1983 in baseball

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


Major League Baseball[edit]

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[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  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[edit]

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Baltimore Orioles 98   64 .605    --
2nd Detroit Tigers 92   70 .568   6
3rd New York Yankees 91   71 .562   7
4th Toronto Blue Jays 89   73 .549   9
5th Milwaukee Brewers 87   75 .537 11
6th Boston Red Sox 78   84 .481 20
7th Cleveland Indians 70   92 .432 28
West Division
1st Chicago White Sox 99   63 .611    --
2nd Kansas City Royals 79   83 .488 20
3rd Texas Rangers 77   85 .475 22
4th Oakland Athletics 74   88 .457 25
5th California Angels 70   92 .432 29
5th Minnesota Twins 70   92 .432 29
7th Seattle Mariners 60 102 .370 39
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Philadelphia Phillies 90   72 .556    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates 84   78 .519   6
3rd Montreal Expos 82   80 .506   8
4th St. Louis Cardinals 79   83 .488 11
5th Chicago Cubs 71   91 .438 19
6th New York Mets 68   94 .420 22
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers 91   71 .562    --
2nd Atlanta Braves 88   74 .543   3
3rd Houston Astros 85   77 .525   6
4th San Diego Padres 81   81 .500 10
5th San Francisco Giants 79   83 .488 12
6th Cincinnati Reds 74   88 .457 17


  • 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.
  • 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 begins play in 1962).
  • July 24 - In the game now known as the Pine Tar Game, George Brett hits an apparent go-ahead 2-run home run off of Goose Gossage in the ninth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. However, Yankees manager Billy Martin challenges that Brett's bat has more than the 18 inches (460 mm) of pine tar allowed, and home plate umpire Tim McClelland upholds Martin's challenge. After being called out and having the home run nullified, Brett goes ballistic and charges out of the dugout after McClelland. The AL president's office later upholds the Kansas City Royals protest, restoring the home run, and the game is completed on August 18, with the Royals winning 5-4.
  • September 17 - The Chicago White Sox defeat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 at olde Comiskey Park, clinching their first division title. It secures their first post season birth since 1959, and the last the team has at olde Comiskey.
  • 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 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]
















  • January 9 - Stan Spence, 67, four-time All-Star outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns.
  • 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 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.
  • 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 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.