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1973 Cincinnati Reds season

 

1973 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1973 Cincinnati Reds season consisted of the Reds winning the National League West with a record of 99-63, 3½ games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers, before losing the NLCS to the New York Mets in five games. The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson, and played their home games at Riverfront Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

The Reds won their division despite having three regular players (Denis Menke, César Gerónimo, and Bobby Tolan) hit a combined .204 for the season, and being in fourth place, 11 games behind the Dodgers on June 30. After that point, the Reds went 60-26 to finish the season. Pete Rose won his third and final batting title with a .338 average, collected a career-high 230 hits and was named the NL MVP.

1973 Cincinnati Reds Team Schedule

April

4-5-73  San Francisco Giants      L 4-1
4-7-74  San Francisco Giants      L 7-5
4-8-73  San Francisco Giants      W 3-1
4-9-73  @ Atlanta Braves          W 8-7
4-11-73 @ Los Angeles Dodgers     W 4-1
4-12-73 @ Los Angeles Dodgers     W 5-2
4-13-71 @ San Francisco Giants    L 5-4
4-14-73 @ San Francisco Giants    W 3-0
4-15-73 @ San Francisco Giants    W 11-0  W 7-3  Doubleheader
4-16-73 @ San Diego Padres        W 7-6
4-17-73 @ San Diego Padres        W 3-0
4-18-73 @ San Diego Padres        L 4-2
4-20-73  Atlanta Braves            W 4-2
4-21-73  Atlanta Braves            L 5-4
4-22-73  Atlanta Braves            W 6-3
4-24-73  Montreal Expos            L 7-2
4-25-73  Montreal Expos            W 7-4
4-27-73  Philadelphia Phillies     L 3-1
4-28-73  Philadelphia Phillies     L 1-0
4-29-73  Philadelphia Phillies     W 8-0

May

5-2-73  @ New York Mets             W 6-1
5-3-73  @ New York Mets             W 6-5
5-4-73  @ Montreal Expos            L 6-3
5-5-73  @ Montreal Expos            L 8-6
5-6-73  @ Montreal Expos            W 6-1
5-7-73  @ Philadelphia Phillies     L 3-2
5-8-73  @ Philadelphia Phillies     W 7-1
5-9-73  @ Philadelphia Phillies     W 9-7
5-11-73 @ Houston Astros            L 5-1
5-12-73 @ Houston Astros            L 7-1
5-13-73 @ Houston Astros            W 2-0
5-15-73 Los Angeles Dodgers         W 4-1
5-16-73 Los Angeles Dodgers         L 8-6
5-17-73 Los Angeles Dodgers         L 3-1
5-18-73 San Diego Padres            W 5-4
5-19-73 San Diego Padres            W 10-4
5-20-73 San Diego Padres            L 2-1  W 3-2  Double Header
5-22-73 Houston Astros              W 6-3
5-23-73 Houston Astros              W 4-3
5-25-73 Chicago Cubs                L 7-2
5-26-73 Chicago Cubs                L 2-0
5-27-73 Chicago Cubs                L 6-0
5-28-73 Chicago Cubs                W 6-5
5-29-73 @ St. Louis Cardinals       L 2-0
5-30-73 @ St. Louis Cardinals       L 5-2
5-31-73 @ St. Louis Cardinals       W 3-2

June

6-1-73  @ Pittsburgh Pirates        L 9-6
6-2-73  @ Pittsburgh Pirates        L 4-3
6-3-73  @ Pittsburgh Pirates        W 5-1
6-4-73  New York Mets               W 5-0
6-5-73  New York Mets               W 6-5
6-8-73  @ Chicago Cubs              L 6-5
6-9-73  @ Chicago Cubs              W 8-4
6-10-73 @ Chicago Cubs              L 9-7
6-11-73 St. Louis Cardinals         L 12-4
6-12-73 St. Louis Cardinals         L 11-5
6-13-73 St. Louis Cardinals         L 8-0
6-15-73 Pittsburgh Pirates          W 6-0
6-16-73 Pittsburgh Pirates          L 5-0
6-17-73 Pittsburgh Pirates          W 3-1  W 5-1  Doubleheader
6-19-73 @ San Francisco Giants      W 4-0
6-20-73 @ San Francisco Giants      W 7-5
6-21-73 @ San Francisco Giants      L 7-1
6-22-73 @ Los Angeles Dodgers       L 3-2
6-23-73 @ Los Angeles Dodgers       W 4-1  L 5-1  Doubleheader
6-24-73 @ Los Angeles Dodgers       L 5-2
6-25-73 @ Houston Astros            L 13-2
6-26-73 @ Houston Astros            W 5-1
6-27-73 @ Houston Astros            L 10-2
6-28-73   San Diego Padres          L 6-1
6-29-73   San Diego Padres          W 4-0
6-30-73   Los Angeles Dodgers       L 8-7

