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1974 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1974 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing first in the American League East with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses. The Orioles went on to lose to the Oakland Athletics in the 1974 American League Championship Series, 3 games to 1.

Offseason

Regular season

Much of the success of the team can be attributed to its infield. second baseman Bobby Grich, shortstop Mark Belanger and third baseman Brooks Robinson each led the American League for their positions in assists.

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 -- .562
New York Yankees 89 73 2 .549
Boston Red Sox 84 78 7 .519
Cleveland Indians 77 85 14 .475
Milwaukee Brewers 76 86 15 .469
Detroit Tigers 72 90 19 .444

Notable transactions

Roster

1974 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Williams, EarlEarl Williams 118 413 105 .254 14 52
1B Powell, BoogBoog Powell 110 344 91 .265 12 45
2B Grich, BobbyBobby Grich 160 582 153 .263 19 82
3B Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinson 153 553 159 .288 7 59
SS Belanger, MarkMark Belanger 155 493 11 .225 5 36
LF Baylor, DonDon Baylor 137 489 133 .272 10 59
CF Blair, PaulPaul Blair 151 552 144 .261 17 62
RF Coggins, RichRich Coggins 113 411 100 .243 4 32
DH Davis, TommyTommy Davis 128 626 181 .289 11 84

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bumbry, AlAl Bumbry 94 270 63 .233 1 19
Fuller, JimJim Fuller 64 189 42 .222 7 28
Etchebarren, AndyAndy Etchebarren 62 180 40 .222 2 15
Cabell, EnosEnos Cabell 80 174 42 .241 3 17
Hendricks, ElrodElrod Hendricks 66 159 33 .208 3 8
Baker, FrankFrank Baker 24 29 5 .172 0 0
Reinbach, MikeMike Reinbach 12 20 5 .250 0 2
Oliver, BobBob Oliver 9 20 3 .150 0 4
Nordbrook, TimTim Nordbrook 6 15 4 .267 0 1
Motton, CurtCurt Motton 7 8 0 .000 0 0
Northrup, JimJim Northrup 8 7 4 .571 1 3
DeCinces, DougDoug DeCinces 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Grimsley, RossRoss Grimsley 40 295.2 18 13 3.07 158
McNally, DaveDave McNally 39 259 16 10 3.58 111
Cuellar, MikeMike Cuellar 38 269.1 22 10 3.11 106
Palmer, JimJim Palmer 26 178.2 7 12 3.27 84

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Alexander, DoyleDoyle Alexander 30 114.1 6 9 4.01 40
Garland, WayneWayne Garland 20 91 5 5 2.97 40

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Reynolds, BobBob Reynolds 54 7 5 7 2.73 43
Jackson, GrantGrant Jackson 49 6 4 12 2.57 56
Hood, DonDon Hood 20 1 1 1 3.45 26
Jefferson, JesseJesse Jefferson 20 1 0 0 4.40 31
Johnson, DaveDave Johnson 11 2 2 2 2.93 6

Postseason

ALCS

The Athletics defeated the Orioles, 3-1

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Baltimore - 6, Oakland - 3 October 5 Oakland Coliseum 41,609
2 Baltimore - 0, Oakland - 5 October 6 Oakland Coliseum 42,810
3 Oakland - 1, Baltimore - 0 October 8 Memorial Stadium 32,060
4 Oakland - 2, Baltimore - 1 October 9 Memorial Stadium 28,136

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Joe Altobelli
AA Asheville Orioles Southern League Cal Ripken, Sr.
A Lodi Orioles California League Jimmie Schaffer
A Miami Orioles Florida State League George Farson
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Bobby Malkmus

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester

Notes

References

  • 1974 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1974 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Baltimore Orioles
1973
AL East Championship Season
1974
Succeeded by
Boston Red Sox
1975
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