1983 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series World Series
East Baltimore Orioles 3  
West Chicago White Sox 1  
    AL Baltimore Orioles 4
  NL Philadelphia Phillies 1
East Philadelphia Phillies 3
West Los Angeles Dodgers 1  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
AVGWade Boggs BOS.361Bill Madlock PIT.323
HRJim Rice BOS39Mike Schmidt PHI40
RBICecil Cooper MIL
Jim Rice BOS
126Dale Murphy ATL121
WinsLaMarr Hoyt CHW24John Denny PHI19
ERARick Honeycutt TEX2.42Atlee Hammaker SFG2.25

Major league baseball final standings

















  • January 9 – Stan Spence, 67, four-time All-Star outfielder who played for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and St. Louis Browns.
  • January 23 – Phil Piton, 80, president of the Minor Leagues from 1964 through 1971.
  • January 26 – Chet Laabs, 70, All-Star outfielder for the St. Louis Browns who hit two home runs in 1944's final game to clinch the Browns' only American League pennant.
  • February 3 – Trader Horne, 83, relief pitcher for the 1929 Chicago Cubs.
  • February 9 – Jackie Hayes, 76, second baseman for the Washington Senators and Chicago White Sox.
  • February 16 – Melba Alspaugh, 58, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League outfielder.
  • March 3 – Jennings Poindexter, 72, pitcher for the Red Sox and Cardinals in the 1930s.
  • March 12 – Bob Hall, 59, pitcher for the Boston Braves (1949–50) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1953).
  • March 30 – Joe Cicero, 72, outfielder for the Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Athletics.
  • April 9 – Bill Kennedy, 62, pitcher for the Indians, Browns, White Sox, Red Sox and Redlegs from 1948 to 1957.
  • April 11 – Mike Menosky, 88, outfielder for the Pittsburgh Rebels, Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox between 1914 and 1923.
  • April 12 – Carl Morton, 39, pitcher with the Montréal Expos and Atlanta Braves, who was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1970.
  • April 17 – Dutch Leonard, 74, five-time All-Star pitcher who employed the knuckleball in earning 191 wins over 20 seasons.
  • April 18 – Woody Rich, 77, pitcher for the Red Sox and Braves Boston teams between 1939 and 1944.
  • April 25 – Carlos Paula, 55, Cuban outfielder, first black player in Washington Senators history.
  • July 7 – Vic Wertz, 58, All-Star right fielder and first baseman for five AL teams who had five 100-RBI seasons, but was best remembered for the fly ball caught spectacularly by Willie Mays in the 1954 World Series.
  • August 16 – Earl Averill, 81, Hall of Fame center fielder for the Cleveland Indians who batted .318 lifetime and had five 100-RBI seasons; his line drive off Dizzy Dean's foot in the 1937 All-Star game led to the end of Dean's career.
  • October 18 – Willie Jones, 58, All-Star third baseman for the Phillies, who led the National League in fielding percentage five times and in putouts seven times.
  • November 2 – Hal Wiltse, 80, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox (1926–28), St. Louis Browns (1928) and Philadelphia Phillies (1931).
  • November 15 – Charlie Grimm, 85, first baseman and manager of the Chicago Cubs who batted .300 five times and led the Cubs to three National League pennants.
  • November 18 – Hilton Smith, 76, pitcher for the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs who was known for his outstanding curveball.
  • November 22 – Dave Short, 66, Outfielder for Chicago White from 1940 to 1941.
  • November 30 – Bill Evans, 69, relief pitcher for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox between 1949 and 1951.


  1. "The Week (September 2–8)". Sports Illustrated. 1979-09-17.
  2. "The Cincinnati Reds today hired Vern Rapp". The New York Times. 1983-10-05.
  3. "Scorecard". Sports Illustrated. 1983-10-17.
  4. "Scott Skripko Minor League Stats". Retrieved 2009-11-11.
  5. "NFL Players' Boating Accident Stirs Memories of Anthony Latham". CNN. 2009-03-04.
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