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1973 Oakland Athletics season

The 1973 Oakland Athletics season involved the A's winning their third consecutive American League West title with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. The A's went on to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS for their second straight AL Championship, and won the World Series in seven games over the New York Mets to take their second consecutive World Championship.

Offseason

Round 1: Mike Norris(24th pick).[5]
Secondary Phase
Round 1: Warren Cromartie (10th pick) (did not sign).[6]

Regular season

The 1973 A’s had three 20-game winners in Jim (Catfish) Hunter, Ken Holtzman and Vida Blue.[10]

The A's were on the receiving end of some milestones as well. On July 3, Nolan Ryan struck out Sal Bando of the Athletics for the 1000th strikeout in his career.[11] On July 30, Jim Bibby threw the first no-hitter in Texas Rangers history as he no-hit the Athletics.[12] The Rangers won the game 6-0.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

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

Draft picks

Roster

1973 Oakland Athletics
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Fosse, RayRay Fosse 143 492 37 126 .256 7 52 2
1B Tenace, GeneGene Tenace 160 510 83 132 .259 24 84 2
2B Green, DickDick Green 133 332 33 87 .262 3 42 0
3B Bando, SalSal Bando 162 592 97 170 .287 29 98 4
SS Campaneris, BertBert Campaneris 151 601 89 150 .250 4 46 34
LF Rudi, JoeJoe Rudi 120 437 53 118 .270 12 66 0
CF North, BillyBilly North 146 554 98 158 .285 5 34 53
RF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 151 539 99 158 .293 32 117 22
DH Johnson, DeronDeron Johnson 131 464 61 114 .246 19 81 0
[24]

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Mangual, ÁngelÁngel Mangual 74 192 20 43 .224 3 13 1
Kubiak, TedTed Kubiak 106 182 15 40 .220 3 17 1
Conigliaro, BillyBilly Conigliaro 48 110 5 22 .200 0 14 1
Alou, JesúsJesús Alou 36 108 10 33 .306 1 11 0
Hegan, MikeMike Hegan 75 71 8 13 .183 1 5 0
McKinney, RichRich McKinney 48 65 9 16 .246 1 7 0
Davalillo, VicVic Davalillo 38 64 5 12 .188 0 4 0
Bourque, PatPat Bourque 23 42 8 8 .190 2 9 0
Johnstone, JayJay Johnstone 23 28 1 3 .107 0 3 0
Márquez, GonzaloGonzalo Márquez 23 25 1 6 .240 0 2 0
Andrews, MikeMike Andrews 18 21 1 4 .190 0 0 0
Maxvill, DalDal Maxvill 29 19 0 4 .211 0 1 0
Hosley, TimTim Hosley 13 14 3 3 .214 0 2 0
Morales, JoséJosé Morales 6 14 0 4 .286 0 1 0
Trillo, MannyManny Trillo 17 12 0 3 .250 0 3 0
Carty, RicoRico Carty 7 8 1 2 .250 1 1 0
Garner, PhilPhil Garner 9 5 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Haney, LarryLarry Haney 2 2 0 1 .500 0 0 0
Lewis, AllanAllan Lewis 35 0 16 0 ---- 0 0 7

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
Holtzman, KenKen Holtzman 40 297.1 21 13 2.97 66 157
Blue, VidaVida Blue 37 263.2 20 9 3.28 105 158
Hunter, CatfishCatfish Hunter 36 256.1 21 5 3.34 69 124
Odom, Blue MoonBlue Moon Odom 30 150.1 5 12 4.49 67 83
Hamilton, DaveDave Hamilton 16 69.2 6 4 4.39 24 34
Dobson, ChuckChuck Dobson 1 2.1 0 1 7.71 2 3
[24]

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA BB SO
Abbott, GlennGlenn Abbott 5 18.2 1 0 3.86 7 6

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games played; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; BB = Bases on balls; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA BB SO
Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 62 126.2 7 8 22 1.92 39 110
Knowles, DaroldDarold Knowles 52 99 6 8 9 3.09 49 46
Piña, HoracioHoracio Piña 47 88 6 3 8 2.76 34 41
Lindblad, PaulPaul Lindblad 36 78 1 5 2 3.69 28 33
Gardner, RobRob Gardner 3 7.1 0 0 0 4.91 2 4

