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The following are the baseball events of the year 1973 throughout the world.  

Champions

Major League Baseball

Other champions

Awards and honors

Major League Baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 .599 --
Boston Red Sox 89 73 .549 8
Detroit Tigers 85 77 .525 12
New York Yankees 80 82 .494 17
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 23
Cleveland Indians 71 91 .438 26
West Division
Oakland Athletics 94 68 .580 --
Kansas City Royals 88 74 .543 6
Minnesota Twins 81 81 .500 13
California Angels 79 83 .488 15
Chicago White Sox 77 85 .475 17
Texas Rangers 57 105 .352 37

National League final standings

National League
Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
New York Mets 82 79 .509 --
St. Louis Cardinals 81 81 .500 1.5
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 .494 2.5
Montreal Expos 79 83 .488 3.5
Chicago Cubs 77 84 .478 5
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 .438 11.5
West Division
Cincinnati Reds 99 63 .611 --
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 66 .590 3.5
San Francisco Giants 88 74 .543 11
Houston Astros 82 80 .506 17
Atlanta Braves 76 85 .472 22.5
San Diego Padres 60 102 .370 39

Events

January-March

  • March 20 - In a special election held by the Baseball Writers Association of America, the late Roberto Clemente receives 393 of 424 votes to earn entry into the Hall of Fame. The Hall's Board of Directors had earlier waived the five-year-wait rule for Clemente.

April-June

  • June 23 - Pitcher Ken Brett of the Philadelphia Phillies tops the Montreal Expos 7-2, and hits a home run for his fourth consecutive game, setting a major league record. Previously, Brett hit home runs on June 9, 13, and 18. He will total 10 for his career.

July-September

  • July 9 - In a record-setting walkathon between the Cincinnati Reds and Montreal Expos, 25 bases on balls are handed out as Montreal strolls to an 11–6 win. Well off the American League's two-team mark of 30, this tops the National League record of 23, last reached on July 7, 1911. Six Montreal pitchers walk 16, one short of the record for an NL team, while two Reds pitchers walk nine. Hal King pinch hits a grand slam for the Reds in the 6th inning, his second pinch homer in nine days.
  • August 6 - An exhibition game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Atlanta Braves held at Milwaukee draws 33,337. The Brewers win, 7-5, in the fourth and last exhibition between the two teams. But the big thrill is provided by Hank Aaron, who hits a home run.

October-December

  • October 10 - Like 1969, no one thought the Mets would win the National League pennant, but they amazingly did as New York's Tom Seaver hurls the Mets into the World Series with a 7-2 victory over the Reds in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series. New York has 13 hits in the contest.
  • October 23 - Athletics owner Charlie Finley reveals that he will not release manager Dick Williams from his contract unless he receives adequate compensation from the team that signs him. Williams had resigned following the World Series victory two days earlier.

Movies

Births

January-June

July-December

Deaths

  • January 9 - Lyn Lary, 66, shortstop for seven teams who led AL in steals in 1936
  • February 28 - Syl Simon, 75, infielder and pinch hitter for the Browns who played in the minor leagues after losing much of his left hand in an accident
  • March 12 - Frankie Frisch, 74, Hall of Fame second baseman for the Giants and Cardinals who scored 100 runs seven times, led the NL in steals three times, and was the 1931 MVP; a lifetime .316 hitter, he twice batted .400 in the World Series, and also managed the Cardinals to the 1934 World Series title
  • March 26 - George Sisler, 80, Hall of Fame first baseman for the St. Louis Browns widely recognized as the best defensive player ever at that position, he twice batted over .400 and hit .340 lifetime; the AL's 1922 MVP, he had a record 257 hits in 1920 and also led the league in steals four times
  • June 11 - Bill Burwell, 78, pitcher for the St. Louis Browns in 1920-21, later a scout
  • July 2 - Chick Hafey, 70, Hall of Fame left fielder for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, a career .316 hitter who made the first hit in All-Star history and was the first batting champion to wear eyeglasses
  • July 2- George McBride, 92, shortstop for the Washington Senators known for his defense
  • July 12 - Billy Urbanski, 70, shortstop for the Boston Braves from 1931-1936
  • August 7 - Wilbur Cooper, 81, pitcher who won over 200 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was the first NL lefthander to reach that milestone
  • August 22 - George Cutshaw, 86, shortstop for the Dodgers, Pirates and Tigers who excelled on defense
  • September 5 - Jack Fournier, 83, first baseman for five teams who hit .313 lifetime, led NL in homers in 1924
  • September 10 - Roy Johnson, 70, outfielder who batted .300 four times and led AL in doubles and triples once each
  • September 11 - Del Baker, 81, member of the Detroit Tigers organization for 28 years as a catcher, coach and manager, he led the team to the 1940 pennant
  • September 14 - René Monteagudo, 57, Cuban pitcher and outfielder for the Senators and Phillies
  • October 24 - Al Brazle, 60, pitcher who won 97 games for the St. Louis Cardinals, also leading the NL in saves twice
  • November 2 - Greasy Neale, 81, outfielder for the Cincinnati Reds who batted .357 in the 1919 World Series, but began coaching football to fill the time between baseball seasons

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