1973 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1973 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series World Series
East Baltimore Orioles 2  
West Oakland Athletics 3  
    AL Oakland Athletics 4
  NL New York Mets 3
East New York Mets 3
West Cincinnati Reds 2  

Other champions

Winter Leagues

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
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 SFG 24
ERA Jim Palmer BAL 2.40 Tom Seaver NYM 2.08
Ks Nolan Ryan1 CAL 383 Tom Seaver NYM 251

1 Modern single season strikeout record.

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 .599
Boston Red Sox 89 73 .549 8
Detroit Tigers 85 77 .525 12
New York Yankees 80 82 .494 17
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 23
Cleveland Indians 71 91 .438 26
West Division
Oakland Athletics 94 68 .580
Kansas City Royals 88 74 .543 6
Minnesota Twins 81 81 .500 13
California Angels 79 83 .488 15
Chicago White Sox 77 85 .475 17
Texas Rangers 57 105 .352 37

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
New York Mets 82 79 .509
St. Louis Cardinals 81 81 .500 1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 .494 2.5
Montreal Expos 79 83 .488 3.5
Chicago Cubs 77 84 .478 5
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 .438 11.5
West Division
Cincinnati Reds 99 63 .611
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 66 .590 3.5
San Francisco Giants 88 74 .543 11
Houston Astros 82 80 .506 17
Atlanta Braves 76 85 .472 22.5
San Diego Padres 60 102 .370 39








  • October 1 – Two make-up games were played after the scheduled end of the regular season on September 30: the Mets won at the Cubs 6–4 and the Pirates lost at home to the Padres 3–4; making a potential second game between the Cubs and Mets unnecessary.
  • October 8 – In Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, the New York Mets' Rusty Staub homers in the first and second innings as the Mets crush the Cincinnati Reds 9–2 at New York's Shea Stadium, in a game featuring a bench-clearing brawl involving future Phillies teammates Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson.
  • October 10 – Like 1969, no one thought the Mets would win the National League pennant, but they amazingly did as New York's Tom Seaver hurls the Mets into the World Series with a 7–2 victory over the Reds in Game 5 of the 1973 National League Championship Series. New York has 13 hits in the contest.
  • October 13 – The Oakland Athletics score two unearned runs in the third inning of game one of the 1973 World Series when the usually sure handed Félix Millán allows a ground ball to go through his legs. They are the only runs New York Mets starter Jon Matlack allows, but they are enough to give Oakland the 2–1 game one victory.[4]
  • October 14 – In one of the more bizarre games in World Series history, the Mets defeat the Athletics 10-7 in 12 innings in Game 2 by scoring four runs in the 12th, three of which were the result of two errors by Oakland second baseman Mike Andrews. After the game, Athletics owner Charlie O. Finley forced Andrews to sign a false affidavit stating he was disabled, which would have rendered him ineligible for the remainder of the series. A's manager Dick Williams rallied to Andrews' defense and commissioner Bowie Kuhn nullified the affidavit. Nevertheless, Finley ordered Williams to bench Andrews for the remainder of the series. Williams, in defiance, sent Andrews to the plate as a pinch hitter in Game 4 in New York three nights later as the Mets' home crowd gave a standing ovation.
  • October 21 – Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson hit two-run home runs in the third inning as the Oakland Athletics defeated the New York Mets, 5–2, in Game Seven of the World Series, for their second straight World Championship. Jackson is selected the Series MVP.
  • October 23 – Athletics owner Charlie Finley reveals that he will not release manager Dick Williams from his contract unless he receives adequate compensation from the team that signs him. Williams had resigned following the World Series victory two days earlier.
  • November 27 – San Francisco Giants left fielder Gary Matthews, who hit .300 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI in 145 games, outpolls eight others receiving 11 of 24 nominations for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. The runners-up are Steve Rogers (P), Bob Boone (C), Dan Driessen (3B), Elías Sosa (P), Ron Cey (3B), Johnny Grubb (CF), Davey Lopes (2B) and Richie Zisk (RF).

















  • January 9 – Lyn Lary, 66, shortstop for seven teams who led AL in steals in 1936
  • February 28 – Syl Simon, 75, infielder and pinch hitter for the Browns who played in the minor leagues after losing much of his left hand in an accident
  • March 12 – Frankie Frisch, 74, Hall of Fame second baseman for the Giants and Cardinals who scored 100 runs seven times, led the NL in steals three times, and was the 1931 MVP; a lifetime .316 hitter, he twice batted .400 in the World Series, and also managed the Cardinals to the 1934 World Series title
  • March 19 - Walt Leverenz, 84, Pitcher for the St. Louis Browns from 1913 to 1915
  • March 26 – George Sisler, 80, Hall of Fame first baseman for the St. Louis Browns widely recognized as the best defensive player ever at that position, he twice batted over .400 and hit .340 lifetime; the AL's 1922 MVP, he had a record 257 hits in 1920 and also led the league in steals four times
  • April 13 – Clarence Blethen, 79, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and Brooklyn Dodgers between 1923 and 1929


