1973 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1973 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the 24th season of operation of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB).

1973 NPB season
LeagueNippon Professional Baseball
SportBaseball
Central League Pennant
League championsYomiuri Giants
  Runners-upHanshin Tigers
Season MVPSadaharu Oh (YOM)
Pacific League Pennant
League championsHankyu Braves
  Runners-upKintetsu Buffaloes
Season MVPKatsuya Nomura (NAN)
Japan Series
ChampionsYomiuri Giants
  Runners-upNankai Hawks
Finals MVPTsuneo Horiuchi (YOM)
NPB seasons

Regular season standingsEdit

Central League regular season standings[1]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. GB
1 Yomiuri Giants 130 66 60 4 .524
2 Hanshin Tigers 130 64 59 7 .520 0.5
3 Chunichi Dragons 130 64 61 5 .512 1.5
4 Yakult Atoms 130 62 65 3 .488 4.5
5 Taiyo Whales 130 60 64 6 .484 5.0
6 Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 60 67 3 .472 6.5
Pacific League regular season standings[2]
Pos Team G W L T Pct. 1st half rank 2nd half rank
1st half winner Nankai Hawks 130 68 58 4 .540 1 3
2nd half winner Hankyu Braves 130 77 48 5 .616 3 1
3 Lotte Orions 130 79 49 11 .588 2 2
4 Taiheiyo Club Lions 130 59 64 7 .480 4 5
5 Nittaku Home Flyers 130 55 69 6 .444 5 3
6 Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 42 83 5 .336 6 6

Pacific League PlayoffEdit

The Pacific League teams with the best first and second-half records met in a best-of-five playoff series to determine the league representative in the Japan Series.

Nankai Hawks won the series 3-2.

Game Score Date Location
1 Hawks – 4, Braves – 2 October 19 Osaka Stadium
2 Hawks – 7, Braves – 9 October 20 Osaka Stadium
3 Braves – 3, Hawks – 6 October 22 Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium
4 Braves – 13, Hawks – 1 October 23 Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium
5 Braves – 1, Hawks – 2 October 25 Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium

Japan SeriesEdit

Yomiuri Giants won the series 4-1.

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Hawks – 4, Giants – 3 October 27 Osaka Stadium 27,027[3]
2 Hawks – 2, Giants – 3 October 28 Osaka Stadium 28,135[3]
3 Giants – 8, Hawks – 2 October 30 Korakuen Stadium 34,713[3]
4 Giants – 6, Dragons – 2 October 31 Korakuen Stadium 38,270[3]
5 Giants – 5, Hawks – 1 November 1 Korakuen Stadium 37,761[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "年度別成績 1973年 セントラル・リーグ" [Results by year 1973 Central League]. Nippon Professional Baseball (in Japanese). Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ "年度別成績 1972年 1972年 パシフィック・リーグ" [Results by year 1972 Pacific League]. Nippon Professional Baseball (in Japanese). Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e 1973年日本シリーズ試合結果 (in Japanese). Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved November 21, 2017.