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1975 in Baseball
The following are the baseball events of the year 1975 throughout the world.
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- The proposed sale of the Chicago White Sox presented opportunities for the Oakland Athletics. A group from Seattle was ready to purchase the White Sox and move them to Seattle. As Charlie Finley had business interests in Chicago, he was prepared to move the Athletics to Chicago. Due to his 20-year lease with the city of Oakland (to expire in 1987), Finley was blocked. In the end, White Sox owner Arthur Allyn sold to Bill Veeck, who kept the White Sox in Chicago.
- May 1 - Hank Aaron goes 4-for-4, driving in two runs in the Milwaukee Brewers' 17-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. This brings his career RBI total to 2,211, breaking Babe Ruth's published record of 2,209. On February 3, 1976, the Records Committee will revise Ruth's total to 2,204, meaning that in actuality, Aaron set the record on April 18.
- May 4 :
- At 5:00 AM, the New York Mets' Cleon Jones is arrested for indecent exposure in St. Petersburg, Florida after police find him naked in a van with a white, teenage girl who is holding a stash of narcotics. The charges are later dropped, however, chairman of the New York Mets M. Donald Grant fines Jones $2,000, four times as much as a Met has ever been assessed before, and forces Jones to publicly apologize during a press conference held in New York, with his wife, Angela, by his side.
- The San Francisco Giants beat the Houston Astros 8-6 in the first game of a doubleheader at Candlestick Park. In the second inning, Houston's Bob Watson scores what is calculated as the major leagues' one-millionth run of all time, as Milt May hits John Montefusco's first pitch to drive him home. Meanwhile, Dave Concepción of the Cincinnati Reds hits a home run at about the same moment and races around the bases, but Watson, running from second base, scores first. Cincinnati lose to Atlanta, 3-2. (On April 22, 1876, the opening game of the National League's first-ever season, the Boston Red Caps came out ahead of the Philadelphia Athletics by the score of 6-5. Athletics first baseman Wes Fisler scored the very first run in major league history.)
- May 5 - The Oakland Athletics release pinch runner Herb Washington. Washington, who played in 104 major league games without batting, pitching, or fielding, compiled 31 stolen bases and scored 33 runs. His 1975 trading card (no. 407) is the only Topps card ever issued showing the player's position as 'pinch runner'.
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- May 30 - Willie McCovey pinch-hits a grand slam to lift the San Diego Padres over the New York Mets, 6-2. It is McCovey's 3rd career pinch slam, tying the major league record held by Ron Northey and Rich Reese. It is also his 16th lifetime bases-loaded homer, tying the National League record held by Hank Aaron.
- May 31 - César Tovar gets the only hit for Texas, the fifth time in his career he has had his team's lone hit in a game. Yankees newly acquired pitcher Catfish Hunter hurls the one-hit 6-0 victory.
- June 1 - The Angels' Nolan Ryan pitches his fourth career no-hitter, winning 1-0 over the Orioles, to tie the record set by Sandy Koufax. Today's win is his 100th.
- June 6 - Luis Tiant wins his 100th game with the Boston Red Sox, defeating Kansas City 1-0. Boston's other 100+ winners include Cy Young, Mel Parnell, Smoky Joe Wood, Joe Dobson and Lefty Grove. Carl Yastrzemski draws a walk in the game, his 1,452nd, tying him for 10th on the all-time list with Jimmie Foxx.
- June 8 - Against the Detroit Tigers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Ken Holtzman of the Oakland Athletics has a no-hitter broken up with two out in the ninth on a Tom Veryzer double, the only hit he will allow in a 4-0 Athletic victory. Holtzman, having pitched two no-hitters in the National League (as a Chicago Cub in 1969 and 1971), was bidding to join Cy Young and Jim Bunning as the only pitchers to hurl no-hitters in both leagues.
- June 18 - Rookie Fred Lynn drives in 10 runs with three home runs, a triple and a single during a Boston 15-1 drubbing of the Detroit Tigers. Lynn's 16 total bases tie an American League record.
- July 2 - For the second time in less than a month, an American League pitcher has a no-hitter broken up with two out in the ninth after having pitched one in the National League. In the first game of a doubleheader at Milwaukee County Stadium, Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Wise has the bid foiled by a George Scott two-run home run. Wise gives up another home run to Bobby Darwin one batter later, but holds on to win, 6-3. Like Ken Holtzman, whose bid for a third career no-hitter was foiled with two out in the ninth on June 8, Wise had no-hit the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium in 1971. In the same game, Boston's Jim Rice hits a home run that comes within four rows of exiting the stadium. Cecil Fielder will become the only player to hit a home run completely out of the stadium, in 1991.
