1975 Baseball Season

1975 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1975 baseball season had plenty of spectacular plays, but it may be remembered as the season that Catfish Hunter ushered in the era of free agency -- and big money -- for players, with his signing of a then-astronomical $3.75-million deal with the Yankees. Below, you can read more highlights of the 1975 season:

  • Red Sox end Oakland's reign as American League champs.
  • Reds win National League flag.
  • Boston sweeps Oakland in American League Championship Series, outscoring the A's 18-7.
  • Reds sweep Pirates in National League Championship Series, saddling Pittsburgh with four League Championship Series losses in six years.
  • Reds pull out 1975 World Series in seven games after trailing 3-0 in sixth inning of finale.
  • Pete Rose leads all Series players with ten hits and scores Series' winning run on bloop single by Joe Morgan.
  • Carlton Fisk's dramatic 12th-inning homer wins game six of 1975 World Series for Boston.
  • Luis Tiant wins two CGs for Boston; Rawly Eastwick wins two for Reds.
  • Boston's Fred Lynn becomes only player in Major League history to be named Rookie of the Year and MVP in same season.
  • Lynn drives in 105 runs, while rookie teammate Jim Rice knocks in 102.
  • Morgan wins National League MVP.
  • Jim Palmer wins his second American League Cy Young, as he leads loop in ERA (2.09) and ties for lead in wins (23).
  • Chicago's Bill Madlock takes National League bat crown (.354).
  • In historic decision, arbitrator Peter Seitz grants pitchers Dave McNally and Andy Messersmith free agency.
  • Frank Robinson named manager of Cleveland -- first black manager in Major League history.
  • Nolan Ryan throws his fourth no-hitter on June 1 vs. Baltimore.
  • Catfish Hunter becomes last major league pitcher to toss 30 CGs.
  • National League wins 1975 All-Star Game 6-3 at Milwaukee.
  • San Francisco's John Montefusco wins 1975 National League Rookie of the Year in close vote over Montreal's Gary Carter.
  • Davey Lopes of LA sets new major league record when he steals 38 consecutive bases without being caught.
  • Pirates beat Cubs 22-0 on September 16.
  • In September 16 game, Rennie Stennett of Pirates becomes first player of the 20th century to go 7-for-7 in a nine-inning game.
  • Ed Halicki of SF no-hits Mets on August 24.
  • Four A's pitchers combine to no-hit California on Sept. 28.
  • Bob Watson of Astros scores the millionth run in major league history.
  • Harmon Killebrew retires with 8,147 at-bats, no sacrifice bunts, and no bunt hits.
  • Dave Cash of Phils sets new major league record when he has 699 at-bats.
  • Rose leads National League in runs (112) and doubles (47).
  • Mike Schmidt leads majors with 38 homers.
  • Brewer George Scott leads the American League in RBI (109) and total bases (318), and ties Reggie Jackson for lead in home runs (36).
  • Lynn tops American League in runs (103), runs produced (187), and SA (.566).
  • Lynn's 47 doubles lead American League and set loop rookie record.
  • Billy Martin is fired as Texas manager, hired by Yankees to replace Bill Virdon.
  • Reds set an National League record for 162-game season with 108 wins.
  • Brooks Robinson tops American League third basemen in FA a record 11th time.

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