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The Chicago White Sox made their first postseason appearance in 24 years in 1983, running away with the A.L. West title by compiling a major-league best 99-63 record over the course of the regular season.  The Kansas City Royals finished a distant second in the division, 20 games off the pace.

A well-balanced ball club, Chicago led the American League with 800 runs scored, finished third with 157 home runs and 165 stolen bases, and also placed third with a 3.67 team ERA.  LaMarr Hoyt and Rich Dotson led the White Sox pitching staff, combining to win a total of 46 games.  Hoyt earned A.L. Cy Young honors by going 24-10, to lead all A.L. hurlers in victories.  Dotson finished 22-7 with a 3.23 ERA.  Floyd Bannister gave the White Sox a third solid starter, posting 16 victories and a team-leading 193 strikeouts.

A far cry from the “Go-Go” White Sox team that captured the franchise’s last A.L. pennant in 1959, the 1983 version featured a lineup that possessed a considerable amount of power.  Greg Luzinski hit 32 homers and drove in 95 runs.  Harold Baines homered 20 times and knocked in 99 runs.  Carlton Fisk earned a third-place finish in the league MVP voting by batting .289, hitting 26 homers, driving in 86 runs, and doing an outstanding job of handling the team’s young pitching staff.  A.L. Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle knocked in 100 runs and placed among the league leaders with 35 home runs.  

Although the Baltimore Orioles found the going a bit tougher in the A.L. East, they nevertheless managed to finish first in the division after losing out to the Milwaukee Brewers on the season’s final day one year earlier.  Playing under new manager Joe Altobelli, who replaced Earl Weaver at the helm prior to the start of the season, the Orioles compiled a record of 98-64 that left them six games ahead of the runner-up Detroit Tigers, and seven games in front of the third-place Yankees.

New York benefited from outstanding seasons turned in by Dave Winfield and Ron Guidry.  Winfield hit 32 home runs, knocked in 116 runs, scored 99 others, and batted .283.  Guidry finished 21-9 and led the league with 21 complete games.

The second-place Tigers also received outstanding performances from two of their best players.  Catcher Lance Parrish hit 27 home runs and drove in 114 runs.  Meanwhile, right-hander Jack Morris won 20 games and led the league with 232 strikeouts and 293 innings pitched.

Despite finishing sixth in the division, 20 games behind first-place Baltimore, the Red Sox had arguably the top two offensive players in the league in Wade Boggs and Jim Rice.  Boggs won the batting title with a mark of .361, scored 100 runs, and collected 210 hits.  Rice batted .305, scored 90 runs, and topped the circuit with 39 home runs, 126 runs batted in, and 344 total bases.  

However, the Orioles clearly established themselves over the course of the season as the division’s most well-rounded team.  Baltimore finished a close second in the league with 799 runs scored, topped the circuit with 168 home runs and a .340 team on-base percentage, and placed second in the league with a 3.63 team ERA.  Scott McGregor and rookie Mike Boddicker headed Baltimore’s pitching staff.  McGregor finished 18-7, with a 3.18 ERA and 260 innings pitched.  Boddicker went 16-8, placed second in the league with a 2.77 ERA, and led all A.L. hurlers with five shutouts.  Meanwhile, Eddie Murray and Cal Ripken Jr. paced the Orioles on offense.  Murray batted .306 and finished among the league leaders with 33 home runs, 111 runs batted in, 115 runs scored, and 313 total bases, en route to earning a close second-place finish in the A.L. MVP balloting.  Ripken edged out his teammate for the honor by hitting 27 homers, driving in 102 runs, batting .318, placing second in the league with 343 total bases, and topping the circuit with 121 runs scored, 211 hits, and 47 doubles.  

The Orioles had little difficulty getting past the White Sox in the ALCS, defeating them in four games after dropping the opening contest by a score of 2-1.  Baltimore outscored Chicago by a combined margin of 18-1 the rest of the way, en route to claiming their second league championship in four years.  Mike Boddicker was named ALCS MVP for his brilliant Game Two performance in which he allowed only five hits and struck out 14 during a 4-0 complete-game victory.  

The Orioles then made short work of the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series, beating them in five games after similarly losing Game One by a score of 2-1.  The Orioles outscored the Phillies by a combined margin of 18-9 over the course of the Fall Classic, with their pitching staff limiting Philadelphia to a .195 team batting average.  Rick Dempsey earned Series MVP honors by batting .385.

Other notable events from around the league and players who distinguished themselves over the course of the season included:

• June 24 - Don Sutton of the Milwaukee Brewers recorded his 3,000th career strikeout.

• November 17 – Former Royal Vida Blue joined Kansas City players Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens, and Jerry Martin in being convicted of attempting to purchase cocaine.  All four men were sentenced to short prison terms.

• November 22 - The MLB Players Association dismissed their executive director Kenneth Moffett, naming Donald Fehr as his successor.

• Kansas City's Dan Quisenberry established a new major league record with 45 saves.

• Rickey Henderson’s 108 steals made him the first player to swipe at least 100 bases in consecutive years.

• George Brett hit his famous "Pine Tar" homer against the Yankees on July 24.

• The American League snapped the National League’s 11-game winning streak by defeating the senior circuit in the All-Star Game by a score of 13-3 at Comiskey Park.  Fred Lynn delivered the big blow by hitting the first grand slam home run in All-Star competition.

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

• Yankee Dave Righetti threw a no-hitter against Boston on July 4.

• Oakland's Mike Warren tossed a no-hitter against Chicago on September 29.

• The Hall of Fame inducted Brooks Robinson, Juan Marichal, George Kell, and Walter Alston.

• LaMarr Hoyt set a White Sox record by winning 13 games in a row.

