1974 Cincinnati Reds season

1974 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Louis Nippert
General manager(s) Bob Howsam
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WLWT
(Charlie Jones, Woody Woodward)
Local radio WLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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The 1974 Cincinnati Reds season saw the Reds finishing in second place in the National League West with a record of 98–64, four games behind the NL West and pennant-winning Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson and played their home games at Riverfront Stadium.

The Reds' second-place finish was really more about the Los Angeles Dodgers improvements more than any perceived failures by Cincinnati. The Reds' 98 victories were second-best in all of baseball to the Dodgers' 102 victories. The Dodgers had finished in second place from 1970–73, three of those years the Reds won the NL West. In the offseason, the Dodgers added center fielder Jimmy Wynn in a trade from Houston and acquired future Cy Young Award winning reliever Mike Marshall from Montreal. The Reds did add a solid starter in 12-game winner Clay Kirby in the offseason. With All-Star shortstop Dave Concepcion fully recovered from a broken ankle he suffered at mid-season in '73, and All-Star catcher Johnny Bench having another MVP caliber season, the Reds were not going to relinquish their divisional crown easily.

Just as they had done the previous season, the Dodgers started hot and gained a large lead on the Reds in the National League West Division, due largely to their success against the Reds heads-up. The Dodgers won nine of their first 10 games against the Reds. After losing 6–3 to the Dodgers on August 5, the Reds trailed the Dodgers by 7 1/2 games despite a solid 66–45 record. By Aug. 15, the Reds had cut the lead to 1 1/2 games after winning the first two of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium marking 9 losses in 11 games for Los Angeles. In the third game, Jimmy Wynn hit a seventh-inning grand-slam to break open a tight game as the Dodgers rallied to a 7–1 victory, which helped keep the Dodgers ahead in the NL West. The Reds would get no closer than two games the rest of the season.


Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 10260 0.630 52–29 50–31
Cincinnati Reds 9864 0.605 4 50–31 48–33
Atlanta Braves 8874 0.543 14 46–35 42–39
Houston Astros 8181 0.500 21 46–35 35–46
San Francisco Giants 7290 0.444 30 37–44 35–46
San Diego Padres 60102 0.370 42 36–45 24–57

Record vs. opponents

1974 National League Records

Los Angeles 10–810–212–613–58–45–76–64–816–212–66–6
New York4–810–83–96–67–59–97–117–116–66–66–12
San Diego1–176–66–127–112–166–66–67–53–911–75–7
San Francisco10–86–67–118–106–128–46–64–84–87–116–6
St. Louis3–913–56–64–86–69–812–69–911–77–56–6


1974 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


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
1BTony Pérez158596158.26528101
CFCésar Gerónimo150474133.281754
RFKen Griffey8822757.251219

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
Merv Rettenmund8020845.216628
Junior Kennedy22193.15800
Roger Freed662.33313


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
Jack Billingham36212.319113.94103
Clay Kirby36230.71293.28160
Roger Nelson1485.3443.3842

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

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
Pedro Borbón73107143.2453
Clay Carroll5712562.1546
Dick Baney221015.4912
Mike McQueen100005.405

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Vern Rapp
AA Trois-Rivières Aigles Eastern League Jim Snyder
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Russ Nixon
A-Short Season Seattle Rainiers Northwest League Greg Riddoch
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Jim Hoff



  1. Mario Soto page at Baseball Reference
  2. Merv Rettenmund page at Baseball Reference
  3. Roger Freed page at Baseball Reference
  4. Dan Dumoulin page at Baseball Reference
  5. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007


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