Wednesday, July 4, 2012

1974 All Star Project: AL Bullpen

Continuing on with this project... here are the non-starting pitchers from the 1974 American League All Star Squad.
Steve Busby. Made both the 1974 and 1975 All Star teams. In 1974 he won 22 games for the Royals and his second career no-hitter on June 19th against the Milwaukee Brewers.

He did not pitch in the game.
Mike Cuellar. 1974 was the last of four career All Star selections for the 1969 Cy Young Award winner. In 1974, he finished with 22 wins for the season.

He did not pitch in the game.
Rollie Fingers. Fingers helped define the modern role of "closer". 1974 was the second of his seven career All Star appearances. He was named the MVP of the 1974 World Series leading his A's to their third straight title.

He pitched 8th (and final) inning for the AL squad, giving up two runs, including one on a wild pitch.
John Hiller. Returning from a 1971 heart attack, Hiller recorded an AL-record 17 relief victories in 1974 while saving 13 games for Detroit. This was the only All Star selection of his 15 season career.

He did not pitch in the game.
Catfish Hunter. In what would be his last season with Oakland, Catfish delivered 25 wins and the AL Cy Young award. He was an eight time All Star.

In this game he pitched the 6th and 7th innings, giving up a home run to Reggie Smith.
Luis Tiant. Over his 19 year career, El Tiante appeared in three All Star Games, including the starting nod in 1968. In 1974 he won 22 games with a league leading seven shutouts.

He pitched 4th and 5th inning of this game, giving up 3 runs (2 earned) and taking the loss for the AL squad.
Wilbur Wood. This would be the final of three career All Star selections for the left handed knuckleballer. 1974 was the fourth straight season Wood won over 20 games.

He did not pitch in the game.


Jeffrey said...

Simply the best looking '74 cards ever..Are you doing a NL set?

Dick Allen Hall of Fame said...

@Jeffrey Thanks! Yes, I will be posting the NL cards over the next couple of days

Dick Allen Hall of Fame said...

You should check out the 1975 Topps Traded Project HERE

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