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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.

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Champions

Major League Baseball

League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
      
East Baltimore 3
West Chicago White Sox 1
AL Baltimore 4
NL Philadelphia 1
East Philadelphia 3
West Los Angeles 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

Events

January

February

  • 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.

March–April

  • 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
  • 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–June

July–September

October

  • October 1 – Carl Yastrzemski played his last MLB game at Fenway Park. During his farewell appearance, he lapped the entire field to say thanks to his illustrious 23-year career all with The Red Sox.
  • October 2 – Inspired by the outpouring of tributes lavished on retiring Boston Red Sox star Carl Yastrzemski, the producers of Boston phone-in radio show The Sports Huddle on radio station WHDH, decide to do a satirical tribute to Vern Rapp, who also plans to retire at the end of the season after five years as first-base coach of the Montreal Expos (1979-1983).[1] On the last day of the regular season, they proceeded with their tongue in cheek tribute to Rapp, including a mock telethon in which phone callers were invited to pledge money to Rapp's retirement fund (a substantial sum was actually pledged, though no money was collected), and a song to the tune of Bye Bye Birdie ("Bye Bye Vern Rapp"). The program turned out to be anything but a spoof, though. St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon spoke admiringly of the man, and Rapp, reached by telephone in Montreal, was choked up by the whole affair. WHDH also conducted a telephone interview with Sheldon Bender, vice-president of player personnel for the Cincinnati Reds. Until the station called, Bender was unaware that Rapp was leaving the Expos. Bender suggested Rapp at a meeting the next day at which the Reds' bosses were discussing whether to fire Manager Russ Nixon. One thing led to another, and Rapp received a surprise phone call from Bob Howsam, who had returned from his own retirement to try to arrest the declining fortunes of the Reds.[2] Rapp decided that becoming the Reds' skipper was worth unretiring for, and accepted the job on October 5. WHDH sent Rapp the cassette recording of what turned out to be a most momentous broadcast.[3] Bender admitted "Vern wasn't a candidate for the job until the station called."
  • October 6 – In the second game of the American League Championship Series, Oriole hurler Mike Boddicker throws a five-hitter and beat The Chicago White Sox at Memorial Stadium, 4-0. The Baltimore right hander, whose performance even the series, establishes a new LCS record by striking out 14 batters.
  • October 8 – In front of 64,494 fans at Veterans Stadium, The Phillies win the NLCS behind the pitching of Steve Carlton and the power of Gary Matthews 3-run homer 7-2. The Phillies made the World Series for only the fourth time in franchise history (1915, 1950, 1980 and now 1983)
  • October 16 – Eddie Murray slams a pair of home runs and Scott McGregor pitches a five-hitter as the Baltimore Orioles beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5–0 and win the 1983 World Series in Game Five. Baltimore catcher Rick Dempsey, who hits .385 with four doubles and a home run, is the Series MVP.
  • October 30 – Boston Red Sox farmhands John Mitchell, Anthony Latham and Scott Skripko,[4] are deep-sea fishing off the coast of Florida when their boat capsizes. Boat owner Mark Zastrowmy and Latham drown. Skripko and Mitchell survive over 20 hours in the water by clinging to debris; Skripko holds onto a cooler for 20 hours and Mitchell a bucket for 22 hours.[5]

