Thetford Mines Pirates
- Location: Thetford Mines, QC
- League: Eastern League 1974
- Affiliation: Pittsburgh Pirates 1974
- Ballpark: Stade Bellevue
The only professional baseball team from Thetford Mines, QC not to be called the Thetford Mines Miners played in the 1974 Eastern League. A Pittsburgh Pirates farm team, they were called the Thetford Mines Pirates. Managed by Tim Murtaugh, they went 75-65 to finish one game behind the Quebec Carnavals. In the playoffs, they beat the Bristol Red Sox 2 games to 0 while Quebec was beaten by the sub-.500 Pittsfield Rangers. With an easier opponent in the finals, the Pirates took both games. Despite their success in the field, the Pirates drew 22,516 fans, fewest in the EL.
Thetford Mines had three All-Stars - 2B Willie Randolph, OF Omar Moreno and C Ken Macha. Randolph hit .254/~.399/.419 and stole 38 in 50 tries. He led the EL in walks (110) and runs (103). Moreno batted .300/~.412/.418 and stole 67 in 85 tries, leading the loop in swipes. Macha won the batting title and batted .345/~.455/.575, smacking 21 homers, stealing 22 in 27 tries and driving in 100 in an excellent all-around season as the league MVP. Also helping out on offense was OF Tony Armas Sr. (.277/~.364/.439, 15 HR). They led the league with 695 runs but also allowed the most (682). Odell Jones (11-8, 3.24) headed the staff, though he did lead the league with 120 walks (in 161 innings).
Source: 1975 Baseball Guide
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