1983 American League Championship Series
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|1983 American League Championship Series|
|Baltimore Orioles||Chicago White Sox|
|98-64 in the American League||99-63 in the American League|
The 1983 American League Championship Series pitted the Baltimore Orioles against the Chicago White Sox. The Orioles, who narrowly missed the playoffs in 1982, were managed by first-year skipper Joe Altobelli. Their offense was led by shortstop Cal Ripken Jr., the American League Most Valuable Player, and first baseman Eddie Murray, the MVP runner-up. The Baltimore pitching staff of Scott McGregor, Mike Boddicker, Mike Flanagan, and Storm Davis was quite solid and led the AL in shutouts.
The Sox, meanwhile, ran away with their division, winning the AL West by 20 games. Carlton Fisk, Greg Luzinski, and Ron Kittle, the American League Rookie of the Year, provided the club's offensive firepower. The Chicago rotation was anchored by a pair of 20-game winners, Richard Dotson and Cy Young Award winner La Marr Hoyt. Entering the series, most agreed the teams were fairly evenly matched.
|WP: La Marr Hoyt (1-0), LP: Scott McGregor (0-1)|
|Home Runs: - none|
- Attendance: 51,289
|WP: Mike Boddicker (1-0), LP: Floyd Bannister (0-1)|
|Home Runs: BAL - Gary Roenicke (1)|
- Attendance: 52,347
In Game 2, the story was different, as Mike Boddicker dominated the Sox in a 4-0 win, to even up the series. Boddicker allowed 5 hits and struck out 14, the last with the tying run at the plate to finish the 9th.
|WP: Mike Flanagan (1-0), LP: Richard Dotson (0-1), SV: Sammy Stewart (1)|
|Home Runs: BAL - Eddie Murray (1)|
- Attendance: 46,635
The teams went to Chicago for Game 3, but the Orioles were dominant. The Orioles got a 1st-inning Eddie Murray bomb, deep into the upper deck in right-center field, and took advantage of 9 walks by Sox pitchers in winning 11-1.
|WP: Tippy Martinez (1-0), LP: Britt Burns (0-1)|
|Home Runs: BAL - Tito Landrum (1)|
- Attendance: 45,477
Game 4 was a classic pitcher's duel. Baltimore's Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez held the Sox scoreless through nine innings, and Chicago's Britt Burns matched the feat. Finally, outfielder Tito Landrum homered off Burns in the top of the 10th inning, and the Orioles went on to win the game, 3-0, to take the series.
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