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1973 California Angels season

1973 California Angels
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Anaheim, California (since 1966)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Gene Autry
    Manager(s) Bobby Winkles
    Local television KTLA
    Local radio KMPC
    (Dick Enberg, Dave Niehaus, Don Drysdale)
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    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

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    Notes

    1. Frank Robinson page at Baseball Reference
    2. Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p. 12, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
    3. The Nolan Ryan Express | The Strikeout King | smackbomb.com/nolanryan
    4. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 139, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    5. 5.0 5.1 Single-Season Leaders & Records for Strikeouts
    6. Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p. 32, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
    7. Mike Epstein page at Baseball Reference
    8. Brian Kingman page at Baseball Reference
    9. Curt Motton page at Baseball Reference

    References