1974 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record86–75 (.534)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s)Bing Devine
Manager(s)Red Schoendienst
Local televisionKSD-TV
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph)
Local radioKMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Bob Starr)
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The 1974 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 93rd season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 83rd season in the National League. The Cardinals went 86–75 during the season and finished second in the National League East, 1½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Offseason

Regular season

Outfielder Lou Brock led the NL with 118 stolen bases, breaking the modern-era (post-1898) MLB single-season mark of 104, set by Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills in 1962. He also broke the all-time National League record of 111 set by John Montgomery Ward in 1887, when stolen bases were counted differently. Brock broke Wills' record on September 10 in a game against the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. Brock's record still stands as the NL record, but Rickey Henderson of the Oakland Athletics broke the modern MLB mark in 1982, with 130 steals. The all-time MLB record was, and still is, held by Hugh Nicol, who stole 138, also in 1887, while playing in the American Association.

Outfielder Bake McBride won the Rookie of the Year Award this year, batting .309, with 6 home runs and 56 RBIs.

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


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


Notable transactions

Roster

1974 St. Louis Cardinals
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 Ted Simmons 152 599 163 .272 20 103
1B Joe Torre 147 529 149 .282 11 70
2B Ted Sizemore 129 504 126 .250 2 47
SS Mike Tyson 151 422 94 .223 1 37
3B Ken Reitz 154 579 157 .271 7 54
LF Lou Brock 153 635 194 .306 3 48
CF Bake McBride 150 559 173 .309 6 56
RF Reggie Smith 143 517 160 .309 23 100

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
José Cruz 107 161 42 .261 5 20
Luis Meléndez 83 124 27 .218 0 8
Tim McCarver 74 106 23 .217 0 11
Jim Dwyer 74 86 24 .279 2 11
Tom Heintzelman 38 74 17 .230 1 6
Jack Heidemann 47 70 19 .271 0 3
Jim Hickman 50 60 16 .267 2 4
Jerry DaVanon 30 40 6 .150 0 4
Luis Alvarado 17 36 5 .139 0 1
Keith Hernandez 14 34 10 .294 0 2
Ron Hunt 12 23 4 .174 0 0
Marc Hill 10 21 5 .238 0 2
Danny Godby 13 13 2 .154 0 1
Bob Heise 3 7 1 .143 0 0
Richie Scheinblum 6 6 2 .333 0 0
Dick Billings 1 5 1 .200 0 0
Stan Papi 8 4 1 .250 0 1
Jerry Mumphrey 5 2 0 .000 0 0
Larry Herndon 12 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
Bob Gibson 33 240 11 13 3.83 129
Lynn McGlothen 31 237.1 16 12 2.69 142
John Curtis 33 195 10 14 3.78 89
Alan Foster 31 162.1 7 10 3.88 78
Sonny Siebert 28 133.2 8 8 3.84 68
Bob Forsch 19 100 7 4 2.97 39

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
Mike Thompson 19 38.1 0 3 5.63 25
Ray Bare 10 24.1 1 2 5.92 6
Claude Osteen 8 22.2 0 2 4.37 6

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
Al Hrabosky 65 8 1 9 2.95 82
Mike Garman 64 7 2 6 2.64 45
Rich Folkers 55 6 2 2 3.00 57
Orlando Peña 42 5 2 1 2.60 23
Pete Richert 13 0 0 1 2.38 4
John Denny 2 0 0 0 0.00 1
Barry Lersch 1 0 0 0 40.50 0

Awards and honors

League leaders

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tulsa Oilers American Association Ken Boyer
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Jack Krol
A Modesto Reds California League Lee Thomas
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Roy Majtyka
Rookie GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League Tom Burgess and Bobby Dews

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tulsa[10]

References

  1. ^ "Eddie Fisher Stats".
  2. ^ Tommie Agee page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Diego Segui page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Bill Caudill page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Paul Molitor page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Steve Barber page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dan Larson page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Ron Hunt page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Stolen Bases Single Season National League Leaders by Baseball Almanac
  10. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007