1974 October

1st  The Orioles beat the Tigers, 7–6, as reliever Grant Jackson ties a 24-year-old AL record by winning his 3rd game in three consecutive game appearances. He won on the 29th and 30th. Al Kaline goes 1-for-5 and will go hitless tomorrow in his 147thgame, the most by a Hall of Famer in his final season. When the Brewers beat the Yankees 3–2 in 10 innings, the O’s become the AL East champions.

The Bucs take the NL East by edging the Cubs 6–5. A 2-run pinch HR by Bob Robertson is the game winner. Meanwhile, the Cardinals lose, 3–2, to the Expos, as Bob Gibson takes the loss. Reliever Dale Murray is the winner.

The Dodgers clinch the NL West with am 8–5 victory over Houston. Don Sutton earns the win over J.R. Richard.

2nd  In the Rangers’ season finale, Billy Martin allows Ferguson Jenkins to hit for himself rather than use the DH, the first such incident in the AL all season. Jenkins singles to break up the Twins Jim Hughes’s no-hitter, scores the Rangers’ first run, and goes on to win his 25th game of the season 2–1. With 2 outs in the bottom of the 9th, Harmon Killebrew pinch hits for Larry Hisle and strikes out. It is the Killer’s last ML at bat as a Twin. He’ll sign on as a DH for the Royals after declining the Twins offer to manage in the minors.

During a 13–0 win over Reds, the Braves Hank Aaron homers off Rawly Eastwick. It is Aaron’s 733rd career clout and comes in his last NL at bat.

At Houston, the Dodgers edge the Astros, 5-4, in 10 innings.  For the second day in a row, Dodger rookie John Hale doesn’t start but goes 2-for-2. He scores the winning run and his 4 hits in his first 4 at bats sets a since tied NL record.  John will finish his 6-year career with a less than hale .201 average.

3rd  Frank Robinson becomes the first black manager in the major leagues, as the Indians name him to replace Ken Aspromonte for the 1975 season.

5th  Don Sutton notches a 4-hit shutout to give the Dodgers a 3–0 win over the Pirates in the NL Championship Series opener.

The Orioles beat the A’s 6–3 in the AL opener as Paul Blair, Bobby Grich, and Brooks Robinson blast homers.

6th  Ron Cey cracks a HR, 2 doubles, and a single, and the Dodgers win the 2nd LCS game 5–2.

The A’s even the AL series behind Ken Holtzman’s 5–0 shutout and homers by Ray Fosse and Sal Bando.

8th  Sal Bando homers again and Vida Blue hurls a 2-hitter to give the A’s a 1–0 win and a 2-1 lead in the LCS. Blue fans 7 and walks none.

The Pirates stay alive with a 7–0 win in the NLCS game as Bruce Kison gets the win. Richie Hebner and Willie Stargell drive in 6 runs between them.

9th  Los Angeles advances to the WS with a 12–1 win over the Bucs. Steve Garvey has 2 singles and 2 doubles, and scores 4 runs as Don Sutton wins his 2nd LCS game and 11th in a row.

The A’s get just one hit, but draw 11 walks, 9 off loser Mike Cuellar, in beating the Orioles 2–1. Cuellar walks Gene Tenace in the 6th to force in a run, and Reggie Jackson doubles in the winning run in the 7th.

10th  Former Oakland 2B Mike Andrews files a $2.5 million lawsuit against Charlie Finley over his treatment during the 1973 WS.

11th  It is revealed that Oakland ace Catfish Hunter has charged owner Charlie Finley with a breach of contract.

12th  Oakland slugging star Reggie Jackson connects for a homer off Andy Messersmith to start the scoring, and pitcher Ken Holtzman scores the 2nd run in the 5th on a suicide squeeze. The A’s win the WS opener 3–2 as the Dodgers strand 12 base runners

Sadaharu Oh draws his 166th walk in a 130-game season, setting a Japanese record. At his retirement in 1980, Oh will hold the all-time world record for walks, 2,504, topping Babe Ruth’s record of 2,056.

13th  Hall of Fame OF Sam Rice dies at Rossmor, Maryland, at age 84, leaving a letter—opened at Cooperstown—confirming his controversial catch in the 1925 WS. The letter, dated July 26, 1965, details the entire play and ends with Rice’s punch line, “at no time did I lose possession of the ball.”

Los Angeles, behind Don Sutton, evens the Series with a 3–2 win. The Dodgers score in the 2nd off Vida Blue, and a 2-run HR by Joe Ferguson in the 6th provides the margin.

The Cardinals trade Joe Torre to the Mets for pitchers Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore. Torre will not solve the Mets’ third base problems but he will be named manager in 1977. When he retires he will be the second player (along with Gene Tenace) to play more than 500 games at catcher and at first base. He also plays more than 500 games at third base, the only player to do that.

15th  In a Tuesday night game, the surprise starter for the Dodgers is Al Downing. But Catfish Hunter is too much for LA, and Oakland wins another 3–2 game.

16th  Ken Holtzman, who hadn’t hit all season, belts a 3rd-inning HR and gets the win 5–2 with Rollie Fingers in relief. Oakland scores 4 in the 6th to wrap up the 4th game 5–2.

17th  Vida Blue and Don Sutton are tied 2–2 going into the bottom of the 6th when Mike Marshall relieves and retires the side. In the 7th, a shower of debris halts the game for 15 minutes. When play is resumed, Joe Rudi hits Marshall’s first pitch for a homer to give the A’s a 3rd 3–2 win, clinching a 3rd straight World Championship for the team.

22nd  The Giants and Yankees swap popular star outfielders: Bobby Bonds goes to the Yankees and Bobby Murcer heads to San Francisco. Bonds will play just one season in New York, hitting 32 HRs and stealing 32 bases, before leg injuries slowed him.  Murcer swore he would never forgive the Yankees for trading him, but later he will relent when the Yanks reacquire him.

23rd  The Cubs trade sweet-swinging Billy Williams, a fixture at Wrigley for 16 years, to the A’s for 2B Manny Trillo and pitchers Darold Knowles and Bob Locker.

Wally Yonamine, an American of Japanese descent, becomes the only non-Japanese manager ever to win the Japan Series when his Chunichi Dragons beat the Lotte Orions.

30th  Catfish Hunter is named the AL Cy Young Award winner. He led the league with 25 wins and a 2.49 ERA.