1974 Pittsburgh Pirates
1974 NL East Champions
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Location
Results
Record88–74 (.543)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas P. Johnson (minority shareholders)
General manager(s)Joe L. Brown
Manager(s)Danny Murtaugh
Local televisionKDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Nellie King
Local radioKDKA
Bob Prince, Nellie King
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The 1974 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 93rd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 88th in the National League. The Pirates finished first in the National League East with a record of 88–74. The Pirates were defeated three games to one by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1974 National League Championship Series.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 74 0.543 52–29 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 86 75 0.534 44–37 42–38
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 0.494 8 46–35 34–47
Montreal Expos 79 82 0.491 42–38 37–44
New York Mets 71 91 0.438 17 36–45 35–46
Chicago Cubs 66 96 0.407 22 32–49 34–47

Record vs. opponents

1974 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 4–8 7–11–1 6–12 8–10 9–3 8–4 8–4 4–8 17–1 8–10 9–3
Chicago 8–4 5–7 4–8 2–10 5–13 8–10 8–10 9–9 6–6 6–6 5–13
Cincinnati 11–7–1 7–5 14–4 6–12 6–6 9–3 8–4 8–4 12–6 11–7 6–6
Houston 12–6 8–4 4–14 5–13 6–6 6–6 6–6 5–7 7–11 10–8 8–4
Los Angeles 10–8 10–2 12–6 13–5 8–4 5–7 6–6 4–8 16–2 12–6 6–6
Montreal 3–9 13–5 6–6 6–6 4–8 9–9 11–7 9–9 6–6 4–8 8–9
New York 4–8 10–8 3–9 6–6 7–5 9–9 7–11 7–11 6–6 6–6 6–12
Philadelphia 4-8 10–8 4–8 6–6 6–6 7–11 11–7 10–8 5–7 8–4 9–9
Pittsburgh 8–4 9–9 4–8 7–5 8–4 9–9 11–7 8–10 9–3 8–4 7–11
San Diego 1–17 6–6 6–12 7–11 2–16 6–6 6–6 7–5 3–9 11–7 5–7
San Francisco 10–8 6–6 7–11 8–10 6–12 8–4 6–6 4–8 4–8 7–11 6–6
St. Louis 3–9 13–5 6–6 4–8 6–6 9–8 12–6 9–9 11–7 7–5 6–6


