Championships, events, culture, births, and deaths that occurred in 1874.
 Club competitions
 North America
 Rule changes
- The batter's box is introduced.
- Umpires, players, and official scorers are to be banned for gambling. Gambling on a game in which they have official duties is to result in permanent expulsion, while gambling on other games only results in expulsion for the remainder of the season. Essentially the same rule remains in place today.
- The balk rule is introduced.
- Further information: Births in 1874
- Further information: Deaths in 1874