July

7-1-73   Los Angeles Dodgers        W 4-3  W 3-2  Doubleheader
7-2-73   Los Angeles Dodgers        W 4-2
7-3-73   San Francisco Giants       W 6-3
7-4-73   San Francisco Giants       L 6-2
7-5-73   San Francisco Giants       W 4-3
7-6-73   @ Philadelphia Phillies    W 8-2
7-7-73   @ Philadelphia Phillies    W 5-4
7-8-73   @ Philadelphia Phillies    W 4-0
7-9-73   @ Montreal Expos           W 11-6
7-10-73  @ Montreal Expos           W 6-2
7-11-73  @ Montreal Expos           L 4-3
7-13-73  New York Mets              W 2-1  L 7-5  Doubleheader
7-14-73  New York Mets              L 5-2
7-15-73  New York Mets              W 3-1
7-16-73  Philadelphia Phillies      W 1-0
7-17-73  Philadelphia Phillies      L 2-1
7-18-73  Philadelphia Phillies      W 7-3
7-19-73  Montreal Expos             W 3-2
7-20-73  Montreal Expos             W 4-0
7-21-73  Montreal Expos             W 6-4
7-22-73  Montreal Expos             W 6-0
7-26-73  Atlanta Braves             W 5-3  L 6-4  Doubleheader
7-27-73  Atlanta Braves             W 12-2
7-28-73  @ San Diego Padres         W 2-1
7-29-73  @ San Diego Padres         L 7-1  W 4-2   Doubleheader
7-31-73  @ Atlanta Braves           W 9-5  W 13-11 Doubleheader

August

8-1-73   @ Atlanta Braves           L 14-6
8-2-73   @ Atlanta Braves           W 17-2
8-3-73   Houston Astros             L 1-0  W 11-5  Doubleheader
8-4-73   Houston Astros             W 7-6
8-5-73   Houston Astros             W 7-1
8-6-73   Houston Astros             L 5-4
8-7-73   Chicago Cubs               W 1-0
8-8-73   Chicago Cubs               W 4-3
8-10-73  @ St. Louis Cardinals      W 8-4
8-11-73  @ St. Louis Cardinals      W 7-5
8-12-73  @ St. Louis Cardinals      W 7-2
8-13-73  @ Pittsburgh Pirates       L 3-2
8-14-73  @ Pittsburgh Pirates       W 5-4
8-15-73  @ Pittsburgh Pirates       W 1-0
8-17-73  @ New York Mets            W 2-1
8-18-73  @ New York Mets            L 12-1
8-19-73  @ New York Mets            L 2-1
8-20-73  @ New York Mets            W 8-3
8-21-73  @ Chicago Cubs             L 6-4
8-22-73  @ Chicago Cubs             L 6-5
8-23-73  @ Chicago Cubs             L 4-3
8-24-73  St. Louis Cardinals        L 5-4
8-25-73  St. Louis Cardinals        W 6-4
8-26-73  St. Louis Cardinals        W 4-1
8-28-73  Pittsburgh Pirates         L 8-3
8-29-73  Pittsburgh Pirates         W 5-3
8-31-73  @ San Diego Padres         W 10-4

September

9-1-73  @ San Diego Padres          W 3-2
9-2-73  @ San Diego Padres          W 6-1
9-3-73  @ Houston Astros            W 4-3
9-4-73  @ Houston Astros            W 12-7
9-5-73  @ Houston Astros            W 9-3
9-7-73  @ Atlanta Braves            L 5-0
9-8-73  @ Atlanta Braves            L 3-2
9-9-73  @ Atlanta Braves            W 14-6  W 7-0  Doubleheader
9-11-73 Los Angeles Dodgers         W 6-3
9-12-73 Los Angeles Dodgers         W 7-3
9-14-73 Atlanta Braves              W 7-6
9-15-73 Atlanta Braves              W 3-2
9-16-73 Atlanta Braves              W 4-3
9-17-73 Houston Astros              L 5-2
9-18-73 Houston Astros              W 1-0
9-19-73 @ San Francisco Giants      W 5-1
9-20-73 @ San Francisco Giants      L 7-5
9-21-73 @ Los Angeles Dodgers       W 4-1
9-22-73 @ Los Angeles Dodgers       W 11-9
9-23-73 @ Los Angeles Dodgers       L 6-4
9-24-73 San Diego Padres            W 2-1
9-25-73 San Diego Padres            W 3-2
9-26-73 San Diego Padres            L 5-1
9-28-73 San Francisco Giants        L 5-3
9-29-73 San Francisco Giants        W 13-6
9-30-73 San Francisco Giants        L 4-3

