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The 1974 Boston Red Sox had the most prolific offense in the American League and they slugged their way into first place and the heart of the pennant race. But that offense went silent at the seasonís crunch point and a pitching staff that lacked depth wasnít able to make up the difference. A Sox team that enjoyed a 7 game lead in the AL East in the last week of August, fell behind by 7 games just after the end of September.

Following the 1973 season, former pitching coach and manager of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Darrell Johnson, was promoted to the parent club as manager.

It was a busy offseason and the general manager Dick O'Connell made a flurry of moves, none of which were particularly enlightened. On October 23rd, Reggie Smith got what he wanted and was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals with Ken Tatum for pitcher Rick Wise and outfielder Bernie Carbo. 

He dealt a young outfielder and future star, in Ben Ogilvie to the Detroit Tigers. One that worked better was trading starting pitcher Marty Pattin to the Kansas City Royals for versatile pitcher Dick Drago. He also picked up future hall-of-famer, Juan Marichal from the Giants.

On December 7th the Red Sox made another deal with the Cardinals, this time sending pitchers Lynn McGlothen, John Curtis and Mike Garman to St. Louis, for pitchers Reggie Cleveland, Diego Segui and infielder Terry Hughes.

In 1974, the pitching staff was completely dependent on Luis Tiant and Bill Lee. El Tiante threw over 300 innings, won 22 games and finished with a 2.92 ERA. Leeís ERA was higher, at 3.51, but he logged over 280 innings and won 17 games. The rest of the rotation was pieced together with a mix of Cleveland, Drago and Rogelio Moret. Segui was the top reliever, but that didnít mean he was good, finishing with a 4.00 ERA. They ended up losing Rick Wise to arm problems.


The Red Sox had to rely on their bats, and with Reggie Smith gone, they needed people to step up. Carl Yastrzemski remained ever reliable, though his power was not what it had been a few years earlier.

Darrell Johnson decided that he would use the designated hitter slot to give the regulars a rest and give youngsters like Cecil Cooper needed at bats. Cooper began to slowly emerge and he batted .275.  He also gave regular playing time to 22-year-old Dwight Evans for the first time, and Evans rewarded him with solid numbers. Tommy Harper was in decline in left field, but he still stole 28 bases.

Bernie Carbo didnít officially have a regular position, but he got plenty of at-bats and finished with a .364 on-base percentage. It wasnít a lineup that looked fierce on paper, but it was balanced and kept scoring runs.
 

The season started in Milwaukee on April 5th. Carl Yastrzemski's home run rescued the Sox in a wild 9 to 8 victory. Then after several games postponed due to the weather, the Sox opened at Fenway Park on April 11th, but lost to the Orioles.

The next day, April 12th, the Sox beat the Tigers at home, 6 to 3, thanks to Bernie Carbo's grand slam and the pitching of Bill Lee. Rick Wise made his Red Sox debut in the second game and held down the Tigers, 8 to 1, giving up six hits. Tommy Harper knocked out three hits, while Carbo, Yaz and Bob Montgomery each had two. The Sox made it three straight over the Tigers behind home runs from the bats of Yaz, John Kennedy and Dwight Evans, and the great relief work of Dick Drago, on April 14th.

In New York, on April 17th, Carl Yastrzemski slammed his fourth home run of the season, leading the Sox back in a 4 to 3 win. It would be the only game the Sox would win in the three game set.

BERNIE CARBO

Against the Indians back at Fenway, Bernie Carbo's two-run homer in the first inning helped the Sox to a 6 to 3 victory on April 19th. Dwight Evans drove in a pair of runs and Yaz contributed a run scoring double. Carbo had been on base 19 times in his last 40 at bats, and was batting .323. The next day Luis Tiant scattered nine hits while Rico Petrocelli drove in a pair of runs, including the eventual game winner, as the Sox won, 5 to 4.

In the series finale with Cleveland on April 21st, the Sox were losing 5-1, going into the bottom of the 9th inning. They tied up the game and won it, 6 to 5, with a 10th inning, thanks to a wild pick-off attempt by Indians pitcher, Milt Wilcox.

Carl Yastrzemski stayed hot, slamming two homers against the Royals in a 4 to 1 victory on April 22nd. The result was first place in the A.L. East by 1/2 game. But five straight losses later, mostly on the road, the Sox were in 4th place, 2 games behind.

The bench players (Terry Hughes, Dick McAuliffe and John Kennedy) were weak. The relief pitching was thin. Diego Segui had a rubber arm and Luis Tiant hadn't pitched like "El Tiante". But on April 28th, Cecil Cooper momentarily stopped the skid and homered in the 13th inning, for a 5 to 4 victory in Kansas City.

The Sox (11-15) then returned to Boston and finished the month and started May, by losing five of six at home to non-contenders in the California Angels and Texas Rangers. They had fallen down to 6th place, 3 1/2 games out.

After the Sox lost 10 of their last 11 games, Rick Burleson put a three run homer into the left field net giving Juan Marichal his first American League win, 10-8, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Rangers on May 5th. Dwight Evans had three hits, including a home run. Rico Petrocelli had three hits also, while Yaz, Burleson and McAuliffe each had two.

