The Yankees, the division's fifth contender, returned to New York after a calamitous road trip on which they lost six of eight games. They quickly lost two of their first three at home against Kansas City. They also very nearly lost Third Baseman Celerino Sanchez when he was hit on the shoulder by a ball thrown in infield practice by Catcher Thurman Munson. The throw was on target, but Sanchez wasn't looking. Pity, because as a teammate quipped later, "That was the first good throw Thurman has made in two weeks."
The Milwaukee Brewers, the only Eastern team not in the race, lost three-fourths of their coaching staff. Wes Stock quit and Roy McMillan and Jackie Moore were advised to look elsewhere for work next season.
BALT 65-55 DET 65-55 BOST 61-57 NY 61-58 CLEV 58-61 MIL 47-73