1970 New York Yankees season

The 1970 New York Yankees season was the 68th season for the franchise. The team finished in second place in the American League East with a record of 93–69, 15 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. The 93 wins were the most for the Yankees since 1964. New York was managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played their home games at Yankee Stadium.

1970 New York Yankees
Major League affiliations
Other information
General manager(s)Lee MacPhail
Manager(s)Ralph Houk
Local televisionWPIX
(Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bob Gamere, Whitey Ford)
Local radioWHN
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Gamere)
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Regular season

The Yankees went from a record of 80 wins and 81 losses in 1969 to a record of 93 wins and 69 losses.[5]

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 10854 0.667 59–22 49–32
New York Yankees 9369 0.574 15 53–28 40–41
Boston Red Sox 8775 0.537 21 52–29 35–46
Detroit Tigers 7983 0.488 29 42–39 37–44
Cleveland Indians 7686 0.469 32 43–38 33–48
Washington Senators 7092 0.432 38 40–41 30–51

Record vs. opponents

Baltimore 13–57–59–314–411–712–07–55–711–77–512–6
Boston 5–135–78–412–69–97–55–77–510–87–512–6
California 5–77–512–66–66–610–812–68–105–78–107–5
Chicago 3–94–86–126–66–67–117–116–125–72–164–8
Cleveland 4–146–126–66–67–118–47–56–68–107–511–7
Detroit 7–119–96–66–611–76–68–44–87–116–69–9
Kansas City 0–125–78–1011–74–86–612–65–131–117–116–6
Milwaukee 5–77–56–1211–75–74–86–125–133–9–18–105–7
Minnesota 7–55–710–812–66–68–413–513–55–713–56–6
New York 7–118–107–57–510–811–711–19–3–17–56–610–8
Oakland 5–75–710–816–25–76–611–710–85–136–610–2
Washington 6–126–125–78–47–119–96–67–56–68–102–10

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

  • September 22, 1970: Bobby Cox was released by the Yankees.[6]


1970 New York Yankees
  • 22 Jack Aker
  • 45 Stan Bahnsen
  • 50 Bill Burbach
  • 49 Loyd Colson
  • 56 John Cumberland
  • 43 Rob Gardner
  • 39 Steve Hamilton
  • 39 Gary Jones
  • 18 Mike Kekich
  • 24 Ron Klimkowski
  • 38,42 Steve Kline
  • 29 Mike McCormick
  • 40 Lindy McDaniel
  • 19 Fritz Peterson
  • 30 Mel Stottlemyre
  • 52 Joe Verbanic
  • 54 Gary Waslewski


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
CThurman Munson13245359137.3026535
1BDanny Cater15558264175.3016764
2BHorace Clarke15868681172.25144623
3BJerry Kenney1404044678.19343520
SSGene Michael1344354293.2142383
LFRoy White162609109180.296229424
CFBobby Murcer15958195146.251237815
RFCurt Blefary992693457.2129371


Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
John Ellis782262456.2487290
Ron Woods952253051.2278274
Jake Gibbs491532346.3018262
Jim Lyttle871262039.3103143
Frank Baker35117627.2310111
Ron Hansen59911327.2974140
Pete Ward6677520.2601180
Bobby Mitchell102215.227040
Frank Tepedino161926.316020

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mel Stottlemyre37271.015133.09126
Fritz Peterson39260.120112.90127
Stan Bahnsen36232.214113.33116
Bill Burbach416.20210.2610
Rob Gardner17.1104.916

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Kekich2698.2634.8363
John Cumberland1564.0343.9438
Gary Waslewski2655.0223.1127
Mike McCormick920.2206.1012

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Lindy McDaniel6295292.0181
Ron Klimkowski456712.6540
Jack Aker4142162.0636
Steve Hamilton354332.7833
Joe Verbanic71004.608
Gary Jones20000.002
Loyd Colson10004.503

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Frank Verdi
AA Manchester Yankees Eastern League Gene Hassell
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Alex Cosmidis
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Lamar North
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League George Case
Rookie Johnson City Yankees Appalachian League Jerry Walker



  1. Tom Shopay page at Baseball Reference
  2. Curt Blefary page at Baseball Reference
  3. Danny Cater page at Baseball Reference
  4. Pete Ward page at Baseball Reference
  5. Yankee for Life, Bobby Murcer and Glen Waggoner, p. 62, Harper Collins, 2008, New York, ISBN 978-0-06-147342-5
  6. Bobby Cox page at Baseball Reference
  7. "1970 New York Yankees Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved November 29, 2021.
  8. 1970 All-Star Game
  9. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007


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