For today’s random box score of the week, I decided to go back to the year of my birth, 1974.
Originally, I was going to write about five years ago tonight, when Joba Chamberlain waltzed into Fenway Park and pitched a 1-0 shutout but decided against it. Long story short, that game reminds me of a bad time in my life so I figured I’d avoid writing about it. So I went back to the main box score page on Baseball Reference and clicked on 1974. And in a funny twist, the game played on July 25, 1974 also happened to be a 1-0 shutout.
How’s that for a coincidence?
In 1974, the Yankees were facing the Milwaukee Brewers at home. Well, not really at home, they were in Shea Stadium that year because Yankee Stadium was being refurbished.
This is a running joke in my household because my dad, mom and brother were all born in years when the Yankees won the World Series – 1941, 1947 and 1978 respectively – and my birth year’s claim to fame was that the team played their home games in Shea Stadium.
Here’s the Yankee lineup that night:
|Roy White DH||4||1||1||0||0||0||.261||.728||-0.036|
|Elliott Maddox CF||2||0||0||0||1||0||.320||.757||-0.042|
|Bobby Murcer RF||4||0||1||1||0||0||.289||.734||0.032|
|Lou Piniella LF||3||0||1||0||0||0||.299||.714||-0.034|
|Otto Velez 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||.261||.825||-0.058|
|Thurman Munson C||3||0||0||0||0||0||.244||.679||-0.051|
|Graig Nettles 3B||3||0||0||0||0||0||.235||.740||-0.036|
|Jim Mason SS||3||0||2||0||0||1||.243||.649||0.020|
|Sandy Alomar 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||.235||.519||-0.007|
Here’s the Brewers’ lineup:
|Bob Coluccio CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||.247||.680||-0.088|
|Bob Hansen PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||.279||.640||-0.157|
|Don Money 3B||4||0||2||0||0||1||.283||.743||0.089|
|Dave May RF||2||0||1||0||0||0||.228||.619||0.002|
|George Scott 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||.295||.808||0.034|
|John Briggs LF||4||0||1||0||0||0||.275||.880||-0.179|
|Darrell Porter C||3||0||1||0||1||1||.272||.755||-0.185|
|Deron Johnson DH||2||0||0||0||2||1||.201||.631||0.005|
|Bobby Mitchell PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||.223||.685||0.000|
|Pedro Garcia 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||.213||.665||-0.120|
|Mike Hegan PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||.234||.767||0.109|
|Tim Johnson PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228||.604||0.000|
|Robin Yount SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||.253||.635||-0.221|
|Pitching||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO||HR||ERA||BF||Bill James<br>1. Start with 50 points.<br> 2. Add 1 point for each out recorded, so 3 points for every complete inning pitched.<br> 3. Add 2 points for each inning completed after the 4th.<br> 4. Add 1 point for each strikeout.<br> 5. Subtract 2 points for each hit allowed.<br> 6. Subtract 4 points for each earned run allowed.<br> 7. Subtract 2 points for each unearned run allowed.<br> 8. Subtract 1 point for each walk.<br>” style=”background-color: #ddd; border: 1px solid #aaa; padding: 2px;” onmouseover=”” onmouseout=”” onclick=””>GSc|
|Clyde Wright, L (8-13)||8||6||1||1||1||3||0||3.80||30||68|
|Doc Medich, W (13-7)||9||5||0||0||4||6||0||3.29||37||79|
The interesting thing about this game was that the Yankees scored their one run in the first inning, which reminds me of a game I attended in 2005. On September 11 of that year, the Yankees and Red Sox played in a Sunday afternoon which featured Randy Johnson vs Tim Wakefield. In the first inning of that the game, the Yankees scored their only run on a solo shot by Jason Giambi.
1-0 games are very tense, especially when they’re against your bitter rival and when there is a Division title on the line.
The game in 1974 didn’t feature a home run like the 2005 game but it was Murcer who knocked in the run on a single which scored White.
The Brewers did get a runner to third base in the top of the ninth inning but Medich was able to get pinch hitter Bob Hansen to fly out to center to end the game.