1873 in Baseball
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1873 in Baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1873 throughout the world.


National Association final standings

National Association
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Boston 43 16 .729 -
2nd Philadelphia 36 17 .679 4.0
3rd Lord Baltimore 33 22 .600 8
4th Athletic (Philadelphia) 28 23 .549 11.0
5th Mutual (New York) 29 24 .547 11.0
6th Atlantic (Brooklyn) 17 37 .315 23.5
7th Washington 8 31 .205 25.0
8th Resolute (Elizabeth, NJ) 2 21 .087 23.0
9th Maryland (Baltimore) 0 5 .000 16

Statistical leaders

Notable seasons



  • March 3 - For the first time, the NA adopts a standardized ball to be used in all league games.


  • May 14 - Nearly 5,000 fans watch the upstart Philadelphia Club defeat the established Athletics 5-4 in 13 innings. Only once before, in 1865, had that many innings been played in one game.
  • June 7 - Mutual and Philadelphia combine for 40 errors. The Philadelphias, aided by the Mutuals' 26 miscues, win 12-10.
  • June 11 - 10,000 fans are in attendance see Philadelphia score 5 runs in the 7th inning to defeat Athletic 7-5.


  • July 4 - Leading 11-3 over Resolute of Elizabeth, the Bostons score 21 runs in the bottom of the 9th inning for a 32-3 victory. The home-ahead rule would not be instituted for 6 more years.
  • July 22 - Tom Barlow of Atlantic lays down 6 bunts, all for hits, in a game against Lord Baltimore.
  • July 24 - Bob Ferguson of the Atlantic is the umpire in a game between Mutual of New York and Lord Baltimore which ends with the Mutuals scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th for an 11-10 victory. Ferguson and Mutual's Nat Hicks get into an altercation with Ferguson breaking Hicks' arm by hitting him with a bat. Ferguson requires a police escort to leave the field and Hicks will be out for 2 months due to the incident.
  • August 16 - Boston defeats Philadelphia 11-8 in Chicago in front of several thousand fans. After the game, it is announced that Chicago has signed several players in hopes of placing a team in the NA for the 1874 season.


  • October 16 - Lord Baltimore turns a triple play in a losing cause against Philadelphia.
  • October 22 - Boston wins the pennant for the 2nd year in a row. They clinch on the same date as they had in 1872.
  • November 6 - A crosstown benefit game is played between the Philadelphia and Athletic Clubs under a proposed rule of 10 men on the field and 10 innings for a game. The extra player is placed on the infield as a right shortstop and with most observers feeling the extra player unnecessary, the rule is never implemented.



External links


  • Levine, Peter (1985). A.G. Spalding and the Rise of Baseball: The Promise of American Sport. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-503552-6

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