1974 Major League Baseball season

The 1974 Major League Baseball season. The Oakland Athletics won their third consecutive World Series, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to one.

Two notable personal milestones were achieved during the 1974 season. The first came on April 8, when Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves blasted his 715th career home run, breaking the all-time career home run mark of 714 set by Babe Ruth. Aaron would finish his career with 755 home runs, a record that would stand until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007. The second milestone came on September 10, when the St. Louis Cardinals' Lou Brock stole his 105th base off pitcher Dick Ruthven and catcher Bob Boone of the Philadelphia Phillies. This broke the single-season stolen base record of 104, set by Maury Wills in 1962. Brock stole 118 bases, a record that would stand until 1982, when Rickey Henderson stole 130.

1974 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 4 – October 17, 1974
Draft
Top draft pickBill Almon
Picked bySan Diego Padres
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Jeff Burroughs (TEX)
NL: Steve Garvey (LA)
Postseason
AL championsOakland Athletics
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upPittsburgh Pirates
World Series
ChampionsOakland Athletics
  Runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
Finals MVPRollie Fingers (OAK)

Regular season standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 0.562 46–35 45–36
New York Yankees 89 73 0.549 2 47–34 42–39
Boston Red Sox 84 78 0.519 7 46–35 38–43
Cleveland Indians 77 85 0.475 14 40–41 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 76 86 0.469 15 40–41 36–45
Detroit Tigers 72 90 0.444 19 36–45 36–45
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 90 72 0.556 49–32 41–40
Texas Rangers 84 76 0.525 5 42–38 42–38
Minnesota Twins 82 80 0.506 8 48–33 34–47
Chicago White Sox 80 80 0.500 9 46–34 34–46
Kansas City Royals 77 85 0.475 13 40–41 37–44
California Angels 68 94 0.420 22 36–45 32–49

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543 52–29 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 86 75 0.534 44–37 42–38
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 0.494 8 46–35 34–47
Montreal Expos 79 82 0.491 42–38 37–44
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 17 36–45 35–46
Chicago Cubs 66 96 0.407 22 32–49 34–47
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 60 0.630 52–29 50–31
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 0.605 4 50–31 48–33
Atlanta Braves 88 74 0.543 14 46–35 42–39
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 21 46–35 35–46
San Francisco Giants 72 90 0.444 30 37–44 35–46
San Diego Padres 60 102 0.370 42 36–45 24–57

Postseason

  League Championship Series World Series
                 
East Baltimore 1  
West Oakland 3  
    AL Oakland 4
  NL Los Angeles 1
East Pittsburgh 1
West Los Angeles 3  

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Rod Carew MIN .364 Ralph Garr ATL .353
HR Dick Allen CHW 32 Mike Schmidt PHI 36
RBI Jeff Burroughs TEX 118 Johnny Bench CIN 129
Wins Catfish Hunter OAK
Ferguson Jenkins TEX
25 Phil Niekro ATL
Andy Messersmith LA
20
ERA Catfish Hunter OAK 2.49 Buzz Capra ATL 2.28
SO Nolan Ryan CAL 367 Steve Carlton PHI 240
SV Terry Forster CHW 24 Mike Marshall LA 21
SB Billy North OAK 54 Lou Brock STL 118

Events

On August 30, Texas Rangers player Dave Nelson steals three bases – 2nd, 3rd and home in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians.[1]

References

  1. ^ "Strange and Unusual Plays". www.retrosheet.org. Retrieved June 13, 2012.

External links

1974 American League Championship Series

The 1974 American League Championship Series was a best-of-five matchup between the East Division Champion Baltimore Orioles and the West Division Champion Oakland A's. It was a rematch of the previous year's series and third overall between the two teams. The A's beat the Orioles three games to one and received their third straight pennant in the process. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 World Series and won their third straight World Series championship.

1974 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1974 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing first in the American League East with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses. The Orioles went on to lose to the Oakland Athletics in the 1974 American League Championship Series, 3 games to 1.

1974 Boston Red Sox season

The 1974 Boston Red Sox season was the 74th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses, seven games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

1974 California Angels season

The 1974 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 68 wins and 94 losses.

1974 Chicago Cubs season

The 1974 Chicago Cubs season was the 103rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 99th in the National League and the 59th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished sixth and last in the National League East with a record of 66–96.

1974 Chicago White Sox season

The 1974 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 74th season in the major leagues, and its 75th season overall. They finished with a record 80–80, good enough for fourth place in the American League West, 9 games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

1974 Cleveland Indians season

The 1974 Cleveland Indians season was the team's 74th season in Major League Baseball. It involved the Indians competing in the American League East, where they finished fourth with a record of 77–85.

1974 Houston Astros season

The 1974 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League West with a record of 81–81, 21 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1974 Kansas City Royals season

The 1974 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing fifth in the American League West with a record of 77 wins and 85 losses.

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 45th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 23, 1974, at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League. The game resulted in the National League defeating the American League 7–2.

This marked the third time the Pirates had been host for the All-Star Game (the first two having been in 1944 and the first game in 1959). This would be the first of two times that the game would be played at Three Rivers Stadium, with the stadium hosting again in 1994.

1974 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1974 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing fifth in the American League East with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses.

1974 Minnesota Twins season

The 1974 Minnesota Twins finished 82–80, third in the American League West.

1974 National League Championship Series

The 1974 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five series that matched the East Division champion Pittsburgh Pirates against the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers won the Series three games to one and lost the 1974 World Series to the Oakland Athletics.

1974 New York Mets season

The 1974 New York Mets season was the 13th regular season for the Mets, who played home games at Shea Stadium. Led by manager Yogi Berra, the team finished the season with a record of 71–91, placing fifth in the National League East. This was the first time the Mets had a losing season since 1968.

1974 New York Yankees season

The 1974 New York Yankees season was the 72nd season for the team in New York and its 74th overall dating from its origins in Baltimore. The team finished with a record of 89–73, finishing 2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. New York was managed by Bill Virdon. The Yankees played at Shea Stadium due to the ongoing renovation of Yankee Stadium.

1974 San Francisco Giants season

The 1974 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 92nd season in Major League Baseball, their 17th season in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their 15th at Candlestick Park. The team finished in fifth place in the National League West with a 72–90 record, 30 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

1974 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1974 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 93rd season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 83rd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86–75 during the season and finished second in the National League East, a game and-a-half behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1974 Texas Rangers season

The 1974 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing second in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 76 losses (two rained-out games were never completed). It would be only the second time in franchise history (to that point) that the club finished over .500 and the first since the club relocated to Arlington, Texas. The club became the first (and, to date, only) team to finish over .500 after two consecutive 100-loss seasons.

1974 MLB season by team
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NL East
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See also

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