1975 Detroit Tigers season

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1975 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)John Fetzer
General manager(s)Jim Campbell
Manager(s)Ralph Houk
Local televisionWWJ-TV
(George Kell, Larry Osterman, Don Kremer)
Local radioWJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1975 Detroit Tigers compiled a record of 57–102, the fifth worst season in Detroit Tigers history. They finished in last place in the American League East, 37½ games behind the Boston Red Sox. Their team batting average of .249 and team ERA of 4.27 were the second worst in the American League. They were outscored by their opponents 786 to 570.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Worst Seasons in Detroit Tigers History
Rank Year Wins Losses Win %
1 2003 43 119 .265
2 1952 50 104 .325
3 1996 53 109 .327
4 2002 55 106 .342
5 1975 57 102 .358

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Red Sox 95 65 0.594 47–34 48–31
Baltimore Orioles 90 69 0.566 44–33 46–36
New York Yankees 83 77 0.519 12 43–35 40–42
Cleveland Indians 79 80 0.497 15½ 41–39 38–41
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 0.420 28 36–45 32–49
Detroit Tigers 57 102 0.358 37½ 31–49 26–53

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1975 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 9–9 6–6 7–4 10–8 12–4 7–5 14–4 6–6 8–10 4–8 7–5
Boston 9–9 6–6 8–4 7–11 13–5 7–5 10–8 10–2 11–5 6–6 8–4
California 6–6 6–6 9–9 3–9 6–5 4–14 7–5 8–10 7–5 7–11 9–9
Chicago 4–7 4–8 9–9 7–5 5–7 9–9 8–4 9–9 6–6 9–9 5–13
Cleveland 8–10 11–7 9–3 5–7 12–6 6–6 9–9 3–6 9–9 2–10 5–7
Detroit 4–12 5–13 5–6 7–5 6–12 6–6 7–11 4–8 6–12 6–6 1–11
Kansas City 5–7 5–7 14–4 9–9 6–6 6–6 7–5 11–7 7–5 11–7 14–4
Milwaukee 4–14 8–10 5–7 4–8 9–9 11–7 5–7 2–10 9–9 5–7 6–6
Minnesota 6–6 2–10 10–8 9–9 6–3 8–4 7–11 10–2 4–8 6–12 8–10
New York 10–8 5–11 5–7 6–6 9–9 12–6 5–7 9–9 8–4 6–6 8–4
Oakland 8–4 6–6 11–7 9–9 10–2 6–6 11–7 7–5 12–6 6–6 12–6
Texas 5–7 4–8 9–9 13–5 7–5 11–1 4–14 6–6 10–8 4–8 6–12


Notable transactions[edit]

  • June 15, 1975: Nate Colbert was purchased from the Tigers by the Montreal Expos.[6]

Roster[edit]

1975 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Bill Freehan 120 427 105 .246 14 47
1B Jack Pierce 53 170 40 .235 8 22
2B Gary Sutherland 129 503 130 .258 6 39
3B Aurelio Rodríguez 151 507 124 .245 13 60
SS Tom Veryzer 128 404 102 .252 5 48
CF Ron LeFlore 136 550 142 .258 8 37
RF Leon Roberts 129 447 115 .257 10 38
LF Ben Oglivie 100 332 95 .286 9 36
DH Willie Horton 159 615 169 .275 25 92

Other batters[edit]

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
Dan Meyer 122 470 111 .236 8 47
Mickey Stanley 52 164 42 .256 3 19
Nate Colbert 45 156 23 .147 4 18
Gene Michael 56 145 31 .214 3 13
John Wockenfuss 35 118 27 .229 4 13
Billy Baldwin 30 95 21 .221 4 8
John Knox 43 86 23 .267 0 2
Terry Humphrey 18 41 10 .244 0 1
Art James 11 40 9 .225 0 1
Gates Brown 47 35 6 .171 1 3
Bob Molinaro 6 19 5 .263 0 1
Jerry Manuel 6 18 1 .056 0 0
Chuck Scrivener 4 16 4 .250 0 0
Gene Lamont 4 8 3 .375 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mickey Lolich 32 240.2 12 18 3.78 139
Joe Coleman 31 201 10 18 5.55 125
Vern Ruhle 32 190 11 12 4.03 67
Lerrin LaGrow 32 164.1 7 14 4.38 75
Ray Bare 29 150.2 8 13 4.48 71

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Tom Walker 36 115.1 3 8 4.45 60
Dave Lemanczyk 26 109 2 7 4.46 67
Ed Glynn 3 14.2 0 2 4.30 8

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L= Losses; SV = Saves; GF = Games finished; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV GF ERA SO
John Hiller 36 2 3 14 34 2.17 87
Bob Reynolds 21 0 2 3 14 4.67 26
Fernando Arroyo 14 2 1 0 6 4.56 25
Gene Pentz 13 0 4 0 11 3.20 21
Ike Brookens 3 0 0 0 2 5.23 8
Tom Makowski 3 0 0 0 2 4.82 3
Steve Grilli 3 0 0 0 3 1.35 5

Awards and honors[edit]

1975 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Bill Freehan, reserve

League top ten finishers[edit]

Joe Coleman

  • AL leader in wild pitches (15)
  • #2 in MLB in losses (18)
  • #2 in MLB in earned runs allowed (124)
  • #4 in AL in hit batsmen(9)

Ron LeFlore

  • #2 in AL in strikeouts (139)
  • #2 in MLB in times caught stealing (20)

Mickey Lolich

  • #2 in MLB in losses (18)
  • #6 in MLB in complete games (19)

Dan Meyer

  • AL leader in at bats per strikeout (18.8)

Willie Horton

  • #3 in AL in game played (159)
  • #4 in AL in at bats (615)

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position[edit]

The following members of the 1975 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Evansville Triplets American Association Fred Hatfield
AA Montgomery Rebels Southern League Les Moss
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Stubby Overmire
A Clinton Pilots Midwest League Jim Leyland
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Joe Lewis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Evansville, Montgomery

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ed Brinkman at Baseball-Reference
  2. ^ Woodie Fryman at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Tom Brookens at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ Gene Michael at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Jack Pierce at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ Nate Colbert at Baseball-Reference

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
  • 1975 Detroit Tigers Regular Season Statistics