Tiant and Lee got it turned around, throwing consecutive shutouts at the New York Yankees at Fenway, allowing the Sox to rise above the last place rung in the A.L. East. Bill Lee threw the first shutout on May 8th, 4 to 0. The next night Tiant shutout the Yanks, 2 to 0.

In Detroit on May 11th, the Sox came back from a 4-0 deficit for an 8 to 5 win. They knocked out 14 hits, including four from Juan Beniquez and three each from Rick Burleson and Carlton Fisk. But the biggest hit of all was Carl Yastrzemski's game winning double in the eighth inning, on which Yaz himself ended up scoring, thanks to his great base running.

The next night they again came from behind and left Detroit with a 11 inning, 4 to 3 win. Dick McAuliffe returned home and beat his former teammates, by making a game-saving catch of a wind-blown pop up in the 9th inning, with two men on. He then doubled in the winning run in the 11th inning.

In Cleveland the Red Sox hit three homers. Dick Drago saved Juan Marichal and the Sox beat the Indians, 7 to 4 on May 15th. Rick Miller also had a good game with two base hits and two stolen bases. The Sox lost 2 of 3 to the Indians, however, and fell back into last place, but only 1 1/2 games out of first place.

In Baltimore, after losing the opening game, the Sox clobbered the Orioles. Nine runs in the final three innings and a strong performance by Luis Tiant allowed the Sox to win, 10 to 2. Dwight Evans had two hits, raising his average to .361

RICO PETROCELLI

The next day, on May 19th, the Sox swept the Orioles, 11 to 2 and 6 to 4 in a doubleheader. Carlton Fisk hit a tremendous two-run homer in the 9th inning of the second game. Rico Petrocelli (.326 BA) and Carl Yastrzemski (.333 BA) had five hits apiece. Dwight Evans, Bernie Carbo, Juan Beniquez had four each. The Sox road trip ended with six wins in ten games and they returned to Boston, only 1/2 game out of first place.

The Red Sox cleared the .500 threshold for good on May 21st, by bombing the Yankees, 14 to 6. Four RBIs, a home run and a double were knocked in by Rico Petrocelli and three more by Cecil Cooper. Rico had hit safely in his last 11 games. They moved into first place the next day by beating the Yankees again 6 to 3.

The story was the Sox hitting. In five days the Sox knocked out 73 hits. Juan Beniquez raised his average from .170 to .280; Cecil Cooper raised his from .237 to .282 and Dwight Evans was batting .392

The Sox took 2 of 3 from the Brewers at Fenway Park. They had 108 hits in their last eight games. Mario Guerrero had a run of six straight hits. Only 23-20 going into the Memorial Day weekend, the Sox managed to lead the A.L. East, where all six teams were packed within three games of each other.

On Memorial Day, May 27th, Bernie Carbo pushed home Dwight Evans with a 10th inning single to give the Sox a 3 to 2 walk-off victory over the Twins. Carbo, with a two-run homer in the fourth and the game winning hit in the tenth knocked in all the runs. The next day the Sox shelled Bert Blyleven, 9 to 5, as seven different players knocked in runs.

The Sox took 2 of 3 from the Twins and the started June by taking 2 of 3 from the White Sox. In the first game on June 1st, Luis Tiant shutout Chicago, 8 to 0, while Carl Yastrzemski knocked out a homer and two singles. The Sox won the next game on June 2nd, 9 to 7, coming from behind with Rico Petrocelli hitting two homers. The Sox left for Minnesota up 1 1/2 games over Milwaukee.

In Minnesota, after losing to the Twins in extra innings the night before, on June 4th, the Sox beat the Twins 4 to 3 in 11 innings, thanks to Danny Cater's base hit that knocked in Tommy Harper. Luis Tiant won his 5th straight game as he beat the Twins the next night, 5 to 3.

In Chicago, after losing the first two games of the series, Bill Lee righted the Sox ship in a 10-6 victory on June 9th. Yaz had three hits and Bob Montgomery also had three hits, good for three RBIs. The Sox left town with a 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Back at Fenway, on June 10th, Dwight Evans' three run homer off Vida Blue powered the Sox to a 4 to 1 victory.  But Luis Tiant stole the show by keeping the powerful A's off balance, the whole game. In the next game, on June 11th, with the score tied at 4-4 in the seventh inning and the bases loaded, Diego Segui got Sal Bando and Reggie Jackson out. The Sox scored five runs in the bottom of the inning and held on for a 10 to 9 win. Finally, Mario Guerrero drove in three runs, two with an eighth inning single, to break a 3-3 tie, for a 5 to 3 victory and a sweep of the series with the A's, on June 12th.

The Sox then headed off to the west coast where they first faced the Angels. After losing the first game of the series in extra innings, Carl Yastrzemski's two run single, capped a three-run outburst in the fifth inning that gave the Sox a 5 to 3 win on June 15th. In the final game the next night, the Sox rallied for six runs in the 9th inning, highlighted by Carlton Fisk's tie-breaking two-run double that gave the Sox a come-from-behind, 7 to 4 win.

