Sunday, October 24, 2021


Time to move ahead in my on-going "Expanded League Leaders" thread to the American League's top RBI guys for 1973, with this 1974 creation:

Of course we start off with the A.L.'s MVP of 1973, the man Reggie Jackson, who led the league with his 117 RBI's, the only time during his Hall of Fame career he led in that department.
Jackson helped the Oakland A's win their second straight championship in 1973, leading the league in homers, RBIs, runs and slugging while hitting .293, almost a 30 point jump from the year before.
My year's end he was tabbed the MVP, made his fourth All-Star team, and cemented himself as a bonafide superstar in the game.
Right behind him with 107 RBIs was Milwaukee Brewer slugger George Scott, who reached 100 RBIs for the first time in his career, along with 24 homers and a .306 batting average, also picking up his fifth Gold Glove for his defensive work at first base.
For Scott, outside the RBIs it was a typical season, consistently hitting 20+ homers, driving in 75 runs while giving his team stellar work on defense, to the tune of eight Gold Gloves before he was done.
Rounding out the top three RBI men of 1973 is Kansas City Royals slugger John Mayberry, who had yet another fine year when he reached exactly 100 RBIs for the second straight year, also leading the league in walks with 122 while hitting .278 with 87 runs scored.
Those numbers gave him a seventh place finish in the MVP race, something he'd top two years later with a second place finish in 1975.
Three great sluggers during the mid-70's who did not disappoint!



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