November–December

Movies

Births

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

Deaths

January

  • January 8 – Dave Barnhill, 69, five-time All-Star pitcher who appeared for New York Cubans of the Negro National League between 1941 and 1948.
  • January 9 – Eddie Palmer, 89, third baseman and pinch hitter in 16 games for the 1917 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • January 9 – Stan Spence, 67, four-time All-Star outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns for nine seasons between 1940 and 1949.
  • January 10 – Gil Torres, 67, Cuban shortstop and third baseman who played in 346 games for the Senators (1940 and 1944–1946).
  • January 23 – Cookie Cuccurullo, 64, left-handed pitcher who hurled in 62 total games for the wartime Pittsburgh Pirates (1943–1945).
  • January 23 – Phil Piton, 80, president of the Minor League Baseball 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; his 11-season (1937–1947) career also included service with the Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics.
  • January 26 – Del Rice, 60, catcher who appeared in 1,309 games over 17 MLB seasons (1945–1961) for five clubs, principally the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Braves; two-time (1946, 1957) World Series champion and 1953 All-Star; coach for Los Angeles/California Angels (1962–1966) who managed 1972 Angels to a 75–80 record.
  • January 28 – Joe Chamberlain, 72, infielder and pinch hitter who got into 41 games for the 1934 Chicago White Sox.
  • January 31 – Sam Gibson, 83, pitcher who worked in 131 career games for the Detroit Tigers (1926–1928), New York Yankees (1930) and New York Giants (1932).

February

  • February 3 – Trader Horne, 83, relief pitcher for the 1929 Chicago Cubs.
  • February 6 – Mal Moss, 77, left-handed pitcher who worked in 12 games for 1930 Cubs.
  • February 8 – Rufe Clarke, 82, pitcher who worked seven games, all in relief, for the 1923–1924 Detroit Tigers.
  • February 9 – Jackie Hayes, 76, second baseman who played in 1,091 games in 14 seasons for the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox from 1927 to 1940.
  • February 12 – Bob Saunders, 81, pitcher for the Kansas City Monarchs and Detroit Stars of the Negro National League in 1926.
  • February 16 – Melba Alspaugh, 58, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League outfielder.
  • February 16 – Everett Fagan, 65, pitched who compiled a 2–7 won–lost record (5.47 ERA) in 38 games for the Philadelphia Athletics (1943, 1946).
  • February 19 – Frank Colman, 64, outfielder who appeared in 271 career games for Pittsburgh Pirates (1942–1946) and New York Yankees (1946–1947); member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • February 26 – Ford Smith, 64, pitcher in 26 games (14–6, 2.29 ERA) and position player/pinch hitter in 33 more (.221 with 32 hits) for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League (1941, 1946–1948).

March

  • March 3 – Jennings Poindexter, 72, pitcher for the Red Sox and Cardinals in the 1930s.
  • March 4 – Kiddo Davis, 81, outfielder who appeared in 575 games over eight seasons (1926 and 1932–1938) for five clubs, principally the New York Giants and Philadelphia Phillies; batted .368 with seven hits, helping Giants win 1933 World Series.
  • March 10 – Connie Desmond, 75, play-by-play broadcaster for the New York Yankees and Giants (1942) and Brooklyn Dodgers (1943–1956).
  • March 12 – Bob Hall, 59, pitcher for the Boston Braves (1949–1950) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1953).
  • March 13 – Bill Anderson, 87, southpaw relief pitcher who got into two games for the Boston Braves in September 1925.
  • March 16 – Eudie Napier, 70, catcher for the Homestead Grays between 1939 and 1948, beginning as a backup to Josh Gibson before becoming a regular; member, 1948 Negro World Series champions.
  • March 18 – Frank Oceak, 70, longtime minor-league infielder and manager who spent 11 years in MLB as a coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1958–1964 and 1970–1972) and Cincinnati Reds (1965); third-base coach of 1960 and 1971 World Series champions.
  • March 20 – Ed Stone, 73, outfielder in the Negro Leagues who was known for his solid fielding and heavy bat.
  • March 24 – George Darrow, 79, left-hander who pitched in 17 games for the 1934 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • March 30 – Joe Cicero, 72, shortstop who played for the 1929–1930 Boston Red Sox as a teenager, disappeared into the minor leagues for over a decade, then returned to the majors at age 34 for the 1945 Philadelphia Athletics during the World War II manpower shortage.
  • March 30 – Jack Roche, 92, who appeared in 59 games as a catcher and pinch hitter for the St. Louis Cardinals (1914–1915, 1917).