Then the Sox made the return trip to Oakland for another showdown with the A.L. West leaders.  In the first game, on June 17th, the A's scored a walk-off 3-2 win. In the next game, Bob Montgomery singled home a run in a three-run third inning and had two other hits, to back Rogelio Moret, and lead the Sox to a 6 to 1 win.

CARLTON FISK

The third game on June 19th, had another Tiant-Blue battle on tap. The Tiant-Blue battles were the highlight of a 9-3 stretch for the Red Sox. The game was tied 1-1 in extra innings, with both aces determined to finish what they started. Boston scraped over a run in the 11th, on a sacrifice fly by Montgomery that scored Juan Beniquez, and the Sox won 2-1, taking two of three in the series, and maintain a 3 1/2 game lead in the A.L. East.

Back at Fenway on June 22nd, the Sox split a doubleheader with the Indians. In the next game, Rico Petrocelli blasted two homers to lead the Sox to an 8 to 0 win. Rick Wise came off the DL and combined with Dick Drago on a four-hitter.

Rico then belted a grandslam homer to pace the Sox in a 9 to 0 whitewash over the Brewers, who came to town on the next night, June 24th. It gave Luis Tiant, who struck out 10 batters, his 10th win and pushed the Sox lead to 4 1/2 games.

But that their high water mark for the first half of the season. They lost the next game to the Brewers and headed out to Cleveland, where they lost 3 of 4. The killer happened on June 28th. In the home plate collision, Carlton Fisk tore the ligaments in his knee. He underwent a hours of surgery and emerged in a full leg cast. Bob Montgomery took over behind the plate but he was no Fisk.

The Sox finished their road trip in Baltimore. On July 1st, Cecil Cooper's two-run homer sparked the Sox to a 6 to 4 win. In the next game, led by Dwight Evans' two-run single, the Sox exploded for four runs in the 9th inning and came back to win 9 to 6.

But they then lost six of seven at Fenway to the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals, and came back to the pack. By July 8th, they were in 3rd place, 1 1/2 games behind the Indians.

The Sox rebounded when the Rangers came to town, sweeping the series. On July 9th, Cecil Cooper knocked out two doubles and scored both of the Sox runs, while Luis Tiant allowed four hits, giving the Sox a 2 to 1 win. Reggie Cleveland shut down the Rangers the next night and Bill Lee collected his 10th win in the final game. Carl Yastrzemski, Rico Petrocelli and Rick Miller each drove in three runs in the 12-3 win.

The Sox concluded a dismal 4-9 home stand by beating the Angels, 3 to 0. Luis Tiant allowed seven hits but came thru when it mattered, to gain his 13th win.

In Kansas City the Sox lost 2 of 3. But in the game they did win on July 17th, Carl Yastrzemski knocked out his 10th home run to aid Rogelio Moret's six-hit pitching, in a 6 to 3 win.

Tiant picked up his 14th win against the Rangers, setting down the first 12 batters he faced, in Arlington on July 19th. The Sox took advantage of four Texas errors to defeat them, 3 to 1. But the Sox lost three of the four games.

The Red Sox were able to take advantage of the weak American League East in the first half of the season, playing just over .500 baseball but managed to be in first place by 1/2 game. When the All-Star break arrived, the Sox were 50-45, the AL East still within five games from top to bottom, and the Red Sox in the lead.

In Pittsburgh, the National League All Stars jumped all over Luis Tiant, who was tagged for three runs and four hits in two innings of work. Luis picked up the loss in the All Star Game on July 23rd, which the National League won, 7 to 2. Carl Yastrzemski also played in the game and grounded out in his only plate appearance. Carlton Fisk was voted in as the American League catcher, but couldn't play due to his leg injury.

On July 25th, the Sox started the second half of the season in Detroit.  Carl Yastrzemski slammed his 300th career homer, along with home runs from Rico Petrocelli and Tommy Harper to beat the Tigers 12 to 4.

In late July, the New York Yankees came to Fenway Park and the Sox won three straight. They opened the series by beating Yankee closer Sparky Lyle with a walkoff on July 27th. In the next game, the Sox broke a tie with two runs in the sixth inning, one on a bases loaded walk to Bernie Carbo and the next one on a base hit by Cecil Cooper. They went on to win 8 to 3.

They ended the series the same way on July 29th. The Sox backed Rogelio Moret with some outstanding defense and the pushed across an unearned run, without a hit, in the 11th inning for a 3 to 1 victory, after the 3 1/2 hour battle was settled on Terry Hughes' bases-loaded sacrifice fly with one out.

After losing the first game to Detroit at Fenway, the Sox cashed in on a missed third strike that got by the catcher, that led to five unearned runs and Luis Tiant's 16th victory on July 31st.  The Sox finished July 2 1/2 games ahead of the Indians in the A.L. East.

Against the Orioles on August 1st, Cecil Cooper drove in four runs and Rick Burleson knocked in three, to power the Sox past Baltimore, 11 to 3. The next night, Dwight Evans belted a two-run triple over Paul Blair's head in center field in the seventh inning, to lift the Sox past the Orioles, 7 to 5. The Sox ended their homestand, taking six of the seven games.

