1983 National League Championship Series

1983 National League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Philadelphia Phillies (3) Paul Owens 90–72, .556, GA: 6
Los Angeles Dodgers (1) Tommy Lasorda 91–71, .562, GA: 3
Dates October 4–8
MVP Gary Matthews (Philadelphia)
Umpires Terry Tata, Dick Stello, John McSherry, Lee Weyer, Doug Harvey, Jerry Crawford
Television NBC
TV announcers Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola
Radio CBS
Radio announcers Duke Snider and Jerry Coleman

The 1983 National League Championship Series was a best-of-five matchup between the West Division champion Los Angeles Dodgers and the East Division champion Philadelphia Phillies. The Phillies beat the Dodgers, three games to one, and would go on lose the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles.


During the regular season, the Dodgers had beaten the Phillies in eleven of the twelve games they played.


Philadelphia Phillies vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Philadelphia won the series, 3–1.

1October 4Philadelphia Phillies – 1, Los Angeles Dodgers – 0Dodger Stadium2:1755,254[1] 
2October 5Philadelphia Phillies – 1, Los Angeles Dodgers – 4Dodger Stadium2:4455,967[2] 
3October 7Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, Philadelphia Phillies – 7Veterans Stadium2:5153,490[3] 
4October 8Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, Philadelphia Phillies – 7Veterans Stadium2:5064,494[4]

Game summaries

Game 1

Tuesday, October 4, 1983, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

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WP: Steve Carlton (1–0)   LP: Jerry Reuss (0–1)   Sv: Al Holland (1)
Home runs:
PHI: Mike Schmidt (1)
LAD: None

Mike Schmidt hit a two-out homer off Jerry Reuss in the first, and the Phillies made it hold up as Steve Carlton and Al Holland combined to scatter seven Dodger hits. The Dodgers' only threats came in the sixth, when Steve Sax singled, Bill Russell sacrificed Sax to second, and Sax went to third on a Carlton wild pitch. Carlton retired the last two hitters, however. Another threat came in the eighth when singles by Sax and Dusty Baker and a walk to Pedro Guerrero loaded the bases, chasing Carlton. Holland came in and retired Mike Marshall for the third out and finished the game.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 5, 1983, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California

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WP: Fernando Valenzuela (1–0)   LP: John Denny (0–1)   Sv: Tom Niedenfuer (1)
Home runs:
PHI: Gary Matthews (1)
LAD: None

The Dodgers drew first blood with a Ken Landreaux RBI single in the first with two on. Gary Matthews tied it for the Phils in the second with a home run off Fernando Valenzuela. Valenzuela and Cy Young Award winner John Denny would continue dueling until the Dodger half of the fifth. Valenzuela led off and reached third when Garry Maddox misplayed a fly-ball. However, with one out, Valenzuela was thrown out at the plate on a Greg Brock ground ball (Brock reached first). Seemingly out of the inning, Denny walked Dusty Baker and then gave up a tie-breaking two-run triple to Pedro Guerrero.

The Dodgers' final run came in the eighth when Bill Russell walked with two outs, stole second, and scored on an RBI single by catcher Jack Fimple. Valenzuela and Tom Niedenfuer would combine to scatter seven hits for the win.

Game 3

Friday, October 7, 1983, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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WP: Charles Hudson (1–0)   LP: Bob Welch (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: Mike Marshall (1)
PHI: Gary Matthews (2)

With the series shifting to Philadelphia, Dodgers starter Bob Welch was pulled from the game in the second after walking two with one out. A wild pitch and passed ball by reliever Alejandro Pena scored the game's first run. After Bo Diaz walked, Ivan de Jesus's RBI groundout made it 2–0 Phillies. Next inning, Joe Lefebvre's sacrifice fly with two on made it 3–0 Phillies. In the top of the fourth, rookie Charles Hudson allowed a leadoff single, then a two-out two-run homer by Mike Marshall to cut the Phillies' lead to 3–2. However, Hudson only allowed two other hits and pitched a complete game. Gary Matthews's leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning extended the Phillies' lead to 4–2. Next inning, Dodgers reliever Rick Honeycutt allowed a one-out single and double, then Matthews's two-run single off of Joe Beckwith made it 6–2 Phillies. Matthews hit another RBI single in the seventh off of Pat Zachry in the seventh that capped the scoring at 7–2 Phillies, giving them a 2–1 series lead.

Game 4

Saturday, October 8, 1983, at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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WP: Steve Carlton (2–0)   LP: Jerry Reuss (0–2)
Home runs:
LAD: Dusty Baker (1)
PHI: Gary Matthews (3), Sixto Lezcano (1)

Series MVP Gary Matthews hit a three-run homer in the first off Jerry Reuss after two straight two-out singles. Dusty Baker's leadoff home run in the fourth off of Steve Carlton put the Dodgers on the board. In the fifth, Pete Rose hit a leadoff single and scored on Mike Schmidt's double to knock Reuss out of the game. Schmidt then moved to third on a groundout and after an intentional walk, scored on Garry Maddox's fielder's choice off of Joe Beckwith. Sixto Lezcano added a two-run homer in the sixth off of Rick Honeycutt after a two-out single. Baker drove in the Dodgers' other run in the eighth with an RBI single off of Ron Reed after a leadoff single as Steve Carlton pitched his second win, scattering 10 hits with relief help from Reed and Al Holland. The Phillies moved to their second World Series in four seasons.

Out of the 14 postseason series that Pete Rose played in, this was the only one in which he did not record an RBI. He did hit well in the series, compiling six hits and one walk in seventeen plate appearances. Oddly enough, in the thirteen series in which Rose had an RBI, he never drove in more than two runs in any of them.

Composite box

1983 NLCS (3–1): Philadelphia Phillies over Los Angeles Dodgers

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Los Angeles Dodgers1003200208271
Total attendance: 223,914   Average attendance: 55,979


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