Tuesday, November 8, 2011

1977 Topps #2 - 1976 Home Run Leaders

  • The races for the 1976 home run titles didn't have the drama that the batting races had.
  • In the National League, Mike Schmidt edged out Dave Kingman 38-37. 
    • The two players played against each other in the final series of the year.
    • Kingman hit his last home run of the year on September 19
    • At the time Kingman held a 37-35 edge over Schmidt. Schmidt homered three times in the final 14 games to pass Kingman and win the title.
  • Graig Nettles won his only AL home run title in 1976. 
    • The race for the home run crowd wasn't close, as Nettles had five more homers than his nearest competition.
    • At first it didn't look like Nettles would be in the race. At the end of May he had only four home runs. He hit eight home runs in August and nine in September to take the title.
    • On September 1, Sal Bando led the AL with 24 home runs. He was followed by Nettles and Reggie Jackson, each with 23.
    • Nettles admired Bando as a player. If he was unable to win the title, Nettles wanted to see Bando win it.
  • Schmidt won the NL home run for the third straight time in 1976. Mike would go on to win a total of eight NL home run championships.


  1. That is a glorious perm that Schmitty is sporting on this card.

  2. It's amazing to think that a player with 32 homers can win a home run title. It's even more amazing that the next-best total was 27. It's a low number for power that hasn't often been seen by baseball since the 1920s (except for a time of War, which took away the best players in the game).