In New York, on August 4th, Luis Tiant scattered ten hits while Rico Petrocelli and Bernie Carbo knocked in two runs apiece, leading the Sox to a 7-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. The second game, however, was washed away. Tiant won his 17th game, pitching out of some tough jams, including a one out base-loaded situation in the fourth inning.

In Milwaukee, the Sox swept a doubleheader from the Brewers, 6-3 and 6-0 on August 6th. Juan Marichal pitched seven shutout innings in the second game. The Sox ripped into Clyde Wright for 11 hits including a three-run homer by Dwight Evans in the seventh inning of the night cap. The Sox were less overpowering in the first game, scoring two runs without a hit, including a stolen base by Bob Montgomery who scored on a base hit by Cecil Cooper. Both scored on a base hit by Rico Petrocelli.

ROGELIO MORET

The next day, Rogelio Moret held the Brewers' hitters hitless until the eighth inning as the Sox won, 1-0. With two outs in the eight, Pedro Garcia lined the first pitch he saw into left field to break up the no-hitter. Moret struck out six and walked two. The Sox lone run came in when Doug Griffin got credit for a triple on a misjudged fly ball and a base hit from Rick Burleson.

In Oakland on August 9th, Juan Beniquez's bases-loaded double highlighted a four-run second inning that lifted the Sox to a 6-2 win over the A's. On August 11th, Juan Marichal came through again, as the Sox beat the A's, 2 to 1. Marichal worked eight innings and raised his record to 5 and 1. The only hits off Marichal were a lead-off single by Billy North in the first inning, by Joe Rudi in the fifth and an infield single by Reggie Jackson. It was the seventh win over Oakland in nine games this season.

After losing the first game of a series with the Angels, Luis Tiant tantalized their hitters by shutting them out, 3-0, on August 13th. It was Tiant's 18th win and second consecutive shutout over the halos. The win tied him with Wilbur Wood for the most victories in the major leagues. Tiant faced only 12 batters in the first four innings. He allowed just four hits, in this, his fifth shutout of the season, and permitted no Angel runners to get past second base.

LUIS TIANT

The Sox returned from the road trip 4 games ahead of the Indians, to meet the Twins at Fenway. On August 16th, Juan Beniquez chased home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth in a 3 to 2 win. Two days later Luis Tiant recorded his 19th win when the Sox ripped the Twins, 9 to 6.  Rick Burleson drilled three doubles, one of which drove home Carl Yastrzemski and Dick McAuliffe in the second inning. In the sixth Burleson doubled home McAuliffe to put the Sox ahead 8-0, and in the eighth Burleson collected his third double and rode home on Juan Beniquez' single.

Against the White Sox the next night, August 19th, Bill Lee and Diego Segui combined on a five-hitter, 6-1. Bob Montgomery drove in one run and scored another. The Sox scored their first runs in the fourth on a double by Doug Griffin, who was driven in by Monty. They added two more on sac flies by Rico Petrocelli and Jim Rice. Bill Lee allowed only two hits while facing 18 batters in six innings, to pick up his 14th win.

Dwight Evans ignited the Sox in the next game with a three-run, bases loaded, double in the third and Doug Griffin turned in a succession of outstanding plays, in leading the team to an 8 to 3 victory over Chicago. In the series finale, Rogelio Moret fired a brilliant one-hitter at the White Sox, as the Red Sox cruised to a 4-0 series sweep. It was the second time in two weeks that he had come close to a no-hitter. Dick Allen broke up his bid on a slow infield grounder that Doug Griffin wasn't able to reach in time. Moret struck out 12 and walked only three. Rookie Jim Rice banged out two hits good for 2 RBIs.

On August 23rd, the AL West leaders, the Oakland Athletics, came to Fenway Park to meet the Sox. Luis Tiant became the first 20 game winner in the majors. Tiant blanked the A's, 3-0, scattering six hits and striking out six, in posting his sixth shutout of the season. The Sox jumped out in front quickly when Tommy Harper drilled Vida Blue's third pitch into the left field screen. The Sox recorded 10-hits, led by Carl Yastrzemski with a double and two singles. As a result, the Sox increased their lead in the AL East to 7 games.

In Chicago on August 27th, Reggie Cleveland pitched the Sox to a 6-1 victory. Jim Rice's bloop single with the bases loaded put the Sox ahead to stay in the fourth inning. After losing the next game, Bill Lee beat Wilbur Wood who was looking for his 20th win, 3 to 2 on August 29th. Tommy Harper scored two runs with two hits.

But once the other teams started playing well the Red Sox couldn't keep up without the bat of Fisk. None of the Sox regulars hit more than 15 home runs and they dropped in the standings. In Minnesota, the Sox lost three straight, then traveled to Baltimore on September 2nd.

Luis Tiant and Bill Lee pitched the first two games and their best pitchers answered the bell. Both threw complete games. Combined, they only gave up nine hits and two runs, but they both lost. It was perhaps the one of the worst displays of offensive failures in Red Sox history. The offense mustered a combined five singles in the two games and wasted Tiant and Leeís brilliance, losing 1-0 each time. In the series finale, the Sox faced Cy Young winner Jim Palmer and got only three more singles, losing this one 6-0. The best offense in the American League had failed to score a run in the biggest three games of the season to date. They had only eight hits and all were singles.

