1973 BOSTON RED SOX ...

 

Gene Bailey   Frankie Frisch   Roy Johnson   George Sisler
Died: Nov 14th   Died: Mar 12th   Died: Sept 10th   Died: Mar 26th
Edw G Robinson   Billy Urbanski   Del Baker   Lyndon Johnson
Died: Jan 26th   Died: July 12th   Died: Sept 11th   Died: Jan 22nd
Frank Leahy   Chick Hafey   Turk Edwards   Albert DiSalvo
Died: June 21st   Died: July 2nd   Died: Jan 12th   Died: Nov 25th
Bruce Lee   Pablo Picasso   Phil Todt   George McBride
Died: July 20th   Died: April 8th   Died: Nov 15th   Died: July 2nd
Ichiro   Mike Cameron   Bartolo Colon   Johnny Damon
Born: Oct 22nd   Born: Jan 8th   Born: May 24th   Born: Nov 5th
Todd Walker   Derek Lowe   Pokey Reese   Julian Tavarez
Born: May 25th   Born: June 1st   Born: June 10th   Born: June 22nd
Lawyer Malloy   Tedy Bruschi   Curtis Martin   Nomar
Born: Nov 14th   Born: June 9th   Born: May 1st   Born: July 23rd
Terrell Owens   Todd Helton   Aaron Boone   Brian Rolston
Born: Dec 7th   Born: Aug 20th   Born: March 9th   Born: Feb 21st
             
             

With the designated hitter rule going into effect for the 1973 season, general manager Dick O'Connell signed former Cardinal star Orlando Cepeda as a free agent to fill the role. The 35-year-old slugger brought 358 career home runs to Fenway Park.

ORLANDO CEPEDA

But clubhouse troubles for a team that was described as "twenty five players who take twenty five different cabs" from a baseball game sank the club. Reggie Smith was at the center of the trouble, as he battled with teammates all throughout the season. He thought there was a double standard in the way black and white players were treated by Sox management and the Boston media.

Improved pitching was the reason the í73 Red Sox won a few more games than their immediate predecessors. Luis Tiant and Bill Lee became rotation regulars for the first time. Each pitched over 270 innings and they combined for 37 wins.

1973 was also the first time in the Eddie Kasko regime that Boston had four regular starters pitching over 200 innings. John Curtis and Marty Pattin combined for 28 more wins and consistently took their turn.

The bullpen didnít have depth, but versatile Rogelio Moret was dazzling throughout the season, winning 11 in a row. He made 15 relief appearances, 15 starts and went 13-2 with a 3.17 ERA. The result was that after spending the previous seasons in the lower echelons of the American League in staff ERA, Boston ranked fifth in pitching for the 1973 MLB season.

Offensively, the Red Sox slipped a bit, but still were the fourth-best in the AL at scoring runs. Smith finished with a .398 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage, both in the top four of the league. Carl Yastrzemski, now 33-years-old, found a power stroke that had been missing for a couple years. He also drove in 95 runs. Carlton Fisk didnít match the production of his great 1972 rookie year, but still hit 26 home runs and was a leader behind the plate.
 

A decline in production from third baseman Rico Petrocelli was made up for by a good year from Cepeda, the first Red Sox player to take advantage of the newly-instituted designated hitter rule. Cepeda batted .290 with 20 home runs.

With outfielder Tommy Harper on his way to setting the team record for stolen bases with an American League best 54, and setting a club record, that would stand until Jacoby Ellsbury arrived at Fenway, the Sox stayed in the race for the first half of the season.

The season started at Fenway Park on April 6th. On a windy cold day, Luis Tiant stuck it out for the whole nine innings, beating the Yankees, 15-5. Carl Yastrzemski hit one homer and Carlton Fisk hit two homers off Mel Stottlemyre. Tommy Harper had two singles and a double and Rico Petrocelli knocked out three singles.

The next day, the score was 10-5 in favor of the Sox. It was another good game for Yaz. He had four hits, two singles, a double and another homer. In the final game, on April 8th, Orlando Cepeda hit a vicious line drive through a north wind in the ninth inning, to give the Sox a 4 to 3 win and a sweep of the Yankees.

After getting snowed out for three games in Milwaukee, the Sox finally played baseball in Yankee Stadium on April 14th. Tiant labored for eight innings, giving way to Bob Veale, in the 9th inning, who saved him 3 to 1. The Sox had 14 hits, including a homer by Doug Griffin.

The Red Sox took a turn for the worse, when they lost four straight at home to the Detroit Tigers, who had edged them at the wire in the 1972 AL East race. Boston pitching gave up 33 runs in the four games. The Sox then lost one in Cleveland before they knew what winning would feel like again. By then they had fallen out of first place and were in 4th place, 3 games out.

CEPEDA HOMERS

Orlando Cepeda stopped the skid. He crashed two tremendous homers and a single in an 11-5 Sox recovery on April 21st. Tommy Harper joined in with three base hits also.

