1973 Pittsburgh Pirates season

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1973 Pittsburgh Pirates
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) John W. Galbreath
General manager(s) Joe L. Brown
Manager(s) Bill Virdon
Danny Murtaugh
Local television KDKA-TV
Bob Prince, Nellie King
Local radio KDKA
Bob Prince, Nellie King
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The 1973 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 92nd season of the Pittsburgh Pirates franchise; the 87th in the National League. The Pirates finished third in the National League East with a record of 80–82.

Regular season[edit]

1973 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Schedule

April

4-6-73    St. Louis Cardinals         W 7-5
4-8-73    St. Louis Cardinals         W 4-3  W 5-3 game 2
4-12-73   Chicago Cubs                W 6-0
4-14-73   @ Montreal Expos            L 6-4
4-15-73   @ Montreal Expos            W 8-3
4-17-73   @ St. Louis Cardinals       W 4-3
4-18-73   @ St. Louis Cardinals       W 8-2
4-21-73   @ Chicago Cubs              L 10-9
4-22-73   @ Chicago Cubs              W 10-4 L 11-3 gm 2
4-24-73   San Diego Padres            L 7-5
4-28-73   Los Angeles Dodgers         L 3-2
4-29-73   Los Angeles Dodgers         L 9-8  L 2-1 gm 2

May

5-1-73   @ San Francisco Giants       L 8-7
5-2-73   @ San Francisco Giants       W 2-1
5-3-73   @ San Francisco Giants       W 14-5
5-4-73   @ San Diego Padres           W 12-6
5-5-73   @ San Diego Padres           L 6-5
5-6-73   @ San Diego Padres           L 8-0
5-7-73   @ Los Angeles Dodgers        W 5-4
5-8-73   @ Los Angeles Dodgers        L 7-4
5-9-73   @ Los Angeles Dodgers        L 8-5
5-11-73  New York Mets                L 4-3
5-12-73  New York Mets                L 6-0
5-13-73  New York Mets                L 6-4
5-14-73  Montreal Expos               L 3-2
5-15-73  Montreal Expos               W 9-8
5-16-73  Philadelphia Phillies        L 5-2
5-17-73  Philadelphia Phillies        W 5-2
5-18-73  @ New York Mets              L 4-3
5-19-73  @ New York Mets              W 4-1
5-21-73  @ Philadelphia Phillies      W 5-4
5-22-73  @ Philadelphia Phillies      L 7-4
5-25-73  Houston Astros               L 7-2
5-26-73  Houston Astros               W 7-2
5-27-73  Houston Astros               L 6-2
5-28-73  Houston Astros               W 4-2
5-29-73  Atlanta Braves               W 6-1
5-30-73  Atlanta Braves               W 4-2
5-31-73  Atlanta Braves               W 3-1

June

6-1-73  Cincinnati Reds              W 9-6
6-2-73  Cincinnati Reds              W 4-3
6-3-73  Cincinnati Reds              L 5-1
6-4-73  San Francisco Giants         L 7-2
6-5-73  San Francisco Giants         L 3-2
6-6-73  San Francisco Giants         L 9-7
6-8-73  @ Houston Astros             L 4-3
6-9-73  @ Houston Astros             W 4-1
6-10-73 @ Houston Astros             L 7-1
6-11-73 @ Atlanta Braves             L 9-7
6-12-73 @ Atlanta Braves             L 4-2
6-13-73 @ Atlanta Braves             L 18-3
6-15-73 @ Cincinnati Reds            L 6-0
6-16-73 @ Cincinnati Reds            W 5-0
6-17-73 @ Cincinnati Reds            L 3-1  L 5-1 gm 2
6-18-73 Chicago Cubs                 W 3-1
6-19-73 Chicago Cubs                 L 6-3  W 4-3 gm 2
6-20-73 Chicago Cubs                 L 5-3
6-21-73 New York Mets                W 2-1
6-22-73 New York Mets                L 5-4
6-23-73 New York Mets                W 3-2
6-24-73 New York Mets                L 5-2
6-25-73 @ Montreal Expos             W 8-6  W 3-1 gm 2
6-26-73 @ Montreal Expos             L 10-3
6-27-73 St. Louis Cardinals          L 14-5
6-28-73 St. Louis Cardinals          W 6-0
6-29-73 Montreal Expos               W 4-0
6-30-73 Montreal Expos               W 5-1