The Sox stumbled out of Baltimore and lost nine of the next fourteen. They came home and lost two to Milwaukee for their eighth consecutive loss. They had dropped into second place, 1 1/2 games behind the Yankees.

The Sox stopped their skid on September 7th. Mario Guerrero's bases-loaded single brought home the winning run, for a 4-3 victory in 10 innings, over the Brewers. The Sox moved back into a first place tie the next day, when rookie Dick Pole, with a strong relief job, led the Sox in an 8-6 rally over Milwaukee.

The Yankees came to Fenway, tied with the Sox atop the AL East with a 74-65 record. On September 9th, they beat the Sox 6 to 3 and then beat them 2 to 1 in the next game. As a result, the Sox fell 2 games behind.

On the road in Cleveland, the two teams split, then in Milwaukee the Sox won only one of the three games.

After winning only 5 of their last 20 games, the Red Sox were three games out, with the Birds and Yanks jousting at the top. The three-game set with Baltimore would be followed by a three-game series in the Bronx. It was now or never.

The offense improved against Oriole pitching in the opener, on September 20th, but that meant merely that they got a couple extra-base hits and actually scored a run. But one run was all they got, and Dick Dragoís strong outing was undone by solo home runs given up to Don Baylor and Boog Powell. The Sox lost 2-1, and then trailed 5-1 in the ninth the next day, September 21st. Finally, the bats awakened. Dwight Evans hit a three-run homer, the Red Sox tied it and they won in extra innings to keep their season alive.
BILL LEE

But in the final game of the series, on September 22nd, Boog Powell drove in three runs with three hits, including a homer, resulting in a 7-2 Orioles win, as Baltimore whipped the fading Sox in the rubber game of the three game set. The Sox were five games back with a week left.

On September 24th, Luis Tiant went into New York and threw a six-hit shutout to win the opener of a doubleheader, 4-0. Rogelio Moret followed it up with a complete-game 4-2 win, as the Red Sox clung to their faint hopes. Bill Lee pitched the finale the next day and took a shutout into the ninth inning. But once again, there was no offensive support and the Yankees scraped over a run to win 1-0.

In the meantime, Baltimore just wasnít losing. From the beginning of September to the end of the regular season, the Orioles went 25-6. By the time the final weekend arrived, the Red Sox were five games out and eliminated. The Red Sox had stayed in contention all season long, but with a final record of 84-78, the record was actually worse than any since 1966.

In spite of their collapse, the Red Sox had exceeded expectations as the young players like Dwight Evans, Rick Burleson and Juan Beniquez along with Cecil Cooper, excelled and gained valuable pennant race experience. And in the September call up, were two future stars name Fred Lynn and Jim Rice. The outlook for the Red Sox going forward would be very good.

 

 

 

