
05/10/1971 18-9 1st +2 1/2  
05/11/1971 19-9 1st +2 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 5-4 Gary Peters 4-2
05/12/1971 19-10 1st +1 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 1-0 Ray Culp 3-2
05/13/1971 19-10 1st +1 1/2  
05/14/1971 20-10 1st +2 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 2-0 Sonny Siebert 6-0
05/15/1971 20-11 1st +1 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 7-4 Mike Nagy 1-2
05/16/1971 20-11 1st +1 1/2  Baltimore Orioles pp  
05/17/1971 21-11 1st +2 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 3-2 Ray Culp 4-2
05/18/1971 22-11 1st +2 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 5-3 Jim Lonborg 1-0
05/19/1971 23-11 1st +2 1/2  New York Yankees W 7-2 Sonny Siebert 7-0
05/20/1971 24-11 1st +3  New York Yankees W 5-2 Bill Lee 4-1
05/21/1971 25-11 1st +4  at Baltimore Orioles W 8-4 Ken Tatum 2-3
05/22/1971 25-12 1st +3  at Baltimore Orioles L 5-2 Ray Culp 4-3
05/23/1971 25-13 1st +2  at Baltimore Orioles L 12-3 Gary Peters 4-3
26-13 1st +3 W 2-1 Sonny Siebert 8-0
05/24/1971 26-14 1st +2 1/2  Washington Senators L 8-6 Bob Bolin 0-2
05/25/1971 26-15 1st +2  Washington Senators L 6-5 Cal Koonce 0-1
05/26/1971 27-15 1st +2  Washington Senators W 3-2 Ray Culp 5-3
05/27/1971 28-15 1st +3  Washington Senators W 6-2 Gary Peters 5-3
05/28/1971 29-15 1st +4  Oakland Athletics W 4-3 Sonny Siebert 9-0
05/29/1971 29-16 1st +3  Oakland Athletics L 12-8 Mike Nagy 1-3
05/30/1971 29-16 1st +2 1/2  Oakland Athletics pp  
05/31/1971 29-17 1st +1 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 7-3 Ray Culp 5-4
29-18 1st +1 1/2 L 9-4 Gary Peters 5-4
06/01/1971 29-19 1st +1  Kansas City Royals L 4-2 Jim Lonborg 1-1
06/02/1971 29-20 1st -  at New York Yankees L 6-1 Sonny Siebert 9-1
06/03/1971 30-20 1st +1/2  at New York Yankees W 3-2 Ray Culp 6-4
06/04/1971 31-20 1st +1/2  California Angels W 10-1 Gary Peters 6-4
06/05/1971 31-31 2nd -1/2  California Angels L 3-2 Jim Lonborg 1-2
06/06/1971 31-22 2nd -1 1/2  California Angels L 5-2 Sonny Siebert 9-2
06/07/1971 31-22 2nd -1 1/2  
06/08/1971 32-22 2nd -1 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 5-1 Ray Culp 7-4
06/09/1971 32-23 2nd -2 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 6-1 Gary Peters 6-5
06/10/1971 32-23 2nd -3  
06/11/1971 32-24 2nd -4  at Kansas City Royals L 6-3 Luis Tiant 0-1
06/12/1971 32-25 2nd -4  at Kansas City Royals L 7-0 Jim Lonborg 1-3
06/13/1971 32-26 3rd -5  at Kansas City Royals L 4-3 Sonny Siebert 9-3
06/14/1971 33-26 3rd -4 1/2  at California Angels W 4-3 Sparky Lyle 3-0
06/15/1971 33-27 3rd -4 1/2  at California Angels L 5-4 Sparky Lyle 3-1
06/16/1971 34-27 3rd -4 1/2  at California Angels W 4-1 Jim Lonborg 2-3
06/17/1971 34-27 3rd -5  
06/18/1971 34-28 3rd -6  at Washington Senators L 5-4 Sparky Lyle 3-1
06/19/1971 34-29 3rd -6  at Washington Senators L 2-0 Ray Culp 7-5
06/20/1971 35-29 3rd -6  at Washington Senators W 4-3 Bob Bolin 1-2
06/21/1971 35-29 3rd -6  Cleveland Indians pp  
06/22/1971 35-30 3rd -7  Cleveland Indians L 9-3 Bill Lee 4-2
36-30 3rd -6 1/2 W 2-0 Sonny Siebert 10-3
06/23/1971 37-30 2nd -6 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 2-1 Ray Culp 8-5
06/24/1971 37-30 3rd -7  
06/25/1971 37-31 3rd -8  Baltimore Orioles L 7-3 Sparky Lyle 3-2
06/26/1971 38-31 3rd -7  Baltimore Orioles W 3-2 Gary Peters 7-5
39-31 3rd -6 W 10-2 Sonny Siebert 11-3
06/27/1971 40-31 2nd -5  Baltimore Orioles W 3-1 Ray Culp 9-5
06/28/1971 41-31 2nd -4  Washington Senators W 10-4 Bob Bolin 2-2
06/29/1971 42-31 2nd -4  Washington Senators W 6-2 Jim Lonborg 3-3
06/30/1971 43-31 2nd -3 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 6-4 Gary Peters 8-5
07/01/1971 44-31 2nd -2 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 8-7 Bill Lee 5-2
