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1973 New York Mets
1973 NL Pennant
Major league affiliations
Location
1973 information
Owner(s) Joan Whitney Payson
General manager(s) Bob Scheffing
Manager(s) Yogi Berra
Local television WOR-TV
Local radio WHN
(Ralph Kiner, Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy)

The New York Mets' 1973 season was the 12th regular season for the Mets, who played played home games at Shea Stadium. Manager Yogi Berra led the team to a National League East title with a 82-79 record, National League pennant and a defeat at the hands of the Oakland Athletics in the world Series. Their .509 winning percentage was the lowest of any pennant-winner in major league history. The season was well known for pitcher Tug McGraw's catchphrase "You Gotta Believe!!!"

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

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Season highlights

It began with turmoil

The 1973 version of the Mets were a far cry from their miracle 1969 team. All they had was a group of young proven lions like Jon Matlack, Rusty Staub, John Milner and Félix Millán mixed in with veterans from the 1969 club like Jerry Grote, Cleon Jones, Wayne Garrett and Bud Harrelson.

The Mets actually got off to a 4-0 start, they were still at first place by April 29 with a 12-8 record, but then injuries to their key players and turmoil sent the Mets going backwards. By July 26 the Mets were in last place, but only 7 1/2 games behind. On August 16, they were 12 games below .500, with 44 games to play. it was shaping up as a most forgettable season.

At the end of August, the Mets were in last place, nine games under .500, but, in the balanced mediocrity of that year's Eastern Division, just 5 1/2 out of first. The mathematical inequities of divisional play were beginning to show up. It became more and more ludicrous. On September 11, the Mets were in fourth place, five games under .500, but just three games out. Ahead of them were the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Montreal Expos.

"You Gotta Believe!!!"

With Tug McGraw urging his teammates on and celebrating victories with what soon became the catch phrase of 1973, "You Gotta Believe!!!" the Mets kept zigging and zagging away from would-be tacklers, and taking an occasional side-swipe, headed for this most unlikely of pennants. Down the stretch, Yogi Berra, veteran of many a pennant race, ran four starters at the league: Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, and George Stone, with the suddenly unhittable McGraw coming out of the pen with boisterous-and justified-confidence. (For his last 19 games, the screwball-throwing lefty showed 12 saves, 5 wins, and an ERA of 0.88).

The unexpected clincher

After sweeping a three-game series from the Pirates at Shea on September 21, the Mets' record stood at an even 77-77. But that .500 record was good enough for first place and a half-game lead. Illustrating just how dense the crowd was at the top, fifth-place Chicago was just 2 1/2 out.

But the Mets did not falter. They finished as National League East Division Champions. the Cardinals were 1 1/2 behind, Pittsburgh next at 2 1/2, Montreal third at 3 1/2, and Chicago fifth, 5 games out.

Season standings

NL East W L GB Pct.
New York Mets 83 79 -- .509
St. Louis Cardinals 81 81 1.5 .500
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 2.5 .494
Montreal Expos 79 83 3.5 .488
Chicago Cubs 77 84 5 .478
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 11.5 .438

Opening Day starters

Notable transactions

Roster

1973 New York Mets roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Postseason

NLCS

Game 1

October 6: Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 0
W: Pedro Borbón (1-0)   L: Tom Seaver (0-1)   S: None
HR: NYM – None  CINPete Rose (1), Johnny Bench (1)
Pitchers: NYM – Seaver  CIN – Billingham, Hall (9), Borbón (9)
Attendance: 53,431

Game 2

October 7: Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 5 7 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
W: Jon Matlack (1-0)   L: Don Gullett (0-1)   S: None
HR: NYMRusty Staub (1)  CIN – None
Pitchers: NYM – Matlack  CIN – Gullett, Carroll (6), Hall (9), Borbón (9)
Attendance: 54,041

Game 3

October 8: Shea Stadium, New York City, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
New York 1 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 x 9 11 1
W: Jerry Koosman (1-0)   L: Ross Grimsley (0-1)   S: None
HR: CINDenis Menke (1)  NYMRusty Staub (2), (3)
Pitchers: CIN – Grimsley, Hall (2), Tomlin (3), Nelson (4), Borbón (7)  NYM – Koosman
Attendance: 53,967

Game 4

October 9: Shea Stadium, New York City, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
W: Clay Carroll (1-0)   L: Harry Parker (0-1)   S: Pedro Borbón (1)
HR: CINTony Pérez (1), Pete Rose (2)  NYM – None
Pitchers: CIN – Norman, Gullett (6), Carroll (10), Borbón (12)  NYM – Stone, McGraw (7), Parker (12)
Attendance: 50,786

Game 5

October 10: Shea Stadium, New York City, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
New York 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 x 7 13 1
W: Tom Seaver (1-1)   L: Jack Billingham (0-1)   S: Tug McGraw (1)
HR: CIN – None  NYM – None
Pitchers: CIN – Billingham, Gullett (5), Carroll (5), Grimsley (7)  NYM – Seaver, McGraw (9)
Attendance: 50,323

World Series

AL Oakland Athletics (4) vs. NL New York Mets (3)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Mets – 1, A’s – 2 October 13 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 46,021 2:26
2 Mets – 10, A’s – 7 (12 inns) October 14 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 55,989 4:13
3 A's – 3, Mets – 2 (11 inns) October 16 Shea Stadium 54,817 3:15
4 A's – 1, Mets – 6 October 17 Shea Stadium 54,817 2:41
5 A's – 0, Mets – 2 October 18 Shea Stadium 54,817 2:39
6 Mets – 1, A’s – 3 October 20 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 49,333 2:07
7 Mets – 2, A’s – 5 October 21 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 49,333 2:37

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tidewater Tides International League John Antonelli
AA Memphis Blues Texas League Joe Frazier
A Visalia Mets California League Nolan Campbell
A Pompano Beach Mets Florida State League Gordon Mackenzie
Short-Season A Batavia Trojans New York-Penn League Wilbur Huckle
Rookie Marion Mets Appalachian League Owen Friend

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Memphis

Notes

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0963718983. 

External links

Preceded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1972
NL East Championship Season
1973
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1974
Preceded by
Cincinnati Reds
1972
National League Championship Season
1973
Succeeded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1974

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