 
GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/05/1974 1-0 1st -  at Milwaukee Brewers W 9-8 Diego Segui 1-0
04/06/1974 1-1 2nd -1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-4 Bill Lee 0-1
04/07/1974 1-1 2nd -1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers pp  
04/08/1974 1-1 2nd -1/2  
04/09/1974 1-1 3rd -1  Baltimore Orioles pp  
04/10/1974 1-1 3rd -1  
04/11/1974 1-2 5th -2  Baltimore Orioles L 7-6 Diego Segui 1-1
04/12/1974 2-2 4th -1  Detroit Tigers W 6-3 Bill Lee 1-1
04/13/1974 3-2 2nd -1/2  Detroit Tigers W 8-1 Rick Wise 1-0
04/14/1974 4-2 1st -  Detroit Tigers W 7-5 Dick Drago 1-0
04/15/1974 4-3 2nd -1  Detroit Tigers L 1-0 Reggie Cleveland 0-1
04/16/1974 4-4 3rd -1  at New York Yankees L 2-1 Luis Tiant 0-1
04/17/1974 5-4 2nd -1  at New York Yankees W 4-3 Bill Lee 2-1
04/18/1974 5-5 4th -1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 6-1 Rick Wise 1-1
04/19/1974 6-5 3rd -1  Cleveland Indians W 6-3 Reggie Cleveland 1-1
04/20/1974 7-5 2nd -1  Cleveland Indians W 5-4 Luis Tiant 1-1
04/21/1974 8-5 1st -  Cleveland Indians W 6-5 Diego Segui 2-1
04/22/1974 9-5 1st +1/2  Kansas City Royals W 4-1 Rick Wise 2-1
04/23/1974 9-6 1st +1/2  Kansas City Royals L 5-2 Dick Drago 1-1
04/24/1974 9-7 3rd -1/2  at Texas Rangers L 3-1 Reggie Cleveland 1-2
04/25/1974 9-8 3rd -1  at Texas Rangers L 4-0 Luis Tiant 1-2
04/26/1974 9-9 4th -2  at Kansas City Royals L 4-2 Bill Lee 2-2
04/27/1974 9-10 4th -2  at Kansas City Royals L 10-3 Juan Marichal 0-1
04/28/1974 10-10 4th -2  at Kansas City Royals W 5-4 Dick Drago 2-1
04/29/1974 10-11 4th -2 1/2  California Angels L 7-2 Luis Tiant 1-3
04/30/1974 10-12 6th -2 1/2  California Angels L 16-6 Reggie Cleveland 1-3
05/01/1974 10-13 6th -3 1/2  California Angels L 4-2 Bill Lee 2-3
05/02/1974 10-13 6th -4  
05/03/1974 10-13 6th -4  Texas Rangers pp  
05/04/1974 10-14 6th -4  Texas Rangers L 1-0 Rick Wise 2-2
05/05/1974 10-15 6th -4  Texas Rangers L 5-3 Luis Tiant 1-4
11-15 6th -3 1/2 W 10-8 Juan Marichal 1-1
05/06/1974 11-15 7th -4  
05/07/1974 11-15 7th -4 1/2  
05/08/1974 12-15 6th -3 1/2  New York Yankees W 4-0 Bill Lee 3-3
05/09/1974 13-15 5th -2 1/2  New York Yankees W 2-0 Luis Tiant 2-4
05/10/1974 13-16 5th -3 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 6-5 Diego Segui 2-2
05/11/1974 14-16 5th -2 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 8-5 Lance Clemons 1-0
05/12/1974 15-16 5th -1 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 4-3 Bill Lee 4-3
05/13/1974 15-17 6th -1 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 4-1 Luis Tiant 2-5
05/14/1974 15-18 6th -2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 6-2 Reggie Cleveland 1-4
05/15/1974 16-18 6th -1 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 7-4 Juan Marichal 2-1
05/16/1974 16-18 6th -1 1/2  
05/17/1974 16-19 6th -2 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-0 Bill Lee 4-4
05/18/1974 17-19 6th -2 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 10-2 Luis Tiant 3-5
05/19/1974 18-19 4th -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 11-2 Reggie Cleveland 2-4
19-19 4th -1/2 W 6-4 Dick Drago 3-1
05/20/1974 19-19 4th -1  
05/21/1974 20-19 2nd -1  New York Yankees W 14-6 Bill Lee 5-4
05/22/1974 21-19 1st -  New York Yankees W 6-3 Luis Tiant 4-5
05/23/1974 21-19 2nd -1/2  
05/24/1974 22-19 1st +1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-3 Dick Drago 4-1
05/25/1974 22-20 2nd -1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 9-2 Reggie Cleveland 2-5
05/26/1974 23-20 1st +1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 4-1 Bill Lee 6-4
05/27/1974 24-20 1st +1/2  Minnesota Twins W 3-2 Luis Tiant 5-5
05/28/1974 25-20 1st +1/2  Minnesota Twins W 9-5 Reggie Cleveland 3-5
05/29/1974 25-21 2nd -1/2  Minnesota Twins L 5-4 Diego Segui 2-3
05/30/1974 25-21 2nd -1/2  
05/31/1974 25-22 2nd -1/2  Chicago White Sox L 3-2 Bill Lee 6-5
06/01/1974 26-22 1st +1/2  Chicago White Sox W 8-0 Luis Tiant 6-5
06/02/1974 27-22 1st +1 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 9-7 Reggie Cleveland 4-5
06/03/1974 27-23 1st +1  at Minnesota Twins L 5-4 Diego Segui 2-4
06/04/1974 28-23 1st +1  at Minnesota Twins W 4-3 Diego Segui 3-4
06/05/1974 29-23 1st +2  at Minnesota Twins W 5-3 Luis Tiant 7-5
06/06/1974 29-23 1st +1 1/2  
06/07/1974 29-24 1st +1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 8-6 Rogelio Moret 0-1
06/08/1974 29-25 1st +1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 13-6 Bob Veale 0-1
06/09/1974 30-25 1st +1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 10-6 Bill Lee 7-5
