1973 California Angels season

1973 California Angels season

The 1973 California Angels season involved the Angels finishing fourth in the American League West with a record of 79 wins and 83 losses.

Offseason

Regular season

1973 was an eventful season for Angels pitcher Nolan Ryan. On May 15, Ryan threw the first no-hitter of his career.[2] On July 3, he struck out Sal Bando of the Oakland Athletics for the 1000th strikeout in his career.[3] Twelve days later, Ryan threw a second no-hitter, becoming the fifth pitcher in major league history to throw two no-hitters in one season.[4]

For the year, Ryan set what is, as of 2010, the post-1900 Major League Baseball record for most strikeouts in a season with 383, topping Sandy Koufax's 1965 mark by one.[5] (The all-time record belongs to Matt Kilroy, who struck out 513 batters in 1886).[5] In the process, he struck out at least 10 batters in 23 different games.[6]

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

Roster

1973 California Angels
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
2B Alomar, SandySandy Alomar 136 470 112 .238 0 28
LF Pinson, VadaVada Pinson 124 466 121 .266 30 97
DH Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson 147 534 142 .260 8 57

Other batters

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
Oliver, BobBob Oliver 151 544 144 .265 18 89
Grabarkewitz, BillyBilly Grabarkewitz 61 129 21 .163 3 9
Rivers, MickeyMickey Rivers 32 129 45 .349 0 16
Valentine, BobbyBobby Valentine 32 126 38 .302 1 13

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ryan, NolanNolan Ryan 41 326 21 16 2.87 383
Singer, BillBill Singer 40 315.2 20 14 3.22 241
Wright, ClydeClyde Wright 37 257 11 19 3.68 65
May, RudyRudy May 34 185 7 17 4.38 134

Other pitchers

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

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Sells, DaveDave Sells 51 7 2 10 3.71 25
Barber, SteveSteve Barber 50 3 2 4 3.53 58
Monteagudo, AurelioAurelio Monteagudo 15 2 1 3 4.20 8
Allen, LloydLloyd Allen 5 0 0 1 10.38 4

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake City Angels Pacific Coast League Les Moss
AA El Paso Sun Kings Texas League Norm Sherry and Moose Stubing
A Salinas Packers California League Jim Saul
A Quad Cities Angels Midwest League Dick Kinaman
Rookie Idaho Falls Angels Pioneer League Bob Clear

Notes

References

  • 1973 California Angels team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1973 California Angels team page at www.baseball-almanac.com