- July 4 - At Veterans Stadium, Jerry Grote steps in as a pinch hitter against longtime battery-mate Tug McGraw, who had been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies during the off-season. With the Mets down 3-2, Grote connected for a game-winning two-run home run. Without McGraw to go to in the Mets' bullpen, Rick Baldwin stepped in, and earned the save.
- July 15 - At Milwaukee County Stadium, the National League rallies for three runs in the ninth inning to win the All-Star Game over the American League, 6-3. Bill Madlock and the Mets' Jon Matlack share the MVP award. The game also marks the last of Hank Aaron's record-tying (along with Stan Musial and Willie Mays) 24th All-Star appearance; he lines out to Dave Concepción as a pinch hitter in the second inning. This appearance, like his first in 1955, was before a home crowd at Milwaukee County Stadium.
- July 17 - For the second consecutive Chicago White Sox game, Wilbur Wood is the starter, and he tosses his second straight shutout, beating the Detroit Tigers 5-0. The two starts were separated by the All-Star game.
- July 21 - Félix Millán of the New York Mets has four straight singles but is wiped out each time when Joe Torre grounds into four straight double plays, tying a major league record. New York loses 6-2 to the Houston Astros. Torre is the first National Leaguer to do so.
- July 24 - Tom Seaver fans Dan Driessen of the Reds in the second inning for his 2,000th career strikeout. The Reds win, 2-1.
- July 27- Ron Guidry, later to be known as "Louisiana Lightning" makes his MLB debut for the New York Yankees. He pitches 2 innings, gives up 3 hits but strikes out three in relief.
- August 2 - At Shea Stadium, the New York Yankees defeat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 in Billy Martin's debut as Yankee manager. This will be the first of five stints as Yankee manager for Martin, who had played for the Yankees from 1950-1953 and 1955-1957. Martin had replaced the fired Bill Virdon as Yankee skipper the day before. (The Yankees played at Shea Stadium for the 1974 and 1975 seasons while Yankee Stadium was being renovated.)
- August 6 - The 56-53 Mets fire manager Yogi Berra and replace him with Roy McMillan.
- August 9 - Davey Lopes steals his 32nd consecutive base for the Dodgers without being caught, in a 2-0 win over the Mets. This breaks the major league record set by Max Carey in 1922. Lou Brock gets his 2500th hit versus the San Diego Padres, a single in the 6th off of Dave Freisleben at Busch Stadium.
- August 21 - Pitching brothers Rick Reuschel and Paul Reuschel combine to hurl the Cubs to a 7-0 victory over the Dodgers -- the first time brothers have collaborated on a shutout. Paul takes over when Rick is forced to leave in the 7th inning because of a blister on his finger.
- August 24 - In the second game of a doubleheader at Candlestick Park, Ed Halicki of the San Francisco Giants no-hits the New York Mets 6-0.
- September 1 - Mets ace Tom Seaver shuts out the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0, and reaches 200 strikeouts for a major league record eighth straight season.
- September 2 - The San Francisco Giants' Johnny LeMaster sets a major league record by hitting an inside-the-park home run in his first at bat, during a 7-3 win over the Dodgers. Brian Downing, two years earlier, was the first major league player to hit his first homer inside-the-park, but not in his first at bat.
- September 3 - On the final pitch of his Hall of Fame career, Cardinals great Bob Gibson gives up a grand slam to Pete LaCock. It will be LaCock's only bases-loaded homer of his career.
- September 5- Larry Andersen makes his major league debut for the Cleveland Indians. Anderson would go on to a 20-year career as a relief pitcher
- September 7 - The Cincinnati Reds clinch the National League Western Division title, the earliest (by calendar day) a team has ever clinched their division in MLB history.
- September 14 - The Boston Red Sox top the Milwaukee Brewers at Fenway Park, 8-6, as Brewers' 19-year-old shortstop Robin Yount breaks Mel Ott's 47-year-old record by playing in his 242nd game as a teenager.
- September 16 - Rennie Stennett ties Wilbert Robinson's major league record, set June 10, 1892, by going 7-for-7 in a nine-inning game. He collects two hits each in the first and fifth innings, and scores five of his club's runs in a 22-0 massacre of the Cubs, a major league record for the biggest score in a shutout game in the 20th century. John Candelaria pockets the easy win, while Rick Reuschel is the loser.
- September 18 - Released by the Minnesota Twins in January, Harmon Killebrew returns to Metropolitan Stadium a final time with his new team, the Kansas City Royals. He homers off Eddie Bane in the second inning--the final hit, run and home run of his career.