• Hall of Famer Earl Averill died.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BAL 2282 5546 799 1492 761 .260 283 27 168 61 33 2333 .372 .393 .766 144 56 46
BOS 2063 5590 724 1512 691 .251 287 32 142 30 26 2289 .359 .392 .774 171 48 49
CAL 2116 5640 722 1467 682 .240 241 22 154 41 39 2214 .329 .363 .693 147 46 68
CHA 2374 5484 800 1439 762 .236 270 42 157 165 50 2264 .359 .346 .721 111 56 53
CLE 2122 5476 704 1451 659 .255 249 31 86 109 71 2020 .363 .338 .701 146 64 48
DET 2180 5592 789 1530 749 .227 283 53 156 93 53 2387 .378 .332 .711 123 59 48
KCA 2092 5598 696 1515 653 .255 273 54 109 182 47 2223 .318 .370 .689 123 33 32
MIN 2090 5601 709 1463 671 .244 280 41 141 44 29 2248 .323 .371 .694 150 45 29
ML4 1991 5620 764 1556 732 .242 281 57 132 101 49 2347 .341 .366 .725 135 57 61
NYA 2062 5631 770 1535 728 .243 269 40 153 84 42 2343 .344 .361 .721 148 41 37
OAK 2274 5516 708 1447 662 .226 237 28 121 235 98 2103 .332 .316 .678 128 62 55
SEA 2232 5336 558 1280 536 .221 247 31 111 144 80 1922 .324 .319 .656 113 45 40
TEX 2072 5610 639 1429 587 .207 242 33 106 119 60 2055 .326 .286 .660 123 42 38
TOR 2230 5581 795 1546 748 .248 268 58 167 131 72 2431 .348 .387 .735 117 54 36

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BAL 387 98 64 1453 774 452 6105 1451 130 54.420 588 652 36 9 38 36 4
BOS 363 78 84 1446 767 493 6255 1572 158 51.150 698 775 29 5 42 28 9
CAL 399 70 92 1475 668 496 6393 1636 130 75.360 708 779 39 6 23 51 1
CHA 405 99 63 1446 877 447 6019 1355 128 57.660 592 650 35 9 48 38 2
CLE 388 70 92 1441 794 529 6219 1531 120 80.300 710 785 34 8 25 54 6
DET 367 92 70 1451 875 522 6071 1318 170 90.740 616 679 42 7 28 59 7
KCA 392 79 83 1438 593 471 6210 1535 133 82.490 681 767 19 2 49 40 3
MIN 430 70 92 1436 748 580 6297 1559 163 71.020 746 822 20 3 39 41 13
ML4 373 87 75 1454 689 491 6224 1513 133 63.600 650 708 35 7 43 29 9
NYA 364 91 71 1455 892 455 6165 1449 116 81.760 630 703 47 9 32 36 7
OAK 449 74 88 1455 719 626 6340 1462 135 116.520 702 782 22 7 33 43 9
SEA 444 60 102 1419 910 544 6094 1455 145 93.930 661 740 25 7 39 48 16
TEX 353 77 85 1466 826 471 6127 1392 97 50.100 540 609 43 8 32 36 6
TOR 419 89 73 1445 835 517 6174 1434 145 71.430 662 726 43 7 32 25 5

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BAL 2879 7478 5519 1816 143 .955 17430 98 47 1.00 5
BOS 2490 7450 5544 1760 146 .975 17354 155 53 0 8
CAL 2639 7808 5507 2122 179 .936 17691 83 61 0 6
CHA 2834 7384 5363 1879 142 .965 17348 99 45 1.00 12
CLE 2643 7487 5511 1822 154 .934 17300 101 56 0 17
DET 2668 7349 5462 1734 153 .962 17408 80 63 0 12
KCA 2670 7628 5595 1846 187 .973 17244 109 53 0 4
MIN 2549 7453 5560 1752 141 .975 17245 136 57 0 10
ML4 2477 7519 5592 1797 130 .980 17448 157 47 0 8
NYA 2597 7458 5534 1759 165 .973 17479 110 52 0 6
OAK 2905 7541 5718 1641 182 .977 17450 95 50 0 14
SEA 2700 7324 5239 1927 158 .968 17023 132 55 0 16
TEX 2508 7595 5535 1924 136 .942 17593 101 63 1.00 14
TOR 2796 7365 5544 1681 140 .969 17341 83 47 0 7

West

team W L Att Rk SOP
Chicago White Sox 99 63 2132821 1 877
Kansas City Royals 79 83 1963875 2 593
Texas Rangers 77 85 1363469 3 826
Oakland Athletics 74 88 1294941 4 719
California Angels 70 92 2555016 5 668
Minnesota Twins 70 92 858939 5 748
Seattle Mariners 60 102 813537 7 910

Central

East

team W L Att Rk SOP
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 2042071 1 774
Detroit Tigers 92 70 1829636 2 875
New York Yankees 91 71 2257976 3 892
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 1930415 4 835
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 2397131 5 689
Boston Red Sox 78 84 1782285 6 767
Cleveland Indians 70 92 768941 7 794

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1983 ALCS, 1983 World Series, American League, Baltimore Orioles, Cal Ripken, Jr., Carlton Fisk, Chicago White Sox, Dan Quisenberry, Dave Righetti, Dave Winfield, Don Fehr, Don Sutton, Eddie Murray, Floyd Bannister, Fred Lynn, George Brett, Greg Luzinski, Harold Baines, Jack Morris, Jerry Martin, Jim Rice, Joe Altobelli, La Marr Hoyt, Lance Parrish, Mike Boddicker, Mike Warren, Milt Wilcox, Richard Dotson, Rick Dempsey, Rickey Henderson, Ron Guidry, Ron Kittle, Scott McGregor, Vida Blue, Wade Boggs, Willie Aikens, Willie Wilson

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