07/02/1971 44-32 2nd -2 1/2  New York Yankees L 6-0 Ray Culp 9-6
07/03/1971 44-33 2nd -3 1/2  New York Yankees L 2-1 Luis Tiant 0-2
07/04/1971 45-33 2nd -3 1/2  New York Yankees W 7-4 Bill Lee 6-2
07/05/1971 46-33 2nd -3  New York Yankees W 12-7 Bob Bolin 3-2
07/06/1971 47-33 2nd -2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Sonny Siebert 12-3
07/07/1971 48-33 2nd -2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 4-0 Ray Culp 10-6
48-34 2nd -3 L 4-3 Luis Tiant 0-3
07/08/1971 49-34 2nd -3  at Cleveland Indians W 5-3 Bill Lee 7-2
07/09/1971 49-35 2nd -4  at New York Yankees L 5-2 Gary Peters 8-6
07/10/1971 49-36 2nd -4 1/2  at New York Yankees L 5-3 Sparky Lyle 3-3
07/11/1971 49-37 2nd -5 1/2  at New York Yankees L 3-2 Ray Culp 10-7
07/12/1971  All Star Game Break
07/13/1971
07/14/1971
07/15/1971 50-37 2nd -5 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 3-0 Bill Lee 8-2
07/16/1971 51-37 2nd -4 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 9-4 Sonny Siebert 13-3
07/17/1971 52-37 2nd -3 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 11-3 Jim Lonborg 4-3
53-37 2nd -3 W 5-3 Ray Culp 11-7
07/18/1971 53-38 2nd -4  Milwaukee Brewers L 5-4 Gary Peters 8-7
07/19/1971 53-38 2nd -4 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
07/20/1971 54-38 2nd -3 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 5-4 Bob Bolin 4-2
07/21/1971 55-38 2nd -2 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 6-1 Sonny Siebert 14-3
07/22/1971 55-39 2nd -3 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 4-2 Jim Lonborg 4-4
07/23/1971 56-39 2nd -3 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 8-6 Ray Culp 12-7
07/24/1971 57-39 2nd -3  at Minnesota Twins W 6-3 Gary Peters 9-7
07/25/1971 57-40 2nd -2 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 6-2 Luis Tiant 0-4
07/26/1971 57-41 2nd -3  at Minnesota Twins L 2-1 Sonny Siebert 14-4
07/27/1971 58-41 2nd -4  at Milwaukee Brewers W 4-3 Jim Lonborg 5-4
58-42 2nd -4 L 5-1 Ray Culp 12-8
07/28/1971 58-43 2nd -5  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-0 Gary Peters 9-8
07/29/1971 58-44 2nd -5 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 3-0 Luis Tiant 0-5
07/30/1971 58-45 2nd -6 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 5-1 Sonny Siebert 14-5
07/31/1971 59-45 2nd -6 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 6-0 Jim Lonborg 6-4
08/01/1971 60-45 2nd -5 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 5-1 Ray Culp 13-8
61-45 2nd -5 1/2 W 6-1 Gary Peters 10-8
08/02/1971 62-45 2nd -4 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-4 Bill Lee 9-2
08/03/1971 62-45 2nd -4 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles pp  
08/04/1971 62-46 2nd -5 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 5-4 Ken Tatum 2-3
08/05/1971 63-46 2nd -4 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 5-4 Gary Peters 11-8
08/06/1971 63-47 2nd -4 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 2-0 Ray Culp 13-9
08/07/1971 63-48 2nd -5 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 12-8 Sonny Siebert 14-6
08/08/1971 63-49 2nd -5 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 8-2 Luis Tiant 0-6
08/09/1971 64-49 2nd -5  Detroit Tigers W 12-11 Sparky Lyle 4-3
08/10/1971 64-50 2nd -6  Oakland Athletics L 6-5 Sparky Lyle 4-4
64-51 2nd -6 1/2 L 7-5 Ray Culp 13-10
08/11/1971 64-52 2nd -7 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 5-3 Rogelio Moret 0-1
08/12/1971 64-53 2nd -8 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 9-2 Ken Brett 0-2
08/13/1971 64-54 2nd -9 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 5-1 Jim Lonborg 6-5
08/14/1971 64-55 2nd -9 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 6-1 Gary Peters 11-9
08/15/1971 64-56 3rd -9 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 5-1 Ray Culp 13-11
