1969 Baltimore Orioles season

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1969 Baltimore Orioles
1969 AL East Champions
1969 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record109–53 (.673)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Jerold Hoffberger
General manager(s)Harry Dalton
Manager(s)Earl Weaver
Local televisionWJZ-TV
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Chuck Thompson, Bill O'Donnell, Jim Karvellas)
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The 1969 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. In the first season after the American League was split into two divisions, the Orioles won the first-ever American League East title, finishing first with a record of 109 wins and 53 losses, 19 games ahead of the runner-up Detroit Tigers.

After the regular season, the Orioles went on to the inaugural American League Championship Series, where they faced the Minnesota Twins. They swept the Twins in the 1969 ALCS, but lost the World Series to the upstart National League champion New York Mets in five games.

The team was managed by Earl Weaver, and played their home games at Memorial Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

Spring training[edit]

The Baltimore Orioles held Spring training at Miami Stadium in Miami for the 11th season.

Regular season[edit]

On August 13, 1969, Jim Palmer threw the only no-hitter of his career. [6]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 109 53 0.673 60–21 49–32
Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556 19 46–35 44–37
Boston Red Sox 87 75 0.537 22 46–35 41–40
Washington Senators 86 76 0.531 23 47–34 39–42
New York Yankees 80 81 0.497 28½ 48–32 32–49
Cleveland Indians 62 99 0.385 46½ 33–48 29–51

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1969 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA WSH
Baltimore 10–8 6–6 9–3 13–5 11–7 11–1 8–4 11–7 8–4 9–3 13–5
Boston 8–10 8–4 5–7 12–6 10–8 10–2 7–5 11–7 4–8 6–6 6–12
California 6–6 4–8 9–9 8–4 5–7 9–9 7–11 3–9 6–12 9–9–1 5–7
Chicago 3–9 7–5 9–9 8–4 3–9 8–10 5–13 3–9 8–10 10–8 4–8
Cleveland 5–13 6–12 4–8 4–8 7–11 7–5 5–7 9–8 5–7 7–5 3–15
Detroit 7–11 8–10 7–5 9–3 11–7 8–4 6–6 10–8 7–5 10–2 7–11
Kansas City 1–11 2–10 9–9 10–8 5–7 4–8 8–10 5–7–1 8–10 10–8 7–5
Minnesota 4–8 5–7 11–7 13–5 7–5 6–6 10–8 10–2 13–5 12–6 6–6
New York 7–11 7–11 9–3 9–3 8–9 8–10 7–5–1 2–10 6–6 7–5 10–8
Oakland 4–8 8–4 12–6 10–8 7–5 5–7 10–8 5–13 6–6 13–5 8–4
Seattle 3–9 6–6 9–9–1 8–10 5–7 2–10 8–10 6–12 5–7 5–13 7–5
Washington 5–13 12–6 7–5 8–4 15–3 11–7 5–7 6–6 8–10 4–8 5–7


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1969 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

