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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-October 16, 1983
Regular season
Season MVP AL: Cal Ripken, Jr. (BAL)
NL: Dale Murphy (ATL)
AL champions Baltimore Orioles
  AL runners-up Chicago White Sox
NL champions Philadelphia Phillies
  NL runners-up Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series
World Series champions Baltimore Orioles
  Runners-up Philadelphia Phillies
World Series MVP Rick Dempsey (BAL)

The 1983 Major League Baseball season was the 83rd season in which the major leagues comprised the National and American League, the AL having achieved major league status in 1901. The 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

MLB statistical leaders

  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 La Marr 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

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Baltimore Orioles 98   64 .605    --
2nd Detroit Tigers 92   70 .568   6.0
3rd New York Yankees 91   71 .562   7.0
4th Toronto Blue Jays 89   73 .549   9.0
5th Milwaukee Brewers 87   75 .537 11.0
6th Boston Red Sox 78   84 .481 20.0
7th Cleveland Indians 70   92 .432 28.0
West Division
1st Chicago White Sox 99   63 .611    --
2nd Kansas City Royals 79   83 .488 20.0
3rd Texas Rangers 77   85 .475 22.0
4th Oakland Athletics 74   88 .457 25.0
5th California Angels 70   92 .432 29.0
5th Minnesota Twins 70   92 .432 29.0
7th Seattle Mariners 60 102 .370 39.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Philadelphia Phillies 90   72 .556    --
2nd Pittsburgh Pirates 84   78 .519   6.0
3rd Montreal Expos 82   80 .506   8.0
4th St. Louis Cardinals 79   83 .488 11.0
5th Chicago Cubs 71   91 .438 19.0
6th New York Mets 68   94 .420 22.0
West Division
1st Los Angeles Dodgers 91   71 .562    --
2nd Atlanta Braves 88   74 .543   3.0
3rd Houston Astros 85   77 .525   6.0
4th San Diego Padres 81   81 .500 10.0
5th San Francisco Giants 79   83 .488 12.0
6th Cincinnati Reds 74   88 .457 17.0


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

All-Star game

Significant events

  • 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.


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