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1974 Oakland Athletics season

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]

1974 Oakland Athletics
1974 AL West Champions
1974 AL Champions
1974 World Series Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record90–72 (.556)
Other information
Owner(s)Charles O. Finley
Manager(s)Alvin Dark
Local televisionKTVU
Local radioKEEN
(Monte Moore, Jon Miller)
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In early 1974, owner Charlie Finley tried to sell the team with an asking price of $15 million.[2][3]

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

The pinch runnerEdit

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 standingsEdit

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 90 72 0.556 49–32 41–40
Texas Rangers 84 76 0.525 5 42–38 42–38
Minnesota Twins 82 80 0.506 8 48–33 34–47
Chicago White Sox 80 80 0.500 9 46–34 34–46
Kansas City Royals 77 85 0.475 13 40–41 37–44
California Angels 68 94 0.420 22 36–45 32–49

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1974 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK TEX
Baltimore 10–8 7–5 5–7 12–6 14–4 8–4 8–10 6–6 11–7 6–6 4–8
Boston 8–10 4–8 8–4 9–9 11–7 4–8 10–8 6–6 11–7 8–4 5–7
California 5–7 8–4 10–8–1 3–9 5–7 8–10 3–9 8–10 3–9 6–12 9–9
Chicago 7–5 4–8 8–10–1 8–4 7–5 11–7 8–4 7–11–1 4–8 7–11 9–7–1
Cleveland 6–12 9–9 9–3 4–8 9–9 8–4 10–8 6–6 7–11 5–7 4–8
Detroit 4–14 7–11 7–5 5–7 9–9 7–5 9–9 3–9 11–7 5–7 5–7
Kansas City 4–8 8–4 10–8 7–11 4–8 5–7 11–1 8–10 4–8 8–10 8–10
Milwaukee 10–8 8–10 9–3 4–8 8–10 9–9 1–11 6–6 9–9 5–7 7–5
Minnesota 6–6 6–6 10–8 11–7–1 6–6 9–3 10–8 6–6 4–8 5–13 9–9
New York 7–11 7–11 9–3 8–4 11–7 7–11 8–4 9–9 8–4 7–5 8–4
Oakland 6–6 4–8 12–6 11–7 7–5 7–5 10–8 7–5 13–5 5–7 8–10
Texas 8–4 7–5 9–9 7–9–1 8–4 7–5 10–8 5–7 9–9 4–8 10–8


Opening Day startersEdit

Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1974 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated runner

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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 Ray Fosse 64 204 40 .196 4 23
1B Gene Tenace 158 484 102 .211 26 73
2B Dick Green 100 287 61 .213 2 22
3B Sal Bando 146 498 121 .243 22 103
SS Bert Campaneris 134 527 153 .290 2 41
LF Joe Rudi 158 593 174 .293 22 99
CF Billy North 149 543 141 .260 4 33
RF Reggie Jackson 148 506 146 .289 29 93
DH Ángel Mangual 115 365 85 .233 9 43

Other battersEdit

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
Ángel Mangual 115 365 85 .233 9 43
Ted Kubiak 99 220 46 .209 0 18
Claudell Washington 73 221 63 .285 0 19
Deron Johnson 50 174 34 .195 7 23
Larry Haney 76 121 20 .165 2 3
Pat Bourque 73 96 22 .229 1 16
Dal Maxvill 60 52 10 .192 0 2
Jim Holt 30 42 6 .143 0 0
Gaylen Pitts 18 41 10 .244 0 3
Manny Trillo 21 33 5 .152 0 2
Phil Garner 30 28 5 .179 0 1
John Donaldson 10 15 2 .133 0 0
Tim Hosley 11 7 2 .286 0 1
Rich McKinney 5 7 1 .143 0 0
Herb Washington 92 0 0 ---- 0 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Catfish Hunter 41 318.1 25 12 2.49 143
Vida Blue 40 282.1 17 15 3.25 174
Ken Holtzman 39 255.1 19 17 3.07 117
Glenn Abbott 19 96 5 7 3.00 38

Other pitchersEdit

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Hamilton 29 117 7 4 3.69 69
Blue Moon Odom 34 87.1 1 5 3.81 52

Relief pitchersEdit

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rollie Fingers 76 9 5 18 2.65 95
Paul Lindblad 45 4 4 6 2.06 46
Darold Knowles 45 3 3 3 4.22 18
Leon Hooten 6 0 0 0 3.24 1
Bill Parsons 4 0 0 0 0.00 2

PostseasonEdit

ALCSEdit

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 SeriesEdit

SummaryEdit

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 honorsEdit

All-StarsEdit

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm systemEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Not close to sale: A's Finley". Chicago Tribune. wire services. January 22, 1974. p. 4, sec. 3.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Horacio Piña page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Rico Carty page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ "A's Jackson gets his wish - $135,000 salary". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. February 23, 1974. p. 15.
  7. ^ "Reggie wins arbitration". Chicago Tribune. UPI. February 23, 1974. p. 5, sec. 2.
  8. ^ a b "No 'A' for A's: Finley flunks as pep talker". Chicago Tribune. June 8, 1974. p. 2, sec. 2.
  9. ^ 1974 Oakland Athletics Roster by Baseball Almanac
  10. ^ Dal Maxvill page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Rick Lysander page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Pat Bourque page at Baseball Reference

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