The Sox split a doubleheader before leaving Cleveland. Cepeda banged out five more hits, and was then 13-for-26 over the last six games.

The Sox (7-10) finished April in last place. After losing 4-of-5 games at home, Cepeda put the team on his back again on May 2nd. His grandslam beat the Texas Rangers, 6 to 2. He was hitting .347 with a league leading six homers and 17 RBIs.

In Minnesota on May 6th, Bill Lee beat the Twins, 5 to 1, after quite a struggle. He allowed only the one run, but had to be rescued by Bob Veale. The Sox won only two of the five games on the short road trip.

On May 10th, Dick Tidrow had a perfect game and a 3-0 lead, when the fog rolled in. With the help of Rick Miller, Carl Yastrzemski and an Indians' error, the Sox beat him and the Yankees, 4 to 3. The win gave Bill Lee (3-0) his first complete game of the season.

The Sox won the next game, lost the one after, and on the final game of the series on May 13th, Tommy Harper hit his first career grandslam homer. Marty Pattin, after losing six straight, won 8 to 3 over the Indians, and Carl Yastrzemski slugged two home runs.

Against Baltimore, on May 14th, the Sox captured first place. In the 11th inning, Orlando Cepeda lined a single to left center, to score Mario Guerrero with the winning run, 1 to 0.

But the Sox lost the next three in Detroit and the opening game of a series in Baltimore. And just that quickly, the Sox fell to 5th place, 3 1/2 games out of first. But finally, Luis Tiant gave the Sox their only victory of the road trip. On May 21st, Luis outpitched Jim Palmer for a 4 to 1 win.

At home, against the Brewers, on May 23rd, Carl Yastrzemski led the Sox to a 5 to 2 win, by going 3 for 4. But Rico Petrocelli did the damage. He had a two-run single in the four-run fourth and figured in two of the other runs. The next night, Bill Lee beat the Brewers, 10 to 1, and Rico was the offensive star again. He had three singles and his seventh home run.  Luis Aparicio also slapped out four hits, but lost was Doug Griffin. He fractured his left hand and would be out for over a month.

On May 29th, Bill Lee (5-1) beat Nolan Ryan at Fenway Park. Orlando Cepeda's two-run homer in the second inning made the difference. May finished with the Sox in 4th place, 3 1/2 games out of first.

Carlton Fisk came up big as May turned into June. On June 5th, he drilled a three run homer into the net against the Kansas City Royals. He finished the game off with a double and a single, for a total of 4 RBIs. He had two homers and 8 RBIs in the last two games, batting .312, with 11 HRs and 30 RBIs in the young season. The Sox swept the Royals, when Bob Montgomery blasted his second homer of the game in the 10th inning, on June 6th.

On June 9th, homers sparked the Sox in a 12 to 1 romp over the Rangers in Texas. Carlton Fisk, Tommy Harper and Orlando Cepeda supplied the power. Carl Yastrzemski lined a base hit to center field, off Steve Foucalt, for the 2000th of his career.

The next night, Bill Lee coasted to a 10-1 victory, while Carlton Fisk knocked out another homer. Fisk had hit four homers in the last five games, knocking in 14 runs while doing it.

APARICIO & CEPEDA

In Anaheim on June 12th, the Sox whipped Nolan Ryan, 6 to 5. Orlando Cepeda slammed a homer off him, that broke a 3-3 tie in the sixth inning, then drove in the eventual game winner with a long sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.  Cepeda shared honors with Yaz, who walloped a three-run homer in the first inning.

The win put the Sox only 1 1/2 games out of first, but losing the next four games dropped them back to 5th place, 4 games behind. Luis Tiant finally rescued the Sox in Oakland with a four-hitter, striking out ten, and beating the Athletics, 4 to 2, on June 17th. Danny Cater's four hits supplied the punch for the win.

The league leading, Milwaukee Brewers ended a 10 game winning streak, losing both games of a doubleheader to the Sox at County Stadium, on June 19th, 8 to 4 and 4 to 1. Cater, at one point, had a streak of seven consecutive hits and had four hits for the day. The Sox knocked the Brewers out of first place with a 3 to 2 win the next night. Rick Miller and Reggie Smith led off the game with back-to-back homers.

Back at Fenway on June 23rd, the Sox split a doubleheader with the Orioles.  In the first game, Rico Petrocelli, who was batting .237 broke out, going 4-for-4 with three singles and a double and driving in two runs. Carl Yastrzemski added a single and a triple, as the Sox won 5 to 1. Rico sent a homer into the net in the second game, sending it into extra innings. But the Sox lost it, 2 to 1.

In the final game with the Orioles, Orlando Cepeda lined a ball of the "Pesky Pole" for a cheap homer that gave John Curtis a 1 to 0 win. Curtis threw his first shutout of the season, allowing seven scattered hits and walking only one batter. Only three runners were able to reach second base.

