1973 Major League Baseball season

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This article is about the 1973 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1973 in baseball.
1973 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 5, 1973 – October 1, 1973
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Reggie Jackson (OAK)
NL: Pete Rose (CIN)
Postseason
AL champions Oakland Athletics
  AL runners-up Baltimore Orioles
NL champions New York Mets
  NL runners-up Cincinnati Reds
World Series
Champions Oakland Athletics
  Runners-up New York Mets
World Series MVP Reggie Jackson (OAK)
MLB seasons

The 1973 Major League Baseball season was the first season of play for the designated hitter in the American League. The Kansas City Royals moved their home games from Municipal Stadium to the new Royals Stadium, adjacent to the Chiefs' football facility, Arrowhead Stadium. Royals Stadium also played host to the 1973 All-Star Game on July 24, with the NL defeating the AL, 7–1.

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.

Statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
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 SFG 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 MON 31
SB Tommy Harper BOS 54 Lou Brock STL 70

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