1973 Leaders & Numbers

Willie Stargell’s 44 homers included a second tape-measure shot completely hit out of Dodger Stadium; no one else would do it once until Mike Piazza in 1997. Now firmly settled in as Willie Mays’ heir in San Francisco, Bobby Bonds came within a homer of becoming baseball’s first 40-40 man. Rod Carew finally began to put some muscle on his numbers after years of hitting just above .300—and little else. Pete Rose never had more hits than in 1973, while scoring his third (and last) batting title. In the shadows of Rose, Joe Morgan and Johnny Bench, Tony Perez continued to be the unsung hero in Cincinnati. Ditto for Ken Holtzman in Oakland. Jim Palmer capped a five-year 99-42 record by nabbing his first Cy Young Award. Ron Bryant flourished as he kept a giant stuffed teddy bear in the dugout for good luck; too bad it wasn’t around when he suffered a freak swimming injury the following spring that sank his career. Tom Seaver won five less games than Bryant, but would have won five more had the Mets hit anywhere as good as the Giants; hence, they gave him the NL Cy. Barely two years removed from a heart attack, John Hiller put forth a spectacular campaign and broke the season saves record. Mike Marshall was becoming ironman Wilbur Wood’s bullpen equal as a tireless reliever, and still he was just warming up. Bill Lee was not to be confused with the Bill Lee who starred for the Cubs during the 1930s; in fact, with a goofy (and often very sharp) wit that earned him the nickname Spaceman, he was not to be confused with anyone.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1973
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Willie Stargell Pittsburgh 148 .299 522 106 156 43 4 44 119 58 22 3 0 0 6
2. Bobby Bonds San Francisco 160 .283 643 131 182 34 4 39 96 78 9 4 43 17 8
3. Joe Morgan Cincinnati 157 .290 576 116 167 35 2 26 82 108 3 4 67 15 12
4. Darrell Evans Atlanta 161 .281 595 114 167 25 8 41 104 116 8 3 6 3 9
5. Hank Aaron Atlanta 120 .301 392 84 118 12 1 40 96 55 13 1 1 1 7
6. Pete Rose Cincinnati 160 .338 680 115 230 36 8 5 64 59 6 6 10 7 14
7. Ken Singleton Montreal 162 .302 560 100 169 26 2 23 103 110 13 2 2 8 27
8. Cesar Cedeno Houston 139 .320 525 86 168 35 2 25 70 34 7 7 56 15 19
9. Tony Perez Cincinnati 151 .314 564 73 177 33 3 27 101 64 10 3 3 1 13
10. Lou Brock St. Louis 160 .297 650 110 193 29 8 7 63 56 15 0 70 20 9
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1973
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Reggie Jackson Oakland 151 .293 539 99 158 28 2 32 117 65 11 7 22 8 13
2. John Mayberry Kansas City 152 .278 510 87 142 20 2 26 100 105 17 2 3 0 5
3. Rod Carew Minnesota 149 .350 580 98 203 30 11 6 62 53 9 2 41 16 16
4. Sal Bando Oakland 162 .287 592 97 170 32 3 29 98 77 5 4 4 2 13
5. George Scott Milwaukee 158 .306 604 98 185 30 4 24 107 55 6 2 9 5 19
6. Reggie Smith Boston 115 .303 423 79 128 23 2 21 69 61 7 1 3 2 11
7. Amos Otis Kansas City 148 .300 583 89 175 21 4 26 93 58 5 1 13 9 10
8. Carl Yastrzemski Boston 152 .296 540 82 160 25 4 19 95 92 13 0 9 7 19
9. Frank Robinson California 147 .266 534 85 142 29 0 30 97 70 12 10 1 1 13
10. Dave May Milwaukee 156 .303 624 96 189 23 4 25 93 38 6 5 6 7 13
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1973
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Tom Seaver New York 2.08 19 10 .655 0 0 36 36 290 333 67 59 4 5 5 0 5 3 17
2. Don Sutton Los Angeles 2.42 18 10 .643 0 0 33 33 256.1 285 69 52 5 4 10 0 17 4 23
3. Jerry Koosman New York 2.84 14 15 .483 0 0 35 35 263 336 83 70 4 6 3 0 10 10 25
4. Jack Billingham Cincinnati 3.04 19 10 .655 0 0 40 40 293.1 377 99 85 10 10 10 0 12 11 32
5. Dock Ellis Pittsburgh 3.05 12 14 .462 0 0 28 28 192 217 65 48 7 3 6 1 17 3 13
6. Mike Marshall Montreal 2.66 14 11 .560 31 12 92 0 179 216 53 63 4 12 8 0 8 2 15
7. Steve Rogers Montreal 1.54 10 5 .667 0 0 17 17 134 130 23 46 3 3 1 1 6 8 14
8. Jim Rooker Pittsburgh 2.85 10 6 .625 5 0 41 18 170.1 209 54 42 10 4 2 0 4 1 18
9. Ron Bryant San Francisco 3.53 24 12 .667 0 0 41 39 270 349 106 103 9 12 8 1 12 7 13
10. Don Gullett Cincinnati 3.51 18 8 .692 2 0 45 30 228.1 317 89 61 3 8 3 2 1 3 13
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1973
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Jim Palmer Baltimore 2.40 22 9 .710 1 0 38 37 296.1 327 79 108 5 9 3 0 16 10 22
2. Bert Blyleven Minnesota 2.52 20 17 .541 0 0 40 40 325 408 91 63 4 7 9 2 18 11 15
3. Ken Holtzman Oakland 2.97 21 13 .618 0 0 40 40 297.1 392 98 61 5 12 4 0 6 11 28
4. John Hiller Detroit 1.44 10 5 .667 38 4 65 0 125.1 125 20 32 7 1 0 0 3 2 5
5. Bill Lee Boston 2.75 17 11 .607 1 0 38 33 284.2 382 87 74 2 3 5 0 11 4 33
6. Jim Colburn Milwaukee 3.18 20 12 .625 1 0 43 36 314.1 427 111 82 5 5 3 1 11 12 29
7. Mel Stottlemyre New York 3.07 16 16 .500 0 0 38 38 273 342 93 76 3 5 5 0 12 10 38
8. Wilbur Wood Chicago 3.46 24 20 .545 0 0 49 48 359.1 533 138 88 3 7 7 0 31 12 32
9. Nolan Ryan California 2.87 21 16 .568 1 0 41 39 326 355 104 160 2 15 7 0 37 10 24
10. Dave McNally Baltimore 3.21 17 17 .500 0 0 38 38 266 342 95 75 6 5 5 1 10 19 31

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1973 Awards


NL MVP
Pete Rose, Cincinnati

AL MVP
Reggie Jackson, Oakland


NL Cy Young Award
Tom Seaver, New York

AL Cy Young Award
Jim Palmer, Baltimore


NL Rookie of the Year
Gary Matthews, San Francisco

AL Rookie of the Year
Al Bumbry, Baltimore


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Bob Gibson, St. Louis
C Johnny Bench, Cincinnati
1B Mike Jorgensen, Montreal
2B Joe Morgan, Cincinnati
3B Doug Rader, Houston
SS Roger Metzger, Houston
OF Cesar Cedeno, Houston
OF Bobby Bonds, San Francisco
OF Willie Davis, Los Angeles


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Jim Kaat, Minnesota-Chicago
C Thurman Minson, New York
1B George Scott, Milwaukee
2B Bobby Grich, Baltimore
3B Brooks Robinson, Baltimore
SS Mark Belanger, Baltimore
OF Paul Blair, Baltimore
OF Amos Otis, Kansas City
OF Mickey Stanley, Detroit