Against the Tigers, on June 25th, Carlton Fisk lined his 16th home run into the net in the eighth inning, to aid Bill Lee in a 2 to 1 victory. Lee picked up his ninth win and owned a 1.94 ERA. Lee, in his last seven starts at Fenway Park was 6-1 with a 1.44 ERA.

The Sox split a doubleheader with the Indians on June 28th, 4 to 2 in the first game, but running away with the second game, 16-7. Reggie Smith had four hits, three in the first game, and a homer in the second game.

The Sox started July by splitting another doubleheader. Bill Lee, who led the American League in ERA, lost the first game, 9 to 5. Luis Tiant led the Sox to 4 to 2 split in the second game. Orlando Cepeda knocked in a run in the first inning and doubled home two more in the seventh.

At Yankee Stadium, they appeared poised to make a move, after beating Yankees four out of five. On July 2nd, John Curtis shutout New York, 1 to 0. With the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, Curtis got Felipe Alou to pop up to end the game. Dwight Evans produced the one run the Sox needed with a home run.

After losing the next game, the Sox swept a doubleheader on July 4th, scoring only one earned run. Ray Culp, Bob Veale and Rogelio Moret beat the Yankees, 2 to 1 and then 1 to 0. In the first game, the Sox were down 1-0 in the ninth inning. Reggie Smith led off with a base hit off Mel Stottlemyre. Sparky Lyle then came in and Yaz lined a pitch to right.  With runners on first and second, Orlando Cepeda laid down a bunt that Thurman Munson booted to load the bases. With Tommy Harper running for Cepeda, Carlton Fisk hit a one hopper to Graig Nettles at third. Nettles threw to second trying to get Harper, who crashed into secondbaseman, Bernie Allen, making his throw to first wild and wide. Reggie scored and Yaz rounded third heading for home, beating the throw and scoring the winning run, 2 to 1. In the second game, Moret threw his first shutout in two years, pitching better as the game wore on.

The Sox took their fourth win against the Yankees in the final game, on July 5th. They exploded for seven runs in the 4th inning, winning 9 to 4. Carl Yastrzemski blasted his 11th homer, Reggie Smith his 1000th career hit and Rick Miller stroked a clutch bases-loaded single. The win moved the Sox to 3 games out of first.

The Sox continued onto Chicago as Luis Tiant notched his 10th win, 5 to 2, as Carlton Fisk knocked out his 17th homer, on July 6th. The Sox made it five straight by winning the next game, 7 to 3. John Curtis won his fourth straight, while Rico Petrocelli slapped out three hits for 3 RBIs.

The final act in Chicago was the split of a doubleheader on July 8th. After a 6 to 1 loss in the opener, the Red Sox took the second game into the 10th inning, tied 2 to 2. Dwight Evans led off with a double and rookie Buddy Hunter scored him with a single to right, breaking the tie. After six more hits, including a grandslam homer by Bob Montgomery, Boston paraded home nine runs and won, 11 to 2. They were now 2 games out of first.

The Sox moved to one game of first place the next night in Minnesota. Bill Lee pitched a 2-0 shutout for his 10th win, and the Sox had won eight of their last ten games. Rico Petrocelli accounted for both runs with a two run homer.

The Sox briefly moved into first place on July 10th on Luis Tiant's 2 to 1 victory over the Twins. Until Rod Carew's single in the ninth, El Tiante had allowed just one hit. In the 11 games of this road trip, the staff had allowed just 18 runs (1.63 ERA). In the last 22 innings, Tiant, Lee and Moret had allowed just one run.

When the Sox lost the final game of the series to the Twins, 3 to 0, the Sox fell back into second place and would never sit on top of the AL East again.

Back at Fenway, Marty Pattin beat the Rangers, 5 to 2, on July 12th. Tommy Harper and Carl Yastrzemski supplied the punch with homers. Two days later, the Sox hung on in the ninth inning for a 6 to 5 win. In the final game of the series, after 5 1/2 rain soaked innings, the Sox and Luis Tiant won a 3-1, shortened game.

The White Sox came to town on July 16th, and Reggie Smith homered twice. The first one went into the left field net in the first inning, but the second one was a for a 9 to 8, 11 inning walk-off.

And for the first time, Carlton Fisk was named the starting catcher for the American League All Stars, finishing second to Dick Allen in the All Star voting. AL Manager Dick Williams then put Carl Yastrzemski, Luis Aparicio and Bill Lee on the All Star team.

Lee said goodbye to the White Sox on July 18th by beating them 6 to 1 for his 12th win, with home run help from Tommy Harper and Reggie Smith.

John Curtis pitched a  five hit shutout over Bert Blyleven and the Minnesota Twins on July 20th, 5 to 0. The power was again supplied by Harper and also Carlton Fisk, who had a homer and two singles. They split the series with the Twins and reached the midpoint with a 52-44 record, 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees. The Baltimore Orioles were a game and a half out, while the Tigers had slipped to fourth and were six back.

