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1977 Boston Red Sox season


1977 Boston Red Sox season

The 1977 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing second in the American League East with a record of 97 wins and 64 losses. Lack of pitching depth might have been a hindrance, but the team was helped by a record-setting offense. During one ten-game span, the Red Sox hit 33 home runs. With that kind of scoring, Boston managed to compete with the Yankees and Orioles, and even held the division lead for a time. But, by season's end, not even 97 wins would be enough.


  • November 22, 1976: Darryl Cias was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox.[1]

Regular season

On June 18, 1977, during a nationally-televised game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston, Jim Rice, a powerful hitter but a slow runner, hit a ball into right field. Yankees outfielder Reggie Jackson seemed to approach the ball indifferently, and Rice reached second base. Furious, Yankees manager Billy Martin removed Jackson from the game without even waiting for the end of the inning, sending Paul Blair out to replace him. When Jackson arrived at the dugout, Martin yelled that Jackson had shown him up. They argued, and Jackson said that Martin's heavy drinking had impaired his judgment. Despite Jackson being eighteen years younger, about four inches taller and maybe forty pounds heavier, Martin lunged at him, and had to be restrained by coaches Yogi Berra and Elston Howard. Red Sox fans could see this in the dugout and began cheering wildly, and the NBC TV cameras showed the confrontation to the entire country. The Red Sox went on to win the game, 10-4.

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
New York Yankees 100 62 -- .617
Baltimore Orioles 97 64 2.5 .602
Boston Red Sox 97 64 2.5 .602
Detroit Tigers 74 88 26 .457
Cleveland Indians 71 90 28.5 .441
Milwaukee Brewers 67 95 33 .414
Toronto Blue Jays 54 107 45.5 .327

Opening Day lineup

  7 Rick Burleson SS
  5 Denny Doyle 2B
14 Jim Rice LF
  8 Carl Yastrzemski     RF
16 Rick Miller CF
15 George Scott 1B
  1 Bernie Carbo DH
27 Carlton Fisk C
  4 Butch Hobson 3B
31 Ferguson Jenkins P

Notable transactions


1977 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
1B Scott, GeorgeGeorge Scott 157 584 157 .269 33 95
2B Doyle, DennyDenny Doyle 137 455 109 .240 2 49
SS Burleson, RickRick Burleson 154 663 194 .293 3 52
LF Yastrzemski, CarlCarl Yastrzemski 150 558 165 .296 28 102
RF Carbo, BernieBernie Carbo 86 228 66 .289 15 34
DH Rice, JimJim Rice 160 644 206 .320 39 114

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
Miller, RickRick Miller 86 189 48 .254 0 24
Darwin, BobbyBobby Darwin 4 9 2 .222 0 1


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
Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins 28 193 10 10 3.68 105
Cleveland, ReggieReggie Cleveland 36 190.1 11 8 4.26 85
Aase, DonDon Aase 13 92.1 6 2 3.12 49

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
Paxton, MikeMike Paxton 29 108 10 5 3.83 58

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
Campbell, BillBill Campbell 69 13 9 31 2.96 114
Hernández, RamónRamón Hernández 12 0 1 1 5.68 8
House, TomTom House 8 1 0 0 12.91 6
Burton, JimJim Burton 1 0 0 0 0.00 3

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



External links

  • 1977 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1977 Boston Red Sox season at
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