Professional Sports 1973
World Series: Oakland Athletics won 4 games to 3 over the New York Mets
This was the 2nd win in a row for the Oakland Athletics, the first team to so since the Yankees 1962 season. Outfielder Reggie Jackson was the season's MVP, and it was the last game for Willie Mays who after falling down in the outfield quipped, "Growing old is just a helpless hurt." 1973 World Series at Baseball Almanac
CBS sells the New York Yankees for $10 million (3.2 million dollars more than CBS bought the Yankees for) to a 12-person syndicate led by George Steinbrenner. New York Daily News Selling the Yankees to Steinbrenner
Orlando Cepeda signs with the Boston Red Sox, making him the first player signed by a team specifically to be a designated hitter. Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees becomes the first designated hitter in Major League Baseball.
Super Bowl VIII
Superbowl VIII Bud Lite Ad
Buffalo Bills running back O.J. Simpson becomes the first player in NFL history to rush for more than 2,000 yards in a single season.
Horse Racing 1973
Secretariat, ridden by jockey Ron Turcotte, becomes the first horse in 25 years to win the United States Triple Crown Races.
Athletes of the Year 1973
ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year: O.J. Simpson, football
Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year: Billie Jean King, Tennis
The Battle of the Sexes
Billie Jean King defeats Bobby Riggs in a televised tennis match, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. More on the Battle of the Sexes
Announcer Howard Cosell adds to the intensity of George Foreman knocking down Joe Frazier 6 times in two rounds to win the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Referee Mercante stopped the fight in the beginning of the 2nd Round after Frazier had hit the floor for the sixth time. It is HBO's first boxing telecast. The Frazier Foreman fight.
NBA Finals: New York Knicks won 4 games to 1 over the Los Angeles Lakers. Knicks Return to the Top
NHL - Hockey 1973
Art Ross Memorial Trophy as the NHL's leading scorer during the regular season: Phil Esposito, Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup - Montreal Canadiens defeat the Chicago Black Hawks 4 games to 2
World Hockey Championship: Men's champion: Soviet Union defeated Sweden
Masters Tournament - Tommy Aaron
College Sports 1973
College Football 1973
1973 Heisman: John Cappelletti, Penn State RB
1973 ROSE BOWL #4 Ohio State Buckeyes 42 #7 USC Trojans 21
College Basketball 1973
NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship: UCLA wins 87-66 over Memphis State. Bill Walton of UCLA scored 44 points in the Championship game.
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