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]

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)

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

[9]

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

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. ^ Dave Skaggs at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dave Winfield at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Bob Galasso at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ 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