1970 American Association season
The 1970 American Association season was the 63rd in the league's history, and ended with the Omaha Royals winning their second straight league championship. The Royals would go on to lose the Junior World Series.
With the addition of Evansville and Wichita as league members, the league decided to use a two-division format for the first time since 1959. The two division winners then played a best-of-seven series for the league championship.
Playoff teams in bold.
|Omaha Royals||73||65||.529||-||Jack McKeon||Kansas City Royals|
|Iowa Oaks||70||68||.507||3||Sherm Lollar||Oakland Athletics|
|Indianapolis Indians||71||69||.507||3||Vern Rapp||Cincinnati Reds|
|Evansville Triplets||67||71||.486||6||Ralph Rowe||Minnesota Twins|
|Denver Bears||70||69||.504||—||Del Wilber||Washington Senators|
|Tulsa Oilers||70||70||.500||½||Warren Spahn||St. Louis Cardinals|
|Oklahoma City 89ers||68||71||.486||2||Hub Kittle||Houston Astros|
|Wichita Aeros||67||73||.479||3½||Ken Aspromonte||Cleveland Indians|
- Batting Average Chris Chambliss, Wichita, .342
- Runs Scored Richie Scheinblum, Wichita, 79
- Hits Luis Meléndez, Tulsa & Scheinblum, 155
- Doubles Meléndez, 34
- Triples Rich Chiles, Oklahoma City, 11
- Home Runs Cotton Nash, Evansville, 33
- Runs Batted In Scheinblum, 84
- Stolen Bases George Spriggs, Omaha, 29
- Wins Cisco Carlos, Denver, 13
- Earned Run Average Ross Grimsley, Indianapolis, 2.73
- Complete Games Chris Zachary, Omaha and Tulsa, 16
- Shutouts Milt Wilcox, Indianapolis, 5
- Strikeouts Vida Blue, Iowa, 165
- Saves Art Fowler, Denver; Garland Shifflett, Evansville; Bob Stickels, Iowa, 15
- First Base Gonzalo Márquez, Iowa
- Second Base Jim Glover, Evansville
- Shortstop Frank Duffy, Indianapolis
- Third Base John Lowenstein, Wichita
- Outfield Luis Meléndez, Tulsa;Richie Scheinblum, Wichita; George Spriggs, Omaha
- Catcher Gene Tenace, Iowa; Ken Suarez, Wichita
- Pitcher Vida Blue, Iowa; Milt Wilcox, Indianapolis
- Manager Jack McKeon, Omaha
The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball. Lloyd Johnson and Miles Wolff, editors. Baseball America, 1993.
1971 Baseball Guide
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