1974 Baseball Season Highlights
Hank Aaron became the home-run king during the 1974 baseball season, setting a new major league record when he cracked his 715th homer. Below, you will find more highlights from the 1974 baseball season:
- Oakland wins its third consecutive American League flag.
- Dodgers triumph in the National League.
- A's need only four games to subdue Orioles in the American League Championship Series.
- LA likewise dispatches Pittsburgh in four games in the National League Championship Series.
- A's take third consecutive World Championship in five games.
- Joe Morgan tops National League in OBP (.430).
- LA reliever Mike Marshall appears in every 1974 World Series game, saving one and losing one.
- For the third World Series in a row, no pitcher turns in a CG.
- Four of the five 1974 World Series games are 3-2 affairs, and only Oakland's Joe Rudi (four RBI) knocks in more than two runs.
- A's players win the championship despite dislike for owner Charley Finley and, in some cases, for one another.
- Dodger Steve Garvey is National League MVP.
- Ranger Jeff Burroughs wins American League MVP after topping the American League in RBI (118) and runs produced (177).
- Both Hunter and Jenkins tie for major league lead in wins with 25.
- 1974 National League Cy Young winner Mike Marshall appears in major league record 106 games and is first reliever to cop the award.
- Hank Aaron hits major league record 715th career homer on April 8 off Al Downing of Dodgers.
- Phillie Mike Schmidt tops the majors with 36 homers.
- Rod Carew takes American League bat crown (.364).
- White Sox Dick Allen tops the American League in homers (32) and SA (.563).
- Pete Rose makes major league record 771 plate appearances.
- Ron LeFlore debuts with the Tigers the year after being released from prison.
- On June 4 in Cleveland, 10-cent beer night results in near riot and forfeit of game to Texas.
- Milwaukee's Don Money sets a new major league season FA record for third basemen (.989).
- The Orioles set an American League record when they win five straight games by shutouts.
- Johnny Bench leads National League with 129 RBI and 315 total bases.
- Rose tops major league with 110 runs and 45 doubles.
- Atlanta's Ralph Garr tops the National League with a .353 batting average, 214 hits, and 17 triples.
- National League wins 1974 All-Star Game 7-2 at Pittsburgh for 11th win in last 12 games.
- Mike Hargrove of the Rangers named 1974 American League Rookie of the Year.
- Bake McBride of the Cardinals selected 1974 National League Rookie of the Year.
- Hank Aaron defeats Japanese slugger Sadaharu Oh 10-9 in a specially arranged home run contest in Tokyo.
- Nolan Ryan fires a no-hitter vs. Twins on Sept. 28.
- Steve Busby of KC no-hits Milwaukee on June 19.
- Dick Bosnian of Cleveland no-hits Oakland on July 19.
- Pittsburgh's Richie Zisk has 21 RBI in a ten-game span.
- Ray Kroc buys the Padres.
- George Steinbrenner is suspended by commissioner Bowie Kuhn because of his part in the Watergate scandal.
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