YEAR IN REVIEW : 1975 American League

Off the field...

Two assassination attempts were made on the life of U.S. President Gerald Ford, both in September. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a twenty-seven year-old disciple of Charles Manson, attempted to shoot the president in Sacramento on September 5, with a .45 caliber hand gun. Fortunately, an alert secret-serviceman wrestled the weapon from her before she could fire a shot. On September 22, Sara Jane Moore, forty-five, a civil rights activist, fired a .38 caliber revolver at Ford, but a bystander diverted the shot at the last second. Both women are currently in prison serving life sentences.

Jimmy Hoffa, the powerful and controversial leader of the Teamsters Union from 1957 to 1971, disappeared from a restaurant parking lot in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Often alleged to have ties to organized crime, Hoffa had been convicted of fraud and jury tampering in 1964 and served four years in prison before his sentence was commuted by President Nixon. At the time of his mysterious abduction, he was trying to regain power in the union. Many felt that he had been killed by the Mafia and in 1983 he was declared legally dead.

On December 29 th , a bomb at New York's LaGuardia Airport exploded killing eleven people and injuring seventy-five. To date, no one has ever been convicted, indicted, or even arrested for suspicion of having taken part in the act.

In the American League...

Fred Lynn, who would finish the season as the American League Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year, knocked in ten runs himself during a 15-1 romping of the Detroit Tigers on June 18 th . The Red Sox's rookie outfielder connected for a two-run home run in the first, a three-run blast in the second, a two-run triple and an infield single tying an American League record with sixteen total bases.

On September 22 nd , a near impossible statistical oddity occurred when both brothers Gaylord Perry of the Texas Rangers and Jim Perry of the Oakland Athletics matched identical career win-loss records of 215-174.

October 21 st witnessed one of the most dramatic homeruns in the history of the World Series. After a four day rain-delay, the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds resumed play at Fenway Park for an epic twelve-inning nail-biter. Carlton Fisk came up huge with a game-winning homer that deflected off of the left field foul pole (thanks to a little body language) tying the Series at three apiece and forcing a Game 7.

In the National League...

Pittsburgh Pirate second baseman Rennis Stennett became the first modern player to tally seven hits in a single nine-inning game. Stennett collected a triple, two doubles; four singles and scored five times during the 22-0 massacre over the Chicago Cubs while raising his average from .278 to .287. The last player with such a cramped scorecard was Baltimore's Wilbert Robinson in 1892.

Joe Torre of the New York Mets, tied a Major League record by hitting into four consecutive double plays during a 6-2 loss to the Houston Astros. The future Yankees manager was recorded in the company of "Goose" Goslin, who had originated the feat in 1934 and Mike Kreevich who matched him in 1939.

New York Met Tom Seaver became the first pitcher in Major League history to record two-hundred plus strikeouts for eight consecutive years after he fanned the Pittsburgh Pirates Manny Sanguillen for a 3-0 victory and his twentieth win of the season.

Around the League...

Charles Finley's experimental position known as "the designated runner" came to an end after the Oakland Athletics owner released the prototype Herb Washington. The world-class sprinter had appeared in one-hundred five games while never batting and scored thirty-three runs plus thirty-one stolen bases in forty-eight attempts.

On April 8 th , baseball's first black player/manager, Frank Robinson, made his debut as the skipper of the Cleveland Indians. Rachel Robinson, the widow of Jackie Robinson, threw out the first ball as the Tribe took on the visiting New York Yankees. Robinson sweetened the moment with a first-inning home run, the 575 th of his career, and his team followed suite on the way to a 5-3 victory.

A pre-game ceremony honoring the United States Army's 200 th birthday "backfires" at Shea Stadium after two 75 mm artillery batteries from Fort Hamilton fire a twenty-one gun salute. After the smoke cleared there was a large hole in the center field fence and broken windows throughout the box seat areas. Following a quick clean up and repairs, the New York Yankees went on to defeat Nolan Ryan and the California Angels 6-4.

Baseball's winningest manager, Casey Stengel died on September 29 th of cancer at the age of eighty-five. Stengel had managed the New York Yankees second dynasty for twelve years while winning ten American League pennants and seven World Series Championships. After leaving the Bronx Bombers, he went on to manage the Mets before being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"A lot of things happened to me that year (1975) . It was new and it happened very fast. I really didn't enjoy everything that was happening for me until later. Personally, I didn't get a chance to enjoy that until years later. As a team, I enjoyed that we were winning and in first almost the entire year. I came from a winning background (USC) with three national titles." - Fred Lynn

1975 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Kansas City
119
Minnesota
.359
Boston
47
Kansas City
195
Oakland
36
Milwaukee
Minnesota
.428
Milwaukee
109
Boston
103
Boston
.566
California
70
Milwaukee
318
Kansas City
13
California

1975 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

New York
30
Baltimore
2.09
Oakland
75
Chicago
26
Baltimore
10
California
269
Baltimore
.690
New York
23
Baltimore

1975 American League

Team Standings

Boston Red Sox 95 65 .594 0
Baltimore Orioles 90 69 .566
New York Yankees 83 77 .519 12
Cleveland Indians 79 80 .497 15½
Milwaukee Brewers 68 94 .420 28
Detroit Tigers 57 102 .358 37½
Oakland Athletics 98 64 .605 0
Kansas City Royals 91 71 .562 7
Texas Rangers 79 83 .488 19
Minnesota Twins 76 83 .478 20½
Chicago White Sox 75 86 .466 22½
California Angels 72 89 .447 24½
American League Team Standings

1975 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Texas
613
Boston
.275
Boston
284
Boston
1,500
Cleveland
153
Boston
.347
Boston
796
Boston
.417
California
220
Kansas City
58

1975 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
70
New York
Baltimore
3.17
Fewest Hits Allowed
Oakland
1,267
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Oakland
102
Fewest Walks Allowed
Boston
490
Oakland
44
Baltimore
19
California
California
975
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Fred Lynn of the Boston Red Sox led the American League during 1975 in doubles, runs scored, and slugging average which enabled him to become the league's first recipient of the Rookie of the Year Award and Most Valuable Player Award !

Opening Day in Cleveland, April 8, 1975, marked the debut of baseball's first black manager , Frank Robinson , who hit a home run during the first inning versus the New York Yankees ensuring his Indians (and managerial record) a 1-0 start!

On June 1, 1975, Nolan Ryan of the California Angels won his 100th Major League game in style - no-hitting the Orioles 1-0 and tying Sandy Koufax for the Major League career no-hitter record!

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