1974 Season News

Principal New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner was suspended for two years by the Commissioner's Office after he was convicted in federal court for making illegal contributions to the re-election campaign of President Richard Nixon.

The Oakland Athletics' Gene Tenace proved that it's not always what you do, but sometimes what you don't. Tenace tied a 1930 mark set by John Clancy of the Chicago White Sox in which the first baseman played an entire nine-innings without ever having a fielding chance.

On Thursday April 4th, Hank Aaron hit a three-run homer off of Jack Billingham as the Atlanta Braves lost to the Reds 7-6, at Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium. The eleven inning game itself took a backseat to "Hammerin'" Hank, who had finally tied Babe Ruth with home run number 714. Both Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and Vice-president Gerald Ford were on hand to congratulate the slugger who had persevered over racial prejudice and death threats from several fans who did not want to see the Bambino's record fall to a black man. Four days later, back home at Fulton County Stadium, Aaron hit number 715 off Los Angeles Dodgers' lefty, Al Downing. Lost in the celebration was Aaron's tying of Willie Mays' National League record of 2,063 runs as well as his team's 7-4 victory.

The Mets lost 4-3 to the Cardinals during a "long-distance" marathon night game on September 11th. After seven hours and twenty-five innings, the outing became the longest game to a decision in Major League history. In the end, New York had batted one-hundred three times and St. Louis was not far behind with ninety-nine plate appearances. A record one-hundred seventy-five official at-bats were recorded, with a Major League record of forty-five runners left stranded. Despite the historical moment, only a thousand fans were on hand when it finally ended at 3:13 a.m.

Twenty-seven years after Jackie Robinson first entered the majors, Frank Robinson became Major League Baseball's first black manager. The thirty-nine year old player / manager signed a $175,000 contract with the Cleveland Indians making him the team's twenty-eighth skipper. Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn announced that it should have taken place much sooner and Robinson stated that his only wish was that Jackie could have been there to share in the moment.
1974 American League East
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 91-71 -
New York Yankees 89-73 2.0
Boston Red Sox 84-78 7.0
Cleveland Indians 77-85 14.0
Milwaukee Brewers 76-86 15.0
Detroit Tigers 72-90 19.0
1974 American League West
Team Record GB
Oakland Athletics 90-72 -
Texas Rangers 84-76 5.0
Minnesota Twins 82-80 8.0
Chicago White Sox 80-80 9.0
Kansas City Royals 77-85 13.0
California Angels 68-94 22.0
1974 National League East
Team Record GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 88-74 -
St. Louis Cardinals 86-75 1.5
Philadelphia Phillies 80-82 8.0
Montreal Expos 79-82 8.5
New York Mets 71-91 17.0
Chicago Cubs 66-96 22.0
1974 National League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 102-60 -
Cincinnati Reds 98-64 4.0
Atlanta Braves 88-74 14.0
Houston Astros 81-81 21.0
San Francisco Giants 72-90 30.0
San Diego Padres 60-102 42.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 0.562 659 4.07 612 3.78 116 101 0.256 0.319 0.370 3.27 480 701 0.980 174
Oakland Athletics 90 72 0.556 689 4.25 551 3.40 132 90 0.247 0.319 0.373 2.95 430 755 0.977 154
New York Yankees 89 73 0.549 671 4.14 623 3.85 101 104 0.263 0.326 0.368 3.31 528 829 0.977 158
Texas Rangers 84 76 0.525 690 4.31 698 4.36 99 126 0.272 0.334 0.377 3.82 449 871 0.974 164
Boston Red Sox 84 78 0.519 696 4.30 661 4.08 109 126 0.264 0.333 0.377 3.72 463 751 0.977 156
Minnesota Twins 82 80 0.506 673 4.15 669 4.13 111 115 0.272 0.333 0.378 3.64 513 934 0.976 164
Chicago White Sox 80 80 0.500 684 4.28 721 4.51 135 103 0.268 0.330 0.389 3.94 548 826 0.977 188
Cleveland Indians 77 85 0.475 662 4.09 694 4.28 131 138 0.255 0.309 0.370 3.80 479 650 0.977 157
Kansas City Royals 77 85 0.475 667 4.12 662 4.09 89 91 0.259 0.326 0.364 3.51 482 731 0.976 166
Milwaukee Brewers 76 86 0.469 647 3.99 660 4.07 120 126 0.244 0.307 0.369 3.76 493 621 0.980 168
Detroit Tigers 72 90 0.444 620 3.83 768 4.74 131 148 0.247 0.302 0.366 4.16 621 869 0.975 155
California Angels 68 94 0.420 618 3.81 657 4.06 95 101 0.254 0.318 0.356 3.52 649 986 0.976 150
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Los Angeles Dodgers 102 60 0.630 798 4.93 561 3.46 139 112 0.272 0.343 0.401 2.97 464 943 0.975 122
Cincinnati Reds 98 64 0.605 776 4.79 631 3.90 135 126 0.260 0.342 0.394 3.41 536 875 0.979 151
Atlanta Braves 88 74 0.543 661 4.08 563 3.48 120 97 0.249 0.319 0.363 3.05 488 772 0.979 161
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543 751 4.64 657 4.06 114 93 0.274 0.334 0.391 3.49 543 721 0.975 154
St. Louis Cardinals 86 75 0.534 677 4.20 643 3.99 83 97 0.265 0.329 0.365 3.48 616 794 0.977 192
Houston Astros 81 81 0.500 653 4.03 632 3.90 110 84 0.263 0.321 0.378 3.46 601 738 0.983 161
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 0.494 676 4.17 701 4.33 95 111 0.261 0.319 0.373 3.91 682 892 0.976 168
Montreal Expos 79 82 0.491 662 4.11 657 4.08 86 99 0.254 0.335 0.350 3.60 544 822 0.976 157
San Francisco Giants 72 90 0.444 634 3.91 723 4.46 93 116 0.252 0.320 0.358 3.78 559 756 0.972 153
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 572 3.53 646 3.99 96 99 0.235 0.310 0.329 3.42 504 908 0.975 150
Chicago Cubs 66 96 0.407 669 4.13 826 5.10 110 122 0.251 0.326 0.365 4.28 576 895 0.969 141
San Diego Padres 60 102 0.370 541 3.34 830 5.12 99 124 0.229 0.302 0.330 4.58 715 855 0.973 126