1973 Season

World Series Champion

Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics over the New York Mets (4-3)
World Series MVP: Reggie Jackson (OAK)

Playoffs

NLCS: Mets over the Reds (3-2)
ALCS: Athletics over the Orioles (3-2)

No-Hitters

April 27th:  Steve Busby, Royals 3 – Tigers 0
May 15th: Nolan Ryan, Angels 3 – Royals 0
July 15th: Nolan Ryan, Angels  6 – Tigers 0
July 30th: Jim Bibby, Rangers 6 – Athletics 0
August 5th:  Phil Niekro, Braves 9 – Padres 0

Highlights

1. Nolan Ryan throws 383 strikeouts, setting the modern single-season record
2. Roberto Clemente and Warren Spahn are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame
3. April 6: Roberto Clemente’s #21 is retired at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA
4. July 21: Hank Aaron hits home run #700, only the second player in the history of baseball
5. August 17th:  Willie Mays hits the 660th and final home run of his career

National League

EAST W L W-L% GB
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 5.0
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 .438 11.5
WEST W L W-L% GB
Cincinnati Reds 99 63 .611
Los Angeles Dodgers 95 66 .590 3.5
San Francisco Giants 88 74 .543 11.0
Houston Astros 82 80 .506 17.0
Atlanta Braves 76 85 .472 22.5
San Diego Padres 60 102 .370 39.0

National League Leaders

WAR: Tom Seaver (NYM), 11.0
Most Valuable Player:
Pete Rose (CIN)
Cy Young Award: Tom Seaver (NYM)
Rookie of the Year: Gary Matthews (SFG)
Batting Title: Pete Rose (CIN), .338
Home Runs: Willie Stargell (PIT), 44
RBIs: Willie Stargell (PIT), 119
Wins: Ron Bryant (SFG), 24
ERA: Tom Seaver (NYM), 2.08
Strikeouts: Tom Seaver (NYM), 251

American League

EAST W L W-L% GB
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 .599
Boston Red Sox 89 73 .549 8.0
Detroit Tigers 85 77 .525 12.0
New York Yankees 80 82 .494 17.0
Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 .457 23.0
Cleveland Indians 71 91 .438 26.0
WEST W L W-L% GB
Oakland Athletics 94 68 .580
Kansas City Royals 88 74 .543 6.0
Minnesota Twins 81 81 .500 13.0
California Angels 79 83 .488 15.0
Chicago White Sox 77 85 .475 17.0
Texas Rangers 57 105 .352 37.0

American League Leaders

WAR: Burt Blyleven (MIN), 9.9
Most Valuable Player:
Reggie Jackson (OAK)
Cy Young Award: Jim Palmer (BAL)
Rookie of the Year: Al Bumbry (BAL)
Batting Title: Rod Carew (MIN), .350
Home Runs: Reggie Jackson (OAK), 32
RBIs: Reggie Jackson (OAK), 117
Wins: Wilbur Wood (CHW), 24
ERA: Jim Palmer (BAL), 2.40
Strikeouts: Nolan Ryan (CAL), 383