1973 New York Yankees season: Wikis


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1973 New York Yankees
Major league affiliations
1973 information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
Manager(s) Ralph Houk
Local television WPIX
Local radio WMCA
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Whitey Ford)

The New York Yankees' 1973 season was the 71st season for the Yankees. The team finished with a record of 80-82, finishing 17 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. New York was managed by Ralph Houk. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium. This would be the last year in the "old" Yankee Stadium, which was targeted for major reconstruction in 1974-75. During this period, the Yankees would share a home field with a National League team for the third time in their history, moving into Shea Stadium for two years.


George Steinbrenner

The Yankees had been struggling during their years under CBS ownership, which had acquired the team in 1965. In 1972, CBS Chairman William S. Paley told team president E. Michael Burke the media company intended to sell the club. As Burke later told writer Roger Kahn, Paley offered to sell the franchise to Burke if he could find financial backing. Burke ran across Steinbrenner's name, and veteran baseball executive Gabe Paul, a Cleveland-area acquaintance of Steinbrenner, helped bring the two men together.

On January 3, 1973, a group of investors led by George Steinbrenner and minority partner Burke bought the Yankees from CBS for $10 million.

The announced intention was that Burke would continue to run the team as club president. But Burke later became angry when he found out that Paul had been brought in as a senior Yankee executive, crowding his authority, and quit the team presidency on April 29, 1973. (Burke remained a minority owner of the club into the following decade.) It would be the first of many high-profile departures with employees who crossed paths with "The Boss." At the conclusion of the 1973 season, two more prominent names departed: manager Ralph Houk, who resigned and then signed to manage the Detroit Tigers; and general manager Lee MacPhail, who became president of the American League.


Regular season

After the last game of the 1973 season, fans ripped out parts of the stadium, including the seats, to take as souvenirs. The stadium would be remodeled, and reopen in 1976.[4]


Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 -- .599
Boston Red Sox 89 73 8 .549
Detroit Tigers 85 77 12 .525
New York Yankees 80 82 17 .494
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 23 .457
Cleveland Indians 71 91 26 .438

Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions


1973 New York Yankees roster
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
3B Nettles, GraigGraig Nettles 160 552 129 .234 22 81
RF Alou, MattyMatty Alou 123 497 147 .296 2 28

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Callison, JohnnyJohnny Callison 45 136 24 .176 1 10
Vélez, OttoOtto Vélez 23 77 15 .195 2 7
Moses, JerryJerry Moses 21 59 15 .254 0 3
Allen, BernieBernie Allen 17 57 13 .228 0 4


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dobson, PatPat Dobson 22 142.1 9 8 4.17 70
McDowell, SamSam McDowell 16 95.2 5 8 3.95 75

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Beene, FredFred Beene 19 91 6 0 1.68 49
Pagan, DaveDave Pagan 4 12.2 0 0 2.84 9

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Buskey, TomTom Buskey 8 0 1 1 5.40 8
Granger, WayneWayne Granger 7 0 1 0 1.76 10

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Bobby Cox
AA West Haven Yankees Eastern League Doc Edwards
A Kinston Eagles Carolina League Gene Hassell
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Pete Ward
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Hank Majeski
Rookie Johnson City Yankees Appalachian League Steve Hamilton

Kinston affiliation shared with Atlanta Braves[14]

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

  • Thurman Munson, Catcher
  • Bobby Murcer, Outfield, Starter
  • Sparky Lyle, Pitcher [15]




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