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1973 Atlanta Braves season

1973 Atlanta Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Atlanta, Georgia (since 1966)
  • Results
    Record 76–85 (.472)
    Divisional place 5th
    Other information
    Owner(s) William Bartholomay
    General manager(s) Eddie Robinson
    Manager(s) Eddie Mathews
    Local television WTCG
    Local radio WSB
    (Ernie Johnson, Milo Hamilton)
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    The highlight of the 1973 Atlanta Braves season was Hank Aaron finishing the season just one home run short of Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time home run king. The 1973 Atlanta Braves were the first team to boast three 40 home run hitters. They were Aaron, Darrell Evans, and Davey Johnson.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

    NL West W L GB Pct.
    Cincinnati Reds 99 63 -- .611
    Los Angeles Dodgers 95 66 3.5 .590
    San Francisco Giants 88 74 11 .543
    Houston Astros 82 80 17 .506
    Atlanta Braves 76 85 22.5 .472
    San Diego Padres 60 102 39 .370

    Opening Day starters

    Notable transactions

    Hank Aaron’s Chase for the Record

    At the age of 39, Aaron managed to slug 40 home runs in 392 at bats, ending the season with 713, which at that time one home run short of the record. He hit home run number 713 on September 29, 1973, and with one day remaining in the season, many expected him to tie the record. But in his final game that year, playing against the Houston Astros (led by manager Leo Durocher, who had once roomed with Babe Ruth), he was unable to hit one out of the park. After the game, Aaron stated that his only fear was that he might not live to see the 1974 season. That statement was not just about the death threats: one year earlier, September 30, 1972 was the last day that the legendary Roberto Clemente ever played, as he perished in the offseason.[8]

    Home Run Date Pitcher Inning Location
    700 July 21, 1973 Ken Brett Bottom 3rd Fulton County Stadium
    701 July 31, 1973 Pedro Borbón Bottom 9th Fulton County Stadium
    702 August 16, 1973 Jack Aker Top 8th Wrigley Field
    703 August 17, 1973 Steve Renko Top 6th Parc Jarry
    704 August 18, 1973 Steve Rogers Top 8th Parc Jarry
    705 August 22, 1973 Reggie Cleveland Bottom 6th Fulton County Stadium
    706 August 28, 1973 Milt Pappas Bottom 1st Fulton County Stadium
    707 September 3, 1973 Clay Kirby Top 3rd San Diego Stadium
    708 September 3, 1973 Vicente Romo Top 5th San Diego Stadium
    709 September 8, 1973 Jack Billingham Bottom 7th Fulton County Stadium
    710 September 10, 1973 Don Carrithers Bottom 3rd Fulton County Stadium
    711 September 17, 1973 Gary Ross Bottom 8th Fulton County Stadium
    712 September 22, 1973 Dave Roberts Top 6th Astrodome
    713 September 29, 1973 Jerry Reuss Bottom 5th Fulton County Stadium

    Roster

    1973 Atlanta Braves
    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
    C Oates, JohnnyJohnny Oates 93 322 80 .248 4 27
    2B Johnson, DaveyDavey Johnson 157 559 151 .270 43 99
    3B Evans, DarrellDarrell Evans 161 595 167 .281 41 104
    SS Perez, MartyMarty Perez 141 501 125 .250 8 57
    LF Aaron, HankHank Aaron 120 392 118 .301 40 96
    CF Baker, DustyDusty Baker 159 604 174 .288 21 99
    RF Garr, RalphRalph Garr 148 668 200 .299 11 55

    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
    Gilbreath, RodRod Gilbreath 29 74 21 .284 0 2
    Brown, OscarOscar Brown 22 58 12 .207 0 0
    Pierce, JackJack Pierce 11 20 1 .050 0 0
    Foster, LeoLeo Foster 3 6 1 .167 0 0

    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
    Morton, CarlCarl Morton 38 256.1 15 10 3.41 112
    Gentry, GaryGary Gentry 16 86.2 4 6 3.43 42
    Dobson, PatPat Dobson 12 57.2 3 7 4.99 23

    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
    Harrison, RoricRoric Harrison 38 177.1 11 8 4.16 130
    Freeman, JimmyJimmy Freeman 13 37.1 0 2 7.71 20
    Ford, WentyWenty Ford 4 16.1 1 2 5.51 4

    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
    Frisella, DannyDanny Frisella 42 1 2 8 4.20 27
    Devine, AdrianAdrian Devine 24 2 3 4 6.40 15
    Panther, JimJim Panther 23 2 3 0 7.63 8
    León, MaxMax León 12 2 2 0 5.33 18
    Closter, AlAl Closter 4 0 0 0 14.54 2
    Cheadle, DaveDave Cheadle 2 0 1 0 18.00 2

    Awards and honors

    League records

    All-Stars

    1973 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. ^ Rico Carty page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Brian Asselstine page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ Curt Blefary page at Baseball Reference
    4. ^ Carl Morton page at Baseball Reference
    5. ^ Denny McLain page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ a b Joe Pepitone page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Al Closter page at Baseball Reference
    8. ^ Hank Aaron and the Home Run that changed America, Tom Stanton, p. 179, ISBN 0-06-072290-8
    9. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.90, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0

    References