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The 1974 season of the American League was the seventy-fourth season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Eastern Division
1 Baltimore Orioles 162 91 71 0 .562 -.- 659 (4.07) 612 (3.78) 0.256 0.319 0.370 3.27 0.980
2 New York Yankees 162 89 73 0 .549 2.0 671 (4.14) 623 (3.85) 0.263 0.326 0.368 3.31 0.977
3 Boston Red Sox 162 84 78 0 .519 7.0 696 (4.30) 661 (4.08) 0.264 0.333 0.377 3.72 0.977
4 Cleveland Indians 162 77 85 0 .475 14.0 662 (4.09) 694 (4.28) 0.255 0.309 0.370 3.80 0.977
5 Milwaukee Brewers 162 76 86 0 .469 15.0 647 (3.99) 660 (4.07) 0.244 0.307 0.369 3.76 0.980
6 Detroit Tigers 162 72 90 0 .444 19.0 620 (3.83) 768 (4.74) 0.247 0.302 0.366 4.16 0.975
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 162 90 72 0 .556 -.- 689 (4.25) 551 (3.40) 0.247 0.319 0.373 2.95 0.977
2 Texas Rangers 161 84 76 1 .522 5.0 690 (4.29) 698 (4.34) 0.272 0.334 0.377 3.82 0.974
3 Minnesota Twins 163 82 80 1 .503 8.0 673 (4.13) 669 (4.10) 0.272 0.333 0.378 3.64 0.976
4 Chicago White Sox 163 80 80 3 .491 9.0 684 (4.20) 721 (4.42) 0.268 0.330 0.389 3.94 0.977
5 Kansas City Royals 162 77 85 0 .475 13.0 667 (4.12) 662 (4.09) 0.259 0.326 0.364 3.51 0.976
6 California Angels 163 68 94 1 .417 22.0 618 (3.79) 657 (4.03) 0.254 0.318 0.356 3.52 0.976

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Ken Henderson Chicago White Sox 162
At Bats Don Money Milwaukee Brewers 629
Runs Scored Carl Yastrzemski Boston Red Sox 93
Hits Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 218
Doubles Joe Rudi Oakland Athletics 39
Triples Mickey Rivers California Angels 11
Home Runs Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 32
Total Bases Joe Rudi Oakland Athletics 287
Runs Batted In Jeff Burroughs Texas Rangers 118
Stolen Bases Billy North Oakland Athletics 54
Caught Stealing Billy North Oakland Athletics 26
Walks Gene Tenace Oakland Athletics 110
Intentional Base-on-Balls Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 20
Hit by Pitch Bobby Grich Baltimore Orioles 20
Strikeouts Bobby Darwin Minnesota Twins 127
Sacrifice Hits Bucky Dent Chicago White Sox 23
Sacrifice Flies Sal Bando Oakland Athletics 13
Grounded into Double Plays George Scott Milwaukee Brewers 25
Batting Average Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 0.364
On-Base Percentage Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 0.433
Slugging Percentage Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 0.563
On-Base plus Slugging Dick Allen Chicago White Sox 0.938
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 166

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Catfish Hunter
Fergie Jenkins
Oakland Athletics
Texas Rangers
25
Losses Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers 21
Win-Loss Percentage Bill Champion Milwaukee Brewers 0.733
Appearances Rollie Fingers Oakland Athletics 76
Games Started Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 42
Complete Games Fergie Jenkins Texas Rangers 29
Shutouts Luis Tiant Boston Red Sox 7
Games Finished Tom Murphy Milwaukee Brewers 66
Saves Terry Forster Chicago White Sox 24
Innings Pitched Nolan Ryan California Angels 332.2
Batters Faced Nolan Ryan California Angels 1392
Hits Allowed Bill Lee Boston Red Sox 320
Home Runs Allowed Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers 38
Base-on-Balls Allowed Nolan Ryan California Angels 202
Intentional Base-on-Balls John Hiller Detroit Tigers 19
Hit Batsmen Joe Coleman Detroit Tigers 12
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan California Angels 367
Wild Pitches Bruce Dal Canton Kansas City Royals 16
Balks Dave McNally Baltimore Orioles 5
Runs Allowed Joe Coleman Detroit Tigers 160
Earned Runs Allowed Mickey Lolich Detroit Tigers 142
Earned Run Average Catfish Hunter Oakland Athletics 2.49
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Catfish Hunter Oakland Athletics 0.986

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the forty-fifth midsummer classic at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA on Tuesday, July 23, 1974 by a score of 7 to 2. The league's manager was Dick Williams.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Baltimore Orioles, the Eastern Division winner, and the Oakland Athletics, the Western Division winner. The Athletics defeated the Orioles, 3 games to 1.

In the World Series, the American League champion Oakland Athletics defeated the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Jeff Burroughs, an outfielder with the Texas Rangers. In the award's voting, he had 248 out of a possible 336 points and 10 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Catfish Hunter of the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 90 out of a possible 120 points and 12 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Mike Hargrove, a first baseman with the Texas Rangers. In the award's voting, he had 16 out of a possible 24 points and 16 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Jim Kaat Chicago White Sox
C Thurman Munson New York Yankees
1B George Scott Milwaukee Brewers
2B Bobby Grich Baltimore Orioles
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Mark Belanger Baltimore Orioles
OF Amos Otis Kansas City Royals
Paul Blair Baltimore Orioles
Joe Rudi Oakland Athletics

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The thirty-second annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 12 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Chicago White Sox lost to the Atlanta Braves of the National League by a score of 12 to 9.

[edit] Notable events

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