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1974 Texas Rangers season

The 1974 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing second in the American League West with a record of 84 wins and 76 losses (two rained-out games were never completed). It would be only the second time in franchise history (to that point) that the club finished over .500 and the first since the club relocated to Arlington, Texas. The club became the first (and, to date, only) team to finish over .500 after two consecutive 100-loss seasons.

Offseason

Regular season

During the season, Ferguson Jenkins won 25 games for the Rangers, which was Jenkins' personal best for a season and remains the Rangers franchise record for wins by a pitcher in one season. He would also be the third pitcher in the history of the American League to win 25 games in the 20th century and not win the Cy Young Award.[2]

Ten Cent Beer Night

Main article: Ten Cent Beer Night

On June 4, in one of the most remarkably ill-conceived promotions in Major League Baseball history, fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium for a Cleveland Indians vs. Texas Rangers game were served as many beers as they wanted for just 10¢ each. After numerous instances of drunken fans throwing debris or running onto the field — "streaking" in many instances — the situation boiled over in the 9th inning when a fan ran onto the field and snatched Rangers outfielder Jeff Burroughs' cap and glove. Burroughs' teammates charged out to his aid, followed by hundreds of rioting Cleveland fans who poured out onto the field.

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


Notable transactions

Roster

1974 Texas Rangers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

= Indicates team leader

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 Sundberg, JimJim Sundberg 132 368 91 .247 3 36
1B Hargrove, MikeMike Hargrove 131 415 134 .323 4 66
2B Nelson, DaveDave Nelson 121 474 112 .236 3 42
3B Randle, LennyLenny Randle 151 520 157 .302 1 49
SS Harrah, TobyToby Harrah 161 573 149 .260 21 74
LF Johnson, AlexAlex Johnson 114 453 132 .291 4 41
CF Lovitto, JoeJoe Lovitto 113 283 63 .223 2 26
RF Burroughs, JeffJeff Burroughs 152 554 167 .301 25 118
DH Spencer, JimJim Spencer 118 352 98 .278 7 74

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
Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 138 562 164 .292 4 58
Grieve, TomTom Grieve 84 259 66 .255 9 32
Fregosi, JimJim Fregosi 78 230 60 .261 12 34
Cárdenas, LeoLeo Cárdenas 34 92 25 .272 0 7
Brown, LarryLarry Brown 54 76 15 .197 0 5
Howell, RoyRoy Howell 13 44 11 .250 1 3
Billings, DickDick Billings 16 31 7 .226 0 0
Cubbage, MikeMike Cubbage 9 15 0 .000 0 0
Jones, BobbyBobby Jones 2 5 0 .000 0 0
Moates, DaveDave Moates 1 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
Bibby, JimJim Bibby 41 264 19 19 4.74 149
Jenkins, FergusonFerguson Jenkins 41 328.1 25 12 2.82 225
Brown, JackieJackie Brown 35 216.2 13 12 3.57 134
Clyde, DavidDavid Clyde 28 117 3 9 4.38 52

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
Broberg, PetePete Broberg 12 29 0 4 8.07 15

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
Foucault, SteveSteve Foucault 69 8 9 12 2.24 106
Merritt, JimJim Merritt 26 0 0 0 4.13 18
Allen, LloydLloyd Allen 14 0 1 0 6.55 18
Thomas, StanStan Thomas 12 0 0 0 6.59 8
Dunning, SteveSteve Dunning 1 0 0 0 19.29 1

Awards and honors

All-Stars

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Del Wilber
AA Pittsfield Rangers Eastern League Joe Klein
A Gastonia Rangers Western Carolinas League Rich Donnelly
Rookie GCL Rangers Gulf Coast League Bill Haywood

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Spokane, Gastonia

Notes

References

  • 1974 Texas Rangers team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1974 Texas Rangers team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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