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1973 Detroit Tigers season

1973 Detroit Tigers
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Detroit, Michigan (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) John Fetzer
    Manager(s) Billy Martin, Joe Schultz
    Local television WJBK
    (George Kell, Larry Osterman)
    Local radio WJR
    (Ernie Harwell, Paul Carey)
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    The 1973 Detroit Tigers compiled a record of 85-77. They finished in 3rd place in the AL East, 12 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. They were outscored by their opponents 674 to 642.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Season standings

    AL East W L GB Pct.
    Baltimore Orioles 97 65 -- .599
    Boston Red Sox 89 73 8 .549
    Detroit Tigers 85 77 12 .525
    New York Yankees 80 82 17 .494
    Milwaukee Brewers 74 88 23 .457
    Cleveland Indians 71 91 26 .438

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1973 Detroit Tigers
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    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 Freehan, BillBill Freehan 110 380 89 .234 6 29
    1B Cash, NormNorm Cash 121 363 95 .262 19 40
    2B McAuliffe, DickDick McAuliffe 106 343 94 .274 12 47
    3B Rodríguez, AurelioAurelio Rodríguez 160 555 123 .222 9 58
    SS Brinkman, EdEd Brinkman 162 515 122 .237 7 40
    LF Horton, WillieWillie Horton 111 411 130 .316 17 53
    CF Stanley, MickeyMickey Stanley 157 602 147 .244 17 57
    RF Northrup, JimJim Northrup 119 404 124 .307 12 44
    DH Brown, GatesGates Brown 125 377 89 .236 12 50

    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
    Kaline, AlAl Kaline 91 310 79 .255 10 45
    Taylor, TonyTony Taylor 84 275 63 .229 5 24
    Sims, DukeDuke Sims 80 252 61 .242 8 30
    Howard, FrankFrank Howard 85 227 58 .256 12 29
    Sharon, DickDick Sharon 91 178 43 .242 7 16
    Reese, RichRich Reese 59 102 14 .137 2 4
    Brown, IkeIke Brown 42 76 22 .289 1 9
    Cash, RonRon Cash 14 39 16 .410 0 6
    Knox, JohnJohn Knox 12 32 9 .281 0 3
    Didier, BobBob Didier 7 22 10 .455 0 1
    Veryzer, TomTom Veryzer 18 20 6 .300 0 2
    Staton, JoeJoe Staton 9 17 4 .235 0 3
    Lane, MarvinMarvin Lane 6 8 2 .250 1 2
    Gamble, JohnJohn Gamble 7 0 0 ---- 0 0

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

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

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Lolich, MickeyMickey Lolich 42 308.7 16 15 3.82 214
    Coleman, JoeJoe Coleman 40 288.3 23 15 3.53 202
    Perry, JimJim Perry 35 203.0 14 13 4.03 66
    Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 34 169.7 6 13 5.36 119

    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
    Strahler, MikeMike Strahler 22 80.3 4 5 4.37 37
    Holdsworth, FredFred Holdsworth 5 14.2 0 1 6.75 9
    Ignasiak, GaryGary Ignasiak 3 4.2 0 0 3.86 4

    Relief pitchers

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

    Player G W L SV GF ERA SO
    Hiller, JohnJohn Hiller 65 10 5 38 60 1.44 124
    Scherman, FredFred Scherman 34 2 2 1 17 4.23 28
    Farmer, EdEd Farmer 24 3 0 2 12 5.00 28
    Miller, BobBob Miller 22 4 2 1 10 3.43 23
    LaGrow, LerrinLerrin LaGrow 21 1 5 3 7 4.33 33
    Timmermann, TomTom Timmermann 17 1 1 1 7 3.69 21
    Seelbach, ChuckChuck Seelbach 5 1 0 0 0 3.86 2
    Slayback, BillBill Slayback 3 0 0 0 1 4.50 1
    Lemanczyk, DaveDave Lemanczyk 1 0 0 0 0 11.57 0

    Awards and honors

    League top ten finishers

    Ed Brinkman

    • MLB leader in games played (162)
    • AL leader in games played at shortstop (162)
    • AL leader in complete games at shortstop (141)
    • AL leader in innings played at shortstop (1390-2/3)
    • #2 in AL in sacrifice hits (14)
    • #2 in AL times grounded into double plays (22)

    Joe Coleman

    • AL leader in hit batsmen (10)
    • #2 in AL in wins (23)
    • #4 in AL in home runs allowed (32)
    • #5 in MLB in games started (40)
    • #9 in MLB in batters faced (1219)

    Bill Freehan

    • #2 in AL in times hit by pitch (11)

    John Hiller

    • MLB leader in saves (38)
    • AL leader in games (65)
    • AL leader in games finished (60)
    • #5 in AL in win percentage (.667)

    Al Kaline

    • 4th oldest player in AL (38)

    Mickey Lolich

    • #2 in MLB in games started (42)
    • #2 in MLB in home runs allowed (35)
    • #2 in MLB in hits allowed (315)
    • #2 in AL in strikeout to walk ratio (2.71)
    • #3 in MLB in earned runs allowed (131)
    • #5 in AL in bases on balls per 9 innings pitched (2.30)
    • #5 in AL in strikeouts (214)
    • #5 in AL in wild pitches (12)
    • #6 in MLB in batters faced (1286)
    • #7 in MLB in innings pitched (308.7)

    Aurelio Rodríguez

    • AL leader in games played at third base (160)
    • AL leader in complete games at third base (151)
    • AL leader in innings played at third base (1394-2/3)
    • #5 in AL in games played (160)

    Mickey Stanley

    • #4 in AL in outs (481)

    Players ranking among top 100 all time at position

    The following members of the 1975 Detroit Tigers are among the Top 100 of all time at their position, as ranked by The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract in 2001:

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Montgomery

    Notes

    1. 1.0 1.1 Rich Reese page at Baseball Reference
    2. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 144, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    3. Tim Hosley page at Baseball Reference
    4. Bob Adams page at Baseball Reference
    5. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/awards/aw_hut.shtml

    References