Year In Review : 1975 National 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.

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1975 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Cincinnati
132
Batting Average
Chicago
.354
Doubles
Cincinnati
47
Hits
Philadelphia
213
Home Runs
Philadelphia
38
On Base Percentage
Cincinnati
.471
RBI
Philadelphia
120
Runs
Cincinnati
112
Slugging Average
Pittsburgh
.541
Stolen Bases
Los Angeles
77
Total Bases
Philadelphia
322
Triples
Atlanta
11

1975 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Los Angeles
19
ERA
San Diego
2.24
Games
Philadelphia
71
Saves
Cincinnati
22
St. Louis
Shutouts
Los Angeles
7
Strikeouts
New York
243
Winning Percentage
Cincinnati
.789
Wins
New York
22

1975 National League

Team Standings

Pittsburgh Pirates 92 69 .571 0
Philadelphia Phillies 86 76 .531
New York Mets 82 80 .506 10½
St. Louis Cardinals 82 80 .506 10½
Montreal Expos 75 87 .463 17½
Chicago Cubs 75 87 .463 17½
Cincinnati Reds 108 54 .667 0
Los Angeles Dodgers 88 74 .543 20
San Francisco Giants 80 81 .497 27½
San Diego Padres 71 91 .438 37
Atlanta Braves 67 94 .416 40½
Houston Astros 64 97 .398 43½
National League Team Standings

1975 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls
Cincinnati
691
Batting Average
St. Louis
.273
Doubles
Philadelphia
283
Hits
St. Louis
1,527
Home Runs
Pittsburgh
138
On Base Percentage
Cincinnati
.355
Runs
Cincinnati
840
Slugging Average
Pittsburgh
.402
Stolen Bases
Cincinnati
168
Triples
Houston
54

1975 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games
Los Angeles
51
ERA
Los Angeles
2.93
Fewest Hits Allowed
Los Angeles
1,215
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Pittsburgh
79
Fewest Walks Allowed
Los Angeles
448
Saves
Cincinnati
50
Shutouts
Los Angeles
18
Strikeouts
New York
989
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On May 4, 1975, Bob Watson of the Houston Astros crossed home plate at 12:32 P.M. to score Major League Baseball's one millionth run. Mere seconds later Dave Concepcion of the Cincinnati Reds crossed the plate for the millionth-and-one Major League run.

Is one million in attendance before July possible? The 1948 Cleveland Indians reached the plateau by the 28th game of the season and the 1975 Los Angeles Dodgers beat them with they set a new mark on June 9, 1975 — their 27 th game of the season.

On September 16, 1975, Rennie Stennett hit one triple, two doubles, and four singles to become only the second player in history to have seven hits during a nine-inning game .

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