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The 1973 season of the National League was the ninety-eighth 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 New York Mets 161 82 79 0 .509 -.- 608 (3.78) 588 (3.65) 0.246 0.314 0.338 3.26 0.980
2 St. Louis Cardinals 162 81 81 0 .500 1.5 643 (3.97) 603 (3.72) 0.259 0.324 0.357 3.25 0.974
3 Pittsburgh Pirates 162 80 82 0 .494 2.5 704 (4.35) 693 (4.28) 0.261 0.314 0.405 3.73 0.976
4 Montreal Expos 162 79 83 0 .488 3.5 668 (4.12) 702 (4.33) 0.251 0.336 0.364 3.71 0.974
5 Chicago Cubs 161 77 84 0 .478 5.0 614 (3.81) 655 (4.07) 0.247 0.319 0.357 3.66 0.975
6 Philadelphia Phillies 162 71 91 0 .438 11.5 642 (3.96) 717 (4.43) 0.249 0.308 0.371 3.99 0.978
Western Division
1 Cincinnati Reds 162 99 63 0 .611 -.- 741 (4.57) 621 (3.83) 0.254 0.332 0.383 3.40 0.982
2 Los Angeles Dodgers 162 95 66 1 .586 3.5 675 (4.17) 565 (3.49) 0.263 0.323 0.371 3.00 0.981
3 San Francisco Giants 162 88 74 0 .543 11.0 739 (4.56) 702 (4.33) 0.262 0.333 0.407 3.79 0.974
4 Houston Astros 162 82 80 0 .506 17.0 681 (4.20) 672 (4.15) 0.251 0.310 0.376 3.75 0.982
5 Atlanta Braves 162 76 85 1 .469 22.5 799 (4.93) 774 (4.78) 0.266 0.337 0.427 4.25 0.974
6 San Diego Padres 162 60 102 0 .370 39.0 548 (3.38) 770 (4.75) 0.244 0.295 0.351 4.16 0.973

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Bill Russell
Ken Singleton
Los Angeles Dodgers
Montreal Expos
162
At Bats Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 680
Runs Scored Bobby Bonds San Francisco Giants 131
Hits Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 230
Doubles Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates 43
Triples Roger Metzger Houston Astros 14
Home Runs Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates 44
Total Bases Bobby Bonds San Francisco Giants 341
Runs Batted In Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates 119
Stolen Bases Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals 70
Caught Stealing Lou Brock St. Louis Cardinals 20
Walks Darrell Evans Atlanta Braves 124
Intentional Base-on-Balls Willie McCovey San Francisco Giants 25
Hit by Pitch Ron Hunt Montreal Expos 24
Strikeouts Bobby Bonds San Francisco Giants 148
Sacrifice Hits Ted Sizemore St. Louis Cardinals 25
Sacrifice Flies Johnny Bench
Joe Ferguson
Cincinnati Reds
Los Angeles Dodgers
10
Grounded into Double Plays Ted Simmons St. Louis Cardinals 29
Batting Average Pete Rose Cincinnati Reds 0.338
On-Base Percentage Ken Singleton Montreal Expos 0.425
Slugging Percentage Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates 0.646
On-Base plus Slugging Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates 1.038
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Willie Stargell Pittsburgh Pirates 187

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Ron Bryant San Francisco Giants 24
Losses Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 20
Win-Loss Percentage George Stone New York Mets 0.800
Appearances Mike Marshall Montreal Expos 92
Games Started Jack Billingham
Steve Carlton
Jerry Reuss
Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies
Houston Astros
40
Complete Games Steve Carlton
Tom Seaver
Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets
18
Shutouts Jack Billingham Cincinnati Reds 7
Games Finished Mike Marshall Montreal Expos 73
Saves Mike Marshall Montreal Expos 31
Innings Pitched Jack Billingham
Steve Carlton
Cincinnati Reds
Philadelphia Phillies
293.1
Batters Faced Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 1262
Hits Allowed Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 293
Home Runs Allowed Fergie Jenkins Chicago Cubs 35
Base-on-Balls Allowed Jerry Reuss Houston Astros 117
Intentional Base-on-Balls Pedro Borbon Cincinnati Reds 15
Hit Batsmen Steve Blass Pittsburgh Pirates 12
Strikeouts Tom Seaver New York Mets 251
Wild Pitches Mike Torrez Montreal Expos 14
Balks Ross Grimsley
Juan Marichal
Balor Moore
Cincinnati Reds
San Francisco Giants
Montreal Expos
3
Runs Allowed Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 146
Earned Runs Allowed Steve Carlton Philadelphia Phillies 127
Earned Run Average Tom Seaver New York Mets 2.08
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Tom Seaver New York Mets 0.976

[edit] All-Star Game

The National League won 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 Sparky Anderson.

[edit] Postseason

The National League Championship Series, featured New York Mets, the Eastern Division winner, and the Cincinnati Reds, the Western Division winner. The Mets defeated the Reds, 3 games to 2.

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

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Pete Rose (rosepe01), an outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds. In the award's voting, he had 274 out of a possible 336 points and 12 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Tom Seaver of the New York Mets. In the award's voting, he had 71 out of a possible 120 points and 10 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Gary Matthews (matthga01), an outfielder with the San Francisco Giants. In the award's voting, he had 11 out of a possible 24 points and 11 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 Bob Gibson St. Louis Cardinals
C Johnny Bench Cincinnati Reds
1B Mike Jorgensen Montréal Expos
2B Joe Morgan Cincinnati Reds
3B Roger Metzger Houston Astros
SS Doug Rader Houston Astros
OF Bobby Bonds San Francisco Giants
Cesar Cedeno Houston Astros
Willie Davis Los Angeles Dodgers

[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 National League's Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Texas Rangers of the American 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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