1974 Boston Red Sox season

1974 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
General manager(s) Dick O'Connell
Manager(s) Darrell Johnson
Local television WBZ-TV, Ch. 4
(Ken Coleman, Johnny Pesky)
Local radio WHDH-AM 850
(Ned Martin, Jim Woods)
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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.


Regular season

Season summary

The injury bug struck Boston

Two calamities befell the Red Sox in 1974, and they would work to make the year a disappointing one and let the team get the nickname of "chokers". First Carlton Fisk, who appeared to be ready for greatness, tore up his left knee while blocking the plate in a June 28 game against the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland. He had surgery and was out for the rest of the season. Catching, meant to be a Sox strongpoint, became a weak one instead. Then Rick Wise, who was expected to join with Luis Tiant and Bill Lee to give the Sox a solid 1–2–3 punch on the mound, missed much of the early part of the season with a shoulder injury, and when he was coming back from that he broke a finger when his wife accidentally closed a door on his hand. He ended up at 3–4 with Boston in 1974.

Falling short again

Despite the injuries, the team persevered, actually holding a seven-game lead as of August 23. After that, the Sox went into an incredible slump, losing 24 of the final 38 games and dropping all the way to third. As late as August 29, they were still up on the second place New York Yankees by 4 and the Baltimore Orioles by 8. Boston lost 8 in a row, including an infamous Labor Day doubleheader to the streaking Orioles, both games by the score of 1–0. Boston finished the season seven games behind the division-winning Orioles and five behind second-place New York.

As a team they batted .203 over their last 33 games. Boston fans were livid, and some said that the Sox had been playing over their heads all along and that it had finally caught up with them, especially when they lacked Fisk and Wise. Boston licked its wounds, taking some consolation from Carl Yastrzemski's .301 average, with 15 homers and 79 RBIs. Dwight Evans had .281, 10 homers and 70 RBIs. There were 22 wins for Tiant and 17 for Bill Lee. Twice in three years, the Red Sox fans thought they had the pennant, and twice the team had failed them.

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 9171 0.562 46–35 45–36
New York Yankees 8973 0.549 2 47–34 42–39
Boston Red Sox 8478 0.519 7 46–35 38–43
Cleveland Indians 7785 0.475 14 40–41 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 7686 0.469 15 40–41 36–45
Detroit Tigers 7290 0.444 19 36–45 36–45

Record vs. opponents

1974 American League Records

Baltimore 10–87–55–712–614–48–48–106–611–76–64–8
Boston 8–104–88–49–911–74–810–86–611–78–45–7
California 5–78–410–8–13–95–78–103–98–103–96–129–9
Chicago 7–54–88–10–18–47–511–78–47–11–14–87–119–7–1
Cleveland 6–129–99–34–89–98–410–86–67–115–74–8
Detroit 4–147–117–55–79–97–59–93–911–75–75–7
Kansas City 4–88–410–87–114–85–711–18–104–88–108–10
Milwaukee 10–88–109–34–88–109–91–116–69–95–77–5
Minnesota 6–66–610–811–7–16–69–310–86–64–85–139–9
New York 7–117–119–38–411–77–118–49–98–47–58–4
Oakland 6–64–812–611–77–57–510–87–513–55–78–10
Texas 8–47–59–97–9–18–47–510–85–79–94–810–8

Opening Day lineup

  4Tommy HarperLF
16Rick MillerCF
17Cecil CooperDH
  8Carl Yastrzemski    1B
10Bob MontgomeryC
  1Bernie CarboRF
  2Doug Griffin2B
38Terry Hughes3B
18Mario GuerreroSS
23Luis TiantP


1974 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Juan Marichal1157.1514.8721
Steve Barr19104.003

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dick Drago33175.27103.4890

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Joe Morgan
AA Bristol Red Sox Eastern League Stan Williams
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Bill Slack
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Rac Slider
A-Short Season Elmira Red Sox New York–Penn League Dick Berardino



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