1983 Baseball Season Headlines
Eddie Murray: 33 HRs, 111 RBI
Eddie Murray was probably the most feared power hitter in either league. In 1983, he batted .306, tallying 33 homers and 111 RBI. The all-time home run leader for the Orioles, Murray nailed a pair of dingers in the fifth and final game of the 1983 World Series.
Darryl Strawberry Ripens in NY
Few New York rookies have arrived with as much potential and hoopla as Darryl Strawberry in 1983. In his 122 appearances, the 21-year-old outfielder batted .257 with 26 homers and 74 RBI to capture the 1983 National League Rookie of the Year Award.
Jim Rice Tops American League in HRs
Jim Rice enjoyed a monster season at the plate in 1983, as he led or tied for the American League lead in homers (39), RBI (126), and total bases (344). Many had high hopes for huge career numbers from the left fielder, but he fizzled out at age 34 and retired after 1989.
A player who shunned the press, Rice once said, "Privacy is important to everyone. People say you owe the public this or that. You don't owe the public anything."
Dr. Gaylord Perry Wins 314th
Gaylord Perry played his 22-year major league career with eight teams, splitting the 1983 season between Seattle and Kansas City. He totaled seven victories that season, bringing his career wins to 314. Perry's stellar stint in baseball was marred when he was ejected from a game in 1982 for doctoring the baseball.
Wade Boggs Leads American League at .361
In his first full season, Wade Boggs continued the hitting that marked his rookie campaign, seizing the American League batting title with a .361 average. Boggs achieved further press when it was discovered that he ate chicken prior to each game. He eventually wrote a cookbook entitled Fowl Tips, which was illustrated with drawings by his father, Win Boggs.
Dale Murphy Cops 1983 National League MVP Award
Dale Murphy, 27, won the 1983 National League MVP Award, becoming the youngest player ever to win back-to-back MVP honors. He combined his Gold Glove fielding skills with a .302 batting average, a league-leading .540 slugging average, and a loop-high 121 RBI. His 36 homers (second in the circuit) and 30 stolen bases that season gained him admission to the 30/30 club.
Dan Quisenberry Saves a Record 45
Dan Quisenberry enjoyed his best season in 1983, as he set a then-major league record of 45 saves. Originally undrafted and signed out of La Verne College by the Royals as a free agent in 1975, Quisenberry adopted his submarine style of pitching because of a sore arm.
Cal Ripken Named 1983 American League MVP
Cal Ripken Jr. followed up his stellar 1982 rookie season with the 1983 American League MVP. Spearheading the Orioles to a World Championship, the shortstop batted .318 with 27 homers and 102 RBI. He achieved circuit-topping totals for runs (121), hits (211), and doubles (47).
Steve Garvey Ends CG Streak at 1,207
In December 1982, first baseman Steve Garvey signed a five-year, $6.5 million contract with the Padres. His hitting and professionalism were of great value -- In 1983, Garvey brought his consecutive game streak to an end at 1,207, a National League record. He finished the season with a .294 batting mark, a .459 slugging average, and 76 runs scored.
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