The Sox started the second half by losing two in Detroit and slipping to 4 1/2 games back. The Sox bats came alive in Cleveland for a day, on July 28th, with a 7 to 4 win. Dwight Evans had three hits and Luis Aparicio knocked in the winning run.

After blowing a lead to the Yankees at Fenway on July 30th, the Sox were able to beat Sparky Lyle, 4 to 3 in extra innings. Two days later, on August 1st, Lyle blew another game as Bob Montgomery slid home in the bottom of the 9th inning on a single by Mario Guerrero, to give the Sox a walk-off 3 to 2 win. But there was a brawl that became a moment in the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry that nobody has ever forgotten.

It started when the Red Sox felt very strongly that Gene Michael got in Carlton Fiskís way as Michael missed bunting the ball on a failed squeeze play. Fisk tried to get ready for Thurman Munson who was charging home on the squeeze play. Fisk braced for Munson and the collision carried the Yankee catcher on top of Fisk Fisk still had the ball securely in his hand, and he and Munson started going at it. By now both benches were emptied. Fisk kept slugging both Munson and Michael. The brawl lasted about 10 minutes. Michael blew the squeeze play, grounded out, and the Red Sox went on to win.

The Sox finished their series with the Yankees by thrashing them 10-0. Rogelio Moret coasted to a shutout in his second start, and Yaz went four-for-four.

In Baltimore on August 5th, Tommy Harper sizzled against the Orioles. In the seventh, he had a three-run double, stole third and scored on the next pitch when Andy Etchebarren dropped the pitch. In the first, he stole second and scored on Carl Yastrzemski's double in a 7 to 4 victory. In the final game of the series, Moret pitched another great game, winning 5 to 3.

The Sox took three of five in the series at Baltimore and got to within one game of first, but again followed that up by sliding back, losing six of nine.

But in Kansas City on August 8th, Orlando Cepeda equaled a major league record by knocking out four doubles in nine innings, good for 6 RBIs.

On August 10th, Reggie Smith walked off the field in the second inning of game against the Angels. He showered and dressed and left without permission. He was fined $750, but claimed his knees prevented him from playing. By the end of the month he was demanding to be traded.

On August 11th, the undefeated Rogelio Moret won his 6th game, beating Nolan Ryan, 2 to 1. The next day, the Sox trounced the Angels, 14-8. Both Cepeda and Danny Cater had five hits and a homer. Tommy Harper collected three hits.

Then the Sox were swept at home by the Oakland Aís, the defending Series champs (and who would repeat in 1973). The Sox then swept the Royals in three games and then went to Texas and swept the Rangers.

ROGELIO MORET

Reggie returned to the lineup in Texas. On August 21st he had two home runs and two singles for 5 RBIs.  Dwight Evans also slammed a monster homer (the second longest in the history of Arlington Stadium) and a double. Luis Aparicio had four hits and Tommy Harper had three, as the Sox out-slugged the Rangers, 15-9.

In Anaheim, Bill Lee won his 14th game and then the next day, on August 25th, John Curtis shutout the Angels, 4 to 0, for the Sox eighth straight win.

On August 27th, Rogelio Moret won his 9th straight game, beating the A's in Oakland, 5 to 2. The Sox finished the west coast portion of their road trip, by beating the Athletics and Vida Blue, 6 to 4. For Bill Lee it was win number 15, accomplished with help from Carl Yastrzemski's who had four hits, including a double and a triple. The problem was that the Orioles were heating up and had a 14 game winning streak, and in that stretch, the Red Sox lost ground.

In Milwaukee, the Sox lost three straight games. But on September 1st, Marty Pattin shut out the Brewers, 5 to 0. In the final game of the series, Bill Lee notched his 16th win while Reggie Smith and Bob Montgomery blasted two-run homers. And Yaz continued a hit streak with three singles, on the road trip hitting .438 and in the last eight games, batting .552

On September 3rd, the Sox were set to host Baltimore at Fenway for a four-game set and the Orioles were leading by six games. The Red Sox were ahead of the Yankees and Tigers, but they needed to win three of four in this series if their pennant hopes were to stay alive.

Monday was a doubleheader and for 17 innings, it looked like Boston was ready to fold up shop. They trailed the opener 8-1 in the fourth inning and lost 13-8. They trailed 8-2 in the eighth inning of the nightcap. Then a rally thatís arguably the most improbable in the long history of this franchise took place.

The Red Sox not only generated four singles, a double and an error to make a stunning seven-run rally against an opponent renowned for its ability to pitch in September, but they did it with their unknown bats. It wasnít Yaz or Fisk or even Cepeda coming up with the hits. It was Danny Cater, Mario Guerrero, Rick Miller and a still-developing Cecil Cooper that delivered the biggest hits in the miraculous 9-8 win.

Another unknown was a hero the next day, September 4th. Luis Tiant and Jim Palmer staged an epic pitcherís duel. Each was still pitching in the 12th inning of a 1-1 game. Then Ben Ogilvie, still in the developing phase of his own career, homered off Palmer. If you were a Red Sox fan thinking this was destiny, you had reason. Especially when 21-year-old Dwight Evans homered in the final game, the next day, to key a six-run second inning and a 7-5 win. Rogelio Moret got credit for the win and was still undefeated at 10-0. The Sox had swept Baltimore, were four games out, and still alive.

