1983 Philadelphia Phillies season

1983 Philadelphia Phillies
1983 National League Champions
1983 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Paul Owens
Manager(s) Pat Corrales, Paul Owens
Local television WTAF
Local radio WCAU
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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The 1983 Philadelphia Phillies season involved the Phillies winning the National League East Division title with a record of 90–72, by a margin of six games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. As the Phillies were celebrating their centennial season, they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, three games to one in the National League Championship Series, before losing the World Series to the Baltimore Orioles, four games to one. The Phils were managed by Pat Corrales (43–42) and Paul Owens (47–30), as they played their home games at Veterans Stadium.


Wheeze Kids

The 1983 Phillies were nicknamed the "Wheeze Kids" because of the numerous veteran players on the team. The 1950 National League pennant winning Phillies had been nicknamed the "Whiz Kids" due to their youth; stars Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts, Willie Jones, Del Ennis, and Granny Hamner were all 25 years old or younger. Prior to the 1983 season, the Phillies acquired Morgan, age 39 and Tony Pérez, age 40, to complement Pete Rose, age 41, and as Morgan told Sports Illustrated in March 1983, "...help win them a world championship." [7] At the time, the Phillies also had Ron Reed, 40, Bill Robinson, 39, Steve Carlton, 38, and Tug McGraw, 38. Philadelphia Daily News sportswriter Stan Hochman gave them the Wheeze Kids nickname[8] and it was quickly adopted and used by Phillies president Bill Giles. By the 1983 World Series, the moniker was commonly used to refer to the team.

Regular season

Season chronology

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 9072 0.556 50–31 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 8478 0.519 6 41–40 43–38
Montreal Expos 8280 0.506 8 46–35 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 7983 0.488 11 44–37 35–46
Chicago Cubs 7191 0.438 19 43–38 28–53
New York Mets 6894 0.420 22 41–41 27–53

Record vs. opponents

1983 National League Records

Los Angeles 11–76–611–712–67–57–511–16–66–12–15–139–3
New York4–89–95–73–95–710–86–129–96–65–76–12
San Diego9–97–59–97–1112–6–14–86–67–53–911–76–6
San Francisco9–98–48–106–1213–54–87–57–56–67–114–8
St. Louis5–78–106–610–23–99–912–64–148–106–68–4

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Game log

1983 game log (Overall Record: 90–72–1)
  •   Phillies win
  •   Phillies loss
  •   Phillies tie
  •   Postponement
  • Bold: Phillies team member


1983 Philadelphia Phillies
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
CBo Díaz136471111.2361564
1BPete Rose151493121.245045
2BJoe Morgan12340493.2301659
3BMike Schmidt154534136.25540109
SSIván DeJesús158497126.254445
LFGary Matthews132446115.2581050
CFGarry Maddox9732489.275432
RFVon Hayes12435193.265632


Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Joe Lefebvre10125880.310838
Tony Pérez9125361.241643
Greg Gross13624574.302029
Bob Dernier12222151.231115
Ozzie Virgil5514030.214623
Kiko Garcia8411834.28829
Len Matuszek288022.275416
Larry Milbourne416616.24204
Juan Samuel186518.27725
Sixto Lezcano183911.28207
Bob Molinaro19182.11113
Steve Jeltz1381.12501
Bill Robinson1071.14302
Alejandro Sánchez872.28602
Luis Aguayo241.25000
Jeff Stone943.75003
Darren Daulton231.33300
Tim Corcoran300——00



Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Carlton37283.215163.11275
Kevin Gross1796463.5666

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Al Holland6884252.26100
Porfi Altamirano312303.7024
Larry Andersen171002.3914
Ed Farmer120606.0816


National League Championship Series

Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies

Phillies win the Series, 3–1

1Philadelphia – 1, Los Angeles – 0October 4Dodger Stadium49,963
2Philadelphia – 1, Los Angeles – 4October 5Dodger Stadium55,967
3Los Angeles – 2, Philadelphia – 7October 7Veterans Stadium53,490
4Los Angeles – 2, Philadelphia – 7October 8Veterans Stadium64,494

Postseason game log

1983 Postseason game log (Overall Record: 4–5)
  •   Phillies win
  •   Phillies loss
  •   Postponement
  • Bold: Phillies team member

World Series

AL Baltimore Orioles (4) vs. NL Philadelphia Phillies (1)

Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1Phillies – 2, Orioles – 1October 11Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)52,2042:22
2Phillies – 1, Orioles – 4October 12Memorial Stadium (Baltimore)52,1322:27
3Orioles – 3, Phillies – 2October 14Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)65,7922:35
4Orioles – 5, Phillies – 4October 15Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)66,9472:50
5Orioles – 5, Phillies – 0October 16Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia)67,0642:21

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League John Felske
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Bill Dancy
A Peninsula Pilots Carolina League Tony Taylor
A Spartanburg Spinners South Atlantic League Roly de Armas
A-Short Season Bend Phillies Northwest League Jay Ward
Rookie Helena Phillies Pioneer League Ron Smith



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  2. Manny Trillo at Baseball Reference
  3. Mike Krukow at Baseball Reference
  4. Rowland Office at Baseball Reference
  5. Tony Pérez at Baseball Reference
  6. Kiko Garcia at Baseball Reference
  7. Steve Wulf (March 14, 1983). "In Philadelphia, They're The Wheeze Kids". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  8. Stan Hochman (December 21, 2010). "One nickname for Phillies' aces rises to top". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  9. "Phillies begin 100-year celebration". Gettsyburg Times. May 3, 1983. p. 11. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  10. Box Score of Game played on Tuesday, June 7, 1983 at Veteran's Stadium
  11. Steve Carlton | The Baseball Page
  12. Willie Hernández at Baseball Reference
  13. Joe Lefebvre at Baseball Reference
  14. Dave Wehrmeister at Baseball Reference
  15. Steve Fireovid at Baseball Reference
  16. Ricky Jordan at Baseball Reference
  17. Mike Henneman at Baseball Reference
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  19. 1 2 1983 Philadelphia Phillies Statistics and Roster – Baseball-Reference.com


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