St. Louis Cardinals Opening Day 1974 – Looking at the Last 50

OPENING DAY
Friday, April 5, 1974
 Busch Stadium II
Attendance: 24,210, Time of Game: 2:36
Pirates Lineup
  • Rennett Stennett
  • Richie Hebner
  • Al Oliver
  • Willie Stargell
  • Richie Zisk
  • Dave Parker
  • Manny Sanguillen
  • Dal Maxvill
  • Jerry Reuss

Cardinals Lineup

  • Lou Brock
  • Ted Sizemore
  • Reggie Smith
  • Joe Torre
  • Ted Simmons
  • Bake McBride
  • Ken Reitz
  • Mike Tyson
  • Bob Gibson

This game would not see either starter around at the end of the game. In the top of the 3rd inning, Maxvill coaxed a walk from Gibson to leadoff the inning and with two outs Richie Hebner smashed a home run to get Pittsburgh a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals answered in the bottom half of the inning with five hits and three runs with the big blow being a double by Reggie Smith and now it was a St. Louis lead of 3-2.

The Pirates tied it in the 7th on two singles, an error and a sacrifice fly and then took the lead in the 8th with another blast by Hebner to lead 4-3. The Cardinals get a triple from catcher ted Simmons and then a sac fly to tie the game and we go to extra innings.

The Cardinals bring in the “Mad Hungarian” Al Hrabosky to pitch the 10th inning and he can’t hold them as the Pirates greet him with a double by Hebner and a one out single by Stargell and the Pirates lead is 5-4 going to the bottom of the 10th inning.

Dave Guisti to the mound and he allows singles from McBride and Reitz to start the inning and then Tim McCarver pinch hits for Tyson and he singles and then with two outs Ted Sizemore singles in the game winner and Hrabosky get a backwards win in the opener.