- September 24 - In a scoreless game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, Tom Seaver of the New York Mets has a no-hitter broken up with two out in the ninth on a Joe Wallis single. This is the third time Seaver has had a no-hit bid broken up in the ninth inning; one of the previous two was a perfect game bid in 1969, also against the Cubs. The Cubs win the game in the 11th inning 1-0, as Rick Monday scores on Bill Madlock's bases-loaded walk.
- September 26 - New York Mets rookie Mike Vail strikes out seven times in a doubleheader against the Philadelphia Phillies, setting a National League record that still stands.
- September 27 - The Yankees sweep a doubleheader from the Orioles, giving the Red Sox the AL East title.
- September 28 - For the first time in major league history, four pitchers share in a no-hitter, as the Oakland Athletics shut down the California Angels, 5-0, on the final day of the season. Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, Paul Lindblad and Rollie Fingers are the unique quartet.
- November 10 - The Kansas City Royals release slugger Harmon Killebrew, ending a 22-year career marked by 573 home runs, good for fifth place on the all-time list.
- November 12 - Tom Seaver of the New York Mets wins his third Cy Young Award, after led the National League pitchers with 22 victories and 243 strikeouts while posting a 2.38 ERA. Seaver had previously won the award in 1969 and 1973.
- November 20 - The San Francisco Giants fire manager Wes Westrum, coaxing Bill Rigney out of retirement to replace him
- November 26 - Boston Red Sox center fielder Fred Lynn becomes the first rookie ever to be named American League MVP. Lynn, who hit .331 with 21 home runs and 105 RBI, also posted league-leading figures in runs (103), doubles (47), and slugging (.566), helping Boston to the American League East title. He also won Rookie of the Year honors.
- January 2 - Jim Poole, 79, first baseman in 283 games for 1925-1927 Philadelphia Athletics; active in Organized Baseball as a player or player-manager for 28 years between 1914 and 1946
- January 5 - Don Wilson, 29, All-Star pitcher who won 104 games for the Houston Astros between 1966 and 1974, and threw two no-hitters (in 1967 and 1969)
- January 9 - Walton Cruise, 84, outfielder who played in 736 career games for the St. Louis Cardinals (1914 and 1916-1919) and Boston Braves (1919-1924)
- January 9 - Curt Fullerton, 76, pitcher in 115 games for the Boston Red Sox (1921-1925 and 1933)
- January 23 - Clarence "Heinie" Mueller, 75, outfielder and first baseman who appeared in 693 career games over 11 years between 1920 and 1935 for the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, Boston Braves and St. Louis Browns
- January 26 - Astyanax Douglass, 77, catcher who played 11 games for the Cincinnati Reds over two seasons (1921 and 1925)
- February 12 - Dutch Mele, 60, minor-league slugger who had a six-game "cup of coffee" with the 1937 Cincinnati Reds
- February 21 - Steve Filipowicz, 55, outfielder who played in 57 total games for the MLB New York Giants and Cincinnati Reds between 1944 and 1948; previously a running back with the NFL New York Giants in 1943
- March 10 - Clint Evans, 85, coach at the University of California from 1930 to 1954 who led team to the first College World Series title in 1947
- March 13 - Red Marion, 60, outfielder in 18 games for the 1935 and 1943 Washington Senators, then a longtime minor-league manager; brother of Marty Marion
- March 21 - Joe Medwick, 63, Hall of Fame left fielder and 10-time All-Star who in 1937 became the most recent National League player to win the triple crown, also winning the MVP; lifetime .324 hitter, who had six 100-RBI seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals; also played for Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants and Boston Braves during a 17-year (1932-1948) MLB career
- March 25 - Tommy Holmes, 71, sportswriter who covered the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1924 until the team's move to Los Angeles in 1958
- March 26 - Harley Young, 91, pitcher in 14 total games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Doves of the National League in 1908
- March 27 - Oscar Fuhr, 81, pitched in 63 contests for the Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox between 1921 and 1925
- March 28 - Hy Gunning, 86, first baseman who played four games for the 1911 Boston Red Sox
- April 3 - Merritt "Sugar" Cain, 67, pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics (1932-1935), St. Louis Browns (1935-1936) and Chicago White Sox (1936-1938) who appeared in 178 career MLB games
- April 8 - Jim Peterson, 66, pitcher who hurled in 41 MLB games for the Philadelphia Athletics and Brooklyn Dodgers between 1931 and 1937
- April 18 - Jack Burns, 67, first baseman for the St. Louis Browns and Detroit Tigers, 1930 to 1936, appearing in 890 games; later a coach and scout for the Boston Red Sox
- April 19 - Wes Kingdon, 74, infielder who played 20 years in the minor leagues and batted .324 in 18 games in his only MLB trial with the 1932 Washington Senators
- April 25 - Bruce Edwards, 51, catcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1946-1951), Chicago Cubs (1951-1952, 1954), Washington Senators (1955) and Cincinnati Redlegs (1956); two-time National League All-Star
- May 6 - Les Burke, 72, second baseman for the Detroit Tigers from 1923 to 1926
- May 10 - Harold Kaese, 66, sportswriter for the Boston Transcript and The Boston Globe from 1933 to 1973
- May 15 - Johnny Gooch, 77, catcher who played in 11 MLB seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1921-1928), Brooklyn Robins (1928-1929), Cincinnati Reds (1929-1930) and Boston Red Sox (1933); member of 1925 World Series champions
- May 16 - Al Helfer, 63, play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Houston Colt .45s, Oakland Athletics, and Mutual's "Game of the Day" during a sportscasting career that stretched from 1933 to 1970
- May 17 - Sig Broskie, 64, catcher in 11 games for 1940 Boston Bees
- May 22 - Lefty Grove, 75, Hall of Fame pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Boston Red Sox who became the second left-hander to win 300 games, leading AL in ERA nine times and in winning percentage five times, both records; won the pitching triple crown twice, also winning MVP in 1931 after 31-4 campaign; also led AL in strikeouts seven straight years
- May 25 - Bruce Hartford, 83, shortstop in eight games for the 1914 Cleveland Naps
- May 30 - Bert Cole, 78, left-handed pitcher who worked in 177 career games for the Detroit Tigers (1921-1925), Cleveland Indians (1925) and Chicago White Sox (1927)
- June 2 - Spoke Emery, 78, outfielder in five games for 1925 Philadelphia Phillies; collected two hits in his three MLB at bats (.667)
- June 9 - Ownie Carroll, 72, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers between 1925 and 1934, who later coached at Seton Hall University for 25 years
- June 16 - Clint Courtney, 48, catcher for five American League teams between 1951 and 1961 and the first major leaguer at his position to wear eyeglasses; manager of Triple-A Richmond Braves at the time of his death
- June 17 - Sid Gordon, 57, All-Star left fielder and third baseman, primarily for the New York Giants (1941-1943, 1946-1949 and 1955) and Boston and Milwaukee Braves (1950-1953), who had five 20-HR seasons
- June 23 - Marty Callaghan, 75, outfielder who appeared in 295 career games for the Chicago Cubs (1922-1923) and Cincinnati Reds (1926 and 1928)
- June 28 - Audrey Bleiler, 42, infielder for two All-American Girls Professional Baseball League champion teams
- July 5 - Joe Kiefer, 75, pitcher in 15 games for the Chicago White Sox (1920) and Boston Red Sox (1925-1926)
- July 18 - Ted Wingfield, 75, pitcher who played in 113 games from 1923 to 1927 for the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox
- July 23 - Art Mills, 72, pitcher in 19 games for the 1927-1928 Boston Braves; coach for the Detroit Tigers from 1944-1948, including service on 1945 World Series champion
- July 31 - Max Flack, 85, right fielder for the Chicago Whales of the Federal League (1914-1915), Chicago Cubs (1916-1922) and St. Louis Cardinals (1922-1925) who batted over .300 three times
- August 5 - Bill Morrell, 82, pitcher for the 1926 Washington Senators and 1930-1931 New York Giants who worked in 48 career games
- August 11 - Rollin Cook, 84, pitcher who appeared in five contests for the 1915 St. Louis Browns
- August 12 - Lew Riggs, 65, third baseman for St. Louis Cardinals (1934), Cincinnati Reds (1935-1940) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1941-1942 and 1946); 1936 National League All-Star and member of 1940 World Series champions
- August 20 - Daniel Canónico, 59, pitcher who led the Venezuelan team to the 1941 Amateur World Series title, winning five of the team's games including the series-tying and deciding games against Cuba
- August 20 - Jake Miller, 77, pitched in an even 200 games over nine seasons in the American League, eight of them for the Cleveland Indians (1924-1931)
- September 9 - Ken Jungels, 59, relief pitcher who appeared in 25 total games over five seasons between 1937 and 1942 for the Cleveland Indians and Pittsburgh Pirates