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

Notable transactions

Roster

1973 Cincinnati Reds
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 Bench, JohnnyJohnny Bench 152 557 141 .253 25 104
1B Pérez, TonyTony Pérez 151 564 177 .314 27 101
2B Morgan, JoeJoe Morgan 157 576 167 .290 26 82
3B Menke, DenisDenis Menke 139 241 46 .191 3 26
SS Concepción, DaveDave Concepción 89 328 94 .287 8 46
CF Gerónimo, CésarCésar Gerónimo 139 324 68 .210 4 33
RF Tolan, BobbyBobby Tolan 129 457 94 .206 9 51

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
Kosco, AndyAndy Kosco 47 118 33 .280 9 21
Gagliano, PhilPhil Gagliano 63 69 20 .290 0 7
Scheinblum, RichieRichie Scheinblum 29 54 12 .222 1 8
Locklear, GeneGene Locklear 29 26 5 .192 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
Billingham, JackJack Billingham 40 293.1 19 10 3.04 155

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
Nelson, RogerRoger Nelson 14 54.2 3 2 3.46 17

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
Borbón, PedroPedro Borbón 80 11 4 14 2.16 60
Carroll, ClayClay Carroll 53 8 8 14 3.69 41
Baney, DickDick Baney 11 2 1 2 2.93 17

1973 National League Championship Series

The Reds lost the National League Championship Series to the Mets 3 games to 2 despite heroics by Rose and Bench in Game 1 and Rose again in Game 4. Rose's eighth-inning home run against Tom Seaver tied the score at 1-1 and Bench won it in the 9th with another solo home run. Rose also hit a game-winning home run in the 12th-inning to tie the series at 2-2. During Game Three of the series, Rose got into a fight with the popular Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson while trying to break up a double play; the fight resulted in a bench-clearing brawl. The game was nearly called off when, after the Reds took the field, fans threw objects from the stands at Rose, causing the Reds team to leave the field until order was restored.

Game 1

October 6: Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 6 0
W: Pedro Borbón (1-0)   L: Tom Seaver (0-1)   S: None
HR: NYM – None  CINPete Rose (1), Johnny Bench (1)
Pitchers: NYM – Seaver  CIN – Billingham, Hall (9), Borbón (9)
Attendance: 53,431

Game 2

October 7: Riverfront Stadium, Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 5 7 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
W: Jon Matlack (1-0)   L: Don Gullett (0-1)   S: None
HR: NYMRusty Staub (1)  CIN – None
Pitchers: NYM – Matlack  CIN – Gullett, Carroll (6), Hall (9), Borbón (9)
Attendance: 54,041

Game 3

October 8: Shea Stadium, New York City, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 1
New York 1 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 x 9 11 1
W: Jerry Koosman (1-0)   L: Ross Grimsley (0-1)   S: None
HR: CINDenis Menke (1)  NYMRusty Staub (2), (3)
Pitchers: CIN – Grimsley, Hall (2), Tomlin (3), Nelson (4), Borbón (7)  NYM – Koosman

Attendance: 53,967

Game 4

October 9: Shea Stadium, New York City, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 0
New York 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
W: Clay Carroll (1-0)   L: Harry Parker (0-1)   S: Pedro Borbón (1)
HR: CINTony Pérez (1), Pete Rose (2)  NYM – None
Pitchers: CIN – Norman, Gullett (6), Carroll (10), Borbón (12)  NYM – Stone, McGraw (7), Parker (12)

Attendance: 50,786

Game 5

October 10: Shea Stadium, New York City, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
New York 2 0 0 0 4 1 0 0 x 7 13 1
W: Tom Seaver (1-1)   L: Jack Billingham (0-1)   S: Tug McGraw (1)
HR: CIN – None  NYM – None
Pitchers: CIN – Billingham, Gullett (5), Carroll (5), Grimsley (7)  NYM – Seaver, McGraw (9)
Attendance: 50,323

Awards and honors

  • Pete Rose – National League Most Valuable Player
  • Pete Rose – National League Batting Champion

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Vern Rapp
AA Trois-Rivières Aigles Eastern League Jim Snyder
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Russ Nixon
Short-Season A Seattle Rainiers Northwest League Jim Hoff
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League Ron Plaza
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Notes

References

  • 1973 Cincinnati Reds Statistics and Roster
Preceded by
Cincinnati Reds
1972
NL West Championship Season
1973
Succeeded by
Los Angeles Dodgers
1974
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