But the destiny storyline couldnít hold. The Red Sox lost two of three at home to Detroit and slipped 5 1/2 games out when it was time to play two more games with the Orioles, this time in Baltimore.

Again, the Sox would not go quietly. On September 10th, Yaz, Orlando Cepeda, Rick Miller and Carlton Fisk all had two hits in the opener. Luis Tiant left with the lead and reliever Bob Bolin got that last seven outs in a 4 to 3 win. But the drive finally crested when Marty Pattin gave up seven runs in the first four innings of an 8 to 3 loss the next day.

In New York, on September 12th, Rogelio Moret won his 11th consecutive game thanks to two home runs from Carl Yastrzemski good for 5 RBIs. The score was 7 to 1. Against the Indians, four days later, Moret finally lost his first decision, 7 to 1.

TOMMY HARPER

Over the next two weeks, the Sox went 6-7 and fell 10 1/2 back. On September 28th, Luis Tiant won his 20th game in an 11 to 2 win over the Brewers at Fenway in the first game of a twin bill. Tommy Harper also established a Sox record with 53 stolen bases in a 5 to 3 win in the second game of the doubleheader, breaking Tris Speaker's mark set in 1912.

During one late-season stretch, the Sox won eight of nine. They swept the Milwaukee Brewers at home to end the year, but despite winning 89 games, the most in his four-year tenure as manager, Eddie Kasko was fired on the final day of the season.

Even though they had enjoyed their best win-loss record season since the "Impossible Dream" year of 1967, the Sox simply couldn't catch the Orioles. The Red Sox streak of seasons that were close, but not able to finish, was wearing on everyone and changing the nature of player relationships.

Eddie Kasko continued to have a great career in Boston. He moved into the scouting department and spent the next twenty years there, eventually becoming VP of Scouting & Development. Kasko was inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2010. His managerial tenure was a success too, having had winning teams every year and his best team his final season. He just couldnít keep up with Baltimore.

 