  • May 19 – Jim Moore, 69, pitcher who played from 1928 to 1932 for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox
  • May 21 – Herm Wehmeier, 46, pitcher who won 92 games in 13 seasons from 1945-58, primarily spent with the Cincinnati Reds
  • June 11 – Bill Burwell, 78, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns in 1920–21, later a scout
  • June 23 – Cliff Aberson, 51, two-sport athlete who was a left fielder for the Chicago Cubs from 1947 to 1949, and a halfback with Green Bay Packers in 1945
  • July 2 – Chick Hafey, 70, Hall of Fame left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, a career .316 hitter who made the first hit in All-Star history and was the first batting champion to wear eyeglasses
  • July 2 – George McBride, 92, shortstop for the Washington Senators known for his defense
  • July 7 – Paul Musser, 84, pitcher for the Washington Senators (1912) and Boston Red Sox (1919)
  • July 12 – Billy Urbanski, 70, shortstop for the Boston Braves from 1931 to 1936
  • August 7 – Wilbur Cooper, 81, pitcher who won over 200 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was the first NL left-hander to reach that milestone
  • August 13 – Alva Jo Fischer, 46, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher and shortstop who earned inductions into several baseball halls of fame
  • August 22 – George Cutshaw, 86, shortstop for the Dodgers, Pirates and Tigers who excelled on defense


  • September 5 – Jack Fournier, 83, first baseman for five teams who hit .313 lifetime, led NL in homers in 1924
  • September 10 – Roy Johnson, 70, outfielder who batted .300 four times and led AL in doubles and triples once each
  • September 11 – Del Baker, 81, member of the Detroit Tigers organization for 28 years as a catcher, coach and manager, he led the team to the 1940 pennant
  • September 14 – René Monteagudo, 57, Cuban pitcher and outfielder for the Senators and Phillies
  • September 18 – Doug Smith, 81, pitcher for the 1912 Boston Red Sox
  • October 8 – Ray Haley, 82, caught from 1915 through 1917 for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics
  • October 22 – Ben Van Dyke, 85, pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies (1909) and Boston Red Sox (1912)
  • October 24 – Al Brazle, 60, pitcher who won 97 games for the St. Louis Cardinals, also leading the NL in saves twice
  • October 27 – Bennie Tate, 71, catcher for the Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs between 1924 and 1934
  • November 2 – Greasy Neale, 81, outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds who batted .357 in the 1919 World Series, but began coaching football to fill the time between baseball seasons
  • November 15 – Phil Todt, 72, fine defensive first baseman who played from 1924 to 1931 for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics
  • November 30 – Alex Metzler, 70, outfielder who hit .285 with a .374 OBP in 560 games for the Philadelphia Athletics, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, and St. Louis Browns from 1925 to 1930
  • December 10 – Joe Riggert, 86, outfielder for four seasons in the major leagues; holds the record for career minor league triples


  1. ^ "New York Mets 7, Pittsburgh Pirates 3". Baseball-Reference.com. 1973-09-19.
  2. ^ "New York Mets 3, Philadelphia Phillies 0". Baseball-Reference.com. 1973-04-06.
  3. ^ "New York Mets 4, Pittsburgh Pirates 3". Baseball-Reference.com. 1973-09-20.
  4. ^ "1973 World Series, Game One". Baseball-Reference.com. 1973-10-13.
1972–73 Cuban National Series

The lions of Industriales won its fifth Cuban National Series, outdistancing Habana and two-time defending champion Azucareros over the 78-game season.

1973 Asian Baseball Championship

The 1973 Asian Baseball Championship was the tenth continental tournament held by the Baseball Federation of Asia. The tournament was held in Manila, Philippines for the fourth time. The tournament was won by Japan; their seventh Asian Championship. Defending champions South Korea (2nd), Taiwan (3rd), Philippines (4th) and Australia (5th) were the other participants.

1973 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1973 followed the system in place since 1971, except by adding the special election of Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash on New Year's Eve.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and

elected Warren Spahn.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider executives, managers, umpires, and earlier major league players.

It selected three people: Billy Evans, George Kelly, and Mickey Welch.

The Negro Leagues Committee also met in person and selected Monte Irvin.

1973 Big League World Series

The 1973 Big League World Series took place from August 14–18 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. Lincolnwood, Illinois defeated Orange County, California twice in the championship game.

1973 Caribbean Series

The sixteenth edition of the Caribbean Series (Serie del Caribe) was played in 1973. It was held from February 1 through February 6 with the champions teams from Dominican Republic (Tigres del Licey), Mexico (Yaquis de Obregón), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros de Santurce) and Venezuela (Leones del Caracas). The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice, and the games were played at UCV Stadium in Caracas, Venezuela. The Series was played to honor the memory of Roberto Clemente, who died on December 31, 1972, during a humanitarian mission to assist victims of the 1972 Nicaragua earthquake.

1973 European Baseball Championship

The 1973 European Baseball Championship was held in the Netherlands and was won by the Netherlands for the third time in a row. Italy finished as runner-up.

1973 Intercontinental Cup (baseball)

The 1973 Intercontinental Cup was the inaugural edition of the long-running international baseball tournament. It was held in Italy.

Bruno Beneck, president of the Italian baseball federation (FIBS) was dissatisfied with the Latin American predominance of the worldwide governing body for the sport of baseball, the International Baseball Federation (IBAF, which was called FIBA at the time). Beneck formed a splinter group called FEMBA, which organized the 1973 tournament.

The two groups merged back together in 1976 and continued to play the series.

1973 Little League World Series

The 1973 Little League World Series took place between August 21 and August 25 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Tainan City Little League of Tainan City, Taiwan, defeated the Cactus Little League of Tucson, Arizona, in the championship game of the 27th Little League World Series.

The champions from Taiwan did not allow a run or a hit in the entire tournament, registering no hitters in each of their three tournament games. As of 2018, that historic feat has not been equalled.

1973 Senior League World Series

The 1973 Senior League World Series is a baseball competition that took place from August 11–18 in Gary, Indiana, United States. Taipei, Taiwan defeated Oxon Hill, Maryland in the championship game. It was Taiwan's second straight championship.

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