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1974 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1974 Philadelphia Phillies season

1974 Philadelphia Phillies
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Robert "Ruly" Carpenter III
General manager(s) Paul Owens
Manager(s) Danny Ozark
Local television WPHL-TV
Local radio WCAU
(By Saam, Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn)
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The 1974 Philadelphia Phillies season was the 92nd season in franchise history. The Phillies finished in third place in the National League East with a record of 80 wins and 82 losses. They would not finish below .500 again until going 75-87 in 1985.


Regular season

Third baseman Mike Schmidt had a breakout season in 1974, leading the National League in home runs and demonstrating his prowess in the field. On June 10, Schmidt hit what many felt should have been a home run when the ball hit the public address speaker that hung 117 feet above and 329 feet away from home plate at the Astrodome in Houston. The ball hit the speaker, fell to the field, and, by the Astrodome's ground rules, remained in play. Since Schmidt had already started his slow home run trot, he was held to a single. (There were runners on first and second when the ball was hit, and they each advanced only one base.) Many experts agree the ball would have traveled in excess of 500 feet.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 .543 --
St. Louis Cardinals 86 75 .534 1.5
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 .494 8
Montreal Expos 79 82 .491 8.5
New York Mets 71 91 .438 17
Chicago Cubs 66 96 .407 22

Notable transactions


Player stats


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
3B Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 162 568 160 .282 36 116

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
Taylor, TonyTony Taylor 62 64 21 .328 2 13
Cox, LarryLarry Cox 30 53 9 .170 0 4
Grabarkewitz, BillyBilly Grabarkewitz 34 30 4 .133 1 2


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
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 39 291 16 13 3.22 240

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

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
Christenson, LarryLarry Christenson 10 1 1 2 4.30 18

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Jim Bunning
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Bob Wellman
A Rocky Mount Phillies Carolina League Cal Emery
A Spartanburg Phillies Western Carolinas League Howie Bedell
Short-Season A Auburn Phillies New York-Penn League Larry Rojas
Rookie Pulaski Phillies Appalachian League Bob Wren


  1. ^ Denny Doyle page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Tony Taylor page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Derek Botelho page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Ken Phelps page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jeff Schneider page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ John Poff page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007


  • 1974 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference
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