1982 Oakland Athletics season
|1982 Oakland Athletics|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Walter A. Haas, Jr.|
(Bill King, Harmon Killebrew, Lon Simmons)
(Bill King, Lon Simmons, Wayne Hagin)
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The 1982 Athletics are remembered mainly for the exploits of star left fielder Rickey Henderson. Henderson, in his fourth major league season, stole an MLB-record 130 bases over the course of the year. Henderson broke the record, previously held by Lou Brock, by swiping his 119th base of the season on August 27th against the Milwaukee Brewers. Henderson's record has not been approached since.
The season also marked the end of manager Billy Martin's tenure with the Athletics. Martin was unceremoniously fired at season's end, despite having led the A's to the ALCS only one season prior. He was replaced by Steve Boros.
- December 4, 1981: Joe Rudi was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- December 9, 1981: Rich Bordi was traded by the Athletics to the Seattle Mariners for Dan Meyer.
- February 7, 1982: Dennis Kinney was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- February 24, 1982: Craig Minetto was traded by the Athletics to the Baltimore Orioles for Allen Edwards (minors).
In the first fifty games of the season, Rickey Henderson had stolen 49 bases. By the All-Star break, Henderson had 84 steals.
- October 3, 1982: Joe Rudi hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career.
|AL West||Wins||Losses||Win %||GB|
|Kansas City Royals||90||72||.556||3.0|
|Chicago White Sox||87||75||.537||6.0|
- May 14, 1982: Rob Picciolo was traded by the Athletics to the Milwaukee Brewers for Mike Warren and John Evans (minors).
- June 7, 1982: 1982 Major League Baseball Draft
- Phil Stephenson was drafted by the Athletics in the 3rd round.
- Charlie O'Brien was drafted by the Athletics in the 5th round.
- Jeff Kaiser was drafted by the Athletics in the 10th round.
- Jim Eppard was drafted by the Athletics in the 13th round.
- José Canseco was drafted by the Athletics in the 15th round. Canseco signed on June 17, 1982.
- June 28, 1982: Jim Spencer was released by the Oakland Athletics.
- July 15, 1982: Preston Hanna was signed as a free agent by the Athletics.
- September 6, 1982: Rick Bosetti was released by the Athletics.
|1982 Oakland Athletics|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|C||Heath, MikeMike Heath||101||318||77||.242||3||39|
|1B||Meyer, DanDan Meyer||120||383||92||.240||8||59|
|2B||Lopes, DaveyDavey Lopes||128||450||109||.242||11||42|
|3B||Gross, WayneWayne Gross||129||386||97||.251||9||41|
|SS||Stanley, FredFred Stanley||101||228||44||.193||2||17|
|LF||Henderson, RickeyRickey Henderson||149||536||143||.267||10||51|
|CF||Murphy, DwayneDwayne Murphy||151||543||129||.238||27||94|
|RF||Armas, TonyTony Armas||138||536||125||.233||28||89|
|DH||Burroughs, JeffJeff Burroughs||113||285||79||.277||16||48|
|Johnson, CliffCliff Johnson||73||214||51||.238||7||31|
|Rudi, JoeJoe Rudi||71||193||41||.212||5||18|
|Moore, KelvinKelvin Moore||21||67||15||.224||2||6|
|Picciolo, RobRob Picciolo||18||49||11||.224||0||3|
|Bosetti, RickRick Bosetti||6||15||3||.200||0||0|
|Bell, KevinKevin Bell||4||9||3||.333||0||0|
|Langford, RickRick Langford||32||237.1||11||16||4.21||79|
|Hanna, PrestonPreston Hanna||23||48.1||0||4||5.59||32|
|Kinney, DennisDennis Kinney||3||0||0||0||8.31||0|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: West Haven, Modesto
- Joe Rudi page at Baseball Reference
- Rich Bordi page at Baseball Reference
- Dennis Kinney page at Baseball Reference
- Craig Minetto page at Baseball Reference
- Baseball’s Top 100: The Game’s Greatest Records, p.52, Kerry Banks, 2010, Greystone Books, Vancouver, BC, ISBN 978-1-55365-507-7
- Home Run in Last At Bat by Baseball Almanac
- Rob Picciolo page at Baseball Reference
- Phil Stephenson page at Baseball Reference
- Charlie O'Brien page at Baseball Reference
- Jeff Kaiser page at Baseball Reference
- Jim Eppard page at Baseball Reference
- José Canseco page at Baseball Reference
- Preston Hanna page at Baseball Reference
- Rick Bosetti page at Baseball Reference
- 1982 Oakland Athletics team page at Baseball Reference
- 1982 Oakland Athletics team page at www.baseball-almanac.com