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/06/1973 1-0 1st -  New York Yankees W 15-5 Luis Tiant 1-0
04/07/1973 2-0 1st -  New York Yankees W 10-5 Marty Pattin 1-0
04/08/1973 3-0 1st +1/2  New York Yankees W 4-3 Bob Veale 1-0
04/09/1973 3-0 1st +1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers pp  
04/10/1973 3-0 1st +1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers pp  
04/11/1973 3-0 1st -  at Milwaukee Brewers pp  
04/12/1973 3-0 2nd -1/2  
04/13/1973 3-0 1st -  
04/14/1973 4-0 1st -  at New York Yankees W 3-1 Luis Tiant 2-0
04/15/1973 4-1 2nd -1/2  at New York Yankees L 6-2 John Curtis 0-1
04/16/1973 4-2 2nd -1  Detroit Tigers L 9-7 Marty Pattin 1-1
04/17/1973 4-3 2nd -2  Detroit Tigers L 6-3 Lynn McGlothen 0-1
04/18/1973 4-4 3rd -2  Detroit Tigers L 7-1 Luis Tiant 2-1
04/19/1973 4-5 3rd -2  Detroit Tigers L 11-7 John Curtis 0-2
04/20/1973 4-6 4th -3  at Cleveland Indians L 3-2 Marty Pattin 1-2
04/21/1973 5-6 4th -2  at Cleveland Indians W 11-5 Lynn McGlothen 1-1
04/22/1973 5-7 4th -3  at Cleveland Indians L 8-7 Sonny Siebert 0-1
6-7 4th -2 1/2 W 5-2 Rogelio Moret 1-0
04/23/1973 6-7 4th -2 1/2  
04/24/1973 6-8 4th -2 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 6-4 Marty Pattin 1-3
04/25/1973 7-8 4th -1 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 4-3 Bill Lee 1-0
04/26/1973 7-8 4th -1 1/2  
04/27/1973 7-8 4th -1  Chicago White Sox pp  
04/28/1973 7-9 4th -2  Chicago White Sox L 2-1 Luis Tiant 2-2
04/29/1973 7-10 5th -2  Chicago White Sox L 5-0 Marty Pattin 1-4
04/30/1973 7-10 6th -2  
05/01/1973 7-11 6th -2 1/2  Texas Rangers L 7-6 Lynn McGlothen 1-2
05/02/1973 8-11 6th -1 1/2  Texas Rangers W 6-2 Luis Tiant 3-2
05/03/1973 8-11 6th -1 1/2  
05/04/1973 8-12 6th -1 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 9-6 Marty Pattin 1-5
05/05/1973 9-12 4th -1 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 5-1 Bill Lee 2-0
05/06/1973 9-13 4th -1 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 10-3 Luis Tiant 3-3
05/07/1973 10-13 4th -1  at Chicago White Sox W 4-1 John Curtis 1-2
05/08/1973 10-14 6th -1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 1-0 Marty Pattin 1-6
05/09/1973 10-14 6th -1 1/2  
05/10/1973 11-14 5th -1  Cleveland Indians W 4-3 Bill Lee 3-0
05/11/1973 12-14 3rd -1/2  Cleveland Indians W 4-2 Luis Tiant 4-3
05/12/1973 12-15 5th -1  Cleveland Indians L 10-2 John Curtis 1-3
05/13/1973 13-15 2nd -1/2  Cleveland Indians W 4-2 Marty Pattin 2-6
05/14/1973 14-15 1st -  Baltimore Orioles W 1-0 Bob Bolin 1-0
05/15/1973 14-15 2nd -1/2  Baltimore Orioles pp  
05/16/1973 14-16 3rd -1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 6-5 Luis Tiant 4-4
05/17/1973 14-17 5th -1 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 1-0 John Curtis 1-4
05/18/1973 14-18 5th -2 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 5-4 Marty Pattin 2-7
05/19/1973 14-19 5th -3 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 3-1 Bill Lee 3-1
05/20/1973 14-19 5th -3 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles pp  
05/21/1973 15-19 5th -3  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-1 Luis Tiant 5-4
05/22/1973 15-20 5th -3  Milwaukee Brewers L 4-2 John Curtis 1-5
05/23/1973 16-20 5th -2  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-3 Marty Pattin 3-7
05/24/1973 17-20 4th -2  Milwaukee Brewers W 10-1 Bill Lee 4-1
05/25/1973 17-20 4th -2 1/2  at Pawtucket Red Sox L 3-2    
05/26/1973 17-20 5th -3  at Kansas City Royals pp  
05/27/1973 17-21 4th -3 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 13-3 Luis Tiant 5-5
18-21 4th -4 W 7-2 John Curtis 2-5
05/28/1973 18-22 4th -4  at Kansas City Royals L 5-4 Bob Veale 1-1
05/29/1973 19-22 4th -3 1/2  California Angels W 2-1 Bill Lee 5-1
05/30/1973 20-22 4th -3 1/2  California Angels W 2-1 Luis Tiant 6-5
05/31/1973 20-23 4th -3 1/2  California Angels L 7-6 Bob Bolin 1-1
06/01/1973 21-23 3rd -3 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 6-2 Marty Pattin 4-7
06/02/1973 21-24 4th -3 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 3-1 Bill Lee 5-2
06/03/1973 21-25 4th -4 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 12-1 Luis Tiant 6-6
06/04/1973 22-25 4th -4  Kansas City Royals W 9-3 John Curtis 3-5
06/05/1973 23-25 4th -4  Kansas City Royals W 9-2 Marty Pattin 5-7
06/06/1973 24-25 4th -3  Kansas City Royals W 5-4 Bill Lee 6-2
06/07/1973 24-25 4th -2 1/2  
06/08/1973 24-26 4th -3 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 5-2 John Curtis 3-6