April

  • April 1 – Calvin Chapman, 72, outfielder, second baseman and shortstop who appeared in 111 games for the 1934–1935 Cincinnati Reds.
  • April 3 – Mickey Livingston, 68, catcher who played in 561 career games over ten seasons between 1938 and 1951 for six MLB clubs; batted .364 in 22 at bats with four RBI in a losing cause as a Chicago Cub during the 1945 World Series.
  • April 9 – Jake Freeze, 82, pitcher who appeared in two July 1925 games for the White Sox.
  • April 9 – Bill Kennedy, 62, southpaw pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Redlegs over eight seasons between from 1948 and 1957.
  • April 10 – Chet Johnson, 65, left-handed pitcher who appeared in 586 games during an 18-year minor-league career, but only five contests for 1946 St. Louis Browns; brother of fellow southpaw pitcher Earl Johnson.
  • April 11 – Mike Menosky, 88, outfielder for the Pittsburgh Rebels (of the "outlaw" Federal League), Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox between 1914 and 1923.
  • April 12 – Carl Morton, 39, pitcher with the Montréal Expos (1969–1972) and Atlanta Braves (1973–1976); 1970 National League Rookie of the Year after winning 18 games for second-year Expos club; also had seasons of 15, 16 and 17 wins for Braves.
  • April 15 – Bill Sarni, 55, catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals (1951–1952, 1954–1956) and New York Giants (1956) who appeared in 390 big-league games before suffering a heart attack at age 29 that ended his playing career.
  • April 17 – Emil "Dutch" Leonard, 74, five-time All-Star pitcher who employed the knuckleball in earning 191 wins over 20 seasons between 1933 and 1953 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs; one of four flutter-ball artists who were regular starting pitchers for the 1945 Senators.
  • April 18 – Woody Rich, 77, left-handed pitcher who worked in 33 career games for 1939–1941 Boston Red Sox and 1944 Boston Braves; won 249 games over 22 minor-league seasons.
  • April 22 – Mike Schemer, 65, first baseman who played 32 games for 1945–1946 New York Giants.
  • April 25 – Carlos Paula, 55, Cuban outfielder, first black player in Washington Senators history (September 6, 1954); batted .271 in 157 games over all or part of three seasons through June 1956.

May

  • May 2 – Dewitt Owens, 82, shortstop/second baseman for the Cleveland Elites and Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro National League from 1926 to 1930.
  • May 2 – Archie Yelle, 90, catcher who got into 87 games for the 1917–1919 Detroit Tigers.
  • May 6 – Nelson Greene, 83, southpaw pitcher who worked in 15 games for 1924–1925 Brooklyn Robins.
  • May 13 – Lerton Pinto, 84, left-hander who pitched in 12 games for the 1922 and 1924 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • May 16 – Mel Wright, 55, relief pitcher in 58 career games for St. Louis Cardinals (1954–1955) and Chicago Cubs (1960–1961), then a coach for five MLB clubs for 13 seasons between 1962 and 1983; member of Montreal Expos' staff at the time of his death.
  • May 20 – Fred Schulte, 82, center fielder for St. Louis Browns, Washington Senators and Pittsburgh Pirates from 1927 to 1937 who batted .291 in 1,179 games.
  • May 24 – Oscar Levis, 84, Jamaican-born pitcher for the Cuban Stars East of the Eastern Colored League (1923–1928); also played for the Hilldale Club and in the Cuban League.
  • May 26 – Dutch Romberger, 56, who pitched for 13 pro seasons (1948–1959, 1961), all of them in the Athletics' organization, but spent only ten games in MLB on the staff of the 1954 A's during their final season in Philadelphia.
  • May 30 – Harry Weaver, 91, pitcher who appeared in 19 games for the Philadelphia Athletics (1915–1916) and Chicago Cubs (1917–1919).

