1974 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Ewing Kauffman
General manager(s)Cedric Tallis, Joe Burke
Manager(s)Jack McKeon (second season)
Local televisionKBMA
Local radioKMBZ
(Buddy Blattner, Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1974 Kansas City Royals season was their sixth in Major League Baseball. The Royals finished fifth in the American League West at 77-85, 13 games behind the Oakland Athletics. Pitcher Steve Busby set a single-season franchise record with 22 victories.

Offseason

Regular season

Notable transactions

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 90 72 0.556 49–32 41–40
Texas Rangers 84 76 0.525 5 42–38 42–38
Minnesota Twins 82 80 0.506 8 48–33 34–47
Chicago White Sox 80 80 0.500 9 46–34 34–46
Kansas City Royals 77 85 0.475 13 40–41 37–44
California Angels 68 94 0.420 22 36–45 32–49

Record vs. opponents


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


Roster

1974 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Fran Healy 139 445 112 .252 9 53
1B John Mayberry 126 427 100 .234 22 69
2B Cookie Rojas 144 542 147 .271 6 60
SS Freddie Patek 149 537 121 .225 3 38
3B George Brett 133 457 129 .282 2 47
LF Jim Wohlford 143 501 136 .271 2 44
CF Amos Otis 146 552 157 .284 12 73
RF Vada Pinson 115 406 112 .276 6 41
DH Hal McRae 148 539 167 .310 15 88

[9]

Other batters

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
Al Cowens 110 269 65 .242 1 25
Tony Solaita 96 239 64 .268 7 30
Frank White 99 204 45 .221 1 18
Buck Martinez 43 107 23 .215 1 8
Orlando Cepeda 33 107 23 .215 1 18
Kurt Bevacqua 39 90 19 .211 0 3
Richie Scheinblum 36 83 15 .181 0 2
Paul Schaal 12 34 6 .176 1 4
Fernando González 9 21 3 .143 0 2
Dennis Paepke 6 12 2 .167 0 0
Bobby Floyd 10 9 1 .111 0 0
Rick Reichardt 1 1 1 1.000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Busby 38 292.1 22 14 3.39 198
Paul Splittorff 36 226.0 13 19 4.10 90
Al Fitzmorris 34 190.0 13 6 2.79 53
Bruce Dal Canton 31 175.1 8 10 3.13 96
Nelson Briles 17 103.0 5 7 4.02 41

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Marty Pattin 25 117.1 3 7 3.99 50
Dennis Leonard 5 22.0 0 4 5.32 8
Aurelio López 8 16.0 0 0 5.63 5

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Doug Bird 55 7 6 10 2.73 62
Lindy McDaniel 38 1 4 1 3.46 47
Steve Mingori 36 2 3 2 2.81 43
Joe Hoerner 30 2 3 2 3.82 24
Gene Garber 17 1 2 1 4.82 14

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Harry Malmberg
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Billy Gardner
A San Jose Bees California League Steve Boros
A Waterloo Royals Midwest League John Sullivan
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Bill Scripture
Rookie GCL Royals Academy Gulf Coast League Billy Goodman

Notes

  1. ^ Dick Drago at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ James, Bill (1986). The Bill James Baseball Abstract 1987. Ballantine Books. p. 46.
  3. ^ Mark Souza at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Paul Schaal at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Willie Wilson at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Scott Sanderson at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Doug Corbett at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ a b Orlando Cepeda at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ 1974 Kansas City Royals Statistics and Roster Baseball-Reference.com

References