1973 Major League Baseball season

The 1973 Major League Baseball season was the first season of the designated hitter rule in the American League.[1]

1973 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 5 – October 21, 1973
Top draft pickDavid Clyde
Picked byTexas Rangers
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Reggie Jackson (OAK)
NL: Pete Rose (CIN)
AL championsOakland Athletics
  AL runners-upBaltimore Orioles
NL championsNew York Mets
  NL runners-upCincinnati Reds
World Series
ChampionsOakland Athletics
  Runners-upNew York Mets
Finals MVPReggie Jackson (OAK)
MLB seasons

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 Kansas City Royals moved their home games from Municipal Stadium to the new Royals Stadium (adjacent to the Chiefs' football facility) and also hosted the All-Star Game on July 24 with the NL defeating the AL 7–1.

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.

On June 19, Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds and Willie Davis of the Los Angeles Dodgers both collect their 2000th career hit. It is a single for Rose against the San Francisco Giants while Davis hits a home run against the Atlanta Braves.[2]

Awards and honorsEdit

Regular season standingsEdit


  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 leadersEdit

Statistic American League National League
AVG Rod Carew MIN .350 Pete Rose CIN .338
HR Reggie Jackson OAK 32 Willie Stargell PIT 44
RBI Reggie Jackson OAK 117 Willie Stargell PIT 119
Wins Wilbur Wood CHW 24 Ron Bryant SF 24
ERA Jim Palmer BAL 2.40 Tom Seaver NYM 2.08
SO Nolan Ryan CAL 383 Tom Seaver NYM 251
SV John Hiller DET 38 Mike Marshall MTL 31
SB Tommy Harper BOS 54 Lou Brock STL 70


  1. ^ "The Historical Evolution of the Designated Hitter Rule," Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), John Cronin, Fall 2016.
  2. ^ June 19 in Baseball. Baseball Reference. Retrieved on June 19, 2019.

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