1973 Pittsburgh Pirates season

1973 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Record 80–82 (.494)
Divisional place 3rd
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath (majority shareholder); Bing Crosby, Thomas Johnson (minority shareholders)
General manager(s) Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Bill Virdon
Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Nellie King
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Nellie King
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The 1973 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 92nd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 87th in the National League. The Pirates finished third in the National League East with a record of 80–82.


Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 8279 0.509 43–38 39–41
St. Louis Cardinals 8181 0.500 43–38 38–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 8082 0.494 41–40 39–42
Montreal Expos 7983 0.488 43–38 36–45
Chicago Cubs 7784 0.478 5 41–39 36–45
Philadelphia Phillies 7191 0.438 11½ 38–43 33–48

Record vs. opponents

1973 National League Records

Atlanta 7–55–1311–72–15–16–66–66–67–512–68–106–6
Chicago 5–78–46–65–79–910–710–86–127–52–109–9
Cincinnati 13–54–811–711–78–48–48–47–513–510–86–6
Houston 7–116–67–1111–76–66–67–56–610–811–75–7
Los Angeles 15–2–17–57–117–117–57–59–310–29–99–98–4
Montreal 6–69–94–86–65–79–913–56–127–56–68–10
New York 6–67–104–86–65–79–99–913–58–45–710–8
Philadelphia 6-68–104–85–73–95–139–98–109–35–79–9
Pittsburgh 5–712–65–76–62–1012–65–1310–88–45–710–8
San Diego 6–125–75–138–109–95–74–83–94–87–114–8
San Francisco 10–810–28–107–119–96–67–57–57–511–76–6
St. Louis 6–69–96–67–54–810–88–109–98–108–46–6

Game log

1973 Game Log: 80–82 (Home: 41–40; Away: 39–42)
Legend:           = Win           = Loss
Bold = Pirates team member

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Rennie Stennett2B
Manny SanguillénRF
Al OliverCF
Willie StargellLF
Bob Robertson1B
Richie Hebner3B
Gene AlleySS
Milt MayC
Steve BlassSP


Notable transactions


1973 Pittsburgh Pirates
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
CManny Sanguillén149589166.2821265
SSDal Maxvill7421741.189017

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
Fernando González374911.22415
Jerry McNertney941.25000


Starting 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
Nelson Briles33218.214132.8494
Steve Blass2388.2399.8527

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

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
John Lamb220126.0711

Awards and honors

1973 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Joe Morgan
AA Sherbrooke Pirates Eastern League Tim Murtaugh
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Steve Demeter
A Charleston Pirates Western Carolinas League Chuck Cottier
A-Short Season Niagara Falls Pirates New York–Penn League Woody Huyke
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Ed Napoleon


  1. From 1882–1906, the team played in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, which became annexed by Pittsburgh as the North Shore in 1907.
  2. Jim Rooker at "Baseball Almanac"
  3. Norm McRae at "Baseball Almanac"
  4. Roberto Clemente at "Baseball Almanac"
  5. Chris Zachary at "Baseball Almanac"
  6. 1973 Opening Day lineup at "Baseball-Almanac"
  7. 1 2 Jerry McNertney at Baseball Reference
  8. Chuck Goggin at Baseball Almanac
  9. Steve Nicosia
  10. Rick Langford at Baseball Reference
  11. Dal Maxvill at Baseball Reference
  12. Vic Davalillo at Baseball Almanac
  13. Bill Virdon


  • 1973 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Reference
  • 1973 Pittsburgh Pirates at Baseball Almanac
  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
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