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1973 Kansas City Royals season

1973 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Kansas City, Missouri (since 1969)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
    Manager(s) Jack McKeon
    Local television KBMA
    Local radio KMBZ
    (Buddy Blattner, Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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    The 1973 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing second in the American League West with a record of 88 wins and 74 losses.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    On April 10, the Royals open their new park, Royals Stadium, with a 12–1 rout of the Texas Rangers. The game is attended by 39,464 fans braving 39-degree weather.

    On April 16, Steve Busby threw the first no-hitter in Royals history.[3] The Royals beat Detroit by a score of 3-0.

    On May 15, in a game against the Royals, Nolan Ryan of the California Angels threw the first no-hitter of his career.[4]

    On August 2, George Brett made his major league debut.[5]

    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 Kansas City Royals
    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 Healy, FranFran Healy 95 279 77 .276 6 34
    DH McRae, HalHal McRae 106 338 79 .234 9 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
    Hovley, SteveSteve Hovley 104 232 59 .254 2 24
    Taylor, CarlCarl Taylor 69 145 33 .228 0 16
    White, FrankFrank White 51 139 31 .223 0 5
    Brett, GeorgeGeorge Brett 13 40 5 .125 0 0
    Ortenzio, FrankFrank Ortenzio 9 25 7 .280 1 6
    Marshall, KeithKeith Marshall 8 9 2 .222 0 3

    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
    Busby, SteveSteve Busby 37 238.1 16 15 4.23 174

    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
    Simpson, WayneWayne Simpson 16 59.2 3 4 5.73 29

    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
    Bird, DougDoug Bird 54 4 4 20 2.99 83
    Jackson, MikeMike Jackson 9 0 0 0 6.85 13
    Burgmeier, TomTom Burgmeier 6 0 0 1 5.40 4
    Angelini, NormNorm Angelini 7 0 0 1 4.91 3

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Kingsport, Billings

    Notes

    1. ^ Roger Nelson page at Baseball Reference
    2. ^ Joe Keough page at Baseball Reference
    3. ^ 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
    4. ^ Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p. 12, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
    5. ^ George Brett page at Baseball Reference
    6. ^ Greg Minton page at Baseball Reference
    7. ^ Al Santorini page at Baseball-Reference
    8. ^ Ruppert Jones page at Baseball-Reference
    9. ^ Rob Picciolo page at Baseball Reference

    References