08/16/1971 65-56 3rd -9 1/2  California Angels W 6-5 Sparky Lyle 5-4
08/17/1971 65-57 2nd -10 1/2  California Angels L 4-3 Ken Tatum 2-4
08/18/1971 66-57 2nd -10 1/2  California Angels W 4-3 Jim Lonborg 7-5
08/19/1971 66-57 3rd -10 1/2  
08/20/1971 67-57 2nd -9 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 1-0 Gary Peters 12-9
08/21/1971 67-58 2nd -10 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 4-1 Ray Culp 13-12
08/22/1971 67-59 3rd -11 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 9-3 Rogelio Moret 0-2
67-60 3rd -12 L 2-1 Sonny Siebert 14-8
08/23/1971 67-60 3rd -12  
08/24/1971 67-61 3rd -13  at Kansas City Royals L 5-4 Luis Tiant 0-7
08/25/1971 67-62 3rd -14  at Kansas City Royals L 7-5 Gary Peters 12-10
08/26/1971 68-62 3rd -14  at Kansas City Royals W 7-0 Ray Culp 14-12
08/27/1971 68-63 3rd -14 1/2  at California Angels L 1-0 Sonny Siebert 14-9
08/28/1971 69-63 3rd -14  at California Angels W 6-2 Rogelio Moret 1-2
08/29/1971 69-64 3rd -14 1/2  at California Angels L 2-1 Jim Lonborg 7-6
08/30/1971 69-64 3rd -14 1/2  
08/31/1971 70-64 3rd -14 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Luis Tiant 1-7
09/01/1971 70-65 3rd -14 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 8-2 Ray Culp 14-13
09/02/1971 71-65 3rd -13 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 3-0 Sonny Siebert 15-9
09/03/1971 72-65 3rd -13 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 9-2 Rogelio Moret 2-2
09/04/1971 72-66 3rd -14 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 11-9 Jim Lonborg 7-7
09/05/1971 73-66 3rd -13 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 8-1 Gary Peters 13-10
09/06/1971 73-67 3rd -14 1/2  at New York Yankees L 5-3 Ray Culp 14-14
73-68 3rd -14 1/2 L 3-0 John Curtis 0-1
09/07/1971 74-68 3rd -14 1/2  at New York Yankees W 9-3 Sonny Siebert 16-9
09/08/1971 74-69 3rd -15  at New York Yankees L 2-1 Bob Bolin 4-3
09/09/1971 75-69 3rd -15  at Detroit Tigers W 12-6 Jim Lonborg 8-7
09/10/1971 76-69 3rd -15  at Detroit Tigers W 6-1 Gary Peters 14-10
09/11/1971 76-70 3rd -15 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 1-0 Ray Culp 14-15
09/12/1971 76-71 3rd -16  at Detroit Tigers L 3-2 John Curtis 0-2
09/13/1971 76-72 3rd -16 1/2  New York Yankees L 4-0 Sonny Siebert 16-10
09/14/1971 76-73 3rd -16 1/2  New York Yankees L 6-3 Rogelio Moret 2-3
09/15/1971 77-73 3rd -15 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 6-5 Sparky Lyle 6-4
09/16/1971 78-73 3rd -15 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 10-7 John Curtis 1-2
09/17/1971 79-73 3rd -15  at Washington Senators W 10-7 Bob Bolin 5-3
09/18/1971 79-74 3rd -14  at Washington Senators L 6-1 Ken Brett 0-3
09/19/1971 80-74 3rd -14  at Washington Senators W 4-3 Rogelio Moret 3-3
09/20/1971 80-74 3rd -14 1/2  
09/21/1971 81-74 3rd -14 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 3-2 Jim Lonborg 9-7
09/22/1971 82-74 3rd -14 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 3-2 Mike Garman 1-0
09/23/1971 82-74 3rd -14 1/2  
09/24/1971 83-74 3rd -15  Washington Senators W 4-0 Rogelio Moret 4-3
09/25/1971 84-74 3rd -15  Washington Senators W 6-3 John Curtis 2-1
09/26/1971 85-74 3rd -15  Washington Senators W 8-1 Jim Lonborg 10-7
09/27/1971 85-74 3rd -15  
09/28/1971 85-75 3rd -16  at Baltimore Orioles L 10-2 Ray Culp 14-16
85-76 3rd -17 L 5-4 Gary Peters 14-11
09/29/1971 85-77 3rd -18  at Baltimore Orioles L 1-0 Mike Garman 1-1
 
1971 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1971 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

101 57 -

 

 

Detroit Tigers

91 71 12

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

85 77 18

 

 

New York Yankees

81 80 21 1/2

 

 

Washington Senators

63 95 38

 

 

Cleveland Indians

60 102 43

 

 

 
1970 RED SOX 1972 RED SOX