Game log

1974 Game Log: 88–74 (Home: 52–29; Away: 35–45)
April: 6–12 (Home: 3–6; Away: 3–6)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 5 @ Cardinals 5–6 (10) Hrabosky Giusti (0–1) 24,210 0–1
2 April 6 @ Cardinals 0–8 Siebert Moose (0–1) 17,875 0–2
3 April 10 Expos 8–12 (13) Taylor Hernández (0–1) 40,434 0–3
4 April 11 Expos 1–5 Rogers Ellis (0–1) 5,606 0–4
5 April 12 Cardinals 6–7 (11) Garman Kison (0–1) Folkers 9,524 0–5
6 April 13 Cardinals 4–6 McGlothen Rooker (0–1) Richert 7,026 0–6
7 April 14 Cardinals 8–4 Moose (1–1) Thompson 1–6
8 April 14 Cardinals 5–6 Curtis Brett (0–1) Folkers 11,949 1–7
9 April 16 @ Cubs 8–5 (12) Kison (1–1) Paul 14,953 2–7
10 April 17 @ Cubs 9–18 Hooton Reuss (0–1) 15,560 2–8
11 April 18 @ Cubs 0–1 Frailing Rooker (0–2) Burris 13,054 2–9
12 April 20 @ Mets 2–5 Koosman Moose (1–2) 18,070 2–10
13 April 21 @ Mets 7–0 Brett (1–1) Seaver 23,375 3–10
14 April 24 @ Braves 5–3 Ellis (1–1) Niekro Giusti (1) 3,395 4–10
15 April 25 @ Braves 2–3 Reed Reuss (0–2) 3,437 4–11
16 April 26 Astros 4–3 Giusti (1–1) Scherman 11,145 5–11
17 April 27 Astros 7–10 Griffin Moose (1–3) 6,835 5–12
18 April 28 Astros 7–3 Brett (2–1) Osteen Giusti (2) 13,073 6–12
May: 11–15 (Home: 9–7; Away: 2–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
19 May 1 Reds 3–5 Carroll Morlan (0–1) Borbon 8,195 6–13
20 May 3 Braves 4–2 Reuss (1–2) Harrison 11,248 7–13
21 May 4 Braves 4–3 Rooker (1–2) Niekro 8,069 8–13
22 May 5 Braves 2–3 Reed Brett (2–2) House 13,596 8–14
23 May 7 @ Astros 1–2 Griffin Ellis (1–2) 9,909 8–15
24 May 8 @ Astros 6–8 (12) Nagy Sadowski (0–1) 11,266 8–16
25 May 9 @ Astros 4–1 Rooker (2–2) Roberts 10,864 9–16
26 May 10 @ Phillies 2–3 Ruthven Brett (2–3) Scarce 16,388 9–17
27 May 11 @ Phillies 1–3 Carlton Moose (1–4) 21,070 9–18
28 May 12 @ Phillies 7–8 Farmer Ellis (1–3) Watt 11,243 9–19
29 May 14 Cubs 1–7 Reuschel Reuss (1–3) 6,541 9–20
30 May 15 Cubs 3–2 (14) Kison (2–1) Bonham 6,873 10–20
31 May 16 Cubs 5–2 Brett (3–3) Frailing Kison (1) 5,845 11–20
32 May 18 Phillies 2–9 Schueler Moose (1–5) 8,021 11–21
33 May 19 Phillies 2–3 Lonborg Ellis (1–4) Watt 11–22
34 May 19 Phillies 2–1 Reuss (2–3) Ruthven 13,426 12–22
35 May 20 @ Expos 2–4 Torrez Rooker (2–3) Taylor 12,228 12–23
36 May 21 @ Expos 8–4 Brett (4–3) Moore 9,231 13–23
37 May 23 @ Expos 4–5 Rogers Kison (2–2) Taylor 7,209 13–24
38 May 24 Mets 4–1 Reuss (3–3) Matlack 12,257 14–24
39 May 25 Mets 3–4 Koosman Ellis (1–5) 11,260 14–25
40 May 26 Mets 3–5 Sadecki Giusti (1–2) Parker 15,573 14–26
41 May 27 Padres 6–0 Brett (5–3) Jones 15–26
42 May 27 Padres 8–7 Tekulve (1–0) McAndrew 15,367 16–26
43 May 29 Padres 13–3 Reuss (4–3) Hardy 4,534 17–26
44 May 31 @ Reds 5–7 Borbon Rooker (2–4) 40,205 17–27
June: 15–13 (Home: 9–0; Away: 6–13)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
45 June 1 @ Reds 14–1 Brett (6–3) Nelson 36,999 18–27
46 June 2 @ Reds 1–5 Norman Kison (2–3) 38,354 18–28
47 June 4 @ Dodgers 0–5 John Reuss (4–4) 23,472 18–29
48 June 5 @ Dodgers 2–3 Marshall Rooker (2–5) 25,959 18–30
49 June 6 @ Dodgers 0–6 Messersmith Brett (6–4) 26,717 18–31
50 June 7 @ Giants 2–6 D'Acquisto Demery (0–1) 3,845 18–32
51 June 8 @ Giants 5–2 Ellis (2–5) Bradley Kison (2) 9,138 19–32
52 June 9 @ Giants 14–1 Reuss (5–4) Bryant 8,786 20–32
53 June 10 @ Padres 8–9 Romo Tekulve (1–1) 7,309 20–33
54 June 11 @ Padres 5–2 Brett (7–4) Jones 9,505 21–33
55 June 12 @ Padres 2–5 Freisleben Demery (0–2) Tomlin 12,336 21–34
56 June 14 Giants 4–2 Ellis (3–5) Bryant 18,588 22–34
