Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

1973 Baseball Season

More 1973 Baseball Season Highlights

Below are more highlights of the 1973 baseball season, including the year's big trades and Hall of Fame inductees.

  • Tom Seaver leads National League in ERA (2.08) and strikeouts (251), and ties for lead in CGs(18).
  • The two leagues steal more than 2,000 bases combined for the first time since the dead-ball era.
  • Cubs send Ron Santo to ChiSox for four prospects.
  • LA sends Willie Davis to Montreal for Mike Marshall.
  • Davis, while still with LA, goes 6-for-9 in 19 innings on May 24.
  • Brewer Johnny Briggs goes 6-for-6 on August 4.
  • Paul Lindblad's record streak of 385 consecutive errorless games at pitcher ends.
  • Willie Mays retires holding the record for most career chances by a National League outfielder (7,290).
  • Luis Aparicio retires with the major league record for most career games at shortstop (2,581).
  • California's Frank Robinson homers in a record 32nd major league park in use during his career.
  • Seven of the 24 regular major league shortstops go homerless for the entire season.
  • Bobby Bonds hits a season record 11 homers leading off a game.
  • After going 19-8 in 1972, Pirate Steve Blass goes 3-9 with a 9.85 ERA and 84 walks in 89 innings; he never regains his form.
  • Royals Stadium opens April 10, Texas vs. Kansas City.
  • The Mets are first team in history to win pennant without a 20-game winner, .300 hitter, or 100-RBI man.
  • Milwaukee's Pedro Garcia and Oakland's Sal Bando tie for American League lead in doubles with 32 -- an American League record for fewest in a season by leader.
  • Nolan Ryan and Bill Singer of Angels fan 624 between them -- a post-1893 major league teammate record.
  • KC's John Mayberry tops American League in walks (122) and OBP (.420).
  • Houston's Roger Metzger leads major league with 14 triples.
  • Montreal's Ken Singleton leads National League in OBP (.429).
  • Boston's Tommy Harper tops American League in steals (54).
  • Wilbur Wood leads major league in innings (359).
  • Steve Carlton ties Cincinnati's Jack Billingham for National League lead in innings (293).
  • Minnesota's Bert Blyleven leads major league with nine shutouts; Billingham leads National League with seven.
  • Marshall leads National League in saves with 31 and sets a new major league record with 92 mound appearances.
  • The American League, in first year of the DH rule, has 167 more CGs than the National League but only seven more shutouts.
  • Jim Palmer heads the American League in ERA (2.40).
  • The American League outhits the National League .259 to .254 -- first time since 1963 that the American League has done this.
  • A year after winning the American League East, Billy Martin is let go as Tigers manager in September, and is immediately hired by Texas.
  • Rookie manager Whitey Herzog is fired by Texas after Rangers go 47-91 under him and finish last in American League.
  • Mets win National League East flag in which five teams finish within 5 games of first place.
  • Last-place Phillies finish just 11-1/2 games out of first.

To learn more about baseball, see: