1973 St. Louis Cardinals
St Louis Cardinals Cap Insignia.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record81–81 (.500)
Divisional place2nd
Other information
Owner(s)August "Gussie" Busch
General manager(s)Bing Devine
Manager(s)Red Schoendienst
Local televisionKSD-TV
(Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph)
Local radioKMOX
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Harry Walker)
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The 1973 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 92nd season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 82nd season in the National League. The Cardinals overcame an 8-23 start to finish with an 81–81 record during the season and finished second in the National League East, a-game-and-a-half behind the NL East and eventual NL pennant winners New York Mets. To date, this is the only season the Cardinals have finished at .500 instead of above or below it.

Offseason

Regular season

Pitcher Bob Gibson won a Gold Glove this year.

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Mets 82 79 0.509 43–38 39–41
St. Louis Cardinals 81 81 0.500 43–38 38–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 0.494 41–40 39–42
Montreal Expos 79 83 0.488 43–38 36–45
Chicago Cubs 77 84 0.478 5 41–39 36–45
Philadelphia Phillies 71 91 0.438 11½ 38–43 33–48

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 7–5 5–13 11–7 2–15–1 6–6 6–6 6–6 7–5 12–6 8–10 6–6
Chicago 5–7 8–4 6–6 5–7 9–9 10–7 10–8 6–12 7–5 2–10 9–9
Cincinnati 13–5 4–8 11–7 11–7 8–4 8–4 8–4 7–5 13–5 10–8 6–6
Houston 7–11 6–6 7–11 11–7 6–6 6–6 7–5 6–6 10–8 11–7 5–7
Los Angeles 15–2–1 7–5 7–11 7–11 7–5 7–5 9–3 10–2 9–9 9–9 8–4
Montreal 6–6 9–9 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–9 13–5 6–12 7–5 6–6 8–10
New York 6–6 7–10 4–8 6–6 5–7 9–9 9–9 13–5 8–4 5–7 10–8
Philadelphia 6-6 8–10 4–8 5–7 3–9 5–13 9–9 8–10 9–3 5–7 9–9
Pittsburgh 5–7 12–6 5–7 6–6 2–10 12–6 5–13 10–8 8–4 5–7 10–8
San Diego 6–12 5–7 5–13 8–10 9–9 5–7 4–8 3–9 4–8 7–11 4–8
San Francisco 10–8 10–2 8–10 7–11 9–9 6–6 7–5 7–5 7–5 11–7 6–6
St. Louis 6–6 9–9 6–6 7–5 4–8 10–8 8–10 9–9 8–10 8–4 6–6


Opening Day lineup

Notable transactions

Roster

1973 St. Louis Cardinals
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 Ted Simmons 161 619 192 .310 13 91
1B Joe Torre 141 519 149 .287 13 69
2B Ted Sizemore 142 521 147 .282 1 54
SS Mike Tyson 144 469 114 .243 1 33
3B Ken Reitz 147 426 100 .235 6 42
LF Lou Brock 160 650 193 .297 7 63
CF José Cruz 132 406 92 .227 10 57
RF Bernie Carbo 111 308 88 .286 8 40

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
Luis Meléndez 121 341 91 .267 2 35
Tim McCarver 130 331 88 .266 3 49
Ray Busse 24 70 10 .143 2 5
Bake McBride 40 63 19 .302 0 5
Tommie Agee 26 62 11 .177 3 7
Jim Dwyer 28 57 11 .193 0 0
Bill Stein 32 55 12 .218 0 2
Ed Crosby 22 39 5 .128 0 1
Mick Kelleher 43 38 7 .184 0 2
Tom Heintzelman 23 29 9 .310 0 0
Dave Campbell 13 21 0 .000 0 1
Dwain Anderson 18 17 2 .118 0 0
Terry Hughes 11 14 3 .214 0 1
Hector Cruz 11 11 0 .000 0 0
Matty Alou 11 11 3 .273 0 1
Bobby Fenwick 5 6 1 .167 0 1
Marc Hill 1 3 0 .000 0 0
Larry Haney 2 1 0 .000 0 0
Tommy Cruz 3 0 0 ---- 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
Rick Wise 35 259.0 16 12 3.37 144
Reggie Cleveland 32 224.0 14 10 3.01 122
Alan Foster 35 203.2 13 9 3.14 106
Bob Gibson 25 195.0 12 10 2.77 142
Tom Murphy 19 88.2 3 7 3.76 42
Mike Nagy 9 40.2 0 2 4.20 14
Scipio Spinks 8 38.2 1 5 4.89 25
Mike Thompson 2 4.0 0 0 0.00 3

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
Rich Folkers 34 82.1 4 4 3.61 44
Jim Bibby 6 16.0 0 2 9.56 12

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
Diego Seguí 65 7 6 17 2.78 93
Al Hrabosky 44 2 4 5 2.09 57
Orlando Peña 42 4 4 6 2.18 35
Wayne Granger 33 2 4 5 2.78 93
John Andrews 16 1 1 0 4.42 5
Ed Sprague Sr. 8 0 0 0 2.25 2
Al Santorini 6 0 0 0 5.40 2
Eddie Fisher 6 2 1 0 1.29 1
Lew Krausse Jr. 1 0 0 0 0.00 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tulsa Oilers American Association Jack Krol
AA Arkansas Travelers Texas League Tom Burgess
A Modesto Reds California League Bobby Dews
A St. Petersburg Cardinals Florida State League Roy Majtyka
Rookie GCL Cardinals Gulf Coast League Ken Boyer
Rookie GCL Redbirds Gulf Coast League Lee Thomas

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tulsa, St. Petersburg[9]

References

  1. ^ Jerry McNertney page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Al Santorini page at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ John Tamargo page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Eric Rasmussen page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Bryn Smith page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Ken Crosby page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Tommie Agee page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ "Eddie Fisher Stats".
  9. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007