Postseason

ALCS

Game 1

October 6, 1973 at Memorial Stadium

In Game 1, the Orioles jumped on Oakland starter Vida Blue and reliever Horacio Piña for four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Jim Palmer pitched a 5-hit shutout as the Orioles won, 6-0.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
Baltimore 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 X 6 12 0
W: Jim Palmer (1-0)   L: Vida Blue (0-1)   
HR: None

Game 2

October 7, 1973 at Memorial Stadium

In Game 2, the Athletics hit three home runs off Baltimore starter Dave McNally, and won 6-3 behind Catfish Hunter.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 1 6 9 0
Baltimore 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 3 8 0
W: Catfish Hunter (1-0)   L: Dave McNally (0-1)   S: Rollie Fingers (1)
HR: OAKBert Campaneris (1), Joe Rudi (1), Sal Bando 2 (2)

Game 3

October 9, 1973 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

In Game 3, the Athletics won 2-1 when shortstop Bert Campaneris homered to lead off the bottom of the 11th inning.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 4 3
W: Ken Holtzman (1-0)   L: Mike Cuellar (0-1)
HR: OAKBert Campaneris (2) BALEarl Williams (1)

Game 4

October 10, 1973 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

In Game 4, the Athletics held a 4-0 lead after six innings, but the Orioles scored four in the seventh off Blue to tie the game; the key blow was a three-run home run by catcher Andy Etchebarren. Baltimore second baseman Bobby Grich broke the tie with a solo home run in the 8th inning, and the Orioles went on to win, 5-4.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 5 8 0
Oakland 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 4 7 0
W: Grant Jackson (1-0)   L: Rollie Fingers (0-1)
HR: BALAndy Etchebarren (1), Bobby Grich (1)

Game 5

October 11, 1973 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

In Game 5, Hunter pitched a 5-hit shutout as the Athletics won, 3-0, and took the series 3 games to 2.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Oakland 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 X 3 7 0
W: Catfish Hunter (2-0)   L: Doyle Alexander (0-1)
HR: None

World Series

Main article: 1973 World Series

The Athletics' victory over the New York Mets in the 1973 Series was marred by Charlie O. Finley's antics. Finley forced Mike Andrews to sign a false affidavit saying he was injured after the reserve second baseman committed two consecutive errors in the 12th inning of the A's Game Two loss to the Mets. This would allow Manny Trillo, ineligible because he was not a member of the team on Sep 1, to be activated.[25]

By demeaning Mike Andrews, Finley brought on open rebellion, the logical progression for a team that has never deluded itself about being a happy ship. The A's worked out at Shea with Andrews' No. 17 taped to their uniforms as a sign of sympathy with him. By then he was back home in Peabody, Massachusetts.[25] When other team members, manager Dick Williams, and virtually the entire viewing public rallied to Andrews' defense, Kuhn forced Finley to back down. Andrews entered Game 4 in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter. As he walked to the on-deck circle the crowd of 54,817 at Shea Stadium spotted his No. 17 and commenced cheering.[25] He promptly grounded out, and Finley ordered him benched for the remainder of the Series.

Andrews never played another major league game. Williams was so disgusted by the affair that he announced his resignation as Manager while the Series was still being played.[26] Finley retaliated by vetoing Williams' attempt to become manager of the Yankees. Finley claimed that since Williams still owed Oakland the last year of his contract, he could not manage anywhere else. Finley relented later in 1974 and allowed Williams to take over as manager of the California Angels.

The A's won the World Series in seven games after rallying from a three games to two deficit.

Summary

AL Oakland Athletics (4) vs. NL New York Mets (3)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Mets – 1, A’s – 2 October 13 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 46,021 2:26
2 Mets – 10, A’s – 7 (12 inns) October 14 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 55,989 4:13
3 A's – 3, Mets – 2 (11 inns) October 16 Shea Stadium 54,817 3:15
4 A's – 1, Mets – 6 October 17 Shea Stadium 54,817 2:41
5 A's – 0, Mets – 2 October 18 Shea Stadium 54,817 2:39
6 Mets – 1, A’s – 3 October 20 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 49,333 2:07
7 Mets – 2, A’s – 5 October 21 Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 49,333 2:37

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tucson Toros Pacific Coast League Sherm Lollar
AA Birmingham A's Southern League Harry Bright
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Rene Lachemann
Short-Season A Lewiston Broncos Northwest League Mike Sgobba

References

External links

  • 1973 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1973 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
Oakland Athletics
1972
AL West Championship Season
1973
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1974
Preceded by
Oakland Athletics
1972
American League champions
1973
Succeeded by
Oakland Athletics
1974

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