06/10/1974 31-25 1st +1  Oakland Athletics W 4-1 Luis Tiant 8-5
06/11/1974 32-25 1st +2  Oakland Athletics W 10-9 Diego Segui 4-4
06/12/1974 33-25 1st +3  Oakland Athletics W 5-3 Dick Drago 5-1
06/13/1974 33-25 1st +3  
06/14/1974 33-26 1st +3  at California Angels L 4-3 Luis Tiant 8-6
06/15/1974 34-26 1st +3  at California Angels W 5-3 Bill Lee 8-5
06/16/1974 35-26 1st +3 1/2  at California Angels W 7-4 Reggie Cleveland 5-5
06/17/1974 35-27 1st +2 1/2  at Oakland Athletics L 3-2 Dick Drago 5-2
06/18/1974 36-27 1st +3 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 6-1 Rogelio Moret 1-1
06/19/1974 37-27 1st +3 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 2-1 Luis Tiant 9-6
06/20/1974 37-27 1st +3 1/2  
06/21/1974 37-27 1st +3  Cleveland Indians pp  
06/22/1974 37-28 1st +2  Cleveland Indians L 11-0 Bill Lee 8-6
38-28 1st +2 1/2 W 8-3 Reggie Cleveland 6-5
06/23/1974 39-28 1st +3 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 8-0 Rick Wise 3-2
06/24/1974 40-28 1st +4 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 9-0 Luis Tiant 10-6
06/25/1974 40-28 1st +4 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
06/26/1974 40-29 1st +4  Milwaukee Brewers L 7-1 Bill Lee 8-7
06/27/1974 40-30 1st +3 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 2-1 Rogelio Moret 1-2
06/28/1974 40-31 1st +2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 2-1 Dick Drago 5-3
06/29/1974 41-31 1st +3 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 12-2 Luis Tiant 11-6
06/30/1974 41-32 1st +2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 9-2 Rick Wise 3-3
07/01/1974 42-32 1st +2  at Baltimore Orioles W 6-4 Bill Lee 9-7
07/02/1974 43-32 1st +2  at Baltimore Orioles W 9-6 Diego Segui 5-4
07/03/1974 43-33 1st +1  Baltimore Orioles L 9-2 Dick Drago 5-4
43-34 1st +1/2 L 6-4 Reggie Cleveland 6-6
07/04/1974 43-35 1st +1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 10-6 Luis Tiant 11-7
07/05/1974 43-35 1st -  Kansas City Royals pp  
07/06/1974 43-36 2nd -1  Kansas City Royals L 5-3 Rick Wise 3-4
07/07/1974 43-37 2nd -2  Kansas City Royals L 11-9 Don Newhouser 0-1
44-37 2nd -1 1/2 W 5-3 Rogelio Moret 2-2
07/08/1974 44-38 3rd -1 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 5-0 Dick Drago 5-5
07/09/1974 45-38 3rd -1/2  Texas Rangers W 2-1 Luis Tiant 12-7
07/10/1974 46-38 2nd -1/2  Texas Rangers W 3-1 Reggie Cleveland 7-6
07/11/1974 47-38 1st +1/2  Texas Rangers W 12-3 Bill Lee 10-7
07/12/1974 47-39 1st -  California Angels L 7-0 Rogelio Moret 2-3
07/13/1974 47-40 2nd -1/2  California Angels L 12-1 Dick Drago 5-5
07/14/1974 48-40 1st +1/2  California Angels W 3-0 Luis Tiant 13-7
07/15/1974 48-41 1st +1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 3-2 Reggie Cleveland 7-7
07/16/1974 48-42 1st +1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 5-4 Bill Lee 10-8
07/17/1974 49-42 1st +1 1/2  at Kansas City Royals W 6-3 Rogelio Moret 3-3
07/18/1974 49-43 1st +1  at Texas Rangers L 2-1 Dick Drago 5-6
07/19/1974 50-43 1st +1  at Texas Rangers W 3-1 Luis Tiant 14-7
07/20/1974 50-44 1st +1/2  at Texas Rangers L 8-6 Reggie Cleveland 7-8
07/21/1974 50-45 1st +1/2  at Texas Rangers L 2-1 Bill Lee 10-9
07/22/1974  All Star Game Break
07/23/1974
07/24/1974
07/25/1974 51-45 1st +1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 12-4 Rogelio Moret 4-3
07/26/1974 51-46 1st +1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 1-0 Reggie Cleveland 7-9
07/27/1974 52-46 1st +1/2  New York Yankees W 5-4 Luis Tiant 15-7
07/28/1974 53-46 1st +1 1/2  New York Yankees W 8-3 Bill Lee 11-9
07/29/1974 54-46 1st +2 1/2  New York Yankees W 2-1 Rogelio Moret 5-3
07/30/1974 54-47 1st +1 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 7-5 Reggie Cleveland 7-10
07/31/1974 55-47 1st +2 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 5-4 Luis Tiant 16-7
08/01/1974 56-47 1st +2 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 11-3 Bill Lee 12-9
08/02/1974 57-47 1st +2 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 7-5 Juan Marichal 3-1
08/03/1974 57-48 1st +1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 6-2 Rogelio Moret 5-4
08/04/1974 58-48 1st +2  at New York Yankees W 7-3 Luis Tiant 17-7
08/05/1974 58-49 1st +1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 8-0 Bill Lee 12-10
08/06/1974 59-49 1st +1 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 6-3 Reggie Cleveland 8-10
60-49 1st +2 W 6-0 Juan Marichal 4-1
08/07/1974 61-49 1st +3  at Milwaukee Brewers W 1-0 Rogelio Moret 6-4
