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1983 in baseball

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world.


Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series World Series
East Baltimore Orioles 3  
West Chicago White Sox 1  
    AL Baltimore Orioles 4
  NL Philadelphia Phillies 1
East Philadelphia Phillies 3
West Los Angeles Dodgers 1  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Wade Boggs BOS .361 Bill Madlock PIT .323
HR Jim Rice BOS 39 Mike Schmidt PHI 40
RBI Cecil Cooper MIL
Jim Rice BOS
126 Dale Murphy ATL 121
Wins LaMarr Hoyt CHW 24 John Denny PHI 19
ERA Rick Honeycutt TEX 2.42 Atlee Hammaker SFG 2.25

Major league baseball final standings




  • February 5 - The Kansas City Royals traded minor league prospect Cecil Fielder to the Toronto Blue Jays for 32-year old outfielder Leon Roberts, who will retire after two mediocre seasons in Kansas City. "Big Daddy" will go on to enjoy several MVP like caliber seasons during his 13-year tenure in the Major Leagues, having his best years playing with The Detroit Tigers.


  • April 5 – Tom Seaver pitches six scoreless innings in his return to the New York Mets in front of 46,687 fans at Shea Stadium. He does not, however, factor in the decision, as he is matched by Philadelphia Phillies ace Steve Carlton until the Mets break through for two runs in the seventh to make Doug Sisk the winner of their season opener.
  • April 7 - Major League Baseball, ABC, and NBC agree to terms of a six-year television package worth $1.2 billion. The two networks will continue alternative coverage of the All-Star Game, the playoffs and the World Series through the 1989 season with each of the 26 clubs receiving $7 million per year in return. The last package gave each club $1.9 billion per year.
  • April 13 – Philadelphia Phillies catcher Bo Díaz accomplishes something that only 11 other Major League players have in the 150-plus year history of the sport: a "Sayonara Slam" (a walk off Grand Slam in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs and his team trailing by three runs). With the New York Mets leading the Phillies, 9–6, and the Phillies down to their last out, Díaz drives a 2-1 Neil Allen pitch out of Veterans Stadium to win the game for the Phillies, 10–9.
  • April 15 – Against the Chicago White Sox at Comiskey Park, Milt Wilcox of the Detroit Tigers has his bid for a perfect game broken up with two out in the ninth by a Jerry Hairston single. The hit is the only one Wilcox allows in defeating the White Sox 6-0. Wilcox was also bidding to pitch the first no-hitter by a Tiger since Jim Bunning in 1958. The perfect game would also have made the White Sox and Tigers the first teams to record perfect games against each other; the Tigers were on the losing end of Charlie Robertson's perfect game on April 30, 1922.
  • April 16 - Padres first baseman Steve Garvey played in his 1,118th consecutive game, breaking Billy Williams N.L record. Garvey goes 2 for 4 in the Padres 8-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • April 17 - Nolan Ryan fans seven Expos in a 6-3 Houston win. Ryan became the second pitcher with 3,500 strikeouts.
  • April 27 – Nolan Ryan strikes out Brad Mills of the Montréal Expos. It is the 3,509th strikeout of Ryan's career, breaking the long time record established by Walter Johnson.
  • May 1 – Robin Yount hits his 100th career home run.
  • May 2 – José Oquendo makes his major league debut with the New York Mets. Having been born on July 4, 1963, he is the first player in franchise history to be younger than the franchise (which began play in 1962).
  • May 6 – New York Mets prospect Darryl Strawberry goes 0 for four with three strikeouts in his Major league debut.
  • May 29 - Dodgers reliever Steve Howe checks himself into drug rehabilitation for cocaine addiction. The Dodgers fine him $54,000. He would return in June and commissioner Bowie Kuhn placed him on 3 years probation.
  • June 15 – The New York Mets acquire first baseman Keith Hernandez from the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Neil Allen and Rick Ownbey.
  • June 24 – Don Sutton of the Milwaukee Brewers records his 3000th career strikeout.

















  • January 9 – Stan Spence, 67, four-time All-Star outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns.
  • January 23 – Phil Piton, 80, president of the Minor Leagues from 1964 through 1971.
  • January 26 – Chet Laabs, 70, All-Star outfielder for the St. Louis Browns who hit two home runs in 1944's final game to clinch the Browns' only American League pennant.
  • February 3 – Trader Horne, 83, relief pitcher for the 1929 Chicago Cubs.
  • February 9 – Jackie Hayes, 76, second baseman for the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox.
  • February 16 – Melba Alspaugh, 58, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League outfielder.
  • March 3 – Jennings Poindexter, 72, pitcher for the Red Sox and Cardinals in the 1930s.
  • March 12 – Bob Hall, 59, pitcher for the Boston Braves (1949–50) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1953).
  • March 30 – Joe Cicero, 72, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics.
  • April 9 – Bill Kennedy, 62, pitcher for the Indians, Browns, White Sox, Red Sox and Redlegs from 1948 to 1957.
  • April 11 – Mike Menosky, 88, outfielder for the Pittsburgh Rebels, Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox between 1914 and 1923.
  • April 12 – Carl Morton, 39, pitcher with the Montréal Expos and Atlanta Braves, who was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1970.
  • April 17 – Dutch Leonard, 74, five-time All-Star pitcher who employed the knuckleball in earning 191 wins over 20 seasons.
  • April 18 – Woody Rich, 77, pitcher for the Red Sox and Braves Boston teams between 1939 and 1944.
  • April 25 – Carlos Paula, 55, Cuban outfielder, first black player in Washington Senators history.
  • July 7 – Vic Wertz, 58, All-Star right fielder and first baseman for five AL teams who had five 100-RBI seasons, but was best remembered for the fly ball caught spectacularly by Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series.
  • August 16 – Earl Averill, 81, Hall of Fame center fielder for the Cleveland Indians who batted .318 lifetime and had five 100-RBI seasons; his line drive off Dizzy Dean's foot in the 1937 All-Star game led to the end of Dean's career.
  • October 18 – Willie Jones, 58, All-Star third baseman for the Phillies, who led the National League in fielding percentage five times and in putouts seven times.
  • November 2 – Hal Wiltse, 80, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1926–28), St. Louis Browns (1928) and Philadelphia Phillies (1931).
  • November 15 – Charlie Grimm, 85, first baseman and manager of the Chicago Cubs who batted .300 five times and led the Cubs to three National League pennants.
  • November 18 – Hilton Smith, 76, pitcher for the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs who was known for his outstanding curveball.
  • November 22 – Dave Short, 66, Outfielder for Chicago White from 1940 to 1941.
  • November 30 – Bill Evans, 69, relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox between 1949 and 1951.


  1. ^ "The Week (September 2–8)". Sports Illustrated. 1979-09-17.
  2. ^ "The Cincinnati Reds today hired Vern Rapp". The New York Times. 1983-10-05.
  3. ^ "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. 1983-10-17.
  4. ^ "Scott Skripko Minor League Stats". Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  5. ^ "NFL Players' Boating Accident Stirs Memories of Anthony Latham". CNN. 2009-03-04.

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