July

7-1-73  Montreal Expos               W 6-2  W 8-4 gm 2
7-3-73  @ St. Louis Cardinals        L 4-0  L 7-6 gm 2
7-4-73  @ St. Louis Cardinals        L 11-3
7-5-73  @ St. Louis Cardinals        W 3-2
7-6-73  @ Los Angeles Dodgers        L 3-2
7-7-73  @ Los Angeles Dodgers        L 8-6
7-8-73  @ Los Angeles Dodgers        L 3-2
7-10-73 @ San Diego Padres           W 4-3
7-11-73 @ San Diego Padres           W 10-2
7-12-73 @ San Diego Padres           W 4-0
7-13-73 @ San Francisco Giants       L 5-2
7-14-73 @ San Francisco Giants       W 7-2
7-15-73 @ San Francisco Giants       L 12-0
7-16-73 Los Angeles Dodgers          L 1-0
7-17-73 Los Angeles Dodgers          L 8-4
7-18-73 Los Angeles Dodgers          W 3-2
7-20-73 San Diego Padres             W 5-4  W 7-0 gm 2
7-22-73 San Diego Padres             W 3-1  W 13-7 gm 2
7-26-73 @ Chicago Cubs               W 3-2
7-27-73 @ Chicago Cubs               W 10-6
7-28-73 Philadelphia Phillies        L 5-0
7-29-73 Philadelphia Phillies        W 5-2  W 5-2 gm 2
7-30-73 Philadelphia Phillies        L 1-0
7-31-73 @ New York Mets              W 4-1

August

8-1-73 @ New York Mets              L 3-0  L 5-2 gm 2
8-2-73 @ New York Mets              L 5-1
8-3-73 @ Philadelphia Phillies      W 3-1
8-4-73 @ Philadelphia Phillies      L 11-5  W 11-4
8-5-73 @ Philadelphia Phillies      W 4-1
8-7-73 Houston Astros               L 2-0
8-8-73 Houston Astros               W 4-3
8-10-73 Atlanta Braves              L 5-4
8-11-73 Atlanta Braves              L 9-3
8-12-73 Atlanta Braves              W 5-2
8-13-73 Cincinnati Reds             W 3-2
8-14-73 Cincinnati Reds             L 5-4
8-15-73 Cincinnati Reds             L 1-0
8-17-73 San Francisco Giants        L 5-3
8-18-73 San Francisco Giants        W 6-5
8-19-73 San Francisco Giants        W 5-0
8-20-73 @ Houston Astros            L 10-2
8-21-73 @ Houston Astros            W 6-3
8-22-73 @ Houston Astros            W 4-0
8-24-73 @ Atlanta Braves            L 3-2
8-25-73 @ Atlanta Braves            W 6-5
8-26-73 @ Atlanta Braves            L 8-6
8-28-73 @ Cincinnati Reds           W 8-3
8-29-73 @ Cincinnati Reds           L 5-3
8-31-73 Chicago Cubs                W 7-0  W 5-2 gm 2

