Mets Rewind
Pitching rich, hitting poor
The following is a summary of events and memorable moments throughout the season. This is no an exhaustive reflection of this season, For more details of games, players and events from this season we encourage you to explore the sub sections — team roster, vault and timeline — listed below and throughout this section. In addition, as we continue to develop the Mets Rewind website new features and content will be added as they become available.

In a year that saw Henry Aaron tie and break Babe Ruth’s career home run record, the New York Mets experienced a much different offensive reality, struggling to score runs and win games. As a team, the Mets ranked 11th in hitting (.235), scoring 572 runs. Overall, the team finished the 1974 season (23rd) just ahead of the last place San Diego Padres (24th) in hitting.

On the night Aaron launched No. 715 off Dodgers lefty Al Downing at Atlanta Fulton County Stadium, the Mets were on a flight back to New York to play their home opener and the New York Yankees were at home — Shea Stadium — completing a three-game sweep of the Cleveland Indians.

The New York Mets suffered their first losing season since 1968, finishing 71-91, in fifth place in the National League Eastern Division.

The season started with the Mets dropping 11 of their first 14 games, including seven losses in a row. The team never recovered. By the All-Star Break New York was 13 games under .500.

September 11, 1974: The Mets played their longest game in franchise history, a 4-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals at Shea Stadium. The game lasted 25 innings and seven hours, four minutes.

Mets manager Yogi Berra would begin the 1975 season on the hot seat.

Month by Month
Split W L RS RA W-L%
April 8 13 91 102 .381
May 12 15 101 108 .444
June 10 16 67 105 .385
July 15 12 98 99 .556
August 14 15 107 109 .483
September 12 18 105 118 .400
October 0 2 3 5 .000

1974 SEASON RECAP

RECORD

71-91

BATTING LEADERS

  • Average: Cleon Jones (.282)
  • Hits: Rusty Staub (145)
  • Home Runs: John Milner (20)
  • RBI: Rusty Staub (78)

PITCHING LEADERS

  • Wins: Jerry Koosman (15)
  • ERA: Jon Matlack (2.41)
  • Starts: Jerry Koosman (35)
  • Innings Pitched: Jon Matlack (265.1)
  • Saves: Harry Parker (4)

1974 Timeline

Let's take a look back at the highlights of this year in New York Mets franchise history.
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1974 Vault

We have curated stories, photos, video and news clippings from the year in Mets history.
Dig In

1974 Roster

Here are the numbers for this year in New York Mets history including a team roster and season stats.
Roster and Stats