1973 American League Championship Series

The 1973 American League Championship Series took place between October 6 and 11, 1973. The Oakland Athletics defeated the Baltimore Orioles, three games to two. Games 1 and 2 were played in Memorial Stadium in Baltimore; Games 3–5 were played at the Oakland Coliseum. It was the second match-up between the two teams in the ALCS.

1973 American League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Oakland Athletics (3) Dick Williams 94–68, .580, GA: 6
Baltimore Orioles (2) Earl Weaver 97–65, .599, GA: 8
DatesOctober 6–11
UmpiresNestor Chylak, Bill Haller, George Maloney, Jim Odom, Merle Anthony, Larry McCoy
KTVU (Athletics' broadcast)
WJZ-TV (Orioles' broadcast)
TV announcersNBC: Jim Simpson, Maury Wills (Game 1); Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek (Games 3–5)
(NBC did not televise Game 2 due to conflicts with its NFL coverage.)
KTVU: Monte Moore and Jim Woods
WJZ-TV: Chuck Thompson and Bill O'Donnell


Oakland A's vs. Baltimore Orioles

Oakland won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 6 Oakland A's – 0, Baltimore Orioles – 6 Memorial Stadium 2:51 41,279[1] 
2 October 7 Oakland A's – 6, Baltimore Orioles – 3 Memorial Stadium 2:42 48,425[2] 
3 October 9 Baltimore Orioles – 1, Oakland A's – 2 (11 innings) Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 2:23 34,367[3] 
4 October 10 Baltimore Orioles – 5, Oakland A's – 4 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 2:31 27,497[4] 
5 October 11 Baltimore Orioles – 0, Oakland A's – 3 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 2:11 24,265[5]

Game summaries

Game 1

Saturday, October 6, 1973 1:00 pm (ET) at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Baltimore 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 X 6 12 0
WP: Jim Palmer (1–0)   LP: Vida Blue (0–1)

In Game 1, Jim Palmer spent 16 minutes retiring the side in the top of the first inning. He walked the first two batters and struck out the next three. The Orioles went to work against lefty Vida Blue and his successor, Horacio Piña in the bottom half. Merv Rettenmund singled and Paul Blair walked before Tommy Davis's RBI double put the Orioles up 1–0. Don Baylor then walked and one out later, Earl Williams's two-run single knocked Pina out of the game. Andy Etchebarren was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Mark Belanger's RBI single made it 4–0 Orioles. They added to their lead on Etchebarren's RBI single in the seventh and Baylor's RBI single in the eighth, both with two on off of Blue Moon Odom. It was more than they needed as Palmer pitched a five-hit shutout, striking out 12 A's along the way.

Game 2

Sunday, October 7, 1973 2:00 pm (ET) at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 6 9 0
Baltimore 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 8 0
WP: Catfish Hunter (1–0)   LP: Dave McNally (0–1)   Sv: Rollie Fingers (1)
Home runs:
OAK: Bert Campaneris (1), Joe Rudi (1), Sal Bando 2 (2)
BAL: None

The Orioles' ALCS winning streak was snapped at 10 in Game 2. Bert Campaneris led off the game with a home run off of Dave McNally, but the Orioles tied the game in the bottom of the first when Al Bumbry drew to leadoff walk, moved to third on a single and scored on Tommy Davis's groundout. Back-to-back home runs leading off the sixth by Joe Rudi and Sal Bando off of McNally put the A's up 3–1. In the bottom half, the Orioles got back-to-back leadoff singles before Earl Williams's one-out RBI double cut Oakland's lead to 3–2. Bando's second home run of the game in the eighth off of McNally padded Oakland's lead to 5–2. The Orioles hit two singles in the bottom half off of Catfish Hunter, who was relieved by Rollie Fingers and Brooks Robinson's RBI single made it 5–3 Oakland, but they got that run back in the ninth when Angel Mangual hit a leadoff single off of Bob Reynolds, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and passed ball, and scored on Campaneris's single. Hunter, who served up so many during the season that he threatened an A.L. record, allowed none as the A's evened the series as the two teams headed to Oakland for Game 3.

Game 3

Tuesday, October 9, 1973 12:30 pm (PT) at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 4 3
WP: Ken Holtzman (1–0)   LP: Mike Cuellar (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: Earl Williams (1)
OAK: Bert Campaneris (2)

The third game, postponed a day by the lack of a dome—the postponement trigged a rhubarb between A.L. President Joe Cronin and A's President Charlie Finley—was played at Oakland and produced a brilliant pitching battle between a pair of southpaws, Mike Cuellar of Baltimore and Ken Holtzman. Up to that point, Cuellar had allowed only three hits. he had a one-hit shutout for the first seven innings as he carefully nursed a 1–0 lead given him by Earl Williams' homer in the second inning. But in the eighth, pinch-hitter Jesús Alou singled and pinch-runner Allan Lewis was sacrificed to second by Mike Andrews. The play was controversial in that Cuellar appeared to have a force out at second base, but he ignored catcher Etchebarren's yells and took the safe out at first. This proved costly as, one out later, Joe Rudi singled home Lewis to tie the score. Bert Campaneris, first man up in the 11th, snapped a 1–1 tie by hitting Cuellar's second pitch over the left-field fence for a home run.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 10, 1973 12:30 pm (PT) at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 8 0
Oakland 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 7 0
WP: Grant Jackson (1–0)   LP: Rollie Fingers (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: Andy Etchebarren (1), Bobby Grich (1)
OAK: None

In Game 4, The A's knocked out Jim Palmer with a three-run outburst in the second inning. After a leadoff double and subsequent single, Ray Fosse's double scored two and Dick Green's double scored another. The A's made it 4–0 in the sixth on Fosse's bases-loaded sacrifice fly off of Bob Reynolds. Vida Blue pitched six shutout innings before falling apart in the seventh. Earl Williams drew a base on balls with one out and Don Baylor followed with a single. Brooks Robinson came through with a run-producing single and Andy Etchebarren hit the next pitch for a home run, making the score 4–4. The next inning, Bobby Grich hit a home run off Rollie Fingers and that, coupled with Grant Jackson's stout relief pitching, gave the game to the Orioles.

