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1974 Boston Red Sox season

1974 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
    General manager(s) Dick O'Connell
    Manager(s) Darrell Johnson
    Local television WBZ-TV, Ch. 4
    (Ken Coleman, Johnny Pesky)
    Local radio WHDH-AM 850
    (Ned Martin, Jim Woods)
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    The 1974 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing third in the American League East with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season summary

    The injury bug struck Boston

    Two calamities befell the Red Sox in 1974, and they would work to make the year a disappointing one and let the team get the nickname of "chokers".[citation needed] First Carlton Fisk, who appeared to be ready for greatness, tore up his left knee while blocking the plate in a June 28 game against the Cleveland Indians at Cleveland. He had surgery and was out for the rest of the season. Catching, meant to be a Sox strongpoint, became a weak one instead. Then Rick Wise, who was expected to join with Luis Tiant and Bill Lee to give the Sox a solid 1-2-3 punch on the mound, missed much of the early part of the season with a shoulder injury, and when he was coming back from that he broke a finger when his wife accidentally closed a door on his hand.[citation needed] He ended up at 3-4 with Boston in 1974.

    Falling short again

    Despite the injuries, the team persevered, actually holding a seven-game lead as of August 23. After that, the Sox went into an incredible slump, losing 24 of the final 38 games and dropping all the way to third. As late as August 29, they were still up on the second place New York Yankees by 4 and the Baltimore Orioles by 8. Boston lost 8 in a row, including an infamous Labor Day doubleheader to the streaking Orioles, both games by the score of 1-0. Boston finished the season seven games behind the division-winning Orioles and five behind second-place New York.

    As a team they batted .203 over their last 33 games. Boston fans were livid, and some said that the Sox had been playing over their heads all along and that it had finally caught up with them, especially when they lacked Fisk and Wise. Boston licked its wounds, taking some consolation from Carl Yastrzemski's .301 average, with 15 homers and 79 RBIs. Dwight Evans had .281, 10 homers and 70 RBIs. There were 22 wins for Tiant and 17 for Bill Lee. Twice in three years, the Red Sox fans thought they had the pennant, and twice the team had failed them.

    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

    Opening Day lineup

      4 Tommy Harper LF
    16 Rick Miller CF
    17 Cecil Cooper DH
      8 Carl Yastrzemski     1B
    10 Bob Montgomery C
      1 Bernie Carbo RF
      2 Doug Griffin 2B
    38 Terry Hughes 3B
    18 Mario Guerrero SS
    23 Luis Tiant P

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1974 Boston Red Sox
    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

    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

    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
    Marichal, JuanJuan Marichal 11 57.1 5 1 4.87 21
    Barr, SteveSteve Barr 1 9 1 0 4.00 3

    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
    Drago, DickDick Drago 33 175.2 7 10 3.48 90

    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

    Farm system

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