All-Decade Team

1970s All-Decade Team

Major League Baseball during the 1970s usually brings a few things to mind: The Big Red Machine, Charley Finley’s Oakland A’s and those uniforms, Earl Weaver and the Baltimore Orioles, and the beginning of free agency. The 70s was the last decade in which baseball ruled the American sports landscape. Some of the greatest careers in the game’s history ended and a few others began. We said goodbye to Willie Mays and Hank Aaron, and we were introduced to George Brett, Robin Yount, and a skinny slick fielding shortstop named Ozzie Smith.

With the culmination of so many great careers the decade saw many career milestones reached. Seven hitters, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Pete Rose, Lou Brock, and Carl Yastrzemski all joined the 3,000 hit club. Ernie Banks, Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson, and Willie McCovey all joined the the 500 home run club taking the total from eight to 12. While no pitcher collected their 300th career win Bob Gibson and Gaylord Perry did strikeout their 3,000th batter.

  • Catcher, Johnny Bench

    • Age: 22 – 31
    • Years: 1970 – 1979
    • Teams: Cincinnati Reds
    • MVP: 1970, 1972
    • All-Star: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979


    Johnny Bench Batting Statistics
    WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
    58.8 1,435 5,229 792 1,396 264 18 290 1,013 56 24 687 896 .267 .349 .491 .840

    • First Base, Dick Allen


    • Dick Allen Batting Statistics
      WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
      23.5 883 3,111 508 882 153 19 174 575 69 25 472 705 .284 .377 .513 .889

      • Second Base, Joe Morgan


      • Joe Morgan Batting Statistics
        WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
        66.9 1,458 5,139 1,005 1,451 275 47 173 720 488 105 1,071 517 .282 .404 .455 .860

        • Third Base, Mike Schmidt


        • Mike Schmidt Batting Statistics
          WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
          50.1 1,084 3,713 674 947 183 31 235 666 117 54 689 958 .255 .374 .511 .885

          • Shortstop, Toby Harrah


          • Toby Harrah Batting Statistics
            WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
            31.5 1,275 4,413 625 1,151 176 20 128 560 160 69 640 522 .261 .355 .397 .752

            • Outfield, Willie Stargell

              • Age: 30 – 39
              • Years: 1970 – 1979
              • Teams: Pittsburgh Pirates
              • MVP: 1979
              • All-Star: 1971, 1972, 1973, 1978


              Willie Stargell Batting Statistics
              WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
              37.8 1,255 4,399 718 1,261 253 19 296 906 6 8 595 1,100 .287 .374 .555 .928

              • Outfield, Reggie Jackson


              • Reggie Jackson Batting Statistics
                WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                51.2 1,440 5,129 833 1,410 270 24 292 922 183 85 677 1,247 .275 .363 .508 .870

                • Outfield, Reggie Smith


                • Reggie Smith Batting Statistics
                  WAR G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
                  44.7 1,286 4,646 776 1,355 247 39 225 750 80 43 621 669 .292 .374 .507 .881


                  Tom Seaver Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  67.3 348 345 178 101 2.61 2,652.1 147 40 0 843 768 741 2,304 7.8 1.073


                  Bert Blyleven Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  58.2 353 350 148 128 2.88 2,624.2 145 39 0 949 841 711 2,082 7.1 1.161


                  Gaylord Perry Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  59.4 369 368 184 133 2.92 2,905 197 36 1 1,088 942 758 1,907 5.9 1.142


                  Ron Guidry Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  20.7 116 91 59 19 2.49 752.1 40 16 3 234 208 221 652 7.8 1.090


                  Jim Palmer Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  54.6 355 352 186 103 2.58 2,745 175 44 2 883 787 861 1,559 5.1 1.142


                  Bruce Sutter Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  15.2 240 0 27 22 2.33 390.2 0 0 105 121 101 115 418 9.6 1.014


                  Jim Kern Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  14.2 256 12 42 35 2.72 539 0 0 75 188 163 276 499 8.3 1.306


                  Rollie Fingers Pitching Statistics
                  WAR G GS W L ERA IP CG SHO SV R ER BB SO SO/9 WHIP
                  16.1 640 29 84 85 2.89 1,219 3 1 209 438 391 353 973 7.2 1.141

                Honorable Mention

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  1. We didn’t say goodbye to Yaz in the 70’s. He actually played four years into the 80’s — and made two more All-Star appearances…

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  2. I grew up watching 1970s Baseball. The first half and the second half have different players so ts hard to create a best team of the 1970s.

    C Johnny Bench, Thurman Munson. then Gary Carter, Ted Simmons, Manny Sanguillen, Carton Fisk
    1B Tony Perez, Willie Stargell. then Lee May, George Scott, Steve Garvey .
    2B Joe Morgan, Rod Carew
    3B Mike Schmidt, George Brett, Ron Cey, Bill Madlock, Graig Nettles… The first half was Brooks Robinson and Sal Bando
    SS Dave Concepcion, Bert Campaneris
    LF Pete Rose, Carl Yastrzemski
    CF Cesar Cedeno, Amos Otis, Al Oliver
    RF Reggie Jackson, Bobby Bonds, Rusty Staub, Dave Parker, Dave Winfield

    DH Hal McRae

    Every team went at least three deep with quality starters.

    SP Steve Carlton
    SP Tom Seaver
    SP Jim Palmer
    SP Gaylord Perry
    SP Fergie Jenkins
    SP Vida Blue
    SP Nolan Ryan
    SP Don Sutton
    SP Bert Blyleven
    SP Phil Niekro
    SP Tommy John
    SP Catfish Hunter
    SP Luis Tiant
    SP Frank Tanana
    SP JR Richard
    SP Dennis Leonard

    RP Rollie Fingers
    RP Rich Gossage
    RP Tug McGraw
    RP Mike Marshall
    RP John Hiller
    RP Sparky Lyle
    RP Bill Campbell
    RP Kent Tekulve

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