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1974 Texas Rangers season

1974 Texas Rangers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Arlington, Texas (since 1972)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Bob Short, Bradford G. Corbett, Amon Carter, Jr., Ray Nasher
    Manager(s) Billy Martin
    Local television WBAP-TV
    (Dick Risenhoover, Jimmy Piersall, Burt Hawkins)
    Local radio WBAP
    (Dick Risenhoover, Bill Mercer)
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    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

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Spokane, Gastonia

    Notes

    1. Bill Madlock page at Baseball Reference
    2. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 236, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    3. Mike Kekich page at Baseball-Reference
    4. Tommy Boggs page at Baseball Reference
    5. Gary Gray page at Baseball Reference

    References