June

  • June 2 – Chancelor Edwards, 82, catcher who appeared in ten games for the Cleveland Tigers of the Negro National League in 1928.
  • June 10 – Jim Cronin, 77, infielder who appeared in 23 games for the 1929 World Series champion Philadelphia Athletics.
  • June 11 – Dick Aylward, 58, catcher and 14-year minor league veteran who played in four MLB games in May 1953 for the Chicago Cubs.
  • June 14 – Speed Martin, 89, pitcher who compiled a 29–42 won–lost mark and an ERA of 3.78 in 126 career games for the St. Louis Browns (1917) and Chicago Cubs (1918–1922)
  • June 20 – Gil Britton, 91, shortstop who appeared in three games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in September 1913.
  • June 21 – Kit Carson, 70, outfielder who played in 21 games for the 1934–1935 Cleveland Indians.
  • June 23 – Jimmy Newberry, 64, pitcher in 41 games in the Negro American League between 1943 and 1948, and one of the first two African-Americans to play in Nippon Professional Baseball.
  • June 26 – Don Rader, 89, a shortstop who appeared in nine career games as a member of the 1913 Chicago White Sox and 1921 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • June 27 – Doc Carroll, 91, catcher and dentistry school graduate who played in ten games for the hapless 1916 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • June 27 – Jesse Landrum, 70, second baseman who appeared in four games for the Chicago White Sox during the early weeks of the 1938 season; later, a longtime scout.

July

  • July 7 – Vic Wertz, 58, All-Star right fielder and first baseman for five AL teams over 17 years (1947–1963) who had five 100-RBI seasons, but was best remembered for his long fly ball caught spectacularly by Willie Mays in Game 1 of the 1954 World Series.
  • July 19 – Joe Beggs, 72, pitcher who led National League in saves in 1940 as standout reliever for the World Series champion Cincinnati Reds; also hurled for New York Yankees and New York Giants during his nine-year (1938, 1940–1944, 1946–1948) MLB career.
  • July 19 – George Sweatt, 89, outfielder/infielder who played in 343 Negro National League games for the Kansas City Monarchs (1922–1925) and Chicago American Giants (1926–1927).
  • July 20 – Chick Sorrells, 86, appeared in two games for the 1922 Cleveland Indians as a pinch hitter and shortstop.
  • July 23 – Neil Robinson, 75, nine-time All-Star as a stalwart of the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro American League between 1938 and 1948, primarily playing as a center fielder.

August

  • August 4 – Ed Wheeler, 68, infielder who appeared in 46 games for the Cleveland Indians during the wartime 1945 season.
  • August 6 – Tip Tobin, 76, outfielder who played one game (with one at bat) for the New York Giants on September 22, 1932.
  • August 6 – Jimmy Wasdell, 69, outfielder/first baseman who appeared in 888 games for five MLB teams over 11 seasons (1937–1947).
  • August 13 – Charlie Gilbert, 64, outfielder for three NL clubs over six seasons (1940–1943 and 1946–1947); son and brother of big leaguers.
  • 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; his son had a seven-year MLB career in 1950s and 1960s.
  • August 29 – Francis "Steve" O'Neill, 83, Cleveland trucking industry magnate who was principal owner of the Indians from 1978 until his death; prior to that, a limited partner in George Steinbrenner's New York Yankees ownership group from 1973 to 1978.

September

  • September 5 – Sam Woods, right-hander who pitched in five games in the Negro American League during the 1946 and 1948 seasons.
  • September 11 – Bill McCarren, 87, third baseman who appeared in 69 games for the 1923 Brooklyn Robins; longtime scout after his playing days.
  • September 28 – Walter Thomas, 71, outfielder/pitcher who played in the Negro leagues between 1935 and 1946; brother of Orrel Thomas and great-uncle of Richie Martin.

