|American League Championship Series - 1983 |
Fans gathered to watch The Baltimore Orioles and the Chicago White Sox square off in the AL Championship Series.
The White Sox and Orioles entered the series evenly matched, with similar season records and statistics.
***The White Sox - Big bats were outfielders Greg Luzinski, 32 HR, 95 RBIs, Harold Baines 20 HR, 99 RBIs, and Ron Kittle 35, 100 RBIs, Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk 26 HR, 86 RBIs, and 1B/DH Tom Paciorek .307, 63 RBIs.
And an accomplished defensive alignment of Jerry Hairston, Vance Law, Rudy Law, Mike Squires, Greg Walker, Scott Flecher, Jerry Dybzinski and Julio Cruz.
Chicago had one of its best ever pitching rotation - LaMarr Hoyt 24-10, Richard Dotson, Floyd Bannister 16-10, Jerry Koosman was 11-7, Britt Burns went 10-11, and Dennis Lamp 7-7.
The main relievers were Dick Tidrow, Salome Barojas and Juan Agosto.
***The Orioles - Big bats were first baseman Eddie Murray 33 HR, 111 RBIs, shortstop Cal Ripken, Jr. 27 HR, 102 RBIs, Ken Singleton 18 HR, 84 RBIs, John Lowenstein 15 HR, 60 RBIs and Gary Roenicke 19 HR, 64 RBIs.
Anchoring the defense were speedster Al Bumbry in center, Rich Dauer, Lenny Sakata, Jim Dwyer, Dan Ford, John Shelby, Tito Landrum and Leo Hernandez.
Although no Baltimore pitcher won 20 games in 1983, they had an outstanding pitching staff. Scott McGregor was 18-7, Mike Boddicker 16-8, Storm Davis 13-7, Mike Flanagan posted a 12-4, Dennis Martinez 7-16, and an aging Jim Palmer, a member of the Hall of Fame, 5-4.
The Orioles certainly had some of the major leagues' top relievers - Tippy Martinez, Sammy Stewart, Tim Stoddard and Dan Morogiello.
*** So Let's Play Ball... On With The Show!
The Chicago White Sox won the opening game 2-1 behind LaMarr Hoyt. In Game 2, Baltimore's ace rookie Mike Boddicker struck out 14 Sox and shutout them out on a five hitter.
Game 3, the Sox could manage only one run, their last of the series, while the Orioles collected only two more hits than the Sox, they gathered nine walks, a hit batsman and a Sox error to win 11-1.
Game 4, Oriole pitchers Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez scattered 10 hits, but still managed to shutout the White Sox. Although, Britt Burns held the Orioles scoreless thru nine innings, Tito Landrum's solo home run in the top of the tenth inning drove Burns from the mound, and then Baltimore scored two more to win 3-0 and win the 1983 AL pennant.
Both teams collected 28 hits in the series, but the Sox bats were silent. The Sox lined only four extra base hits, were outscored by the Orioles 19-3 and out-slugged by 116 percentage points. Baseballhistorian.com
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