1974 Major League Baseball season

1974 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 4 – October 17, 1974
Draft
Top draft pick Bill Almon
Picked by San Diego Padres
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Jeff Burroughs (TEX)
NL: Steve Garvey (LA)
Postseason
AL champions Oakland Athletics
  AL runners-up Baltimore Orioles
NL champions Los Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-up Pittsburgh Pirates
World Series
Champions Oakland Athletics
  Runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
Finals MVP Rollie Fingers (OAK)

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.

Regular season standings

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
AVGRod Carew MIN.364Ralph Garr ATL.353
HRDick Allen CHW32Mike Schmidt PHI36
RBIJeff Burroughs TEX118Johnny Bench CIN129
WinsCatfish Hunter OAK
Ferguson Jenkins TEX
25Phil Niekro ATL
Andy Messersmith LA
20
ERACatfish Hunter OAK2.49Buzz Capra ATL2.28
SONolan Ryan CAL367Steve Carlton PHI240
SVTerry Forster CHW24Mike Marshall LA21
SBBilly North OAK54Lou Brock STL118

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.


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