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1983 Baseball Season

1983 Baseball Season Highlights

The 1983 baseball season led to a World Series between the Phillies and the Orioles; the Orioles went on to win in five games. Below, you will find highlights from the 1983 baseball season:
  • Orioles win American League flag for their new manager Joe Altobelli.

  • Phillies triumph in the National League.

  • Orioles need just four games to beat White Sox in the LCS.

  • Phillies beat LA in four games in LCS, as Steve Carlton wins two.

  • Orioles win the 1983 World Series in five games after dropping the opener to John Denny.

  • Pete Rose, the oldest World Series regular ever at 42, hits .313 during the 1983 World Series.

  • Denny is awarded the 1983 National League Cy Young Award after topping loop with 19 wins.

  • LaMarr Hoyt of Chicago wins the 1983 American League Cy Young Award and tops loop with 24 wins.

  • Atlanta's Dale Murphy wins his second consecutive National League MVP Award.

    Cal Ripken
    Cal Ripken was the 1983
    American League MVP.

  • Baltimore's Cal Ripken wins the 1983 American League MVP Award.

  • Steve Garvey's National League record streak of 1,207 consecutive games ends when he breaks his thumb.

  • KC's Dan Quisenberry sets a new major league record with 45 saves.

  • Nolan Ryan and Carlton both surpass Walter Johnson's career K record of 3,509.

  • Jim Rice leads the American League in homers (39) and total bases (344), and ties in RBI (126).

  • Boston's Wade Boggs wins his first bat crown in the American League (.361) and also leads in OBP (.449).

  • Bill Madlock wins his fourth and final bat crown in National League (.323).

  • White Sox win their division by 20 games.

  • With 108 steals, Rickey Henderson becomes the first to swipe at least 100 bases in consecutive years.

  • Louisville Redbirds become the first team in minor league history to draw one million fans in a season.

  • George Brett hits his famous "Pine Tar" homer vs. Yankees on July 24.

  • American League breaks skein of 11 consecutive losses in 1983 All-Star Game by beating National League 13-3 at Comiskey Park.

  • New York's Darryl Strawberry is named 1983 National League Rookie of the Year.

  • Chicago's Ron Kittle is named 1983 American League Rookie of the Year.

  • Strawberry sets a Mets rookie record with 26 homers.

  • Kittle sets a White Sox rookie record with 35 homers.

  • On April 23, Tiger Milt Wilcox misses a perfect game vs. Chicago when he gives up a single with two out in ninth inning.

  • On July 3, Texas beats A's with 12 runs in the 15th inning -- a major league record for most runs scored in an overtime frame.

  • Mariners are the first major league team in this century to go through a season without playing a doubleheader.

  • Dodger Steve Howe and Royal Willie Aikens are first players to be suspended for a full year for drug abuse.

  • Yankee Dave Righetti no-hits Boston on July 4.

  • Cardinal Bob Forsch no-hits Expos on Sept. 26.

  • Oakland's Mike Warren no-hits Chicago on Sept. 29.

  • Expo Tim Raines sets a National League record when he scores 19.6 percent of his team's runs, as he leads the major league with 133 runs.

  • Raines also tops the National League with 90 steals.

  • Raines has a steals success rate of 86.5 percent, setting a National League record for players who've attempted 100 or more steals in a season.

  • Mike Schmidt tops the National League in homers (40), walks (128), and OBP (.402).

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