The 1974 World Series matched the two-time defending champions Oakland Athletics against the Los Angeles Dodgerswith the A’s winning the Series in five games.
Rollie Fingers figured in three of the four Oakland victories, posting a win and two saves, and was honored as the Series MVP. Oakland became the first team to win three consecutive Series since the New York Yankees won five in a row between 1949 and 1953; the win secured the Athletics’ status as one of the truly dominant teams of the 1970s. (The other “team of the decade,” the Cincinnati Reds, would check in with consecutive Series victories in 1975 and 1976.)
The 1974 Fall Classic was the first all-California World Series. These two teams would meet again in the fall classic 14 years later in 1988.