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

Contents

Champions

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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

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

Events

January-March

  • January 28 - The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee selects 19th-century pitcher Mickey Welch and Giants first baseman George Kelly, plus umpire Billy Evans, for enshrinement.
  • February 27 - Chicago White Sox slugger Dick Allen signs a three-year contract for an estimated $250,000 per year, making him the highest-paid player in major league history.
  • March 20 - In a special election held by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the late Roberto Clemente receives 393 of 424 votes to earn entry into the Hall of Fame. The Hall's Board of Directors had earlier waived the five-year-wait rule for Clemente.

April-June

  • June 19 - In a Dodgers 4-0 victory over Cincinnati, Pete Rose (single) and Willie Davis (HR) each collect their 2,000th career hit.
  • June 23 - Pitcher Ken Brett of the Philadelphia Phillies tops the Montreal Expos 7-2, and hits a home run for his fourth consecutive game, setting a major league record. Previously, Brett hit home runs on June 9, 13, and 18. He will total 10 for his career.

July

  • July 3 - Brothers Gaylord Perry (Indians) and Jim Perry (Tigers) pitch against each other for the only time in their careers. Neither finishes the game, but Gaylord is charged with the 5–4 loss. Two Norm Cash home runs help the Tigers.
  • July 9 - In a record-setting walkathon between the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos, 25 bases on balls are handed out as Montreal strolls to an 11–6 win. Well off the American League's two-team mark of 30, this tops the National League record of 23, last reached on July 7, 1911. Six Montreal pitchers walk 16, one short of the record for an NL team, while two Reds pitchers walk nine. Hal King pinch hits a grand slam for the Reds in the 6th inning, his second pinch homer in nine days.

August

  • August 6 - An exhibition game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves held at Milwaukee draws 33,337. The Brewers win, 7-5, in the fourth and last exhibition between the two teams. But the big thrill is provided by Hank Aaron, who hits a home run.
  • August 11 - Chicago White Sox rookie Brian Downing cracks his first major league hit, a home run off Detroit's Mickey Lolich. Downing's debut dinger is a first in the majors since at least 1945 – an inside-the-park homer. It'll be matched in two years by the Giants Johnnie LeMaster, who will do it in his first at bat.

September

October-December

  • 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, a possible second game between the Cubs and Mets were not necessary anymore.
  • 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.

Movies

Births

January-March

April-June

July-September

October-December

Deaths

January-April

  • 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 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-August

  • May 19 - Jim Moore, 69, pitcher who played from 1928 to 1932 for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago White Sox
  • 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 1931-1936
  • 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 22 - George Cutshaw, 86, shortstop for the Dodgers, Pirates and Tigers who excelled on defense

September-December

  • 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, catched 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

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