06/09/1973 25-26 4th -3  at Texas Rangers W 12-1 Marty Pattin 6-7
06/10/1973 26-26 3rd -2  at Texas Rangers W 10-1 Bill Lee 7-2
06/11/1973 26-26 3rd -2  
06/12/1973 27-26 4th -1 1/2  at California Angels W 6-5 Luis Tiant 7-6
06/13/1973 27-27 4th -2  at California Angels L 7-5 Ray Culp 0-1
06/14/1973 27-28 5th -2  at California Angels L 5-3 John Curtis 3-7
06/15/1973 27-29 5th -3  at Oakland Athletics L 8-3 Marty Pattin 6-8
06/16/1973 27-30 5th -4  at Oakland Athletics L 4-3 Bob Bolin 1-2
06/17/1973 28-30 5th -4  at Oakland Athletics W 4-2 Luis Tiant 8-6
06/18/1973 28-31 5th -5  at Milwaukee Brewers L 8-3 Ray Culp 0-2
06/19/1973 29-31 5th -4  at Milwaukee Brewers W 8-4 Marty Pattin 7-8
30-31 5th -3 W 4-1 John Curtis 4-7
06/20/1973 31-31 5th -2 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 3-2 Bill Lee 8-2
06/21/1973 31-32 5th -3 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 6-2 Luis Tiant 8-7
06/22/1973 31-32 5th -4  Baltimore Orioles pp  
06/23/1973 32-32 4th -4  Baltimore Orioles W 5-1 Ray Culp 1-2
32-33 4th -4 1/2 L 2-1 Marty Pattin 7-9
06/24/1973 33-33 4th -5  Baltimore Orioles W 1-0 John Curtis 5-7
06/25/1973 34-33 4th -4  Detroit Tigers W 2-1 Bill Lee 9-2
06/26/1973 34-34 4th -5  Detroit Tigers L 4-1 Luis Tiant 8-8
06/27/1973 34-34 4th -4 1/2  Cleveland Indians pp  
06/28/1973 34-35 4th -4 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 4-2 Ray Culp 1-3
35-35 4th -4 W 16-7 Marty Pattin 8-9
06/29/1973 35-35 4th -4 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
06/30/1973 35-35 4th -5  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
07/01/1973 35-36 5th -6  Milwaukee Brewers L 9-5 Bill Lee 9-3
36-36 5th -6 W 4-2 Luis Tiant 9-8
07/02/1973 37-36 5th -5  at New York Yankees W 1-0 John Curtis 6-7
07/03/1973 37-37 4th -6  at New York Yankees L 3-1 Marty Pattin 8-10
07/04/1973 38-37 3rd -5  at New York Yankees W 2-1 Ray Culp 2-3
39-37 3rd -4 W 1-0 Rogelio Moret 2-0
07/05/1973 40-37 3rd -3  at New York Yankees W 9-4 Bill Lee 10-3
07/06/1973 41-37 3rd -3  at Chicago White Sox W 5-2 Luis Tiant 10-8
07/07/1973 42-37 2nd -1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 7-3 John Curtis 7-7
07/08/1973 42-38 2nd -1 1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 6-1 Marty Pattin 8-11
43-38 2nd -2 W 11-2 Rogelio Moret 3-0
07/09/1973 44-38 2nd -1  at Minnesota Twins W 2-0 Bill Lee 11-3
07/10/1973 45-38 1st -  at Minnesota Twins W 2-1 Luis Tiant 11-8
07/11/1973 45-39 2nd -1  at Minnesota Twins L 3-0 John Curtis 7-8
07/12/1973 46-39 2nd -1  Texas Rangers W 5-2 Marty Pattin 9-11
07/13/1973 46-40 2nd -2  Texas Rangers L 4-1 Ray Culp 2-4
07/14/1973 47-40 2nd -1  Texas Rangers W 6-5 Bob Bolin 2-2
07/15/1973 48-40 2nd -1  Texas Rangers W 3-1 Luis Tiant 12-8
07/16/1973 49-40 2nd -1/2  Chicago White Sox W 9-8 Bob Bolin 3-2
07/17/1973 49-41 2nd -1 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 8-4 Marty Pattin 9-12
49-42 2nd -2 1/2 L 5-0 Ray Culp 2-5
07/18/1973 50-42 2nd -1 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 6-1 Bill Lee 12-3
07/19/1973 50-43 3rd -2  Minnesota Twins L 6-2 Luis Tiant 12-9
07/20/1973 51-43 2nd -2 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 5-0 John Curtis 8-8
07/21/1973 52-43 2nd -2  Minnesota Twins W 3-2 Marty Pattin 10-12
07/22/1973 52-44 3rd -2 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 10-7 Bill Lee 12-4
07/23/1973  All Star Game Break
07/24/1973
07/25/1973
07/26/1973 52-45 3rd -3 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 6-5 Bob Bolin 3-3
07/27/1973 52-46 3rd -4 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 4-2 Bill Lee 12-5
07/28/1973 53-46 3rd -3 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 7-4 John Curtis 9-8
07/29/1973 53-47 3rd -3 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 8-2 Marty Pattin 10-13
53-48 3rd -3 1/2 L 6-2 Ray Culp 2-6
07/30/1973 54-48 3rd -2 1/2  New York Yankees W 4-3 Luis Tiant 13-9
07/31/1973 54-49 4th -3 1/2  New York Yankees L 5-4 Bob Veale 1-2
08/01/1973 55-49 4th -2 1/2  New York Yankees W 3-2 John Curtis 10-8
08/02/1973 56-49 4th -1 1/2  New York Yankees W 10-0 Rogelio Moret 4-0
08/03/1973 57-49 4th -1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 8-5 Luis Tiant 14-9
57-50 4th -1 1/2 L 8-2 Dick Pole 0-1
08/04/1973 57-51 4th -2 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 4-1 Bill Lee 12-6
08/05/1973 58-51 4th -1 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-4 John Curtis 11-8
08/06/1973 59-51 3rd -1  at Baltimore Orioles W 5-3 Rogelio Moret 5-0
