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Encyclopedia > 1977 American League Championship Series

The 1977 American League Championship Series was a 5-game series played between October 5 and October 9, 1957, at Yankee Stadium (Games 1-2), and Royals Stadium (3-5). The Yankees took the series 3-2, and would later go on to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 World Series to take the title. The Royals were 102-60, and the Yankees were 100-62 coming in, giving Kansas City home-field advantage. See also: 1976 in sports, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... In Major League Baseball, the American League Championship Series (ALCS) determines who wins the American League pennant and advances to baseballs championship, the World Series. ... October 5 is the 278th day of the year (279th in Leap years). ... October 9 is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in Leap years). ... Yankee Stadium is the home stadium of the New York Yankees, a major league baseball team. ... Kauffman Stadium is a baseball stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, that is a part of the Truman Sports Complex that also includes Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs. ... Los Angeles Dodgers National League AAA Las Vegas 51s AA Jacksonville Suns A Columbus Catfish Vero Beach Dodgers R Ogden Raptors Gulf Coast Dodgers Brooklyn Dodgers redirects here. ... The 1977 World Series matched the New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers, with the Yankees winning in six games to capture their first title since 1962, and their 21st overall. ...



This was the second of three straight years, in which the Royals and the Yankees squared off in the ALCS. The year before in the 1976 ALCS, the Yankees took the series in 5 games on a Chris Chambliss home run in the ninth inning of Game 5. In the 1978 ALCS, it was a bit easier for the Yanks. In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run, with no errors on the play that result in the batter achieving extra bases. ...

This series, they would again win it in their last at bat.


Each game of the series was dominated by, mostly, hitting. However, the pitchers of each team held their own and it made for some exciting games.

The first game's matchup was Paul Splittorff (16-6) versus Don Gullett (14-4). Although the matchup seemed to not exactly be the classic Game 1 pitcher's duel, these two pitchers were the best of their profession for that season, although Gullett's was plagued with some shoulder injuries. Paul William Splittorff Jr. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In human anatomy, the shoulder joint is composed of three bones: the clavicle (collarbone), the scapula (shoulder blade), and the humerus (upper arm bone) (see diagram). ...

Games 1-2

In Game 1, the Royals took it 7-2, after a very shaky start by Gullett, allowing 6 runs in the first three innings. Hal McRae had a homer and 2 runs batted in after Freddie Patek walked as the first batter of the game. In the 3rd, John Mayberry hit a 2-run-homer of his own off Dick Tidrow, who had come in to relieve Gullett. Although the Royals pitching settled down and pitched until the 8th inning before allowing another run, Splittorff and the Royals never looked back. An innings, or inning, is a segment of a game in any of a variety of sports – most notably baseball and cricket – during which a side takes its turn to bat. ... Harold Abraham McRae (born July 10, 1945 in Avon Park, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball who played with the Cincinnati Reds (1968, 1970-72) and Kansas City Royals (1973-87). ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Frederick Joseph Patek (born October 9, 1944) was a Major League Baseball player for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, and California Angels. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is credited to a batter and against a pitcher when a batter receives four pitches that the umpire calls balls. ...

Game 2 was a bit of a mirror image of Game 1, although the Yankees took it this time, and their runs came in the middle innings mostly. Cliff Johnson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in 4th. The Yankees would win it, 6-2 behind a complete game by Ron Guidry. In baseball, a complete game (denoted by CG) is the act of a pitcher pitching an entire game himself, without the benefit of a relief pitcher. ... Pitcher Ron Guidry Ronald Ames Guidry (born August 28, 1950 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is a former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher. ...

Games 3-4

Games 3 and 4 were similar, and were split by the two 100-win ballclubs.

The Royals took Game 3, 6-2, behind a complete game by Dennis Leonard, almost copying what Yankees' pitcher Guidry had done the night before.

In Game 4, it was clear that neither team was going away, but the Yankees tacked on an insurance run in the top-of-the-9th inning, on a sacrifice fly by catcher Thurman Munson to drive in lead-off hitter, Mickey Rivers, and make it 6-4. The Yankees had forced a deciding game. Oddly, the Royals had two triples in the loss (Patek, George Brett). In baseball, a batted ball is considered a sacrifice fly (denoted by SF) if the following four criteria are met: There are fewer than two outs. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is a position played in baseball. ... Thurman Munson (June 7, 1947 - August 2, 1979) was a Major League Baseball player from 1969 to 1979. ... In baseball, a triple is the act of a batter safely reaching third base by striking the ball and getting to third before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former American baseball player. ...

Game 5

Historical Game 5 took place on October 9 with an attendance of 41,133 at Royals Stadium in Kansas City. Both teams used everything they could throw at their opponent, with the Yankees starting Guidry, and using Mike Torrez and Sparky Lyle, while the Royals even used the Game 3's starter, Leonard. Kansas City is a city covering parts of Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri. ... Albert Walter Sparky Lyle (born July 22, 1944) is an American former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ...

The Royals broke first and held a 3-1 lead into the 8th inning, when it looked liked Royals day of salvation had finally come. But in the top-of-the-8th, the Yankees made it scary, scoring only once. The RBI went to pinch hitter, Reggie Jackson, on a single that scored Willie Randolph. Randolph was on third base after a Lou Piniella single sent him there. Salvation means being saved from suffering of some kind. ... Baseball In Baseball, a Pinch hitter is a common term for a substitute batter. ... Reginald Martinez Reggie Jackson (born May 18, 1946) was a professional American baseball player from 1967 to 1987. ... In baseball, a single is the act of a batter safely reaching first base by striking the ball and getting to first before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... Willie Larry Randolph (born July 6, 1954 in Holly Hill, South Carolina) is a former second baseman and current manager in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, Milwaukee Brewers and New York Mets between 1975 and 1992. ... Lou Piniella (born August 28, 1943 in Tampa, Florida) is a former Major League Baseball player and current manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ...

The Royals had a chance to score in the bottom-of-the-8th. Some Yankee fans believe Lyle was the hero of this series, relieving Torrez, after he began to struggle, and striking out Cookie Rojas, who was playing in his final season. In baseball, a strikeout or strike out (denoted by K or SO) occurs when the batter receives three strikes during his time at bat. ... Octavio Victor Rojas Rivas, better known as Cookie Rojas (born March 6, 1939 in Havana, Cuba), is a former Major League Baseball player, manager and coach. ...

But the Royals were still up 1, and sent Leonard out for the 9th. The Yankees ninth inning was as painful an inning as the Royals' franchise had ever faced. After a few hits, the game was tied, and there was 1st-and-3rd with no one out. Right-hander Mark Littell came into the game, and on no hits, the Yankees scored two more. A sacrifice fly by Randolph and an error by Brett made it 5-3 going to the bottom of the ninth. Fittingly, the Royals ended their season on a double play by Patek after second basemen Frank White singled. An error has different meanings in different domains. ... After stepping on second base, the fielder throws to first to complete a double play In baseball, a double play (denoted on statistics sheets by DP) is the act of making two outs during the same continuous playing action. ... The position of the second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... Frank White Jr. ...

Some said that the "twin killing" as the double play is reffered to, could also refer to the Royals' going home before the World Series for the second straight year, after losing to the Yankees again. In baseball, the World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in North America, played in October after the end of the regular season between the pennant winner of the American League and the pennant winner of the National League. ...

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