1973 Kansas City Royals season

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1973 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) Jack McKeon
Local television KBMA
Local radio KMBZ
(Buddy Blattner, Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1973 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On April 16, Steve Busby threw the first no-hitter in Royals history.[3] The Royals beat Detroit by a score of 3-0.

On May 15, in a game against the Royals, Nolan Ryan of the California Angels threw the first no-hitter of his career.[4]

On August 2, George Brett made his major league debut.[5]

Season standings[edit]

AL West W L GB Pct.
Oakland Athletics 94 68 -- .580
Kansas City Royals 88 74 6 .543
Minnesota Twins 81 81 13 .500
California Angels 79 83 15 .488
Chicago White Sox 77 85 17 .475
Texas Rangers 57 105 37 .352

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1973 Kansas City Royals
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Healy, FranFran Healy 95 279 77 .276 6 34
DH McRae, HalHal McRae 106 338 79 .234 9 50

Other batters[edit]

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
Hovley, SteveSteve Hovley 104 232 59 .254 2 24
Taylor, CarlCarl Taylor 69 145 33 .228 0 16
White, FrankFrank White 51 139 31 .223 0 5
Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett 13 40 5 .125 0 0
Ortenzio, FrankFrank Ortenzio 9 25 7 .280 1 6
Marshall, KeithKeith Marshall 8 9 2 .222 0 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Busby, SteveSteve Busby 37 238.1 16 15 4.23 174

Other pitchers[edit]

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Simpson, WayneWayne Simpson 16 59.2 3 4 5.73 29

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bird, DougDoug Bird 54 4 4 20 2.99 83
Jackson, MikeMike Jackson 9 0 0 0 6.85 13
Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 6 0 0 1 5.40 4
Angelini, NormNorm Angelini 7 0 0 1 4.91 3

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Harry Malmberg
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Billy Gardner
A San Jose Bees California League Steve Boros
A Waterloo Royals Midwest League Bill Scripture
Rookie Kingsport Royals Appalachian League John Sullivan
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Buzzy Keller
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Gary Blaylock

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kingsport, Billings

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Roger Nelson page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Joe Keough page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 144, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p. 12, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
  5. ^ George Brett page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Greg Minton page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Al Santorini page at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Ruppert Jones page at Baseball-Reference
  9. ^ Rob Picciolo page at Baseball Reference

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