October

  • October 5 – George Turbeville, 69, left-hander who posted a 2–12 won–lost mark and an ERA of 6.14 in 62 career games for 1935–1937 Philadelphia Athletics.
  • October 12 – Charlie Engle, 80, infielder who played in 87 games for the Philadelphia Athletics (1925–1926) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1930).
  • October 18 – Willie "Puddin' Head" Jones, 58, "Whiz Kid" and All-Star third baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies (1947–1959), who led the National League in fielding percentage five times and in putouts seven times.
  • October 23 – Buck Crouse, 86, lefty-swinging backup catcher who appeared in 470 games over eight years (1923–1930) with Chicago White Sox.
  • October 28 – Ray Sanders, 66, first baseman for St. Louis Cardinals (1942–1945) and Boston Braves (1946 and 1948–1949); member of 1942 and 1944 world champion Redbirds, and 1943 and 1948 NL champs in St. Louis and Boston respectively.
  • October 31 – George Halas, 88, outfielder who played in 12 games for the 1919 New York Yankees before becoming a legendary coach and owner of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League.

November

  • November 1 – Art Ruble, 80, outfielder who appeared in 75 MLB games as a member of the 1927 Detroit Tigers and 1934 Philadelphia Phillies.
  • November 2 – Hal Wiltse, 80, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1926–28), St. Louis Browns (1928) and Philadelphia Phillies (1931).
  • November 4 – Clarence Pickrel, 72, pitcher who appeared in 19 total games for the 1933 Phillies and 1934 Boston Braves.
  • November 6 – Bob Lawrence, 83, pitcher who appeared in one game and pitched one inning as a member of the Chicago White Sox on July 19, 1924.
  • November 15 – Charlie Grimm, known as "Jolly Cholly", 85, good-natured first baseman (1925–1936) and manager (all or parts of 14 years over three terms between 1932 and 1960) of the Chicago Cubs who batted .300 five times and led the Cubs to three National League pennants (1932, 1935 and 1945); also played for Philadelphia Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates, and managed Boston/Milwaukee Braves; in addition, served Cubs as a coach, broadcaster and front-office executive.
  • November 18 – Hilton Smith, 76, pitcher for the Negro leagues' Kansas City Monarchs who was known for his outstanding curveball and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously in 2001.
  • November 22 – Dave Short, 66, outfielder who played seven games for Chicago White Sox in 1940 and 1941.
  • November 24 – Ed Leip, 72, second baseman and pinch runner in 30 career games for the Washington Senators and Pittsburgh Pirates between 1939 and 1942.
  • November 28 – Chet Boak, 48, who appeared in ten games as a pinch hitter and second baseman—five for the 1960 Kansas City Athletics and five for the 1961 expansion Washington Senators.
  • November 30 – Bill Evans, 69, relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox between 1949 and 1951.

December

  • December 2 – Mike Powers, 77, pinch hitter and right fielder for 1932–1933 Cleveland Indians, appearing in 38 total games.
  • December 12 – Jim Weaver, 80, known as "Big James", 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) pitcher who appeared in 189 games over eight seasons for six MLB clubs, chiefly the Pirates, between 1928 and 1939; led NL in shutouts (4) in 1935.
  • December 14 – Roy Hamey, 81, longtime executive; general manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees for 12 seasons between 1947 and 1963; won three pennants and two World Series titles in his three seasons (1961–1963) as head of the Yankees' front office.
  • December 19 – Zip Collins, 91, outfielder who played 281 games for the Pirates (1914–1915), Boston Braves (1915–1917) and Philadelphia Athletics (1921).
  • December 25 – Babe Young, 68, first baseman who appeared in 728 games for the New York Giants (1936, 1939–1942 and 1946–1947), Cincinnati Reds (1947–1948) and St. Louis Cardinals (1948); twice topped 100-RBI mark.
  • December 29 – Bob Neal, 77, Cleveland play-by-play announcer who called Indians' games on radio or television for 18 seasons spanning 1952 to 1972.

References

  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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