1974 Major League Baseball season

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1974 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 4 – October 17, 1974
Top draft pickBill Almon
Picked bySan Diego Padres
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Jeff Burroughs (TEX)
NL: Steve Garvey (LA)
AL championsOakland Athletics
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upPittsburgh Pirates
World Series
ChampionsOakland Athletics
  Runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
Finals MVPRollie Fingers (OAK)
MLB seasons

The 1974 Major League Baseball season. The Oakland Athletics won their third consecutive World Series, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to one.

Two notable personal milestones were achieved during the 1974 season. The first came on April 8, when Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves blasted his 715th career home run, breaking the all-time career home run mark of 714 set by Babe Ruth. Aaron would finish his career with 755 home runs, a record that would stand until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007. The second milestone came on September 10, when the St. Louis Cardinals' Lou Brock stole his 105th base off pitcher Dick Ruthven and catcher Bob Boone of the Philadelphia Phillies. This broke the single-season stolen base record of 104, set by Maury Wills in 1962. Brock stole 118 bases, a record that would stand until 1982, when Rickey Henderson stole 130.

Regular season standings[edit]


  League Championship Series World Series
East Baltimore 1  
West Oakland 3  
    AL Oakland 4
  NL Los Angeles 1
East Pittsburgh 1
West Los Angeles 3  

Awards and honors[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Statistic American League National League
AVG Rod Carew MIN .364 Ralph Garr ATL .353
HR Dick Allen CHW 32 Mike Schmidt PHI 36
RBI Jeff Burroughs TEX 118 Johnny Bench CIN 129
Wins Catfish Hunter OAK
Ferguson Jenkins TEX
25 Phil Niekro ATL
Andy Messersmith LA
ERA Catfish Hunter OAK 2.49 Buzz Capra ATL 2.28
SO Nolan Ryan CAL 367 Steve Carlton PHI 240
SV Terry Forster CHW 24 Mike Marshall LA 21
SB Billy North OAK 54 Lou Brock STL 118


On August 30, Texas Rangers player Dave Nelson steals three bases – 2nd, 3rd and home in the first inning against the Cleveland Indians.[1]


  1. ^ "Strange and Unusual Plays". www.retrosheet.org. Retrieved June 13, 2012.

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