1969 Regular Season Game Log (109–53) (Home: 60–21; Road: 49–32)
April (16–7) (Home: 10–4; Road: 6–3)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
1 April 8 Red Sox 4–5 (12) 0–1
2 April 10 Red Sox 2–1 (13) 1–1
3 April 11 Senators 0–4 1–2
4 April 12 Senators 9–0 2–2
5 April 13 Senators 2–0 3–2
6 April 13 Senators 9–0 4–2
7 April 14 @ Red Sox 3–5 4–3
8 April 15 @ Red Sox 10–5 5–3
9 April 16 @ Red Sox 11–8 (8) 6–3
10 April 17 @ Red Sox 9–5 7–3
11 April 18 @ Senators 6–0 8–3
12 April 19 @ Senators 5–7 8–4
13 April 20 @ Senators 2–1 9–4
14 April 20 @ Senators 2–5 9–5
15 April 21 Indians 11–0 10–5
16 April 22 Indians 3–2 11–5
17 April 23 Tigers 3–2 (10) 12–5
18 April 24 Tigers 5–2 13–5
19 April 25 Yankees 2–7 13–6
20 April 26 Yankees 5–6 13–7
21 April 27 Yankees 6–0 14–7
22 April 27 Yankees 10–5 15–7
23 April 30 @ Tigers 3–2 16–7
May (18–8) (Home: 7–4; Road: 11–4)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
24 May 1 @ Tigers 0–2 16–8
25 May 2 @ Yankees 5–1 17–8
26 May 3 @ Yankees 5–4 18–8
27 May 4 @ Yankees 5–3 19–8
28 May 4 @ Yankees 14–2 20–8
29 May 6 White Sox 0–1 20–9
30 May 7 White Sox 4–6 20–10
31 May 9 Royals 2–4 20–11
32 May 10 Royals 6–5 21–11
33 May 11 Royals 5–0 22–11
34 May 13 @ Twins 2–4 22–12
35 May 14 @ Twins 9–8 23–12
36 May 15 @ Twins 5–0 24–12
37 May 16 @ Royals 5–3 (11) 25–12
38 May 17 @ Royals 4–2 26–12
39 May 18 @ Royals 5–0 27–12
40 May 20 Twins 2–3 (13) 27–13
41 May 21 Twins 4–3 28–13
42 May 22 Twins 6–2 29–13
43 May 23 Athletics 4–3 30–13
44 May 24 Athletics 2–1 31–13
45 May 25 Athletics 5–3 32–13
46 May 27 @ Pilots 1–8 32–14
47 May 28 @ Pilots 9–5 33–14
48 May 30 @ Angels 3–1 34–14
49 May 31 @ Angels 3–4 34–15
June (21–6) (Home: 8–4; Road: 13–2)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
50 June 1 @ Angels 4–3 35–15
51 June 3 @ Athletics 3–1 (11) 36–15
52 June 4 @ Athletics 6–1 37–15
53 June 6 Pilots 5–1 38–15
54 June 7 Pilots 10–0 39–15
55 June 8 Pilots 5–7 39–16
56 June 10 Angels 11–4 40–16
57 June 11 Angels 5–7 (14) 40–17
58 June 13 @ White Sox 5–2 41–17
59 June 14 @ White Sox 12–3 42–17
60 June 15 @ White Sox 9–0 43–17
61 June 15 @ White Sox 13–2 44–17
62 June 17 @ Senators 5–1 45–17
63 June 18 @ Senators 3–1 46–17
64 June 19 @ Senators 2–0 47–17
65 June 20 @ Indians 2–7 47–18
66 June 20 @ Indians 5–1 48–18
67 June 21 @ Indians 3–1 49–18
68 June 22 @ Indians 2–3 49–19
69 June 22 @ Indians 6–0 50–19
70 June 23 Senators 5–3 51–19
71 June 24 Senators 6–3 (11) 52–19
72 June 25 Senators 8–11 52–20
73 June 27 Tigers 4–1 53–20
74 June 28 Tigers 6–4 54–20
75 June 29 Tigers 2–3 54–21
76 June 29 Tigers 4–3 55–21
July (17–10) (Home: 13–3; Road: 4–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
77 July 1 @ Yankees 9–10 55–22
78 July 2 @ Yankees 2–3 55–23
79 July 4 @ Tigers 1–4 (5) 55–24
80 July 5 @ Tigers 9–3 56–24
81 July 6 @ Tigers 4–5 56–25
82 July 8 Yankees 10–3 57–25
83 July 8 Yankees 4–1 58–25
84 July 9 Yankees 6–5 (10) 59–25
85 July 10 Red Sox 5–4 60–25
86 July 11 Red Sox 4–7 60–26
