1973 Major League Baseball Season
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1973 Major League Baseball Season

1973 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 5 - October 21, 1973
Number of games162
Number of teams24
TV partner(s)NBC
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
World Series MVPReggie Jackson (OAK)
MLB seasons

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

American League umpires began wearing red blazers with blue pants, a change from the navy blue coats and gray pants worn from 1968-72. The red blazers were worn through 1979.

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 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.

On June 19, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds and Willie Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers both collect their 2000th career hit. It was a single for Rose against the San Francisco Giants while Davis hit a home run against the Atlanta Braves.[2]

Awards and honors

Standings

Postseason

Bracket

  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

Home Field Attendance

Team Name Wins Home attendance Per Game
Los Angeles Dodgers[3] 95 11.8% 2,136,192 14.8% 26,373
Cincinnati Reds[4] 99 4.2% 2,017,601 25.2% 24,909
New York Mets[5] 82 -1.2% 1,912,390 -10.4% 23,610
Detroit Tigers[6] 85 -1.2% 1,724,146 -8.9% 21,286
St. Louis Cardinals[7] 81 8.0% 1,574,046 31.5% 19,433
Boston Red Sox[8] 89 4.7% 1,481,002 2.7% 18,284
Philadelphia Phillies[9] 71 20.3% 1,475,934 9.9% 18,221
Houston Astros[10] 82 -2.4% 1,394,004 -5.1% 17,210
Chicago Cubs[11] 77 -9.4% 1,351,705 4.0% 16,896
Kansas City Royals[12] 88 15.8% 1,345,341 90.1% 16,609
Pittsburgh Pirates[13] 80 -16.7% 1,319,913 -7.5% 16,295
Chicago White Sox[14] 77 -11.5% 1,302,527 10.6% 16,081
New York Yankees[15] 80 1.3% 1,262,103 30.6% 15,582
Montreal Expos[16] 79 12.9% 1,246,863 9.2% 15,393
Milwaukee Brewers[17] 74 13.8% 1,092,158 81.9% 13,483
California Angels[18] 79 5.3% 1,058,206 42.2% 13,064
Oakland Athletics[19] 94 1.1% 1,000,763 8.6% 12,355
Baltimore Orioles[20] 97 21.3% 958,667 6.5% 11,835
Minnesota Twins[21] 81 5.2% 907,499 13.7% 11,204
San Francisco Giants[22] 88 27.5% 834,193 28.8% 10,299
Atlanta Braves[23] 76 8.6% 800,655 6.3% 9,885
Texas Rangers[24] 57 5.6% 686,085 3.5% 8,470
Cleveland Indians[25] 71 -1.4% 615,107 -1.8% 7,594
San Diego Padres[26] 60 3.4% 611,826 -5.0% 7,553

References

  1. ^ "The Historical Evolution of the Designated Hitter Rule," Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), John Cronin, Fall 2016.
  2. ^ June 19 in Baseball. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on June 19, 2019.
  3. ^ "Los Angeles Dodgers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Cincinnati Reds Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ "New York Mets Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  6. ^ "Detroit Tigers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  7. ^ "St. Louis Cardinals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Boston Red Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Cleveland Indians Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "Chicago Cubs Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "Kansas City Royals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "Pittsburgh Pirates Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ "Chicago White Sox Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "New York Yankees Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ "Washington Nationals Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "Milwaukee Brewers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ "Los Angeles Angels Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  19. ^ "Oakland Athletics Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  20. ^ "Baltimore Orioles Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  21. ^ "Minnesota Twins Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  22. ^ "San Francisco Giants Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  23. ^ "Atlanta Braves Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  24. ^ "Texas Rangers Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  25. ^ "Cleveland Indians Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.
  26. ^ "San Diego Padres Attendance, Stadiums and Park Factors". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2020.

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