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.
1974 SEASON RECAP