57 June 15 Giants 3–2 (9) Patterson (1–0) Sosa 13,571 23–34
58 June 16 Giants 4–3 Rooker (3–5) Bradley 12,606 24–34
59 June 17 Dodgers 7–3 Brett (8–4) Sutton 17,105 25–34
60 June 18 Dodgers 2–0 Giusti (2–2) John Patterson (1) 15,054 26–34
61 June 19 Dodgers 7–3 Reuss (6–4) Rau 16,493 27–34
62 June 20 @ Cubs 0–3 Reuschel Ellis (3–6) 12,321 27–35
63 June 21 @ Cubs 2–3 Stone Rooker (3–6) Zamora 11,625 27–36
64 June 22 @ Cubs 6–0 Brett (9–4) Frailing 10,069 28–36
65 June 23 @ Cubs 3–7 Bonham Giusti (2–3) 24,855 28–37
66 June 24 @ Cardinals 1–3 Foster Reuss (6–5) Garman 28–38
67 June 24 @ Cardinals 0–4 Gibson Demery (0–3) 25,093 28–39
68 June 25 @ Cardinals 7–8 Hrabosky Patterson (1–1) Curtis 17,392 28–40
69 June 26 @ Cardinals 7–2 Rooker (4–6) Siebert 18,487 29–40
70 June 29 Phillies 6–3 Reuss (7–5) Lonborg 15,839 30–40
71 June 30 Phillies 11–8 Brett (10–4) Carlton 31–40
72 June 30 Phillies 3–2 Kison (3–3) Schueler 25,730 32–40
July: 18–14 (Home: 8–7; Away: 10–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
73 July 2 Expos 4–2 Rooker (5–6) Montague 13,138 33–40
74 July 3 Expos 2–1 Reuss (8–5) Montague 11,123 34–40
75 July 4 Expos 1–2 Rogers Brett (10–5) 34–41
76 July 4 Expos 3–2 Kison (4–3) Blair 22,456 35–41
77 July 5 @ Astros 1–7 Dierker Ellis (3–7) 23,047 35–42
78 July 6 @ Astros 0–1 Wilson Kison (4–4) 29,640 35–43
79 July 7 @ Astros 6–4 (10) Giusti (3–3) Scherman 18,984 36–43
80 July 8 Braves 0–5 Leon Reuss (8–6) 11,494 36–44
81 July 9 Braves 5–4 Brett (11–5) Niekro Giusti (3) 13,737 37–44
82 July 10 Braves 5–10 Morton Ellis (3–8) 13,922 37–45
83 July 12 Reds 0–7 Gullett Rooker (5–7) 37–46
84 July 12 Reds 3–4 Carroll Demery (0–4) Carroll 30,507 37–47
85 July 13 Reds 4–9 Hall Reuss (8–7) Borbon 15,386 37–48
86 July 14 Reds 2–3 Norman Brett (11–6) Carroll 37–49
87 July 14 Reds 2–1 Kison (5–4) Billingham Giusti (4) 27,151 38–49
88 July 15 Astros 3–1 Ellis (4–8) Roberts 9,171 39–49
89 July 16 Astros 6–2 Rooker (6–7) Dierker 9,935 40–49
90 July 17 Astros 11–3 Demery (1–4) Wilson 10,941 41–49
91 July 18 @ Braves 4–0 Reuss (9–7) Reed 8,262 42–49
92 July 19 @ Braves 2–0 Brett (12–6) Niekro Giusti (5) 9,583 43–49
93 July 20 @ Braves 7–6 (11) Giusti (4–3) Frisella 40,225 44–49
94 July 21 @ Braves 6–2 Ellis (5–8) Capra 9,351 45–49
95 July 25 @ Expos 5–10 Renko Rooker (6–8) 45–50
96 July 25 @ Expos 3–2 Reuss (10–7) Rogers Giusti (6) 27,283 46–50
97 July 26 @ Expos 3–0 Ellis (6–8) Blair Hernández (1) 22,278 47–50
98 July 27 @ Phillies 5–6 Richert Brett (12–7) 47–51
99 July 27 @ Phillies 4–7 Twitchell Kison (5–5) Watt 55,066 47–52
100 July 28 @ Phillies 4–3 Giusti (5–3) Scarce 34,049 48–52
101 July 29 @ Phillies 1–13 Carlton Reuss (10–8) 27,760 48–53
102 July 30 @ Mets 6–0 Rooker (7–8) Matlack 49–53
103 July 30 @ Mets 3–4 Koosman Kison (5–6) 39,246 49–54
104 July 31 @ Mets 8–3 Ellis (7–8) Seaver 23,281 50–54
August: 20–8 (Home: 11–6; Away: 9–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
105 August 1 Cardinals 2–5 (11) Folkers Giusti (5–4) 17,318 50–55
106 August 2 Cardinals 3–2 (14) Hernández (1–1) Pena 19,385 51–55
107 August 3 Cubs 3–4 Reuschel Reuss (10–9) LaRoche 9,316 51–56
108 August 4 Cubs 3–4 Bonham Rooker (7–9) 51–57
109 August 4 Cubs 7–1 Kison (6–6) Hutson 23,536 52–57
110 August 6 Mets 9–8 (11) Patterson (2–1) McGraw 12,441 53–57
111 August 7 Mets 10–1 Demery (2–4) Parker 13,360 54–57
112 August 8 Mets 4–3 Reuss (11–9) Matlack 11,191 55–57
113 August 9 Padres 7–3 Rooker (8–9) Jones 11,507 56–57
114 August 10 Padres 4–8 Freisleben Morlan (0–2) 15,150 56–58