08/08/1974 61-50 1st +3  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-3 Luis Tiant 17-8
08/09/1974 62-50 1st +4  at Oakland Athletics W 6-2 Bill Lee 13-10
08/10/1974 62-51 1st +4  at Oakland Athletics L 5-3 Reggie Cleveland 8-11
08/11/1974 63-51 1st +4  at Oakland Athletics W 2-1 Juan Marichal 5-1
08/12/1974 63-52 1st +3 1/2  at California Angels L 4-2 Rogelio Moret 6-5
08/13/1974 64-52 1st +4  at California Angels W 3-0 Luis Tiant 18-8
08/14/1974 64-53 1st +4  at California Angels L 5-0 Bill Lee 13-11
08/15/1974 64-53 1st +4  
08/16/1974 65-53 1st +4 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 3-2 Diego Segui 6-4
08/17/1974 65-54 1st +3 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 7-4 Reggie Cleveland 8-12
08/18/1974 66-54 1st +4 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 9-6 Luis Tiant 19-8
08/19/1974 67-54 1st +5  Chicago White Sox W 6-1 Bill Lee 14-11
08/20/1974 68-54 1st +5 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 8-3 Dick Drago 6-7
08/21/1974 69-54 1st +6  Chicago White Sox W 4-0 Rogelio Moret 7-5
08/22/1974 69-54 1st +6 1/2  
08/23/1974 70-54 1st +7  Oakland Athletics W 3-0 Luis Tiant 20-8
08/24/1974 70-55 1st +6  Oakland Athletics L 4-1 Diego Segui 6-5
08/25/1974 70-56 1st +5  Oakland Athletics L 7-0 Rogelio Moret 7-6
08/26/1974 70-56 1st +5 1/2  
08/27/1974 71-56 1st +5 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 6-1 Reggie Cleveland 9-12
08/28/1974 71-57 1st +4 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 3-0 Luis Tiant 20-9
08/29/1974 72-57 1st +5  at Chicago White Sox W 3-2 Bill Lee 15-11
08/30/1974 72-58 1st +4  at Minnesota Twins L 3-2 Rogelio Moret 7-7
08/31/1974 72-59 1st +3  at Minnesota Twins L 6-2 Dick Drago 6-8
09/01/1974 72-60 1st +2  at Minnesota Twins L 9-6 Diego Segui 6-6
09/02/1974 72-61 1st +1  at Baltimore Orioles L 1-0 Luis Tiant 20-10
72-62 1st +1 L 1-0 Bill Lee 15-12
09/03/1974 72-62 1st +1  
09/04/1974 72-63 1st -  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-0 Rogelio Moret 7-8
09/05/1974 72-64 2nd -1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 9-6 Diego Segui 6-6
09/06/1974 72-65 2nd -1 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 2-0 Luis Tiant 20-11
09/07/1974 73-65 2nd -1  Milwaukee Brewers W 4-3 Reggie Cleveland 10-12
09/08/1974 74-65 1st -  Milwaukee Brewers W 8-6 Dick Pole 1-0
09/09/1974 74-66 2nd -1  New York Yankees L 6-3 Rogelio Moret 7-9
09/10/1974 74-67 2nd -2  New York Yankees L 2-1 Diego Segui 6-7
09/11/1974 74-68 3rd -2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 3-1 Dick Drago 6-9
09/12/1974 75-68 2nd -2 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Bill Lee 16-12
09/13/1974 76-68 2nd -1 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 8-5 Rogelio Moret 8-9
09/14/1974 76-69 3rd -2 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 3-1 Reggie Cleveland 10-13
09/15/1974 76-70 3rd -3 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 9-5 Luis Tiant 20-12
09/16/1974 76-70 3rd -3 1/2  
09/17/1974 76-71 3rd -3 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 5-3 Bill Lee 16-13
09/18/1974 77-71 3rd -2 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 8-5 Reggie Cleveland 11-13
09/19/1974 77-72 3rd -3  Detroit Tigers L 3-1 Luis Tiant 20-13
09/20/1974 77-73 3rd -4  Baltimore Orioles L 2-1 Dick Drago 6-10
09/21/1974 78-73 3rd -4  Baltimore Orioles W 6-5 Bill Lee 17-13
09/22/1974 78-74 3rd -5  Baltimore Orioles L 7-2 Reggie Cleveland 11-14
09/23/1974 78-74 3rd -5  
09/24/1974 79-74 3rd -4  at New York Yankees W 4-0 Luis Tiant 21-13
80-74 3rd -3 1/2 W 4-2 Rogelio Moret 9-9
09/25/1974 80-75 3rd -4 1/2  at New York Yankees L 1-0 Bill Lee 17-14
09/26/1974 81-75 3rd -4  at Detroit Tigers W 5-3 Dick Drago 7-10
09/27/1974 82-75 3rd -4  at Detroit Tigers W 9-3 Reggie Cleveland 12-15
09/28/1974 83-75 3rd -4  at Detroit Tigers W 7-2 Luis Tiant 22-13
09/29/1974 83-76 3rd -5  at Detroit Tigers L 7-4 Rogelio Moret 9-10
09/30/1974 83-77 3rd -6  Cleveland Indians L 2-1 Bill Lee 17-15
10/01/1974 84-77 3rd -6  Cleveland Indians W 7-4 Steve Barr 1-0
10/02/1974 84-78 3rd -7  Cleveland Indians L 8-6 Dick Pole 1-1
 
1974 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1974 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

91 71 -

 

 

New York Yankees

89 73 2

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

84 78 7

 

 

Cleveland Indians

77 85 14

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

76 86 15

 

 

Detroit Tigers

72 90 19

 

 

 
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