1873 Season News

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 White Stockings defeat the established Philadelphia Athletics 5-4 in 13 innings. Only once before, in 1865, had that many innings been played in one game.

July 24 - Bob Ferguson of the Brooklyn Atlantics is the umpire in a game between the New York Mutuals and the Baltimore Canaries which ends with the Mutuals scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the 9th for an 11-10 victory. Ferguson and the Mutuals' 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.
1873 National Association
Team Record PCT
Boston Red Stockings 43-16 .729
Philadelphia Whites 36-17 .679
Baltimore Canaries 34-22 .607
Philadelphia Athletics 28-23 .549
New York Mutuals 29-24 .547
Brooklyn Atlantics 17-37 .315
Washington Blue Legs 8-31 .205
Elizabeth Resolutes 2-21 .087
Baltimore Marylands 0-6 .000
National Association Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Boston Red Stockings 43 16 0.729 739 12.53 460 7.80 13 5 0.338 0.352 0.435 2.59 35 31 0.837 n/a
Philadelphia Whites 36 17 0.679 526 9.92 396 7.47 8 3 0.277 0.296 0.341 2.77 44 28 0.847 n/a
Baltimore Canaries 34 22 0.607 644 11.50 451 8.05 12 4 0.316 0.327 0.407 3.01 42 34 0.855 n/a
Philadelphia Athletics 28 23 0.549 474 9.29 403 7.90 4 4 0.301 0.312 0.360 3.03 58 41 0.842 n/a
New York Mutuals 29 24 0.547 424 8.00 385 7.26 5 5 0.281 0.294 0.355 2.62 69 76 0.821 n/a
Brooklyn Atlantics 17 37 0.315 366 6.78 549 10.17 6 8 0.266 0.283 0.326 3.98 42 15 0.820 n/a
Washington Blue Legs 8 31 0.205 283 7.26 485 12.44 3 11 0.261 0.270 0.328 4.71 22 7 0.840 n/a
Elizabeth Resolutes 2 21 0.087 98 4.26 299 13.00 0 7 0.235 0.242 0.278 3.22 9 8 0.787 n/a
Baltimore Marylands 0 6 0.000 26 4.33 152 25.33 0 4 0.156 0.156 0.180 8.00 0 0 0.768 n/a