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1974 Baseball Season


More 1974 Baseball Season Highlights

Other records were set in 1974, including Lou Brock's 118 stolen bases and Al Kaline's 3,000th hit. Find more highlights of the 1974 baseball season below:

  • Al Kaline gets his 3,000th hit, then retires after the season.
  • Kaline nearly becomes the first American Leaguer to reach 3,000 hits and 400 homers, finishing with 399 home runs.
  • Cards beat Mets 4-3 on September 11 in 25-inning night game.
  • Braves' Buzz Capra tops major league in ERA (2.28).
  • Lou Brock shatters major league record, stealing 118 bases.
  • Danny Murtaugh hired to manage Pirates a National League-record fourth different time.
  • Catfish Hunter becomes free agent because of a faux pas by owner Finley, signs with Yankees for 1975 season.
  • Cleveland swaps Pedro Guerrero to LA for Bruce Ellingsen.
  • Giants trade Bobby Bonds to Yankees for Bobby Murcer.
  • Cleveland trades Chris Chambliss and two other players to Yankees for Fritz Peterson and three other players.
  • After the season, Atlanta deals Hank Aaron to Milwaukee for Dave May and a minor leaguer.
  • Nolan Ryan wins American League record 22 games for a last-place team.
  • Gaylord Perry ties Cleveland record by winning 15 games in a row.
  • The baseball is now made out of cowhide instead of horsehide.
  • Baltimore's Bobby Grich sets major league record for second basemen with 484 putouts for the year.
  • Ron Hunt leads National League a record seventh consecutive year in being hit by pitches.
  • On September 7, Nolan Ryan becomes first to throw a pitch clocked at over 100 mph.
  • Brooks Robinson tops American League in assists at third base a record eighth time.
  • Money's record streak of 261 consecutive errorless chances at third base ends.
  • Marshall is only pitcher in history to work over 200 relief innings in a season (208).
  • Mets' Ed Kranepool sets major league record with his .486 BA as a pinch hitter.
  • Ryan tops major league in innings with 333 and Ks with 367.
  • Phil Niekro and LA's Andy Messersmith lead the National League in wins with 20.
  • Niekro leads National League in innings (302) and CGs (18).
  • Jenkins tops major league with 29 CGs, one more than Perry.
  • Hunter leads American League in ERA (2.49).
  • New York's Jon Matlack leads National League with seven shutouts; Boston's Luis Tiant likewise tops American League with seven shutouts.
  • White Sox Terry Forster leads major league with 24 saves; Marshall tops National League with only 21 despite being in 106 games.
  • Oakland's Bill North leads American League in steals (54).
  • Atlanta's Darrell Evans tops major league with 126 walks; Oakland's Gene Tenace leads American League in walks with 110.
  • Carew leads major league in hits (218) and OBP (.435).
  • Rudi tops American League in total bases (287) and doubles (39).
  • Carl Yastrzemski leads American League in runs with just 93; it's the last time Yaz will lead the American League in a major department.
  • California's Mickey Rivers leads American League in triples with 11.
  • Texas, in its first full year under Billy Martin, finishes second with 84 wins, a 27-game hike over its 1973 performance.
  • New York loses American League East race to Orioles by just 2 games -- the closest the Yankees have come to first place since 1964.

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