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1974 Oakland Athletics season

1974 Oakland Athletics
1974 AL West Champions
1974 AL Champions
1974 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Charles O. Finley
Manager(s) Alvin Dark
Local television KTVU
Local radio KEEN
(Monte Moore, Jon Miller)
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The 1974 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning their fourth consecutive American League West title with a record of 90 wins and 72 losses. In the playoffs, the A's defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS for their third straight AL pennant, and in the World Series, the first ever played entirely on the West Coast, defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games to take their third consecutive World Series championship. Paid attendance for the season was 845,693. [1] In 1974, owner Charlie Finley tried to sell the team with an asking price of $15 million.[2]

Offseason

Regular season

  • June 5, 1974: Outfielders Billy North and Reggie Jackson engaged in a clubhouse fight at Detroit’s Tiger Stadium. Jackson injured his shoulder, and catcher Ray Fosse, attempting to separate the combatants, suffered a crushed disk in his neck, costing him three months on the disabled list.

The pinch runner

In 1974, "Hurricane" Herb Washington was tapped by Oakland owner Charlie Finley to become the A's "designated runner." Despite having no professional baseball experience, and having last played baseball in high school, Washington was signed to a major league contract prior to the season. His major league debut was on April 4, 1974 against the Texas Rangers. Appearing as a pinch runner for Joe Rudi in game two of the 1974 World Series, Washington was picked off first base in a crucial ninth-inning situation by Dodgers' reliever Mike Marshall.

Season standings

AL West W L GB Pct.
Oakland Athletics 90 72 -- .556
Texas Rangers 84 76 5 .525
Minnesota Twins 82 80 8 .506
Chicago White Sox 80 80 9 .500
Kansas City Royals 77 85 13 .475
California Angels 68 94 22 .420


Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

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 Fosse, RayRay Fosse 64 204 40 .196 4 23
1B Tenace, GeneGene Tenace 158 484 102 .211 26 73
2B Green, DickDick Green 100 287 61 .213 2 22
3B Bando, SalSal Bando 146 498 121 .243 22 103
SS Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris 134 527 153 .290 2 41
LF Rudi, JoeJoe Rudi 158 593 174 .293 22 99
CF North, BillyBilly North 149 543 141 .260 4 33
RF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 148 506 146 .289 29 93
DH Mangual, AngelAngel Mangual 115 365 85 .233 9 43

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
Mangual, ÁngelÁngel Mangual 115 365 85 .233 9 43
Holt, JimJim Holt 30 42 6 .143 0 0
Donaldson, JohnJohn Donaldson 10 15 2 .133 0 0
Hosley, TimTim Hosley 11 7 2 .286 0 1
McKinney, RichRich McKinney 5 7 1 .143 0 0
Washington, HerbHerb Washington 92 0 0 ---- 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
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 41 318.1 25 12 2.49 143
Blue, VidaVida Blue 40 282.1 17 15 3.25 174
Holtzman, KenKen Holtzman 39 255.1 19 17 3.07 117
Abbott, GlennGlenn Abbott 19 96 5 7 3.00 38

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
Hamilton, DaveDave Hamilton 29 117 7 4 3.69 69
Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom 34 87.1 1 5 3.81 52

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
Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 76 9 5 18 2.65 95

Postseason

ALCS

The Athletics defeated the Baltimore Orioles, 3 games to 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

1974 World Series

Summary

AL Oakland Athletics (4) vs. NL Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Athletics – 3, Dodgers – 2 October 12 Dodger Stadium 55,974 2:43
2 Athletics – 2, Dodgers – 3 October 13 Dodger Stadium 55,989 2:40
3 Dodgers – 2, Athletics – 3 October 15 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 49,347 2:35
4 Dodgers – 2, Athletics – 5 October 16 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 49,347 2:17
5 Dodgers – 2, Athletics – 3 October 17 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 49,347 2:23

Awards and honors

All-Stars

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Sherm Lollar
AA Birmingham A's Southern League Harry Bright
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Rene Lachemann
Short-Season A Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Bobby Hofman and Buddy Peterson

References

  1. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball's Super Showman, p.222, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  2. ^ Charlie Finley: The Outrageous Story of Baseball’s Super Showman, p.202, G. Michael Green and Roger D. Launius. Walker Publishing Company, New York, 2010, ISBN 978-0-8027-1745-0
  3. ^ Horacio Piña page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rico Carty page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ 1974 Oakland Athletics Roster by Baseball Almanac
  6. ^ Dal Maxvill page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Rick Lysander page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Pat Bourque page at Baseball Reference

External links

  • 1974 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1974 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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