1973 Detroit Tigers season

1973 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John Fetzer
General manager(s) Jim Campbell
Manager(s) Billy Martin, Joe Schultz
Local television WJBK
(George Kell, Larry Osterman)
Local radio WJR
(Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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The 1973 Detroit Tigers compiled a record of 85–77. They finished in 3rd place in the AL East, 12 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. They were outscored by their opponents 674 to 642.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 9765 0.599 50–31 47–34
Boston Red Sox 8973 0.549 8 48–33 41–40
Detroit Tigers 8577 0.525 12 47–34 38–43
New York Yankees 8082 0.494 17 50–31 30–51
Milwaukee Brewers 7488 0.457 23 40–41 34–47
Cleveland Indians 7191 0.438 26 34–47 37–44

Record vs. opponents

1973 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK TEX
Baltimore 7–116–68–412–69–98–415–38–49–95–710–2
Boston 11–77–56–69–93–158–412–66–614–44–89–3
California 6–65–78–105–77–510–85–710–86–66–1211–7
Chicago 4–86–610–87–55–76–123–99–98–46–1213–5
Cleveland 6–129–97–55–79–92–109–97–57–113–97–5
Detroit 9–915–35–77–59–94–812–65–77–117–55–7
Kansas City 4–84–88–1012–610–28–48–49–96–68–1011–7
Milwaukee 3–156–127–59–39–96–124–88–410–84–88–4
Minnesota 4–86–68–109–95–77–59–94–83–914–412–6
New York 9–94–146–64–811–711–76–68–109–34–88–4
Oakland 7–58–412–612–69–35–710–88–44–148–411–7
Texas 2–103–97–115–135–77–57–114–86–124–87–11

Notable transactions

Roster

1973 Detroit Tigers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CBill Freehan11038089.234629
1BNorm Cash12136395.2621940
2BDick McAuliffe10634394.2741247
3BAurelio Rodríguez160555123.222958
SSEd Brinkman162515122.237740
LFWillie Horton111411130.3161753
CFMickey Stanley157602147.2441757
RFJim Northrup119404124.3071244
DHGates Brown12537789.2361250

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Al Kaline9131079.2551045
Tony Taylor8427563.229524
Duke Sims8025261.242830
Frank Howard8522758.2561229
Dick Sharon9117843.242716
Rich Reese5910214.13724
Ike Brown427622.28919
Ron Cash143916.41006
John Knox12329.28103
Bob Didier72210.45501
Tom Veryzer18206.30002
Joe Staton9174.23503
Marvin Lane682.25012
John Gamble700----00

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mickey Lolich42308.716153.82214
Joe Coleman40288.323153.53202
Jim Perry35203.014134.0366
Woodie Fryman34169.76135.36119

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mike Strahler2280.3454.3737
Fred Holdsworth514.2016.759
Gary Ignasiak34.2003.864

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; GF = Games finished; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV GF ERA SO
John Hiller6510538601.44124
Fred Scherman34221174.2328
Ed Farmer24302125.0028
Bob Miller22421103.4323
Lerrin LaGrow2115374.3333
Tom Timmermann1711173.6921
Chuck Seelbach510003.862
Bill Slayback300014.501
Dave Lemanczyk1000011.570

Awards and honors

League top ten finishers

Ed Brinkman

  • MLB leader in games played (162)
  • AL leader in games played at shortstop (162)
  • AL leader in complete games at shortstop (141)
  • AL leader in innings played at shortstop (1390-2/3)
  • #2 in AL in sacrifice hits (14)
  • #2 in AL times grounded into double plays (22)

Joe Coleman

  • AL leader in hit batsmen (10)
  • #2 in AL in wins (23)
  • #4 in AL in home runs allowed (32)
  • #5 in MLB in games started (40)
  • #9 in MLB in batters faced (1219)

Bill Freehan

  • #2 in AL in times hit by pitch (11)

John Hiller

  • MLB leader in saves (38)
  • AL leader in games (65)
  • AL leader in games finished (60)
  • #5 in AL in win percentage (.667)

Al Kaline

  • 4th oldest player in AL (38)

Mickey Lolich

  • #2 in MLB in games started (42)
  • #2 in MLB in home runs allowed (35)
  • #2 in MLB in hits allowed (315)
  • #2 in AL in strikeout to walk ratio (2.71)
  • #3 in MLB in earned runs allowed (131)
  • #5 in AL in bases on balls per 9 innings pitched (2.30)
  • #5 in AL in strikeouts (214)
  • #5 in AL in wild pitches (12)
  • #6 in MLB in batters faced (1286)
  • #7 in MLB in innings pitched (308.7)

Aurelio Rodríguez

  • AL leader in games played at third base (160)
  • AL leader in complete games at third base (151)
  • AL leader in innings played at third base (1394-2/3)
  • #5 in AL in games played (160)

Mickey Stanley

  • #4 in AL in outs (481)

Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

The following members of the 1975 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Toledo Mud Hens International League Johnny Lipon and Cot Deal
AA Montgomery Rebels Southern League Fred Hatfield
A Lakeland Tigers Florida State League Stubby Overmire
A Clinton Pilots Midwest League Jim Leyland
A Anderson Tigers Western Carolinas League Len Okrie
Rookie Bristol Tigers Appalachian League Joe Lewis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montgomery

Notes

  1. 1 2 Rich Reese at Baseball Reference
  2. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 144, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. Tim Hosley at Baseball Reference
  4. Bob Adams at Baseball Reference
  5. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml

References

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