Belated Game Preview: Game One, 1974 World Series

It has come to the author’s attention that, as part of a recent update and reformat of MLB’s At Bat 12 app, there’s been included a tab (pictured right) that allows users to access and watch any one from 16 different classic baseball games. Most readers will likely find the majority of the games either too old (such that the broadcast technology is borderline prohibitive in terms of “watching”) or, otherwise, so recent that they (i.e. these games) are insufficiently shrouded by the mists of time.

There is, however, a collection of three or four games — starting with Game Five of the Orioles-Mets World Series in 1969 and ending with Game Five of the 1984 NLCS between the Cubs and Padres — that are both (a) available in brilliant Technicolor and (b) old enough that one can experience them again for the first time, as it were.

As a service to the reader, I provide here a belated game preview to one of those games — namely, Game One of the 1974 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Dodgers. Note that by “game preview,” what I mean is mostly just “the lineups for, including some advanced metrics in an awkwardly formatted table.” And: “an acknowledgment of the broadcast team, which is composed of Curt Gowdy (play-by-play) and Vin Scully (color).” And, finally, one last word: “mustaches.”

Below are the lineups in question. Here are the links the FanGraphs pages for each team: Oakland / Los Angeles. Here’s a link, courtesy Baseball Reference, to the final box score of the game: box. Finally, here’s a link to watch the game on a PC (and not an iPhone or iPad or whatever): watch.

Oakland Athletics

Lineup
Here’s the starting lineup for the Oaklanders:


# Pos Name PA AVG OBP SLG BABIP wRC+ WAR
1 SS Bert Campaneris 587 .290 .347 .366 .339 113 4.8
2 CF Billy North 630 .260 .347 .337 .301 108 3.5
3 3B Sal Bando 603 .243 .352 .426 .241 130 4.2
4 RF Reggie Jackson 604 .289 .391 .514 .308 160 5.8
5 LF Joe Rudi 639 .293 .334 .484 .314 138 4.6
6 1B Gene Tenace 612 .211 .367 .411 .213 135 4.6
7 C Ray Fosse 222 .196 .241 .324 .209 63 0.2
8 2B Dick Green 315 .213 .269 .275 .251 63 1.0

Pitchers
And here are the pitchers that appear for Oakland in the game:


Pos Name G GS IP TBF SO BB HR BABIP FIP- WAR
SP Ken Holtzman 39 38 255.1 1073 117 51 14 .292 88 4.6
RP Rollie Fingers 76 0 119 483 95 29 5 .280 67 2.9
RP Catfish Hunter 41 41 318.1 1240 143 46 25 .238 93 5.1

Los Angeles Dodgers

Lineup
Here’s the starting lineup for the Dodgers:


# Pos Name PA AVG OBP SLG BABIP wRC+ WAR
1 2B Davey Lopes 613 .266 .350 .383 .290 114 4.3
2 LF Bill Buckner 620 .314 .351 .412 .318 117 4.0
3 CF Jimmy Wynn 656 .271 .387 .497 .276 153 8.1
4 1B Steve Garvey 685 .312 .342 .469 .318 131 4.4
5 RF Joe Ferguson 430 .252 .380 .436 .272 133 4.1
6 3B Ron Cey 673 .262 .349 .397 .265 113 5.6
7 SS Bill Russell 625 .269 .336 .351 .289 91 3.7
8 C Steve Yeager 354 .266 .334 .437 .313 119.0 3.5

Pitchers
Here are the pitchers that appear for Los Angeles:


Pos Name G GS IP TBF SO BB HR BABIP FIP- WAR
SP Andy Messersmith 39 39 292.1 1179 221 94 24 .243 92 5.0
RP Mike Marshall 106 0 208.1 857 143 56 9 .281 76 3.9




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  1. MikeS says:

    As a White Sox fan, I can’t watch the 1983 World Series.

    But as a White Sox fan, I can watch the last three games of the 1984 NLCS over and over and over again.

    Sorry.

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