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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
  • Oakland, California (since 1968)
  • Results
    Record 90–72 (.556)
    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.[citation needed]

    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

    1974 Oakland Athletics
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Designated runner

    Manager

    Coaches

    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

    Main article: 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

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    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

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