115 August 11 Padres 8–1 Ellis (8–8) Spillner 14,726 57–58
116 August 12 @ Reds 7–4 Reuss (12–9) Kirby Giusti (7) 30,327 58–58
117 August 13 @ Reds 14–3 Demery (3–4) Billingham 32,280 59–58
118 August 14 @ Reds 2–3 (10) Carroll Kison (6–7) 30,018 59–59
119 August 16 Dodgers 5–2 Ellis (9–8) Sutton 32,347 60–59
120 August 17 Dodgers 4–3 Reuss (13–9) Messersmith Giusti (8) 18,681 61–59
121 August 18 Dodgers 10–3 Demery (4–4) Zahn 33,225 62–59
122 August 19 Giants 3–5 Bryant Rooker (8–10) Sosa 14,077 62–60
123 August 20 Giants 7–8 (10) Caldwell Morlan (0–3) 15,944 62–61
124 August 21 Giants 4–2 Ellis (10–8) Halicki 19,814 63–61
125 August 23 @ Padres 6–2 Reuss (14–9) Greif 13,443 64–61
126 August 25 @ Padres 4–1 (12) Rooker (9–10) Palmer 65–61
127 August 25 @ Padres 10–2 Demery (5–4) Freisleben 11,567 66–61
128 August 27 @ Giants 13–2 Ellis (11–8) D'Acquisto 3,273 67–61
129 August 28 @ Giants 3–1 (11) Giusti (6–4) Barr 3,679 68–61
130 August 29 @ Giants 2–3 (11) Moffitt Giusti (6–5) 3,172 68–62
131 August 30 @ Dodgers 4–3 Rooker (10–10) Marshall Giusti (9) 38,887 69–62
132 August 31 @ Dodgers 4–3 Demery (6–4) Zahn Giusti (10) 41,653 70–62
September: 16–12 (Home: 10–3; Away: 5–9)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
133 September 1 @ Dodgers 2–6 Sutton Ellis (11–9) 29,667 70–63
134 September 2 Phillies 7–4 Reuss (15–9) Carlton 71–63
135 September 2 Phillies 11–1 Kison (7–7) Schueler 45,181 72–63
136 September 3 Phillies 8–2 Rooker (11–10) Twitchell 8,168 73–63
137 September 6 Expos 2–1 Ellis (12–9) Renko 15,386 74–63
138 September 7 Expos 6–5 (12) Hernández (2–1) Murray 17,576 75–63
139 September 8 Expos 8–2 Rooker (12–10) Rogers 18,870 76–63
140 September 9 @ Cubs 4–9 Stone Demery (6–5) LaRoche 2,918 76–64
141 September 10 @ Cubs 12–4 Brett (13–7) Reuschel 4,843 77–64
142 September 11 @ Phillies 5–8 Schueler Hernández (2–2) 21,117 77–65
143 September 12 @ Phillies 4–6 Garber Kison (7–8) 22,135 77–66
144 September 13 @ Expos 2–3 Rogers Rooker (12–11) 9,283 77–67
145 September 14 @ Expos 2–17 Blair Demery (6–6) 15,566 77–68
146 September 15 @ Expos 4–5 Renko Brett (13–8) Murray 15,438 77–69
147 September 17 Cardinals 1–2 (13) Hrabosky Reuss (15–10) 21,458 77–70
148 September 18 Cardinals 4–1 Rooker (13–11) McGlothen 18,126 78–70
149 September 19 Cardinals 8–6 Hernández (3–2) Folkers Giusti (11) 19,844 79–70
150 September 20 Mets 4–3 Hernández (4–2) McGraw 11,683 80–70
151 September 21 Mets 2–4 Koosman Pizarro (0–1) 7,160 80–71
152 September 22 Mets 0–4 Matlack Reuss (15–11) 27,915 80–72
153 September 23 @ Cardinals 1–0 (10) Rooker (14–11) McGlothen Giusti (12) 33,525 81–72
154 September 24 @ Cardinals 7–3 Kison (8–8) Curtis 37,197 82–72
155 September 25 @ Cardinals 12–13 (11) Garman Minshall (0–1) 41,345 82–73
156 September 26 @ Mets 11–5 Pizarro (1–1) Koosman 9,250 83–73
157 September 27 @ Mets 2–1 Reuss (16–11) Matlack 17,440 84–73
158 September 28 @ Mets 7–3 Rooker (15–11) McGraw Hernández (2) 13,059 85–73
159 September 29 @ Mets 2–7 Apodaca Brett (13–9) 50,653 85–74
160 September 30 Cubs 2–1 Kison (9–8) Bonham 10,482 86–74
October: 2–0 (Home: 2–0; Away: 0–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
161 October 1 Cubs 6–5 Giusti (7–5) LaRoche 13,801 87–74
162 October 2 Cubs 5–4 (10) Hernández (5–2) Frailing 22,725 88–74
Legend:        = Win        = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Rennie Stennett 2B
Richie Hebner 3B
Al Oliver CF
Willie Stargell LF
Richie Zisk RF
Dave Parker 1B
Manny Sanguillén C
Dal Maxvill SS
Jerry Reuss SP

