1973 Season News

The American Leagues' two premiere catchers Carlton Fisk, of the Boston Red Sox, and Thurman Munson, of the New York Yankees squared off after the Bombers captain barreled into Fisk while trying to score from third on a missed bunt by teammate Gene Michael. The fight was fueled both the legendary rivalry between the two teams and the genuine dislike between the two players. Although the winner of the brawl remained undetermined, the winner of the game went to the Red Sox 3-2.

California Angel Nolan Ryan set a Major League record on his last pitch of the year after striking out the Minnesota Twins' Rich Reese for his three-hundred eighty-third K of the season. The Anaheim crowd gave Ryan a five minute standing ovation and the veteran ace returned the gesture with a 5-4 decision for his twenty-first win of the season.

On August 17th, Willie Mays hit his six-hundred sixtieth (and final) home run off of the Cincinnati Reds' Don Gullett. Unfortunately the New York Mets fell 2-1, remaining seven and a half games back in last place. Somehow, Yogi Berra and his "Miracle" Mets managed to climb back to the top and won the National League East pennant on October 1st despite having no .300 hitters and no pitchers with more than nineteen wins.

A group of seventeen investors led by Ohio Shipbuilder George Steinbrenner purchased the New York Yankees from the Columbia Broadcasting Company (CBS) for a reported $10 million dollars. The television giant was forced to take a $4 million dollar loss in the deal while Steinbrenner went on to become the owner of one of the largest market teams in all professional sports.

Eleven weeks after his untimely death in a plane crash, Pittsburgh Pirate legend Roberto Clemente was voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame during a special election that superceded the five-year waiting period. Clemente was on a humanitarian mission that was taking supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua when the aircraft he was flying in went down off the coast of Puerto Rico. "The Great One" as he was called, represented the first Latin American to be inducted into Cooperstown after receiving 93% of the four-hundred twenty-four ballots cast and his lifetime batting average of .317 is still the highest of any right-hander since World War II.
1973 American League East
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 97-65 -
Boston Red Sox 89-73 8.0
Detroit Tigers 85-77 12.0
New York Yankees 80-82 17.0
Milwaukee Brewers 74-88 23.0
Cleveland Indians 71-91 26.0
1973 American League West
Team Record GB
Oakland Athletics 94-68 -
Kansas City Royals 88-74 6.0
Minnesota Twins 81-81 13.0
California Angels 79-83 15.0
Chicago White Sox 77-85 17.0
Texas Rangers 57-105 37.0
1973 National League East
Team Record GB
New York Mets 82-79 -
St. Louis Cardinals 81-81 1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 80-82 2.5
Montreal Expos 79-83 3.5
Chicago Cubs 77-84 5.0
Philadelphia Phillies 71-91 11.5
1973 National League West
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 99-63 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 95-66 3.5
San Francisco Giants 88-74 11.0
Houston Astros 82-80 17.0
Atlanta Braves 76-85 22.5
San Diego Padres 60-102 39.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 0.599 754 4.65 561 3.46 119 124 0.266 0.343 0.389 3.07 475 715 0.981 184
Oakland Athletics 94 68 0.580 758 4.68 615 3.80 147 143 0.260 0.332 0.289 3.29 494 797 0.978 170
Boston Red Sox 89 73 0.549 738 4.56 647 3.99 147 158 0.267 0.337 0.401 3.65 499 808 0.979 162
Kansas City Royals 88 74 0.543 755 4.66 752 4.64 114 114 0.261 0.339 0.381 4.19 617 790 0.974 192
Detroit Tigers 85 77 0.525 642 3.96 674 4.16 157 154 0.254 0.317 0.390 3.90 493 911 0.982 144
Minnesota Twins 81 81 0.500 738 4.56 692 4.27 120 115 0.270 0.341 0.393 3.77 519 879 0.978 147
New York Yankees 80 82 0.494 641 3.96 610 3.77 131 109 0.261 0.322 0.378 3.34 457 708 0.976 172
California Angels 79 83 0.488 629 3.88 657 4.06 93 104 0.253 0.317 0.348 3.53 614 1010 0.975 153
Chicago White Sox 77 85 0.475 652 4.02 705 4.35 111 110 0.256 0.322 0.372 3.86 574 848 0.977 165
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 0.457 708 4.37 731 4.51 145 119 0.253 0.322 0.388 3.98 623 671 0.977 167
Cleveland Indians 71 91 0.438 680 4.20 826 5.10 158 172 0.256 0.313 0.387 4.58 602 883 0.978 174
Texas Rangers 57 105 0.352 619 3.82 844 5.21 110 130 0.255 0.317 0.361 4.64 680 831 0.974 164
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cincinnati Reds 99 63 0.611 741 4.57 621 3.83 137 135 0.254 0.332 0.383 3.40 518 801 0.982 162
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 66 0.590 675 4.19 565 3.51 110 129 0.263 0.323 0.371 3.00 461 961 0.981 166
San Francisco Giants 88 74 0.543 739 4.56 702 4.33 161 145 0.262 0.333 0.407 3.79 485 787 0.974 138
New York Mets 82 79 0.509 608 3.78 588 3.65 85 127 0.246 0.314 0.338 3.26 490 1027 0.980 140
Houston Astros 82 80 0.506 681 4.20 672 4.15 134 111 0.251 0.310 0.376 3.75 575 907 0.982 140
St. Louis Cardinals 81 81 0.500 643 3.97 603 3.72 75 105 0.259 0.324 0.357 3.25 486 867 0.974 149
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 0.494 704 4.35 693 4.28 154 110 0.261 0.314 0.405 3.73 564 839 0.976 156
Montreal Expos 79 83 0.488 668 4.12 702 4.33 125 128 0.251 0.336 0.364 3.71 681 866 0.974 156
Chicago Cubs 77 84 0.478 614 3.81 655 4.07 117 128 0.247 0.319 0.357 3.66 438 885 0.975 155
Atlanta Braves 76 85 0.472 799 4.96 774 4.81 206 144 0.266 0.337 0.427 4.25 575 803 0.974 142
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 0.438 642 3.96 717 4.43 134 131 0.249 0.308 0.371 3.99 632 919 0.978 179
San Diego Padres 60 102 0.370 548 3.38 770 4.75 112 157 0.244 0.295 0.351 4.16 548 845 0.973 152