1973 Major League Baseball season

The 1973 Major League Baseball season was the first season of the designated hitter rule in the American League.[1]

California Angels ace pitcher Nolan Ryan broke Sandy Koufax's 1965 strikeout record of 382 when he struck out 383 batters during the season.

The Oakland Athletics won their second straight World Series championship in seven games over the New York Mets.

The Kansas City Royals moved their home games from Municipal Stadium to the new Royals Stadium (adjacent to the Chiefs' football facility) and also hosted the 1973 All-Star Game on July 24 with the NL defeating the AL 7–1.

The New York Yankees played their final season at the original Yankee Stadium before the stadium closed for remodeling during the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

1973 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 5 – October 21, 1973
Draft
Top draft pickDavid Clyde
Picked byTexas Rangers
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Reggie Jackson (OAK)
NL: Pete Rose (CIN)
Postseason
AL championsOakland Athletics
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsNew York Mets
  NL runners-upCincinnati Reds
World Series
ChampionsOakland Athletics
  Runners-upNew York Mets
Finals MVPReggie Jackson (OAK)

Awards and honors

Regular season standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 0.599 50–31 47–34
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 8 48–33 41–40
Detroit Tigers 85 77 0.525 12 47–34 38–43
New York Yankees 80 82 0.494 17 50–31 30–51
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 23 40–41 34–47
Cleveland Indians 71 91 0.438 26 34–47 37–44
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 94 68 0.580 50–31 44–37
Kansas City Royals 88 74 0.543 6 48–33 40–41
Minnesota Twins 81 81 0.500 13 37–44 44–37
California Angels 79 83 0.488 15 43–38 36–45
Chicago White Sox 77 85 0.475 17 40–41 37–44
Texas Rangers 57 105 0.352 37 35–46 22–59

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 82 79 0.509 43–38 39–41
St. Louis Cardinals 81 81 0.500 43–38 38–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 0.494 41–40 39–42
Montreal Expos 79 83 0.488 43–38 36–45
Chicago Cubs 77 84 0.478 5 41–39 36–45
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 0.438 11½ 38–43 33–48
NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 99 63 0.611 50–31 49–32
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 66 0.590 50–31 45–35
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 11 47–34 41–40
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 17 41–40 41–40
Atlanta Braves 76 85 0.472 22½ 40–40 36–45
San Diego Padres 60 102 0.370 39 31–50 29–52

Postseason

  League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
                 
East Baltimore 2  
West Oakland 3  
    AL Oakland 4
  NL NY Mets 3
East NY Mets 3
West Cincinnati 2  

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Rod Carew MIN .350 Pete Rose CIN .338
HR Reggie Jackson OAK 32 Willie Stargell PIT 44
RBI Reggie Jackson OAK 117 Willie Stargell PIT 119
Wins Wilbur Wood CHW 24 Ron Bryant SF 24
ERA Jim Palmer BAL 2.40 Tom Seaver NYM 2.08
SO Nolan Ryan CAL 383 Tom Seaver NYM 251
SV John Hiller DET 38 Mike Marshall MTL 31
SB Tommy Harper BOS 54 Lou Brock STL 70

References

  1. ^ "The Historical Evolution of the Designated Hitter Rule," Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), John Cronin, Fall 2016.

External links

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 Atlanta Braves season

The 1973 Atlanta Braves season was the eighth season in Atlanta along with the 103rd season as a franchise overall. The highlight of the season was Hank Aaron finishing the season just one home run short of Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time home run king. The 1973 Atlanta Braves were the first team to boast three 40 home run hitters. They were Aaron, Darrell Evans, and Davey Johnson.

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.

1973 Boston Red Sox season

The 1973 Boston Red Sox season was the 73rd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, eight games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

1973 California Angels season

The 1973 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing fourth in the American League West with a record of 79 wins and 83 losses.

1973 Chicago Cubs season

The 1973 Chicago Cubs season was the 102nd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 98th in the National League and the 58th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth in the National League East with a record of 77–84.

1973 Chicago White Sox season

The 1973 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 73rd season in the major leagues, and its 74th season overall. They finished with a record 77–85, good enough for fifth place in the American League West, 17 games behind the first-place Oakland Athletics.

1973 Cleveland Indians season

The 1973 Cleveland Indians season was the 73rd in the franchise's history. The club finished in sixth place in the American League East.

1973 Houston Astros season

The 1973 Houston Astros season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League West with a record of 82–80, 17 games behind the Cincinnati Reds.

1973 Kansas City Royals season

The 1973 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses.

1973 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1973 Los Angeles Dodgers finished the season in second place in the Western Division of the National League.

1973 Milwaukee Brewers season

The 1973 Milwaukee Brewers season involved the Brewers' finishing fifth in the American League East with a record of 74 wins and 88 losses.

1973 Minnesota Twins season

The 1973 Minnesota Twins finished 81–81, third in the American League West.

1973 Oakland Athletics season

The 1973 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning their third consecutive American League West title with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. The A's went on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS for their second straight AL Championship, and won the World Series in seven games over the New York Mets to take their second consecutive World Championship.

1973 San Diego Padres season

The 1973 San Diego Padres season was the fifth season in franchise history.

1973 San Francisco Giants season

The 1973 San Francisco Giants season was the franchise's 91st season, 16th season in San Francisco and 14th in Candlestick Park. The team finished third in the National League West with a record of 88–74, 11 games behind the Cincinnati Reds.

1973 St. Louis Cardinals season

The 1973 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 92nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 82nd season in the National League. The Cardinals overcame an 8-23 start to finish with an 81–81 record during the season and finished second in the National League East, a-game-and-a-half behind the NL East and eventual NL pennant winners New York Mets.

1973 Texas Rangers season

The 1973 Texas Rangers season involved the Rangers finishing sixth in the American League West with a record of 57 wins and 105 losses.

1973 MLB season by team
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AL West
NL East
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See also

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