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1974 Boston Red Sox season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1974 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record84–78 (.519)
Divisional place3rd (7 GB)
Other information
Owner(s)Tom Yawkey
General manager(s)Dick O'Connell
Manager(s)Darrell Johnson
Local televisionWBZ-TV, Ch. 4
(Ken Coleman, Johnny Pesky)
Local radioWHDH-AM 850
(Ned Martin, Jim Woods)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1974 Boston Red Sox season was the 74th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 84 wins and 78 losses, seven games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

Offseason

Regular season

Record by month[5]
Month Record Cumulative AL East Ref.
Won Lost Won Lost Position GB
April 10 12 10 12 6th 2+12 [6]
May 15 10 25 22 2nd 12 [7]
June 16 10 41 32 1st +2+12 [8]
July 14 15 55 47 1st +2+12 [9]
August 17 12 72 59 1st +3 [10]
September 11 18 83 77 3rd 6 [11]
October 1 1 84 78 3rd 7 [12]

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 Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 0.562 46–35 45–36
New York Yankees 89 73 0.549 2 47–34 42–39
Boston Red Sox 84 78 0.519 7 46–35 38–43
Cleveland Indians 77 85 0.475 14 40–41 37–44
Milwaukee Brewers 76 86 0.469 15 40–41 36–45
Detroit Tigers 72 90 0.444 19 36–45 36–45

Record vs. opponents

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 lineup

  4 Tommy Harper DH
20 Juan Beníquez CF
17 Cecil Cooper 1B
  8 Carl Yastrzemski     LF
  6 Rico Petrocelli 3B
  1 Bernie Carbo RF
10 Bob Montgomery C
  2 Doug Griffin 2B
18 Mario Guerrero SS
23 Luis Tiant P

Source:[13]

Roster

1974 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Statistical leaders

Category Player Statistic
Youngest player Tim Blackwell
Jim Rice
21
Oldest player Bob Veale 38
Wins Above Replacement Luis Tiant 7.7

Source:[14]

Batting

Abbr. Category Player Statistic
G Games played Carl Yastrzemski 148
PA Plate appearances Carl Yastrzemski 633
AB At bats Carl Yastrzemski 515
R Runs scored Carl Yastrzemski 93
H Hits Carl Yastrzemski 155
2B Doubles Carl Yastrzemski 25
3B Triples Dwight Evans 8
HR Home runs Rico Petrocelli 15
Carl Yastrzemski
RBI Runs batted in Carl Yastrzemski 79
SB Stolen bases Tommy Harper 28
CS Caught stealing Tommy Harper 12
BB Base on balls Carl Yastrzemski 104
SO Strikeouts Bernie Carbo 90
BA Batting average Carl Yastrzemski .301
OBP On-base percentage Carl Yastrzemski .414
SLG Slugging percentage Carl Yastrzemski .445
OPS On-base plus slugging Carl Yastrzemski .859
OPS+ Adjusted OPS Carl Yastrzemski 140
TB Total bases Carl Yastrzemski 229
GIDP Grounded into double play Rick Burleson 13
HBP Hit by pitch Bernie Carbo 4
SH Sacrifice hits Tommy Harper 10
SF Sacrifice flies Carl Yastrzemski 11
IBB Intentional base on balls Carl Yastrzemski 16

Source:[14]

Pitching

Abbr. Category Player Statistic
W Wins Luis Tiant 22
L Losses Bill Lee 15
W-L % Winning percentage Juan Marichal .833 (5–1)
ERA Earned run average Luis Tiant 2.92
G Games pitched Diego Seguí 58
GS Games started Luis Tiant 38
GF Games finished Diego Seguí 46
CG Complete games Luis Tiant 25
SHO Shutouts Luis Tiant 7
SV Saves Diego Seguí 10
IP Innings pitched Luis Tiant 311+13
SO Strikeouts Luis Tiant 176
WHIP Walks plus hits per inning pitched Luis Tiant 1.166

Source:[14]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Joe Morgan
AA Bristol Red Sox Eastern League Stan Williams
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Bill Slack
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Rac Slider
A-Short Season Elmira Red Sox New York–Penn League Dick Berardino

Source:[15][16]

References

  1. ^ Dick Drago page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Juan Marichal page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Diego Seguí page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Orlando Cepeda page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ "The 1974 Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved October 10, 2020.
  6. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1974/04301974.htm
  7. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1974/05311974.htm
  8. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1974/06301974.htm
  9. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1974/07311974.htm
  10. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1974/08311974.htm
  11. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1974/09301974.htm
  12. ^ https://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1974/10021974.htm
  13. ^ "Boston Red Sox 9, Milwaukee Brewers 8". Retrosheet. April 5, 1974. Retrieved October 11, 2020.
  14. ^ a b c "1974 Boston Red Sox Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved October 13, 2020.
  15. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
  16. ^ Boston Red Sox Official Yearbook. 1974. p. 25. Retrieved March 14, 2021 – via Wayback Machine.

External links

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