08/07/1973 59-52 4th -1 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 7-6 Craig Skok 0-1
08/08/1973 60-52 4th -1 1/2  at Kansas City Royals W 9-4 Luis Tiant 15-9
08/09/1973 60-53 4th -2  at Kansas City Royals L 3-2 Bill Lee 12-7
08/10/1973 60-54 4th -2 1/2  California Angels L 5-3 John Curtis 11-9
08/11/1973 61-54 4th -2 1/2  California Angels W 2-1 Rogelio Moret 6-0
08/12/1973 62-54 3rd -2 1/2  California Angels W 14-8 Dick Pole 1-1
08/13/1973 62-55 4th -3 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 3-1 Luis Tiant 15-10
08/14/1973 62-56 4th -3 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 1-0 Bill Lee 12-8
08/15/1973 62-56 4th -3 1/2  Oakland Athletics pp  
08/16/1973 62-57 4th -4  Oakland Athletics L 6-3 John Curtis 11-10
08/17/1973 63-57 4th -4  Kansas City Royals W 6-4 Rogelio Moret 7-0
08/18/1973 64-57 4th -4  Kansas City Royals W 8-5 Dick Pole 2-1
08/19/1973 65-57 4th -4  Kansas City Royals W 4-3 Bill Lee 13-8
08/20/1973 66-57 3rd -4  at Texas Rangers W 5-4 Marty Pattin 11-13
08/21/1973 67-57 3rd -4  at Texas Rangers W 15-9 Rogelio Moret 8-0
08/22/1973 68-57 2nd -4  at Texas Rangers W 9-8 Dick Pole 3-1
08/23/1973 68-57 2nd -4  
08/24/1973 69-57 2nd -4  at California Angels W 3-2 Bill Lee 14-8
08/25/1973 70-57 2nd -4  at California Angels W 4-0 John Curtis 12-10
08/26/1973 70-58 2nd -5  at California Angels L 1-0 Luis Tiant 15-11
08/27/1973 71-58 2nd -5  at Oakland Athletics W 5-2 Rogelio Moret 9-0
08/28/1973 71-59 2nd -5  at Oakland Athletics L 6-1 Dick Pole 3-2
08/29/1973 72-59 2nd -5  at Oakland Athletics W 6-4 Bill Lee 15-8
08/30/1973 72-60 2nd -5 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 4-1 John Curtis 12-11
08/31/1973 72-61 2nd -5 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 3-2 Luis Tiant 15-12
72-62 2nd -6 L 5-4 Bob Bolin 3-4
09/01/1973 73-62 2nd -6  at Milwaukee Brewers W 5-0 Marty Pattin 12-13
09/02/1973 74-62 2nd -6  at Milwaukee Brewers W 10-4 Bill Lee 16-8
09/03/1973 74-63 2nd -7  Baltimore Orioles L 13-8 John Curtis 12-12
75-63 2nd -6 W 9-8 Bob Veale 2-2
09/04/1973 76-63 2nd -5  Baltimore Orioles W 2-1 Luis Tiant 16-12
09/05/1973 77-63 2nd -4  Baltimore Orioles W 7-5 Rogelio Moret 10-0
09/06/1973 77-63 2nd -4  
09/07/1973 78-63 2nd -4  Detroit Tigers W 11-3 Marty Pattin 13-13
09/08/1973 78-64 2nd -5  Detroit Tigers L 6-1 Bill Lee 16-9
09/09/1973 78-65 2nd -5 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 5-4 John Curtis 12-13
09/10/1973 79-65 2nd -4 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-3 Luis Tiant 17-12
09/11/1973 79-66 2nd -5 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 8-3 Marty Pattin 13-14
09/12/1973 80-66 2nd -6  at New York Yankees W 7-1 Rogelio Moret 11-0
09/13/1973 80-67 2nd -7  at New York Yankees L 2-1 Bob Veale 2-3
09/14/1973 81-67 2nd -6 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 6-4 Luis Tiant 18-12
09/15/1973 81-68 2nd -6 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 9-8 Marty Pattin 13-15
09/16/1973 81-69 2nd -7  Cleveland Indians L 5-1 Rogelio Moret 11-1
09/17/1973 81-69 2nd -7  
09/18/1973 82-69 2nd -7 1/2  New York Yankees W 4-2 Bill Lee 17-9
09/19/1973 83-69 2nd -6 1/2  New York Yankees W 3-1 Luis Tiant 19-12
09/20/1973 83-69 2nd -7  
09/21/1973 83-70 2nd -8  at Detroit Tigers L 5-1 Rogelio Moret 11-2
09/22/1973 83-71 2nd -9  at Detroit Tigers L 4-3 Bill Lee 17-10
09/23/1973 83-72 2nd -10  at Detroit Tigers L 3-0 Luis Tiant 19-13
09/24/1973 84-72 2nd -9 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 14-0 Marty Pattin 14-15
09/25/1973 85-72 2nd -9 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 3-2 Rogelio Moret 12-2
09/26/1973 85-73 2nd -10 1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 1-0 Bill Lee 17-11
09/27/1973 85-73 2nd -10 1/2  
09/28/1973 86-73 2nd -10 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 11-2 Luis Tiant 20-13
87-73 2nd -9 W 5-3 Marty Pattin 15-15
09/29/1973 88-73 2nd -8 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 9-4 Rogelio Moret 13-2
09/30/1973 89-73 2nd -8  Milwaukee Brewers W 3-2 John Curtis 13-13
 
1973 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1973 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

97 65 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

89 73 8

 

 

Detroit Tigers

85 77 12

 

 

New York Yankees

80 82 17

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

74 88 23

 

 

Cleveland Indians

71 91 26

 

 

 
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