[12]

Notable transactions

Roster

1974 Pittsburgh Pirates
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Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 Manny Sanguillén 151 596 171 .287 7 68
1B Bob Robertson 91 236 54 .229 16 48
2B Rennie Stennett 157 673 196 .291 7 56
SS Frank Taveras 126 333 82 .246 0 26
3B Richie Hebner 146 550 160 .291 18 68
LF Willie Stargell 140 508 153 .301 25 96
CF Al Oliver 147 617 198 .321 11 85
RF Richie Zisk 149 536 168 .313 17 100

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
Ed Kirkpatrick 116 271 67 .247 6 38
Gene Clines 107 276 62 .225 0 14
Dave Parker 73 220 62 .282 4 29
Mario Mendoza 91 163 36 .221 0 15
Paul Popovich 59 83 18 .217 0 5
Art Howe 29 74 18 .243 1 5
Mike Ryan 15 30 3 .100 0 0
Dal Maxvill 8 22 4 .182 0 0
Dave Augustine 18 22 4 .182 0 0
Chuck Brinkman 4 7 1 .143 0 1
Ken Macha 5 5 3 .600 0 1
Ed Ott 7 5 0 .000 0 0
Miguel Diloné 12 2 0 .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
Jim Rooker 33 262.2 15 11 2.78 139
Jerry Reuss 35 260 16 11 3.50 105
Ken Brett 27 191 13 19 3.90 96
Dock Ellis 26 176.2 12 9 3.16 91
Larry Demery 19 95.1 6 6 4.25 51
Bob Moose 7 35.2 1 5 7.57 15

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
Bruce Kison 40 129 9 8 3.49 71
Juan Pizarro 7 24 1 1 1.88 7

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
Dave Giusti 64 7 5 12 3.32 53
Ramón Hernández 58 5 2 2 2.75 33
John Morlan 39 0 3 0 4.29 38
Daryl Patterson 14 2 1 1 7.29 8
Kent Tekulve 8 1 1 0 6.00 6
Jim Minshall 5 0 1 0 0.00 3
Juan Jiménez 4 0 0 0 6.75 2
Jim Sadowski 4 0 1 0 6.00 1
Steve Blass 1 0 0 0 9.00 2

National League Championship Series

Main article: 1974 National League Championship Series

Awards and honors

1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Steve Demeter
AA Thetford Mines Pirates Eastern League Tim Murtaugh
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Johnny Lipon
A Charleston Pirates Western Carolinas League Larry Sherry
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Pirates New York–Penn League Ron Brand
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Woody Huyke

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Thetford Mines, Salem

Notes

  1. ^ From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. ^ Ken Brett at Baseball Almanac
  3. ^ Jerry Reuss at Baseball Almanac
  4. ^ Nelson Briles at Baseball Almanac
  5. ^ Luke Walker at Baseball Almanac
  6. ^ Bob Johnson at Baseball Almanac
  7. ^ Fred Breining at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ a b John Lamb at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Jackie Hernández at Baseball Almanac
  10. ^ Silvio Martínez at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Paul Popovich at Baseball Almanac
  12. ^ 1974 Opening Day lineup at "Baseball-Almanac"
  13. ^ Dal Maxvill at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Rod Scurry at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Ed Whitson at Baseball Almanac
  16. ^ Mike Edwards at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Kurt Bevacqua at Baseball Almanac
  18. ^ Chuck Brinkman at Baseball Reference
  19. ^ Juan Pizarro at Baseball Almanac

References