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The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world.  

Champions

Major Leagues

Other champions

Awards and honors

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
Baltimore Orioles 108 54 .667 --
New York Yankees 93 69 .574 15
Boston Red Sox 87 75 .537 21
Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 29
Cleveland Indians 76 86 .469 32
Washington Senators 70 92 .432 38
West Division
Minnesota Twins 98 64 .605 --
Oakland Athletics 89 73 .549 9
California Angels 86 76 .531 12
Kansas City Royals 65 97 .401 33
Milwaukee Brewers 65 97 .401 33
Chicago White Sox 56 106 .346 42

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
Pittsburgh Pirates 89 73 .549 --
Chicago Cubs 84 78 .519 5
New York Mets 83 79 .512 6
St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 .469 13
Philadelphia Phillies 73 88 .453 15.5
Montreal Expos 73 89 .451 16
West Division
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 .630 --
Los Angeles Dodgers 87 74 .540 14.5
San Francisco Giants 86 76 .531 16
Houston Astros 79 83 .488 23
Atlanta Braves 76 86 .469 26
San Diego Padres 63 99 .451 16

Events

  • April 1 - The Milwaukee Brewers organization, headed by Bud Selig, purchases the Seattle Pilots franchise for $10,800,000. Although negotiations were conducted over a period of months, it was not until March 13 when a federal bankruptcy referee declared the Pilots bankrupt. Brewers tickets go on sale the next day.
  • April 7 - Major league baseball returns to Wisconsin after a 4-year absence as the Brewers play their first game in Milwaukee, losing to the California Angels 12–0 before a crowd of 37,237.
  • April 22 - The New York Mets' Tom Seaver strikes out 19 San Diego Padres, including the last 10 in succession, in winning 2-1 for the Mets. Mike Corkin takes the loss. In this century, no one had ever struck out 10 in a row, a major league record. Counting the 10 whiffs, the Pads have struck out 29 times in two games, a National League record that will be topped in 1998 when the Houston Astros miss 31 times in two days. Jerry Grote adds one foul fly catch to his 19 putouts via K's.

Births

Deaths

  • January 85 - Ray Collins, 82, pitcher for the Red Sox from 1909 to 1915, later coach at University of Vermont
  • January 14 - Johnny Murphy, 61, general manager of the New York Mets, formerly a relief pitcher for the Yankees who held the career saves record from 1946 to 1962
  • February 5 - Rudy York, 56, 7-time All-Star first baseman who had six 100-RBI seasons for the Tigers and Red Sox; hit record 18 homers in one month as a rookie, had two grand slams in a 1946 game
  • April 14 - John Donaldson, 78, star pitcher in the Negro Leagues, mainly with the All Nations team and Kansas City Monarchs
  • April 15 - Ripper Collins, 66, All-Star first baseman who led NL in homers in 1934, then batted .367 in World Series
  • May 16 - Dutch Ruether, 76, pitcher who won opener of 1919 World Series for Cincinnati, later a scout for the Giants
  • May 19 - Ray Schalk, 77, Hall of Fame catcher for the Chicago White Sox who was noted for his defensive brilliance, setting records for career games, putouts and double plays at the position
  • August 26 - Eddie Rommel, 72, pitcher who won 171 games for the Philadelphia Athletics, later worked 22 years as an AL umpire
  • October 10 - Lefty Leifield, 87, pitcher who had six consecutive 15-win seasons for Pittsburgh from 1906 to 1911
  • October 13 - Fred Mitchell, 92, manager who won 1918 pennant with Chicago Cubs, was coach at Harvard for 30 years
  • November 5 - Charlie Root, 71, pitcher who won a club-record 201 games for the Chicago Cubs, surrendered Babe Ruth's supposed "called shot" in 1932 World Series
  • December 10 - Johnny Mostil, 74, center fielder for the Chicago White Sox whose promising career was derailed by a 1927 suicide attempt
  • December 13 - Chick Gandil, 83, first baseman and the reported ringleader among the eight players who threw the 1919 World Series
  • December 19 - Nap Rucker, 86, pitcher who won 134 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers, including a no-hitter

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