Check out more headlines of the 1974 baseball season, including outstanding performances by Joe Rudi, Lou Brock, and others:
Lou Brock Pilfers 105 Bases
On September 10, 1974, Lou Brock broke the single-season stolen base mark set by Maury Wills in 1962. During the game, Brock reached base on singles in the first and seventh innings, on both occasions stealing on an 0-1 pitch to Ron Hunt to rack up swipes No. 104 and 105. Bob Boone was the catcher on both thefts.
Al Oliver Posts .321 Average
The license plate on outfielder Al Oliver's car read "AL HITS." During his first six seasons with the Pirates (through 1974), Oliver had a .294 lifetime average and played in four National League Championship Series. His slashing line drive hitting was the perfect complement to Willie Stargell's power strokes. In 1974, Oliver batted .321 with 11 homers and 85 RBI.
Reggie Jackson: HR Off the Bat
Reggie Jackson smacked a home run in his first at-bat in the 1974 World Series. Jackson was called "Mr. October" in honor of his myriad heroics in postseason play. Highlights of his postseason career include a .417 average in the 1975 ALCS; a .450 average, five homers, and eight RBI in the 1977 World Series; and a .462 average and six RBI in the 1978 ALCS.
Steve Garvey Heats Up in 1974 World Series Debut
Steve Garvey was introduced to the Dodgers by his father, who drove the team bus. Some 15 years later, Garvey won the 1974 National League MVP Award and led his team to the World Series. In his first Series, Garvey led the club in batting with a .381 average and eight hits. He would go on to play in five World Series and bat a combined .319 -- though with only one homer.
Dodger Davey Lopes Swift at Second
As a second baseman, Davey Lopes was a member of a Dodger infield that remained intact longer than any infield in major league history. As one of the best base-stealers in the game, he matched a major league record by swiping five bases in one game in 1974.
A's Edge Out LA
Attempting to score on a fly ball by Reggie Jackson to Joe Ferguson, Sal Bando got nailed in an eighth-inning rundown in game one of the 1974 World Series. Bando finished the five-game tournament with a dismal .063 average, three runs scored, and two RBI. His teammates continued their solid showing to take the opening game 3-2.
Hank Aaron Racks Up No. 715
A national television audience viewed a rare weeknight broadcast -- and part of history -- on April 8, 1974. In a game between the Braves and the Dodgers, Hammerin' Hank Aaron smacked an Al Downing fastball into the hands of Braves reliever Tom House, who was sitting in Fulton County Stadium's left-field bullpen. It was Aaron's record-shattering 715th home run.
Joe Rudi Slams the Clincher for 1974 World Series
Following a six-minute delay in which officials removed debris thrown on the field by Oakland fans, Joe Rudi of the A's stepped in to face Dodger ace Mike Marshall in game five of the 1974 World Series. Rudi crushed Marshall's first pitch into the stands for the third and winning run of the deciding game. Marshall was the winner of the 1974 National League Cy Young Award.
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