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The 1973 season of the American League was the seventy-third season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Eastern Division
1 Baltimore Orioles 162 97 65 0 .599 -.- 754 (4.65) 561 (3.46) 0.266 0.343 0.389 3.07 0.981
2 Boston Red Sox 162 89 73 0 .549 8.0 738 (4.56) 647 (3.99) 0.267 0.337 0.401 3.65 0.979
3 Detroit Tigers 162 85 77 0 .525 12.0 642 (3.96) 674 (4.16) 0.254 0.317 0.390 3.90 0.982
4 New York Yankees 162 80 82 0 .494 17.0 641 (3.96) 610 (3.77) 0.261 0.322 0.378 3.34 0.976
5 Milwaukee Brewers 162 74 88 0 .457 23.0 708 (4.37) 731 (4.51) 0.253 0.322 0.388 3.98 0.977
6 Cleveland Indians 162 71 91 0 .438 26.0 680 (4.20) 826 (5.10) 0.256 0.313 0.387 4.58 0.978
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 162 94 68 0 .580 -.- 758 (4.68) 615 (3.80) 0.260 0.332 0.389 3.29 0.978
2 Kansas City Royals 162 88 74 0 .543 6.0 755 (4.66) 752 (4.64) 0.261 0.339 0.381 4.19 0.974
3 Minnesota Twins 162 81 81 0 .500 13.0 738 (4.56) 692 (4.27) 0.270 0.341 0.393 3.77 0.978
4 California Angels 162 79 83 0 .488 15.0 629 (3.88) 657 (4.06) 0.253 0.317 0.348 3.53 0.975
5 Chicago White Sox 162 77 85 0 .475 17.0 652 (4.02) 705 (4.35) 0.256 0.322 0.372 3.86 0.977
6 Texas Rangers 162 57 105 0 .352 37.0 619 (3.82) 844 (5.21) 0.255 0.317 0.361 4.64 0.974

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Sal Bando
Ed Brinkman
Bobby Grich
Roy White
Oakland Athletics
Detroit Tigers
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
162
At Bats Roy White New York Yankees 639
Runs Scored Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 99
Hits Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 203
Doubles Sal Bando
Pedro Garcia
Oakland Athletics
Milwaukee Brewers
32
Triples Al Bumbry
Rod Carew
Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins
11
Home Runs Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 32
Total Bases Sal Bando
Dave May
George Scott
Oakland Athletics
Milwaukee Brewers
Milwaukee Brewers
295
Runs Batted In Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 117
Stolen Bases Tommy Harper Boston Red Sox 54
Caught Stealing Billy North Oakland Athletics 20
Walks John Mayberry Kansas City Royals 122
Intentional Base-on-Balls John Mayberry Kansas City Royals 17
Hit by Pitch Don Baylor Baltimore Orioles 13
Strikeouts Bobby Darwin Minnesota Twins 137
Sacrifice Hits Mark Belanger Baltimore Orioles 15
Sacrifice Flies Jeff Burroughs Texas Rangers 11
Grounded into Double Plays Orlando Cepeda Boston Red Sox 24
Batting Average Rod Carew Minnesota Twins 0.350
On-Base Percentage John Mayberry Kansas City Royals 0.417
Slugging Percentage Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 0.531
On-Base plus Slugging Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 0.914
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Reggie Jackson Oakland Athletics 161

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 24
Losses Stan Bahnsen Chicago White Sox 21
Win-Loss Percentage Roger Moret Boston Red Sox 0.867
Appearances John Hiller Detroit Tigers 65
Games Started Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 48
Complete Games Gaylord Perry Cleveland Indians 29
Shutouts Bert Blyleven Minnesota Twins 9
Games Finished John Hiller Detroit Tigers 60
Saves John Hiller Detroit Tigers 38
Innings Pitched Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 359.1
Batters Faced Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 1531
Hits Allowed Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 381
Home Runs Allowed Catfish Hunter Oakland Athletics 39
Base-on-Balls Allowed Nolan Ryan California Angels 162
Intentional Base-on-Balls Bill Gogolewski Texas Rangers 16
Hit Batsmen Joe Coleman Detroit Tigers 10
Strikeouts Nolan Ryan California Angels 383
Wild Pitches Gaylord Perry Cleveland Indians 17
Balks Rudy May California Angels 3
Runs Allowed Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 166
Earned Runs Allowed Wilbur Wood Chicago White Sox 138
Earned Run Average Jim Palmer Baltimore Orioles 2.40
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Luis Tiant Boston Red Sox 1.085

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the forty-fourth midsummer classic at Royals Stadium in Kansas City, MO on Tuesday, July 24, 1973 by a score of 7 to 1. The league's manager was Dick Williams.

[edit] Postseason

The American League Championship Series, featured Baltimore Orioles, the Eastern Division winner, and the Oakland Athletics, the Western Division winner. The Athletics defeated the Orioles, 3 games to 2.

In the World Series, the American League champion Oakland Athletics defeated the National League's New York Mets, 4 games to 3.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Reggie Jackson, an outfielder with the Oakland Athletics. In the award's voting, he had 336 out of a possible 336 points and 24 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles. In the award's voting, he had 88 out of a possible 120 points and 14 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Al Bumbry, an outfielder with the Baltimore Orioles. In the award's voting, he had 13 out of a possible 24 points and 13 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Jim Kaat Minnesota Twins/Chicago White Sox
C Thurman Munson New York Yankees
1B George Scott Milwaukee Brewers
2B Bobby Grich Baltimore Orioles
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Mark Belanger Baltimore Orioles
OF Amos Otis Kansas City Royals
Paul Blair Baltimore Orioles
Mickey Stanley Detroit Tigers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The thirty-first annual Hall of Fame Game was played on August 6 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Texas Rangers defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National League by a score of 6 to 4.

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

  • John Rosengren: Hammerin' Hank, George Almighty and the Say Hey Kid: The Year That Changed Baseball Forever, Sourcebooks, Inc. Naperville, IL, 2008.
  • Matthew Silverman: Swinging '73: Baseball's Wildest Season, Lyons Press, Guilford, CT, 2013. ISBN 978-0-7627-8060-0


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