Tuesday, July 3, 2012

1974 All Star Project: AL Bench

Continuing on with this project... here are the non-starting position players from the 1974 American League All Star Squad.

Sal Bando. As you expect from a dynasty, the Oakland A's are well represented on the AL squad. Bando was the captain of the three time world champions. 1974 would be the final of his 4 career All Star selections.

He was injured and did not play in the game.

Dave Chalk. A former first round draft pick, 1974 was Dave Chalk's first full season in the majors. Looking at his stats, I have no idea how or why he made the AL All Star roster in both 1974 & 1975. In 1976 he became the last major leaguer to play a full season (at least 500 PA) and hit 0 home runs and steal 0 bases.

He played third in the bottom of the eight and struck out in the top of ninth inning. 
Bobby Grich. This was Bobby's second of six total All Star game appearances. He also won four gold gloves at second of the Orioles.

He replaced Rod Carew in the bottom of the third and delivered one of the four AL hits.

George Hendrick. A member of Dick William's 1972 World Champion Oakland A's... Hendrick was appearing in his first of four career All Star games.

He replaced Bobby Murcer in centerfield in the bottom of the fifth inning and singled to lead off the sixth inning.

Ed Herrmann. 1974 was the only All Star game Ed Herrmann was ever selected for. He did not play.

Al Kaline. Appearing in the final of his 18 career All Star games, Kaline would collect his 3000th hit and retire from the big leagues at the end of the season.

He pinch hit for Gaylord Perry in the top of the fourth inning and fouled out to the catcher.

John Mayberry. A member of both the 1973 and 1974 AL All Star teams. In 1973 he led the American League in on-base-percentage.

He grounded out to first base as a pinch hitter.

Don Money. This was the first midsummer classic appearance for Money. He would make the game three more times in the 1970s, starting at second base in the 1978 game in San Diego.

He did not play.

Darrell Porter. Like his teammate Don Money, this was the first All Star appearance for Porter. Like Money he would make three other games in his 17 year career.

Also, like Money, he did not play.

Frank Robinson. Frank made 14 different All Star rosters in the Hall of Fame career. 1974 would be his last as a player.

He grounded into a fielders choice as a sixth inning pinch hitter.

Cookie Rojas. Appearing in his fifth and final All Star game of his 16 year career. He holds the distinction as the first player born outside the United States to hit a home run for the AL in an All-Star Game in 1972.

He did not play.

Joe Rudi. A popular member to the powerful A's team, Rudi made three career All Star games, starting in the AL outfield in 1975.

He replaced Jeff Burroughs in left and went hitless in two at bats.

Jim Sundberg. This was the first of three All Star games for the six time gold glove winner.

For some reason, not counting the injured Carlton Fisk, manager Dick Williams selected four different catchers for his '74 AL roster and only played one of them. Sundberg wasn't it. He did not play.

Carl Yastrzemski. Yaz appeared in 19 different All Star games over the span of three different decades. He won the MVP of the game in 1970.

In 1974 he replaced Dick Allen at first in the bottom of third inning. He collected a walk in the bottom of the eighth.


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