1975 Leaders & Numbers

No one could do it all on the gifted Cincinnati roster like the omnipotent, dangerous Joe Morgan. Fred Lynn hogged the headlines among AL hitters, but John Mayberry’s immense numbers undoubtedly made him the sleeper of the year. Steve Garvey’s harmless self-promotional character began to grate on Dodger teammates, but his on-field play did as much to confirm his American idol status. His subpar defense notwithstanding, Ted Simmons somehow missed the All-Star team despite, among other exploits, setting an all-time season record for hits by a catcher. Andy Messersmith pitched like a million—and that’s what he’d soon be worth after playing out his famous option year that the Lords would later regret. The Orioles not only reveled in Jim Palmer’s return to world-class standing, but also profited from the steal of the year: Mike Torrez and Ken Singleton from Montreal for a fading Dave McNally. Randy Jones’ luck went in reverse, winning 20 after losing 22 the year before as his improved sinker raised the Padres out of last place for the very first time. Catfish Hunter took his act from the Oakland Circus to the Bronx Zoo, and skipped nary a beat to the elation of Yankee fans. Bobby Bonds also transplanted himself from the Bay Area to the Big Apple, beginning a period in his career with occasional production and constant frustration. Frank Tanana seemed to be playing the role of Nolan Ryan’s protégé, leading the AL with 269 strikeouts. Al Hrabosky emerged as one of baseball’s more theatrical closers, stalking behind the mound between batters to psyche up himself—and psyche out his opponents.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1975
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Joe Morgan Cincinnati 146 .327 498 107 163 27 6 17 94 129 3 3 67 10 3
2. Greg Luzinski Philadelphia 161 .300 596 85 179 35 3 34 120 72 17 8 3 6 12
3. Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 158 .249 562 93 140 34 3 38 95 91 10 4 29 12 7
4. Johnny Bench Cincinnati 142 .283 530 83 150 39 1 28 110 53 12 2 11 0 12
5. Pete Rose Cincinnati 162 .317 662 112 210 47 4 7 74 81 8 11 0 1 13
6. Ted Simmons St. Louis 157 .332 581 80 193 32 3 18 100 47 16 1 1 3 20
7. Dave Parker Pittsburgh 148 .308 558 75 172 35 10 25 101 34 4 5 8 6 18
8. Willie Stargell Pittsburgh 124 .295 461 71 136 32 2 22 90 52 6 3 0 0 9
9. Steve Garvey Los Angeles 160 .319 659 85 210 38 6 18 95 27 6 3 11 2 19
10. Cesar Cedeno Houston 131 .288 500 93 144 31 3 13 63 53 9 7 50 17 12
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1975
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Fred Lynn Boston 145 .331 528 103 175 47 7 21 105 52 10 3 10 5 11
2. John Mayberry Kansas City 156 .291 554 95 161 38 1 34 106 103 16 4 5 3 8
3. Rod Carew Minnesota 143 .359 535 89 192 24 4 14 80 46 18 1 35 9 10
4. Toby Harrah Texas 151 .293 522 81 153 24 1 20 93 95 3 1 23 9 7
5. Bobby Bonds New York 145 .270 529 93 143 26 3 32 85 81 8 3 30 17 10
6. Reggie Jackson Oakland 157 .253 593 91 150 39 3 36 104 62 5 3 17 8 10
7. Ken Singleton Baltimore 155 .300 586 88 176 37 4 15 55 106 12 1 3 5 9
8. George Brett Kansas City 159 .308 634 84 195 35 13 11 90 40 6 2 13 10 9
8. Boog Powell Cleveland 134 .297 435 64 129 18 0 27 86 54 5 1 1 3 5
10. Jim Rice Boston 144 .309 564 92 174 29 4 22 102 29 7 4 10 5 19
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1975
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Randy Jones San Diego 2.24 20 12 .625 0 0 37 36 285 333 71 47 9 1 0 0 17 10 35
2. Andy Messersmith Los Angeles 2.29 19 14 .576 1 0 42 40 321.2 345 82 94 2 8 5 0 14 7 24
3. Tom Seaver New York 2.38 22 9 .710 0 0 36 36 280.1 295 74 82 6 7 4 1 24 15 18
4. Jerry Reuss Pittsburgh 2.54 18 11 .621 0 0 32 32 237.1 294 67 70 8 4 0 1 15 6 29
5. Burt Hooton Chicago-Los Angeles 3.07 18 9 .667 0 0 34 33 234.2 288 80 66 2 3 0 1 12 7 13
6. Doug Rau Los Angeles 3.11 15 9 .625 0 0 38 38 257.2 327 89 60 1 1 3 4 6 6 17
7. Don Gullett Cincinnati 2.42 15 4 .789 0 0 22 22 159.2 181 43 52 4 3 2 1 2 6 11
8. Al Hrabosky St. Louis 1.66 13 3 .813 22 6 65 0 97.1 97 18 25 8 3 1 0 3 3 6
9. Bob Forsch St. Louis 2.86 15 10 .600 0 0 34 34 230 291 73 62 8 10 3 1 13 0 26
10. Don Sutton Los Angeles 2.87 16 13 .552 0 0 35 35 254.1 312 81 57 5 7 3 0 12 1 3
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1975
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Jim Palmer Baltimore 2.09 23 11 .676 1 0 39 38 323 370 75 76 4 4 2 0 29 11 32
2. Catfish Hunter New York 2.58 23 14 .622 0 0 39 39 328 371 94 79 4 7 5 0 15 14 17
3. Frank Tanana California 2.26 16 9 .640 0 0 34 33 257.1 306 75 67 6 8 7 1 18 20 15
4. Mike Torrez Baltimore 3.06 20 9 .690 0 0 36 36 270.2 327 92 128 5 12 5 1 9 12 35
5. Goose Gossage Chicago 1.84 9 8 .529 26 5 62 0 141.2 124 29 55 15 3 5 0 12 7 11
6. Vida Blue Oakland 3.01 22 11 .667 1 0 39 38 278 361 93 95 4 4 5 2 23 9 26
7. Jim Kaat Chicago 3.11 20 14 .588 0 0 43 41 303.2 444 105 77 0 0 9 2 4 12 31
8. Rudy May New York 3.06 14 12 .538 0 0 32 31 212 245 72 97 2 5 2 0 8 11 17
9. Ken Holtzman Oakland 3.14 18 14 .563 0 0 39 38 266.1 312 93 107 1 6 7 0 18 14 14
10. Gaylord Perry Cleveland-Texas 3.24 18 17 .514 0 0 37 37 305.2 420 110 64 6 5 4 0 12 17 15

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1975 Awards


NL MVP
Joe Morgan, Cincinnati

AL MVP
Fred Lynn, Boston


NL Cy Young Award
Tom Seaver, New York

AL Cy Young Award
Jim Palmer, Baltimore


NL Rookie of the Year
John Montefusco, San Francisco

AL Rookie of the Year
Dennis Eckersley, Cleveland


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Andy Messersmith, Los Angeles
C Johnny Bench, Cincinnati
1B Steve Garvey, Los Angeles
2B Joe Morgan, Cincinnati
3B Ken Reitz, St. Louis
SS Dave Concepcion, Cincinnati
OF Cesar Cedeno, Houston
OF Garry Maddox, San Francisco
OF Cesar Geronimo, Cincinnati


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Jim Kaat, Chicago
C Thurman Minson, New York
1B George Scott, Milwaukee
2B Bobby Grich, Baltimore
3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore
SS Mark Belanger, Baltimore
OF Paul Blair, Baltimore
OF Fred Lynn, Boston
OF Joe Rudi, Oakland