Game 5

Thursday, October 11, 1973 12:30 pm (PT) at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Oakland 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 X 3 7 0
WP: Catfish Hunter (2–0)   LP: Doyle Alexander (0–1)

A surprisingly small crowd of 24,265 showed up for the final game and they saw Catfish Hunter pitch a five-hit shutout, winning 3–0. The A's first run in the game come in the third inning when Ray Fosse reached first on an error by third baseman Brooks Robinson, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on a single by Joe Rudi. Right-hander Doyle Alexander lasted only until the fourth inning. In that frame he was the victim of a single by Gene Tenace, who scored on a triple by Vic Davalillo before Jesus Alou added an RBI single. He was relieved by Palmer, who shut out Oakland the rest of the way, but the Orioles were helpless against Hunter's powerful pitching as the A's advanced to the World Series.

Pitching dominated the 5-game set, the victorious A's batting only .200 while the O's hit just .211.

Composite box

1973 ALCS (3–2): Oakland A's over Baltimore Orioles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Oakland A's 1 3 1 2 0 3 0 3 1 0 1 15 32 4
Baltimore Orioles 5 1 0 0 0 1 5 3 0 0 0 15 36 2
Total attendance: 175,833   Average attendance: 35,167


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1973 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1973 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing first in the American League East with a record of 97 wins and 65 losses. They went on to lose to the Oakland Athletics in the 1973 American League Championship Series, three games to two.

Bert Campaneris

Dagoberto Campaneris Blanco (born March 9, 1942), nicknamed "Bert" or "Campy", is a Cuban American former professional baseball shortstop, who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for four American League (AL) teams, primarily the Kansas City and Oakland Athletics. One of the mainstays of the Athletics' championship teams of 1972 to 1974, he holds the A's franchise records for career games played (1795), hits (1882), and at bats (7180). Campaneris led the AL in stolen bases six times between 1965 and 1972 and retired with the seventh-most steals in MLB history (649). Defensively, he led the league in putouts three times; his career totals at shortstop place him among the all-time MLB leaders in games played (5th, 2097) and double plays (7th, 1186), at that position. Campaneris is the cousin of former MLB player Jose Cardenal.

Blue Moon Odom

Johnny Lee "Blue Moon" Odom (born May 29, 1945) is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1964 to 1976 for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics, Cleveland Indians, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago White Sox. Odom won three consecutive World Series championships with the Athletics in 1972, 1973 and 1974.

Earl Williams (1970s catcher)

Earl Edward Williams, Jr. (July 14, 1948 – January 28, 2013) was an American Major League Baseball player. Though he never played catcher in the minor leagues, he earned the National League's Rookie of the Year award at that position in 1971.

Jesse Jefferson

Jesse Harrison Jefferson (March 3, 1949 – September 8, 2011) was an American professional baseball pitcher with the Baltimore Orioles (1973-1975), Chicago White Sox (1975-1976), Toronto Blue Jays (1977-1980), Pittsburgh Pirates (1980) and California Angels (1981) of Major League Baseball (MLB). Jefferson batted left-handed and threw right-handed. He was best remembered as an inaugural member of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays.

Manny Trillo

Jesús Manuel Marcano Trillo (born December 25, 1950), also nicknamed "Indio", is a Venezuelan former professional baseball second baseman, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Oakland Athletics (1973–1974), Chicago Cubs (1975–1978, 1986–1988), Philadelphia Phillies ((1979–1982), Cleveland Indians (1983), Montreal Expos (1983), San Francisco Giants (1984–1985), and Cincinnati Reds (1989). A four-time All-Star, he was the Phillies' starting second baseman when the franchise won its first-ever World Series Championship in 1980. He was known as one of the best fielding second basemen of his era, with a strong throwing arm.

Merle Anthony

George Merlyn Anthony (April 26, 1926 – February 2, 1993) was a professional baseball umpire who worked in the American League from 1969 to 1975. Anthony umpired the 1974 Major League Baseball All-Star Game and the 1973 American League Championship Series. In his career, he umpired 965 Major League games. Before his umpiring career, he was a Minor League Baseball player in 1946 and 1948. During the 1950s Merle played second base for his hometown Marysville Giants and the Yuba-Sutter Rebels where he gave younger players tips on how to improve their skills. His nickname was "Rabbit."

Ray Fosse

Raymond Earl Fosse (born April 4, 1947 in Marion, Illinois) is an American former professional baseball player and current television sports color commentator. He played in Major League Baseball as a catcher. He was drafted in the first round of the 1965 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians. He was the Indians' first ever draft pick, as 1965 was the first year of the Major League Baseball Draft. He batted and threw right-handed. He has been a television and radio broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics since 1986.

Vic Davalillo

Víctor José Davalillo Romero [da-va-LEE-yo] (born July 31, 1936) is a Venezuelan former professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians (1963–68), California Angels (1968–69), St. Louis Cardinals (1969–70), Pittsburgh Pirates (1971–73), Oakland Athletics (1973–74) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1977–80). Davalillo batted and threw left-handed.Davalillo was a leadoff hitter known for his speedy baserunning and capable defensive ability. Later in his career, he became a valuable utility player and a record-setting pinch hitter. Davalillo also had an exceptional career in the Venezuelan Winter League where he is the all-time leader in total base hits and in career batting average.

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