1970 Leaders & Numbers

Billy Williams finally pled exhaustion after playing over 1,000 straight games, but you wouldn’t sense burnout looking at his most productive set of statistics ever. Carl Yastrzemski jumped his average up 75 points and, for the third time in four years, belted 40 homers, but a wrist injury would sap him of future power. Tommy Harper showed unexpected pop and became the second American Leaguer to homer and steal 30 times each in a year. Jim Hickman, a refugee of the early, awful Mets, suddenly and all-too-briefly bloomed in a career where he otherwise batted .243 with no more than 21 homers and 64 RBIs in any one season. Bobby Bonds’ record 189 whiffs was a case of “so what?” given the serious damage he otherwise laid on opposing pitchers. After a long stretch of floating between the starting rotation and the bullpen, Jim Perry re-emerged as an ace and shined along with brother Gaylord. Fritz Peterson helped the Yankees get as close to championship form as they’d ever be under CBS ownership. Gary Nolan overcame arm woes to start a stretch of solid (though not spectacular) pitching at Cincinnati. After an abysmal 1-8 showing in 1969, Clyde Wright righted himself pitching winter ball at Puerto Rico before breaking out at Anaheim. Sam McDowell won his fifth AL strikeout title in six years while winning 20 for the only time in his career. Winning 18 for a second-year franchise was proof enough that Carl Morton deserved Rookie of the Year honors in Montreal.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1970
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Billy Williams Chicago 161 .322 636 137 205 34 4 42 129 63 9 2 7 1 13
2. Willie McCovey San Francisco 152 .289 495 98 143 39 2 39 126 97 40 3 0 0 13
3. Tony Perez Cincinnati 158 .317 587 107 186 28 6 40 129 70 13 4 8 3 15
4. Jim Hickman Chicago 149 .315 514 102 162 33 4 32 115 85 8 1 0 1 10
5. Johnny Bench Cincinnati 158 .293 605 97 177 35 4 45 148 45 9 0 5 2 12
6. Bobby Bonds San Francisco 157 .302 663 134 200 36 10 26 78 70 7 2 48 10 6
7. Hank Aaron Atlanta 150 .298 516 103 154 26 1 38 118 59 15 2 9 0 13
8. Rico Carty Atlanta 136 .366 478 84 175 23 3 25 101 71 6 2 1 2 19
9. Bobby Tolan Cincinnati 152 .316 589 112 186 34 6 16 80 59 3 8 57 20 9
10. Dick Allen St. Louis 122 .279 459 88 128 17 5 34 101 55 16 2 5 4 9
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1970
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Carl Yastrzemski Boston 161 .329 566 125 186 29 0 40 102 116 12 1 23 13 12
2. Frank Howard Washington 161 .283 566 90 160 15 1 44 126 103 29 2 1 2 23
3. Boog Powell Baltimore 154 .297 526 82 156 28 0 35 114 86 18 5 1 1 14
4. Tommy Harper Milwaukee 154 .296 604 104 179 35 4 31 82 72 5 4 38 16 8
5. Harmon Killebrew Minnesota 157 .271 527 96 143 20 1 41 113 105 23 2 0 3 28
6. Roy White New York 162 .296 609 109 180 30 6 22 94 84 11 0 24 10 13
7. Tony Oliva Minnesota 157 .325 628 96 204 36 7 23 107 26 12 3 5 4 16
8. Frank Robinson Baltimore 132 .306 471 88 144 24 1 25 78 60 9 7 2 1 13
9. Tony Conigliaro Boston 146 .266 560 89 149 20 1 36 116 39 4 8 4 2 11
10. Cesar Tovar Minnesota 161 .300 650 120 195 36 13 10 54 47 5 8 30 15 9
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1970
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Bob Gibson St. Louis 3.12 23 7 .767 0 0 34 34 294 352 102 79 9 5 4 1 17 5 21
2. Tom Seaver New York 2.82 18 12 .600 0 0 37 36 290.2 352 91 75 8 6 4 0 14 7 19
3. Gaylord Perry San Francisco 3.20 23 13 .639 0 0 41 41 328.2 434 117 76 8 11 8 0 17 8 31
4. Ferguson Jenkins Chicago 3.39 22 16 .579 0 1 40 39 313 432 118 54 6 9 7 0 13 8 10
5. Luke Walker Pittsburgh 3.04 15 6 .714 3 1 42 19 163 173 55 81 8 6 1 0 7 4 18
6. Wayne Simpson Cincinnati 3.02 14 3 .824 0 0 26 26 176 196 59 78 3 6 9 2 4 2 19
7. Gary Nolan Cincinnati 3.27 18 7 .720 0 0 37 37 250.2 342 91 87 9 8 1 2 12 10 17
8. Bill Hands Chicago 3.70 18 15 .545 1 0 39 38 265 391 109 68 8 9 4 1 11 8 32
9. Steve Blass Pittsburgh 3.52 10 12 .455 0 0 31 31 196.2 272 77 65 8 2 5 1 1 3 25
10. Wayne Granger Cincinnati 2.66 6 5 .545 35 4 67 0 84.2 105 25 19 8 3 1 0 1 2 17
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1970
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Jim Perry Minnesota 3.04 24 12 .667 0 0 40 40 278.2 365 94 47 10 3 9 0 6 13 12
2. Fritz Peterson New York 2.90 20 11 .645 0 0 39 37 260.1 348 84 34 6 2 3 1 6 5 25
3. Sam McDowell Cleveland 2.92 20 12 .625 0 0 39 39 305 354 99 121 10 17 7 0 2 11 22
4. Dave McNally Baltimore 3.22 24 9 .727 0 0 40 40 296 421 106 75 3 8 7 0 5 6 31
5. Jim Palmer Baltimore 2.71 20 10 .667 0 0 39 39 305 388 92 96 4 10 1 3 20 5 14
6. Clyde Wright California 2.83 22 12 .647 0 0 39 39 260.2 333 82 84 4 7 7 0 7 6 19
7. Tom Hall Minnesota 2.55 11 6 .647 4 0 52 11 155.1 155 44 62 4 3 2 0 1 7 3
8. Mike Cuellar Baltimore 3.48 24 8 .750 0 0 40 40 297.2 432 115 64 5 6 1 1 2 5 26
9. Diego Segui Oakland 2.56 10 10 .500 2 0 47 19 162 186 46 64 4 5 2 0 17 3 13
10. Andy Messersmith California 3.01 11 10 .524 5 0 37 26 194.2 231 65 72 6 2 6 0 11 7 15

