1982 Boston Red Sox season

1982 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey
General manager(s) Haywood Sullivan
Manager(s) Ralph Houk
Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Ned Martin, Bob Montgomery)
Local radio WITS-AM 1510
(Ken Coleman, Jon Miller)
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The 1982 Boston Red Sox season was the 82nd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished third in the American League East with a record of 89 wins and 73 losses, six games behind the Milwaukee Brewers.


  • February 25, 1982: Mark Fidrych was signed as a free agent by the Red Sox.[1]

Regular season

In his second year as Red Sox manager, Ralph Houk kept the Sox clubhouse on an even keel, and while Boston helped make the season interesting, it was the Milwaukee Brewers all the way finishing at 95–67, one game ahead of the Baltimore Orioles, and six up on third-place Boston.

Boston's best that year was a bullpen featuring Mark Clear, with 14 wins and 14 saves, and Bob Stanley, with 12 wins and 14 saves. John Tudor, who had been a disappointing 4–3 in 1981, was 13–10. Dennis Eckersley was 13–13 and Mike Torrez 9–9. He would soon be gone.


Carney Lansford hit .301 that year, only his second, and his last as a Red Sox. Jim Rice hit .309, with 24 homers and 97 RBIs, and Dwight Evans had another big year: .292, 32 homers and 98 RBIs. Carl Yastrzemski, heading toward the end of his career, hit .275, with 16 homers and 72 RBIs. A catcher named Rich Gedman from Worcester, Massachusetts, hit .249. A rookie also came up and surprised a lot of people: Wade Boggs had been the top hitter in the minors the previous year but had a hard time staying with Boston. He made his major league debut on April 10, 1982, in a game against the Baltimore Orioles, going 0-for-4.[2] Once he got into the lineup on June 25, when Lansford was hurt, he stayed on and hit .349.

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

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day had been scheduled for April 5 at Comiskey Park again the Chicago White Sox, but it was postponed due to snow.[3] Additional games were also postponed due to weather conditions. The team finally started their season on April 10, with a doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium.[4]

24Dwight EvansRF
18Glenn HoffmanSS
14Jim RiceLF
  8Carl Yastrzemski1B
  4Carney Lansford3B
11Dave Stapleton2B
  5Tony PérezDH
39Gary AllensonC
51Reid NicholsCF
43Dennis Eckersley    P

Source: [5]

Notable transactions

Alumni game

Before a scheduled game with the Texas Rangers on May 1, the Red Sox held their first old-timers game at Fenway,[8] marking 50-years of ownership by the Yawkey family.[9] It was notable for the participation of 63-year-old Red Sox legend Ted Williams, who made a shoestring catch while playing the outfield.[10][11] Other participants included Bobby Doerr, Boo Ferriss, Jackie Jensen, Bob Montgomery, Johnny Pesky, and Jimmy Piersall.[8]


1982 Boston Red Sox
Pitchers Catchers



Designated hitters



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
CGary Allenson9226454.205633
1BDave Stapleton150538142.2641465
2BJerry Remy155636178.280047
3BCarney Lansford128482145.3011163
SSGlenn Hoffman15046998.209749
LFJim Rice145573177.3092497
CFRick Miller135409104.254438
RFDwight Evans162609178.2923298
DHCarl Yastrzemski131459126.2751672

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Wade Boggs104338118.349544


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mark Clear55149143.00109
Luis Aponte402233.1844

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Joe Morgan
AA Bristol Red Sox Eastern League Tony Torchia
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Rac Slider
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Tom Kotchman
A-Short Season Elmira Suns New York–Penn League Dick Berardino


  1. Mark Fidrych at Baseball-Reference
  2. Wade Boggs Statistics and History Baseball-Reference.com
  3. "Sox opener postponed". Herald & Review. Decatur, Illinois. April 6, 1982. p. 15. Retrieved June 9, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  4. "The 1982 Boston Red Sox Regular Season Game Log". Retrosheet. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  5. "Boston Red Sox 2, Baltimore Orioles 0 (1)". Retrosheet. April 10, 1982. Retrieved June 9, 2018.
  6. Sam Horn at Baseball-Reference
  7. Kevin Romine Statistics and History Baseball-Reference.com
  8. 1 2 Yantz, Tom (May 2, 1982). "Yesterday's Heroes Young Once More". Hartford Courant. p. D8. Retrieved May 17, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  9. Vecsey, Tom (May 2, 1982). "Red Sox' Williams: good field, no hit". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. p. C1. Retrieved May 25, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  10. Vecsey, Tom (May 2, 1982). "Ted Williams: good field, no hit (cont.)". The Morning Call. Allentown, Pennsylvania. p. C8. Retrieved May 25, 2018 via newspapers.com.
  11. "Fenway Park through the Years [1982]: Non-Red Sox Baseball At Fenway Park". MLB.com. Boston Red Sox. Retrieved March 8, 2018.


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