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1971 Boston Red Sox season

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1971 Boston Red Sox season

1971 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General manager(s) Dick O'Connell
Manager(s) Eddie Kasko
Local television WHDH-TV, Ch. 5
Local radio WHDH-AM 850
(Ken Coleman, Ned Martin, Johnny Pesky)
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The 1971 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 85 wins and 77 losses.


Regular season

Season summary

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

11 Luis Aparicio SS
  7 Reggie Smith CF
  8 Carl Yastrzemski     LF
  6 Rico Petrocelli 3B
  5 George Scott 1B
24 Duane Josephson C
40 Billy Conigliaro CF
  2 Doug Griffin 2B
21 Ray Culp P

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 101 57 0 .639
Detroit Tigers 91 71 12 .562
Boston Red Sox 85 77 18 .525
New York Yankees 82 80 21 .506
Washington Senators 63 96 38.5 .396
Cleveland Indians 60 102 43 .370

Notable transactions


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
C Josephson, DuaneDuane Josephson 91 306 75 .245 10 39

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
Gagliano, PhilPhil Gagliano 47 68 22 .324 0 13


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

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
Bolin, BobbyBobby Bolin 52 5 3 6 4.26 51

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels International League Darrell Johnson
AA Pawtucket Red Sox Eastern League Billy Gardner
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Don Lock
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League John Butler
A Greenville Red Sox Western Carolinas League Rac Slider
Short-Season A Williamsport Red Sox New York-Penn League Dick Berardino


  1. ^ Phil Gagliano page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Chuck Hartenstein page at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ John Tamargo page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Tony Muser page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Tom Satriano page at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Luis Tiant page at Baseball Reference


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