87 July 11 Red Sox 3–12 60–27
88 July 12 Red Sox 4–0 61–27
89 July 13 Red Sox 6–3 62–27
90 July 15 Indians 5–1 63–27
91 July 16 Indians 4–6 63–28
92 July 16 Indians 6–5 64–28
93 July 17 Indians 3–2 65–28
94 July 18 @ Red Sox 1–6 65–29
95 July 19 @ Red Sox 3–5 65–30
96 July 20 @ Red Sox 5–6 65–31
July 23: All-Star Game (NL wins—[13]) 9–3 Carlton (STL) Stottlemyre (NYY) 45,259 RFK Stadium Washington, D.C.
97 July 24 White Sox 5–2 66–31
98 July 25 White Sox 4–2 67–31
99 July 26 White Sox 2–1 68–31
100 July 27 White Sox 17–0 69–31
101 July 29 @ Royals 4–1 70–31
102 July 30 @ Royals 4–2 71–31
103 July 31 @ Royals 3–1 72–31
August (19–12) (Home: 12–4; Road: 7–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
104 August 1 @ Twins 3–4 (10) 72–32
105 August 2 @ Twins 6–5 73–32
106 August 3 @ Twins 2–5 73–33
107 August 4 @ Indians 0–2 73–34
108 August 5 Royals 7–5 (10) 74–34
109 August 6 Royals 2–1 75–34
110 August 7 Royals 10–2 76–34
111 August 8 Twins 6–5 77–34
112 August 9 Twins 5–1 78–34
113 August 10 Twins 2–0 79–34
114 August 11 Athletics 4–7 79–35
115 August 12 Athletics 4–3 80–35
116 August 13 Athletics 8–0 81–35
117 August 15 @ Pilots 2–1 82–35
118 August 16 @ Pilots 15–3 83–35
119 August 17 @ Pilots 4–1 84–35
120 August 18 @ Pilots 12–3 85–35
121 August 19 @ Angels 10–0 86–35
122 August 20 @ Angels 2–3 86–36
123 August 21 @ Angels 0–2 86–37
124 August 22 @ Athletics 4–3 (10) 87–37
125 August 23 @ Athletics 2–4 87–38
126 August 24 @ Athletics 0–9 87–39
127 August 24 @ Athletics 8–9 (18) 87–40
128 August 26 Pilots 1–2 87–41
129 August 27 Pilots 7–2 88–41
130 August 28 Pilots 4–3 (11) 89–41
131 August 29 Angels 2–6 89–42
132 August 29 Angels 1–2 89–43
133 August 30 Angels 6–3 90–43
134 August 31 Angels 5–4 91–43
September (17–10) (Home: 9–2; Road: 8–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
135 September 1 @ White Sox 8–0 92–43
136 September 2 @ White Sox 3–10 92–44
137 September 4 @ Tigers 5–4 93–44
138 September 5 @ Tigers 8–4 94–44
139 September 6 @ Tigers 4–5 (11) 94–45
140 September 7 @ Tigers 6–5 (14) 95–45
141 September 9 Senators 6–1 96–45
142 September 9 Senators 3–2 97–45
143 September 10 Red Sox 8–7 98–45
144 September 11 Red Sox 4–2 99–45
145 September 12 Indians 2–1 100–45
146 September 13 Indians 10–5 101–45
147 September 14 Indians 7–3 102–45
148 September 15 @ Senators 2–3 102–46
149 September 16 @ Senators 1–0 103–46
150 September 18 @ Red Sox 6–4 104–46
151 September 18 @ Red Sox 0–5 104–47
152 September 19 Yankees 4–2 105–47
153 September 20 Yankees 8–7 106–47
154 September 23 @ Indians 1–3 106–48
155 September 24 @ Indians 4–3 (11) 107–48
156 September 25 @ Indians 4–1 108–48
157 September 26 @ Yankees 2–4 108–49
158 September 27 @ Yankees 0–1 108–50
159 September 28 @ Yankees 2–3 108–51
160 September 29 Tigers 1–4 108–52
161 September 30 Tigers 3–4 108–53
October (1–0) (Home: 1–0)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Record Report Rank GB
162 October 1 Tigers 2–1 (10) 109–53

