1997 American Association season

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The 1997 American Association season was the 90th in the league's history, and ended with the Buffalo Bisons winning their first league championship since the 1961 Bisons won the International League's Governors' Cup. The Bisons had lost their previous three AA championship series.

After the season, the AA was folded into the Pacific Coast League and International League due to Triple-A expansion and the desire to limit travel costs.

Final standings[edit]

Playoff teams in bold.

East Division W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Buffalo Bisons 87 57 .604 - Brian Graham Cleveland Indians
Indianapolis Indians 85 59 .590 2 Dave Miley Cincinnati Reds
Nashville Sounds 74 69 .517 12½ Tom Spencer Chicago White Sox
Louisville Redbirds 58 85 .406 28½ Gaylen Pitts St. Louis Cardinals
West Division W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Iowa Cubs 74 69 .517 - Tim Johnson Chicago Cubs
New Orleans Zephyrs 74 70 .514 ½ Matt Galante/Steve Swisher Milwaukee Brewers
Oklahoma City 89ers 61 82 .427 13 Greg Biagini Texas Rangers
Omaha Royals 61 83 .424 13½ Mike Jirschele Kansas City Royals

Playoffs[edit]

  First Round Championship Finals
                 
E1  Buffalo Bisons 3  
E2  Indianapolis Indians 2  
    E1  Buffalo Bisons 3
  W1  Iowa Cubs 0
W1  Iowa Cubs 3
W2  New Orleans Zephyrs 0  

First Round[edit]

Buffalo vs. Indianapolis
Date Away Home
September 3 Buffalo 3 Indianapolis 5
September 4 Buffalo 4 Indianapolis 3
September 5 Indianapolis 11 Buffalo 7
September 6 Indianapolis 2 Buffalo 9
September 7 Indianapolis 2 Buffalo 6
Buffalo wins series 3-2
Iowa vs. New Orleans
Date Away Home
September 3 Iowa 6 New Orleans 1
September 4 Iowa 5 New Orleans 3
September 5 New Orleans 1 Iowa 4
Iowa wins series 3-0

Championship Finals[edit]

Buffalo vs. Iowa
Date Away Home
September 8 Iowa 1 Buffalo 2
September 9 Iowa 3 Buffalo 6
September 10 Buffalo 5 Iowa 4
10 innings
Buffalo wins series 3-0


League Leaders[edit]

Batting[edit]

Pitching[edit]

  • Wins John Halama, New Orleans, 13
  • Earned Run Average Halama, 2.58
  • Complete Games Three tied with 4
  • Shutouts Three tied with 2
  • Strikeouts C.J. Nitkowski, New Orleans, 141
  • Saves Scott Service, Omaha, 24

All-Star Team[edit]

Sources include 1998 Baseball Almanac

External Links[edit]

1997 AA - The Baseball Cube