1982 Baltimore Orioles season
|1982 Baltimore Orioles|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Edward Bennett Williams|
|General manager(s)||Hank Peters|
(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.
- January 28, 1982: Doug DeCinces and Jeff Schneider were traded by the Orioles to the California Angels for Dan Ford.
- February 9, 1982: The Orioles traded a player to be named later to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul Moskau. The Orioles completed the deal by sending Wayne Krenchicki to the Reds on February 16.
- February 19, 1982: The Orioles traded a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers for Rick Lisi. The Orioles completed the deal by sending Steve Luebber to the Rangers on February 23.
- March 4, 1982: John Flinn was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- March 26, 1982: Dallas Williams and Brooks Carey (minors) were traded by the Orioles to the Cincinnati Reds for Joe Nolan.
Opening Day starters
|Boston Red Sox||89||73||0.549||6||49–32||40–41|
|New York Yankees||79||83||0.488||16||42–39||37–44|
|Toronto Blue Jays||78||84||0.481||17||44–37||34–47|
Record vs. opponents
1982 American League Records
- April 5, 1982: Don Stanhouse was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- April 5, 1982: Ross Grimsley was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- April 28, 1982: Traded José Morales to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Leo Hernández.
- June 7, 1982: 1982 Major League Baseball Draft
- July 15, 1982: Don Stanhouse was released by the Orioles.
- July 23, 1982: Don Stanhouse was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
A classic near-miss season
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 10–2.
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.
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|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
Awards and honors
- Cal Ripken, Jr., American League Rookie of the Year
- Ken Singleton, Roberto Clemente Award
- Eddie Murray
|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|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bluefield
- "Team Batting Event Finder: 1981, All Teams, Home Runs, With Runners on 123". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
- "Team Batting Event Finder: 1982, All Teams, Home Runs, With Runners on 123". Baseball Reference. Retrieved July 3, 2018.
- Dan Ford page at Baseball Reference
- Wayne Krenchicki page at Baseball Reference
- Steve Luebber page at Baseball Reference
- John Flinn page at Baseball Reference
- Dallas Williams page at Baseball Reference
- Don Stanhouse page at Baseball Reference
- Dave Otto page at Baseball Reference
- Walt Weiss page at Baseball Reference
- Billy Ripken page at Baseball Reference
- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
- 1982 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
- 1982 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com