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
How does This Great Game determine the best hitters and pitchers? Find out here.


Forward to 1971 Leaders & Numbers


Back to 1969 Leaders & Numbers


share this page with a friendShare this page with a friend.

Have a comment, question or request? Contact us at This Great Game.

© 2016 This Great Game.

1970 Awards


NL MVP
Johnny Bench, Cincinnati

AL MVP
Boog Powell, Baltimore


NL Cy Young Award
Bob Gibson, St. Louis

AL Cy Young Award
Jim Perry, Minnesota


NL Rookie of the Year
Carl Morton, Montreal

AL Rookie of the Year
Thurman Munson, New York


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Bob Gibson, St. Louis
C Johnny Bench, Cincinnati
1B Wes Parker, Los Angeles
2B Tommy Helms, Cincinnati
3B Doug Rader, Houston
SS Don Kessinger, Chicago
OF Tommie Agee, New York
OF Roberto Clemente, Pittsburgh
OF Pete Rose, Cincinnati


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Jim Kaat, Minnesota
C Ray Fosse, Cleveland
1B Jim Spencer, California
2B Dave Johnson, Baltimore
3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore
SS Luis Aparicio, Chicago
OF Ken Berry, Chicago
OF Paul Blair, Baltimore
OF Mickey Stanley, Detroit