- September 10 - Lance Richbourg, 77, right fielder who played 629 of his 698 MLB games for the Boston Braves (1927-1931); batted .308 lifetime
- September 28 - Moose Solters, 69, left fielder with four AL teams between 1934 and 1943 who batted .300 and drove in over 100 runs three times, before his eyesight gradually failed after he was hit with a ball during a 1941 warmup
- September 29 - Casey Stengel, 85, Hall of Fame manager who won a record ten pennants in twelve seasons leading the Yankees (1949-1960), capturing a record seven titles; also managed Dodgers, Braves and Mets, applying his trademark humor to the Mets in their woeful first season; in his playing days, an outfielder for five NL clubs from 1912 to 1925; batted .393 in 28 World Series at bats (1916, 1922, 1923), hitting two game-winning home runs for the New York Giants (against the Yankees) in the 1923 Fall Classic
- October 1 - Larry MacPhail, 85, executive who introduced night games, plane travel and pensions to the major leagues while running the Cincinnati Reds (1933-1936), Brooklyn Dodgers (1938-1942) and New York Yankees (1945-1947); won 1941 National League pennant in Brooklyn and 1947 World Series with Yankees, then left baseball
- October 3 - Elmer Knetzer, 90, pitcher who won 38 games for the Pittsburgh Rebels of the "outlaw" Federal League in 1914-1915; also pitched for Brooklyn, Boston and Cincinnati of the National League from 1909-1912 and 1916-1917
- October 4 - Joan Whitney Payson, 72, founding principal owner of the New York Mets from 1961 until her death; former stockholder in New York Giants, who in 1957 voted against their transfer to San Francisco
- October 13 - Swede Risberg, 81, shortstop for the 1917-1920 Chicago White Sox, and member of 1917 world champions and 1919 AL champions; last survivor among the eight players barred from baseball for their involvement in the Black Sox Scandal
- October 15 - Mickey Grasso, 55, catcher and World War II POW who resumed his baseball career in 1946; played in 322 MLB games for the Washington Senators (1950-1953), Cleveland Indians (1954) and New York Giants (1946 and 1955)
- October 19 - Hod Kibbie, 72, second baseman and shortstop who had an 11-game stint with the 1925 Boston Braves
- November 8 - Vern Morgan, 47, third baseman who appeared in 31 games for the 1954-1955 Chicago Cubs; coach for the Minnesota Twins from 1969 until his death
- November 14 - Garland Buckeye, 78, southpaw pitcher who appeared in 108 MLB games between 1918 and 1928, 106 of them for the 1925-1928 Cleveland Indians
- December 1 - Nellie Fox, 47, Hall of Fame second baseman, 12-time All-Star for the Chicago White Sox who formed half of a spectacular middle infield with Luis Aparicio; batted .300 six times, led AL in hits four times, and was 1959 MVP; overall played in 19 MLB seasons (1947-1965) and made 2,663 hits
- December 1 - Dave Koslo, 55, left-handed pitcher who won over 90 games for the New York Giants (1941-1942 and 1946-1953)
- December 8 - Johnny Couch, 84, pitcher for Detroit Tigers (1917), Cincinnati Reds (1922-1923) and Philadelphia Phillies (1923-1925) who worked in 147 career games
- December 9 - Jeff Heath, 60, two-time All-Star left fielder (1941 and 1943) with the Cleveland Indians (1936-1945); also played with Washington Senators (1946), St. Louis Browns (1946-1947) and Boston Braves (1948-1949); led the American League in triples twice (1938, 1941); helped lead Boston to 1948 National League pennant, but broke his ankle late in September and missed the 1948 World Series, played against the Indians; later a broadcaster for Seattle of the Pacific Coast League
- December 12 - Julie Wera, 75, backup third baseman who played in 38 games as a member of the 1927 World Series champion New York Yankees
- December 15 - Buster Chatham, 73, third baseman-shortstop in 129 games for Boston Braves during 1930 and 1931; longtime scout and minor-league manager
- December 17 - Kerby Farrell, 62, manager of the 1957 Cleveland Indians; first baseman and left-handed pitcher in 188 games for 1943 Boston Braves and 1945 Chicago White Sox; coach for White Sox and Indians between 1966 and 1971; won three Minor League Manager of the Year awards during his long career as a skipper in minors
- December 23 - Jim McGlothlin, 32, pitcher for the California Angels (1965-1969), Cincinnati Reds (1970-1973) and Chicago White Sox (1973); American League All-Star (1967)
- December 24 - Russ Lyon, 62, catcher who appeared in seven games with the 1944 Cleveland Indians
- December 27 - Lou Lowdermilk, 88, left-handed pitcher who played in 20 career games for the 1911-1912 St. Louis Cardinals