Random box score of the week: July 25, 1974

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:

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS WPA
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
Team Totals 27 1 6 1 1 3 .222 .472 -0.212
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Generated 7/25/2013.

Just look at those names: Roy White, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles Otto Velez, Thurman Munson, Sandy Almomar.

Here’s the Brewers’ lineup:

Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS WPA
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
Team Totals 31 0 5 0 4 6 .161 .439 -0.711
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Generated 7/25/2013.

So can I admit the only names I actually recognize from that lineup are Robin Yount and Darrell Porter?

The starting pitchers for the game were Doc Medich for the Yankees and Clyde Wright for the Brewers. Both pitchers threw complete games.

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
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Generated 7/25/2013.
Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc
Doc Medich, W (13-7) 9 5 0 0 4 6 0 3.29 37 79
Team Totals 9 5 0 0 4 6 0 0.00 37 79
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Generated 7/25/2013.

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.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money and is co-host of the It's About The Yankees, Stupid podcast. When she's not blogging about baseball, she's blogging about the New York Knicks and when she's not doing either of those things, she's tweeting about General Hospital and her cats.