1973 September

1st In a makeup game in Pittsburgh, the Padres top the Bucs 4–3. The loss leaves the Pirates in 3rd place, 2 1/2 games behind the champion Mets, 6-4 winners today over the host Cubs. Tom Seaver scatters 11 hits in 7 innings for his 19th win. With the win cementing first place for New York, the second game is skipped.

6th  Jim Palmer fans 12 in shutting out the A’s 6–0 in the opening game of the AL Championship Series. Meanwhile, Tom Seaver fans 13 and takes a 1–0 lead into the 8th inning of the NL opener, only to be beaten by HRs by Pete Rose and Johnny Bench. The Reds top the Mets 2–1.

7th  Jon Matlack gives up 2 hits to Andy Kosco, but none to the rest of the Reds, as the Mets even the series with a 5–0 win.

The A’s, led by 2 Sal Bando HRs, even the AL series with a 6–3 triumph over the Orioles.

8th  Rusty Staub homers in the first and 2nd innings as the Mets crush the Reds 9–2, in a game featuring a bench-clearing brawl between Rose and Bud Harrelson. Rain postpones the AL game.

9th  The Reds beat the Mets 2–1 on a 12th-inning HR by Rose to even the Series 2–2.

Bert Campaneris leads off the 11th with a HR to give Oakland a 2–1 win over Mike Cuellar and the Orioles.

10th  Bobby Grich’s 8th-inning HR gives Baltimore a come-from-behind 5–4 victory in game 4.

Tom Seaver hurls the Mets into the Series with a 7–2 victory over the Reds. New York has 13 hits in the contest.

11th  Catfish Hunter throws a 5-hitter as Oakland wins 3–0 to take the AL flag.

Ralph Houk signs a 3-year contract to manage the Detroit Tigers. He had resigned from the Yankees 11 days earlier.

13th  In the WS opener, the Mets hold the A’s to 4 hits, but 3 come in the 2-run 3rd inning, allowing the A’s to win 2–1.

14th  The Mets win game 2, 10–7, scoring 4 runs in the 12th inning featuring the last ML hit by Willie Mays and 2 errors by Oakland 2B Mike Andrews. Andrews, who developed the throwing yipes while with the White Sox, makes one throwing and one through his legs after entering the game in the 6th inning. He is subsequently put on the “disabled list” by Finley after meeting with the owner, manager Williams and team doctor Harry Walker. Williams leaves the room when Finely tries to persuade Andrews to sign an injury statement (NY Times, October 17, 2010) and did not know what transpired until he saw Andrews luggage was removed from a truck heading to the airport.

15th  In a protest by the A’s over the handling of Mike Andrews, the A’s players wear black arm bands during their work out. In a private clubhouse meeting, Dick Williams tells the A’s players he will resign after the Series. “It was always something with Finley,” Joe Rudi says later, noting that in response to the players’ protest, the A’s championship rings had synthetic stones rather than diamonds. “The players were always the last thing on his mind,” Rudi told the New York Times.

16th  The A’s win game 3 of the WS 3–2 in 11 innings as Bert Campaneris gets the winning RBI.

17th  The Mets even the Series with a 6–1 win in New York. Rusty Staub goes 4-for-4 with a HR and 5 RBI. Mike Andrews, who was summoned by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn and then reinstated, receives a standing ovation when he pinch hits in the 8th inning.  Charlie Finley had ordered manager Williams not to play Andrews, who grounds out to another standing ovation.  It is his last ML appearance, as the A’s will release him November 3rd.

18th  The Mets win the 5th game 2–0 behind the 3-hit pitching of Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw. Cleon Jones doubles in a run in the second and Don Hahn’s triple scores the other run.

20th  Reggie Jackson hits 2 doubles, scores one run, and knocks in the other 2, as the A’s even the Series with a 3–1 win.

21st  Oakland wins the World Championship for the 2nd straight year as Campaneris and MVP Jackson homer in the 5–2, 7th-game victory.

22nd  The Angels and Brewers engineer a 10-player swap featuring P Clyde Wright and OF Ken Berry going to Milwaukee, and P Skip Lockwood, C Ellie Rodriguez, and OF Ollie Brown heading to California.

23rd  Charlie Finley reveals that he will not release Dick Williams from his contract unless he receives adequate compensation from the team that signs him. Williams had resigned following the WS victory 2 days earlier.

The Tigers trade 2B Dick McAuliffe to the Red Sox for OF Ben Oglivie.

25th  The Cubs trade 6-time 20-game winner Ferguson Jenkins to the Rangers for 3B Bill Madlock and utility man Vic Harris. Fergie has led the Cubs in wins in each of the past seven seasons, the only pitcher ever to do so and then be traded. Meanwhile, the Giants trade 3-time HR champion Willie McCovey, a Giant since 1959, together with a minor leaguer, to the Padres for P Mike Caldwell.

26th  The Red Sox trade P Ken Tatum and OF Reggie Smith to the Cardinals for P Rick Wise and OF Bernie Carbo.

31st  The Astros trade P Jerry Reuss to the Pirates for C Milt May. Reuss will finally put it all together in Pittsburgh and win 58 games in 4 seasons.

Tom Seaver wins the NL Cy Young Award, the first time the honor has gone to a player with fewer than 20 wins. Seaver was 19-10 and led the league in ERA (2.08) and strikeouts (251).