The Earl of Baltimore and the Aces of ’71

In 1971, the Baltimore Orioles achieved a feat that has grown more remarkable with the passage of time – they had four 20-game winning pitchers:

Rk Pos W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1 SP Mike Cuellar* 20 9 3.08 38 38 21 4 292.1 7.7 0.9 2.4 3.8 1.59
2 SP Pat Dobson 20 8 2.90 38 37 18 4 282.1 7.9 0.8 2.0 6.0 2.97
3 SP Jim Palmer 20 9 2.68 37 37 20 3 282.0 7.4 0.6 3.4 5.9 1.74
4 SP Dave McNally* 21 5 2.89 30 30 11 1 224.1 7.5 1.0 2.3 3.7 1.57
Team Totals 101 57 2.99 158 158 71 13 1415.1 8.0 0.8 2.6 5.0 1.91
Rank in 12 AL teams 1 12 1 1 4 12
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/8/2013.

They were the anchors of a dynasty built by the Earl of Baltimore – Earl Weaver.  The 1971 Orioles won their third consecutive Eastern Division Title and American League Pennant, but lost to Roberto Clemente and the Pittsburgh Pirates in a classic seven game series.

The Cy Young Award and MVP that year went to another pitcher – Vida Blue of the Oakland A’s.

Sadly, of the four pitchers and Weaver, only Jim Palmer is alive today.

Video and Infographic Below.

THE EARL OF BALTIMORE AND HI (1)

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