National League Rookies of the Year—1970s
As with most Rookies of the Year, some of these names will be recognizable and some won't. Here is a list of National League Rookie of the Year winners from the 1970s:
1979-Rick Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Dodgers
In what would be the first of four straight Rookie of the Year Awards for the Los Angeles Dodgers, pitcher Rick Sutcliffe won the award in 1979. That season, Sutcliffe went 17-10 with a 3.46 ERA, 117 strikeouts, five complete games and a shutout.
1978-Bob Horner, Atlanta Braves
With half of the first-place votes, Braves' third baseman Bob Horner won the NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1978. Horner hit .266 with 23 homers, 63 RBI, 17 doubles, and a .539 slugging percentage.
1977-Andre Dawson, Montreal Expos
In starting out what would be a long and stellar career, Expos' outfielder Andre Dawson edged out the Mets' Steve Henderson for the National League Rookie of the Year in 1977. Dawson did so by hitting .282 with 19 home runs, 65 runs batted in, 26 doubles, 9 triples, 21 stolen bases, and a .474 slugging percentage. Dawson won the NL MVP later in his career while with the Chicago Cubs.
1976-Butch Metzger, San Diego Padres and Pat Zachry, Cincinnati Reds
With 11 first-place votes each, pitchers Butch Metzer of San Diego and Pat Zachry of Cincinnati split the NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1976. Metzger was a reliever who appeared in 77 games, going 11-4 with a 2.92 ERA and 16 saves; while Zachry was a starter who went 14-7 with a 2.74 ERA and 143 strikeouts in helping lead the Reds to the World Series title.
1975-John Montefusco, San Francisco Giants
Nicknamed "The Count" because of his last name, pitcher John Montefusco won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1975. That season, Montefusco went 15-9 with a 2.88 ERA, and 215 strikeouts in 243 innings pitched. He had 10 complete games with 4 shutouts.
1974-Bake McBride, St. Louis Cardinals
With 16 first-place votes, Cardinals' outfielder Bake McBride won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1974. McBride hit .309 with 6 homers, 56 runs batted in, 19 doubles, 5 triples, 30 stolen bases, 81 runs, and a .369 on-base average.
1973-Gary Matthews, San Francisco Giants
Eight players received first-place votes for the NL Rookie honors in 1974, but it was Giants' outfielder Gary Matthews who took home the award with 11 of those votes. Matthews hit .300 with 12 homers, 58 RBI, 22 doubles, 10 triples, 17 stolen bases and a .444 slugging percentage.
1972-Jon Matlack, New York Mets
Mets' pitcher Jon Matlack was part of a three-headed monster of a pitching staff that also included Jerry Koosman and Tom Seaver. Matlack debuted full-time in 1972, and won the NL Rookie of the Year by going 15-10 with a 2.32 ERA, and 169 strikeouts. Matlack added 8 complete games with 4 shutouts.
1971-Earl Williams, Atlanta Braves
Braves' infielder Earl Williams won the NL Rookie of the Year in 1971 by hitting .260 with 33 home runs, 87 RBI, and 14 doubles. Williams also had an on base average of .324 and a slugging percentage of .491.
1970-Carl Morton, Montreal Expos
Though he had a relatively short career, Montreal pitcher Carl Morton won the NL Rookie of the Year honors in 1970. That year, Morton went 18-11 with a 3.60 ERA, and 154 strikeouts. Morton added 10 complete games and 4 shutouts. Sadly, Morton passed away from a heart attack at the age of 39 after jogging.