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This article is about the 1974 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1974 in baseball.

The 1974 Major League Baseball season was held between the American and National Leagues. The Oakland Athletics won their third consecutive World Series, defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers four games to one.

Two notable personal milestones were achieved during the 1974 season. The first came on April 8, when Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves blasted his 715th career home run, breaking the all-time career home run mark of 714 set by Babe Ruth. Aaron would finish his career with 755 home runs, a record that would stand until Barry Bonds broke it in 2007. The second milestone came on September 10, when the St. Louis Cardinals' Lou Brock stole his 105th base off pitcher Dick Ruthven and catcher Bob Boone of the Philadelphia Phillies. This broke the single-season stolen base record of 104, set by Maury Wills in 1962. Brock would go on to steal 118 bases, a record that would stand until 1982, when Rickey Henderson swiped 130.

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Rod Carew MIN .364 Ralph Garr ATL .353
HR Dick Allen CHW 32 Mike Schmidt PHI 36
RBI Jeff Burroughs TEX 118 Johnny Bench CIN 129
Wins Catfish Hunter OAK
Ferguson Jenkins TEX
25 Phil Niekro ATL
Andy Messersmith LAD
ERA Catfish Hunter OAK 2.49 Buzz Capra ATL 2.28
SO Nolan Ryan CAL 367 Steve Carlton PHI 240
SV Terry Forster CHW 24 Mike Marshall LAD 21
SB Billy North OAK 54 Lou Brock STL 118

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