1973 Major League Baseball season

1973 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 5 – October 21, 1973
Top draft pick David Clyde
Picked by Texas Rangers
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Reggie Jackson (OAK)
NL: Pete Rose (CIN)
AL champions Oakland Athletics
  AL runners-up Baltimore Orioles
NL champions New York Mets
  NL runners-up Cincinnati Reds
World Series
Champions Oakland Athletics
  Runners-up New York Mets
Finals MVP Reggie Jackson (OAK)

The 1973 Major League Baseball season was the first season of play for the designated hitter in the American League. The Kansas City Royals moved their home games from Municipal Stadium to the new Royals Stadium, adjacent to the Chiefs' football facility, Arrowhead Stadium. Royals Stadium also played host to the 1973 All-Star Game on July 24, with the NL defeating the AL, 71.

California Angels ace pitcher Nolan Ryan broke Sandy Koufax's 1965 strikeout record of 382 when he struck out 383 batters during the season.

The Oakland Athletics won their second straight World Series championship in seven games, over the New York Mets.

The New York Yankees played their final season at the original Yankee Stadium before the stadium closed for remodeling during the 1974 and 1975 seasons.

Awards and honors

Regular season standings


  League Championship Series
World Series
East Baltimore 2  
West Oakland 3  
    AL Oakland 4
  NL NY Mets 3
East NY Mets 3
West Cincinnati 2  

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVGRod Carew MIN.350Pete Rose CIN.338
HRReggie Jackson OAK32Willie Stargell PIT44
RBIReggie Jackson OAK117Willie Stargell PIT119
WinsWilbur Wood CHW24Ron Bryant SF24
ERAJim Palmer BAL2.40Tom Seaver NYM2.08
SONolan Ryan CAL383Tom Seaver NYM251
SVJohn Hiller DET38Mike Marshall MTL31
SBTommy Harper BOS54Lou Brock STL70

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