1974 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1974 Pittsburgh Pirates
1974 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Record 88–74 (.543)
Divisional place 1st
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas Johnson (minority shareholders)
General manager(s) Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Nellie King
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Nellie King
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The 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 93rd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 88th in the National League. The Pirates finished first in the National League East with a record of 88–74. The Pirates were defeated three games to one by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 National League Championship Series.


Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 8874 0.543 52–29 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 8675 0.534 44–37 42–38
Philadelphia Phillies 8082 0.494 8 46–35 34–47
Montreal Expos 7982 0.491 42–38 37–44
New York Mets 7191 0.438 17 36–45 35–46
Chicago Cubs 6696 0.407 22 32–49 34–47

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

Game log

1974 Game Log: 88–74 (Home: 52–29; Away: 35–45)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Rennie Stennett2B
Richie Hebner3B
Al OliverCF
Willie StargellLF
Richie ZiskRF
Dave Parker1B
Manny SanguillénC
Dal MaxvillSS
Jerry ReussSP


Notable transactions


1974 Pittsburgh Pirates
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
CManny Sanguillén151596171.287768
LFWillie Stargell140508153.3012596
CFAl Oliver147617198.3211185
RFRichie Zisk149536168.31317100

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
Dave Parker7322062.282429
Paul Popovich598318.21705
Mike Ryan15303.10000
Dal Maxvill8224.18200
Chuck Brinkman471.14301
Miguel Diloné1220.00000


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
Ken Brett2719113193.9096
Dock Ellis26176.21293.1691
Larry Demery1995.1664.2551
Bob Moose735.2157.5715

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
Bruce Kison40129983.4971
Juan Pizarro724111.887

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
Dave Giusti6475123.3253
Ramón Hernández585222.7533
Jim Minshall50100.003
Juan Jiménez40006.752
Steve Blass10009.002

National League Championship Series

Awards and honors

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Steve Demeter
AA Thetford Mines Pirates Eastern League Tim Murtaugh
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Johnny Lipon
A Charleston Pirates Western Carolinas League Larry Sherry
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Pirates New York–Penn League Ron Brand
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Thetford Mines, Salem


  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. Ken Brett at Baseball Almanac
  3. Jerry Reuss at Baseball Almanac
  4. Nelson Briles at Baseball Almanac
  5. Luke Walker at Baseball Almanac
  6. Bob Johnson at Baseball Almanac
  7. Fred Breining at Baseball Reference
  8. 1 2 John Lamb at Baseball-Reference
  9. Jackie Hernandez at Baseball Almanac
  10. Silvio Martínez at Baseball Reference
  11. Paul Popovich at Baseball Almanac
  12. 1974 Opening Day lineup at "Baseball-Almanac"
  13. Dal Maxvill at Baseball Reference
  14. Rod Scurry at Baseball Reference
  15. Ed Whitson at Baseball Almanac
  16. Mike Edwards at Baseball Reference
  17. Kurt Bevacqua at Baseball Almanac
  18. Chuck Brinkman at Baseball Reference
  19. Juan Pizarro at Baseball Almanac


  • 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
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