September

9-1-73 Chicago Cubs              W 1-0
9-2-73 Chicago Cubs              L 5-3
9-3-73 St. Louis Cardinals       W 5-4  L 8-3 gm 2
9-4-73 St. Louis Cardinals       L 4-2
9-5-73 St. Louis Cardinals       L 5-3
9-7-73 @ Philadelphia Phillies   W 10-8
9-8-73 @ Philadelphia Phillies   W 5-3
9-9-73 @ Philadelphia Phillies   L 8-7
9-10-73 @ Chicago Cubs           W 11-3
9-11-73 @ Chicago Cubs           L 2-0
9-12-73 @ Chicago Cubs           W 4-2
9-13-73 @ Chicago Cubs           W 6-1
9-14-73 @ St. Louis Cardinals    W 3-1
9-15-73 @ St. Louis Cardinals    W 7-4
9-16-73 @ St. Louis Cardinals    L 7-3
9-17-73 New York Mets            W 10-3
9-18-73 New York Mets            L 6-5
9-19-73 New York Mets            L 7-3
9-20-73 New York Mets            L 4-3
9-21-73 New York Mets            L 10-2
9-23-73 @ Montreal Expos         W 6-3  W 7-4 gm 2
9-24-73 @ Montreal Expos         L 5-4  W 3-0
9-25-73 Philadelphia Phillies    L 2-1
9-26-73 Philadelphia Phillies    W 13-2
9-27-73 Philadelphia Phillies    L 3-2
9-28-73 Montreal Expos           L 3-2
9-29-73 Montreal Expos           L 6-4
9-30-73 Montreal Expos           W 10-2

October

10-1-73 San Diego Padres         L 4-3

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L GB Pct.
New York Mets 82 79 -- .509
St. Louis Cardinals 81 81 1.5 .500
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 2.5 .494
Montreal Expos 79 83 3.5 .488
Chicago Cubs 77 84 5 .478
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 11.5 .438

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1973 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 7–5 5–13 11–7 2–15 6–6 6–6 6–6 7–5 12–6 8–10 6–6
Chicago 5–7 8–4 6–6 5–7 9–9 10–7 10–8 6–12 7–5 2–10 9–9
Cincinnati 13–5 4–8 11–7 11–7 8–4 8–4 8–4 7–5 13–5 10–8 6–6
Houston 7–11 6–6 7–11 11–7 6–6 6–6 7–5 6–6 10–8 11–7 5–7
Los Angeles 15–2 7–5 7–11 7–11 7–5 7–5 9–3 10–2 9–9 9–9 8–4
Montreal 6–6 9–9 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–9 13–5 6–12 7–5 6–6 8–10
New York 6–6 7–10 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–9 9–9 13–5 8–4 5–7 10–8
Philadelphia 6-6 8–10 4–8 5–7 3–9 5–13 9–9 8–10 9–3 5–7 9–9
Pittsburgh 5–7 12–6 5–7 6–6 2–10 12–6 5–13 10–8 8–4 5–7 10–8
San Diego 6–12 5–7 5–13 8–10 9–9 5–7 4–8 3–9 4–8 7–11 4–8
San Francisco 10–8 10–2 8–10 7–11 9–9 6–6 7–5 7–5 7–5 11–7 6–6
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 10–8 8–10 9–9 8–10 8–4 6–6


Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1973 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 Sanguillén, MannyManny Sanguillén 149 589 166 .282 12 65
SS Maxvill, DalDal Maxvill 74 217 41 .189 0 17

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
González, FernandoFernando González 37 49 11 .224 1 5
McNertney, JerryJerry McNertney 9 4 1 .250 0 0

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
Briles, NelsonNelson Briles 33 218.2 14 13 2.84 94
Blass, SteveSteve Blass 23 88.2 3 9 9.85 27

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

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
Lamb, JohnJohn Lamb 22 0 1 2 6.07 11

Awards and honors[edit]

1973 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Charleston Charlies International League Joe Morgan
AA Sherbrooke Pirates Eastern League Tim Murtaugh
A Salem Pirates Carolina League Steve Demeter
A Charleston Pirates Western Carolinas League Chuck Cottier
Short-Season A Niagara Falls Pirates New York-Penn League Woody Huyke
Rookie GCL Pirates Gulf Coast League Ed Napoleon

Notes[edit]

References[edit]