1983 Major League Baseball season

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This article is about the 1983 Major League Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1983 in baseball.
1983 MLB season
League Major League Baseball
Sport Baseball
Duration April 4, 1983 – October 16, 1983
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Cal Ripken, Jr. (BAL)
NL: Dale Murphy (ATL)
League postseason
AL champions Baltimore Orioles
  AL runners-up Chicago White Sox
NL champions Philadelphia Phillies
  NL runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series
Champions Baltimore Orioles
World Series MVP Rick Dempsey (BAL)
MLB seasons

The 1983 Major League Baseball season ended with the Baltimore Orioles defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth game of the World Series. Rick Dempsey was named MVP of the Series. The All-Star Game was held on July 6 at Comiskey Park; the American League won by a score of 13–3, with California Angels outfielder Fred Lynn being named MVP.

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
SO Jack Morris DET 232 Steve Carlton PHI 275
SV Dan Quisenberry KCR 45 Lee Smith CHC 29
SB Rickey Henderson OAK 108 Tim Raines MON 90

Major league baseball final standings[edit]


  League Championship Series
World Series
East  Baltimore 3  
West  Chicago White Sox 1  
    AL  Baltimore 4
  NL  Philadelphia 1
East  Philadelphia 3
West  Los Angeles 1  

All-Star game[edit]

Significant events[edit]

  • 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. Ryan will go on to break his own record 2,205 times before retiring.
  • July 24 – In the game now known as the Pine Tar Game, George Brett hits an apparent go-ahead 2-run home run off 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 had 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.


  1. ^ Pellowski, Michael J (2007). The Little Giant Book of Baseball Facts. United States: Sterling Publishing Co. p. 352. ISBN 9781402742736.