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Elrod Hendricks 105 295 36 72 .244 12 38 0
1B Boog Powell 152 533 83 162 .304 37 121 1
2B Davey Johnson 142 511 52 143 .280 7 57 3
3B Brooks Robinson 156 598 73 140 .234 23 84 2
SS Mark Belanger 150 530 76 152 .287 2 50 14
LF Don Buford 144 554 99 161 .291 11 64 19
CF Paul Blair 150 625 102 178 .285 26 76 20
RF Frank Robinson 148 539 111 166 .308 32 100 9

[10]

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Andy Etchebarren 73 217 29 54 .249 3 26 1
Merv Rettenmund 95 190 27 47 .247 4 25 6
Dave May 78 120 8 29 .242 3 10 2
Chico Salmon 52 91 18 27 .297 3 12 0
Curt Motton 56 89 15 27 .303 6 21 3
Bobby Floyd 39 84 7 17 .202 0 1 0
Clay Dalrymple 37 80 8 19 .238 3 6 0
Terry Crowley 7 18 2 6 .333 0 3 0

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave McNally 41 268.2 20 7 3.22 166
Mike Cuellar 39 290.2 23 11 2.38 182
Tom Phoebus 35 202 14 7 3.52 117
Jim Palmer 26 181 16 4 2.34 123

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Hardin 30 137.2 6 7 3.60 64

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Eddie Watt 56 71 5 2 16 1.65 46
Pete Richert 44 57.1 7 4 12 2.20 54
Dick Hall 39 65.2 5 2 6 1.92 31
Dave Leonhard 37 94 7 4 1 2.49 37
Marcelino López 27 69.1 5 3 0 4.41 57
Al Severinsen 12 19.2 1 1 0 2.29 13
Mike Adamson 6 8 0 1 0 4.50 2
Frank Bertaina 3 6 0 0 0 0.00 5
Fred Beene 2 2.2 0 0 0 0.00 0

Postseason[edit]

ALCS[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 4, 1969, at Memorial Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 2
Baltimore 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 10 1
W: Dick Hall (1–0)   L: Ron Perranoski (0–1)  
HR: MINTony Oliva (1), BALFrank Robinson (1), Mark Belanger (1), Boog Powell (1)

Game 2[edit]

October 5, 1969, at Memorial Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 0
W: Dave McNally (1–0)   L: Dave Boswell (0–1)   
HR: None

Game 3[edit]

October 6, 1969, at Metropolitan Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 3 11 18 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 2
W: Jim Palmer (1–0)   L: Bob Miller (0–1)   
HR: BALPaul Blair (1)

1969 World Series[edit]

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Mets – 1, Orioles – 4 October 11 Memorial Stadium 50,429
2 Mets – 2, Orioles – 1 October 12 Memorial Stadium 50,850
3 Orioles – 0, Mets – 5 October 14 Shea Stadium 56,335
4 Orioles – 1, Mets – 2
(10 innings)
October 15 Shea Stadium 57,367
5 Orioles – 3, Mets – 5 October 16 Shea Stadium 57,397

Game log[edit]

1969 Postseason Game Log
1969 American League Championship Series vs. Minnesota – Baltimore wins series 3–0
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Report Game Time Local TV National TV
1 October 4 Twins
2 October 5 Twins
3 October 6 @ Twins
1969 World Series vs. New York (NL) – New York (NL) wins series 4–1
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Stadium Report Game Time Local TV National TV
1 October 11 Mets
2 October 12 Mets
3 October 14 @ Mets
4 October 15 @ Mets
5 October 16 @ Mets

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Cal Ripken Sr.
AA Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Texas League Joe Altobelli
A Stockton Ports California League Bill Werle
A Miami Marlins Florida State League Woody Smith
A-Short Season Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Ken Rowe
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Jackie Ferrell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Stockton, Miami

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wally Bunker at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Curt Blefary at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bobby Darwin at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Clay Dalrymple at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Chico Salmon at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Dan Connolly, Triumph Books, Chicago, 2015, ISBN 978-1-62937-041-5, p.213
  7. ^ Dave Skaggs at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Dave Winfield at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Bob Galasso at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BAL/1969.shtml

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
  • 1969 Baltimore Orioles at Baseball Reference
  • 1969 Baltimore Orioles season at Baseball Almanac