1982 Baltimore Orioles season

1982 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Record 94–68 (.580)
Divisional place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Edward Bennett Williams
General manager(s) Hank Peters
Manager(s) Earl Weaver
Local television WMAR-TV
Local radio WFBR
(Chuck Thompson, Bill O'Donnell, Brooks Robinson, Tom Marr)
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The 1982 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Orioles finishing 2nd in the American League East with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. For the second consecutive season, the Orioles recorded the most grand slams in MLB, hitting eight in 1982.[1][2]


Regular season


Retired 1982

Opening Day starters

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 9567 0.586 48–34 47–33
Baltimore Orioles 9468 0.580 1 53–28 41–40
Boston Red Sox 8973 0.549 6 49–32 40–41
Detroit Tigers 8379 0.512 12 47–34 36–45
New York Yankees 7983 0.488 16 42–39 37–44
Cleveland Indians 7884 0.481 17 41–40 37–44
Toronto Blue Jays 7884 0.481 17 44–37 34–47

Record vs. opponents

1982 American League Records

Baltimore 4–97–55–76–77–64–89–4–18–411–27–57–59–310–3
Boston 9–47–54–86–78–56–64–96–67–68–47–510–27–6
California 5–75–78–58–45–77–66–67–67–59–410–38–58–4
Chicago 7–58–45–86–69–33–103–97–68–49–46–78–58–4
Cleveland 7–67–64–86–66–72–107–68–44–94–89–37–57–6
Detroit 6–75–87–53–97–66–63–109–38–59–36–68–46–7
Kansas City 8–46–66–710–310–26–67–57–65–77–67–67–64–8
Milwaukee 4–9–19–46–69–36–710–35–77–58–57–58–47–59–4
Minnesota 4–86–66–76–74–83–96–75–72–103–105–85–85–7
New York 2–116–75–74–89–45–87–55–810–27–56–67–56–7
Oakland 5–74–84–94–98–43–96–75–710–35–76–75–83–9
Seattle 5–75–73–107–63–96–66–74–88–56–67–69–47–5
Texas 3–92–105–85–85–74–86–75–78–55–78–54–94–8
Toronto 3–106–74–84–86–77–68–44–97–57–69–35–78–4

Notable transactions

A classic near-miss season

The '82 season was a classic, even though it eventually was as frustrating as those that had preceded it. Eddie Murray had 32 homers and 110 RBIs. Jim Palmer, in his last hurrah, went 155.

After starting slowly and falling eight games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in mid-August of '82, the Orioles rallied furiously. They won seven games in a row, lost one, won ten in a row, swept five straight from the New York Yankees, won two of three in Milwaukee to pull within two games of the Brewers with a week left. In the end, they needed to sweep a season-ending four-game series with the Brewers at Memorial Stadium to complete a comeback. They won the first three before roaring crowds, pulling even, and sent Palmer out to pitch the finale against the Brewers' Don Sutton. Fans brought brooms to the stadium, anticipating the final scene of one of the Orioles' greatest comebacks. Instead, the Brewers pounded Palmer and won the American League East title 102.

The start of 2,632 consecutive games

For his first full season in the Major League, Cal Ripken, Jr. started off slowly, gathered himself, and ended up as the AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .264 with 28 homers and 93 RBIs. After all the debate about where he should play, he started the year at third base, switched to shortstop in July, and never looked back.

On May 29, Ripken sat out of the second game of a double header against the Toronto Blue Jays; little did anyone know that it would be his last sit-out for the remainder of this season and the next 16 years. Starting the following day (also against the Blue Jays), his monumental consecutive-games streak got underway.

Weaver's farewell

After the final out of the loss to the Brewers, an emotional spectacle unfolded at Memorial Stadium. The disappointed sellout crowd rose and started to cheer, and kept cheering for 45 minutes. The Orioles' players left the clubhouse and came back out onto the field to wave, and then Weaver did, too, setting off the biggest roar. The cheers were mostly for him.

Weaver announced in March that the 1982 season would be his last managing the Orioles. he was retiring after that and moving to Florida to play golf. An era was ending. The news had been in the headlines and the back of everyone's mind all season, yet it was almost forgotten as the Orioles chased the Brewers down the stretch. Now, suddenly, the moment was at hand. Weaver was pulling off his uniform for the last time. And the fans weren't going to let him go without a salute.


1982 Baltimore Orioles roster
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CRick Dempsey12534488.256536
1BEddie Murray151550174.31632110
2BRich Dauer158558156.280857
3BGlenn Gulliver5014529.20015
SSCal Ripken160598158.2642893
LFJohn Lowenstein122322103.3202466
CFAl Bumbry150562147.262540
RFDan Ford12342199.2351043
DHKen Singleton156561141.2511477

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Gary Roenicke137393106.2702174
Lenn Sakata13634389.259631
Joe Nolan7721951.233635
Jim Dwyer7114845.304615
Terry Crowley659322.237317
Benny Ayala6412839.305624
Bobby Bonner417713.16905
Floyd Rayford34537.13235
John Shelby263511.31412
Mike Young620.00000
José Morales330.00000
Leo Hernández 220.00000


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dennis Martínez4025216124.21111
Mike Flanagan3623615113.97103
Jim Palmer362271553.13103
Scott McGregor37226.114124.6184

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Sammy Stewart381391094.1469
Storm Davis29100.2843.4967

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Tippy Martinez7688163.4178
Tim Stoddard5034124.0242
Ross Grimsley211205.2518
Don Stanhouse170105.408
Mike Boddicker71003.5120
John Flinn52001.3213
Don Welchel21008.313

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

  • Eddie Murray

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Lance Nichols
AA Charlotte O's Southern League Mark Wiley
A Hagerstown Suns Carolina League Grady Little
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League John Hart




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