1983 American League Championship Series

The 1983 American League Championship Series was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles from October 5 to 8.

The Orioles won the series three games to one. Although the White Sox took Game 1 won by a score of 2–1, the Orioles came back to win the last three games of the series. The Orioles went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in five games in the 1983 World Series. In the regular season the White Sox won the West Division by twenty games with a 99–63 record. The Orioles won the East Division by six games with a 98–64 record.

1983 American League Championship Series
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Baltimore Orioles (3) Joe Altobelli 98–64, .605, GA: 6
Chicago White Sox (1) Tony La Russa 99–63, .611, GA: 20
DatesOctober 5–8
MVPMike Boddicker (Baltimore)
UmpiresJim McKean, Durwood Merrill, Nick Bremigan, Jim Evans, Dave Phillips, Mike Reilly
WFLD-TV (White Sox' broadcast)
WMAR-TV (Orioles broadcast)
TV announcersNBC: Bob Costas and Tony Kubek
WFLD-TV: Don Drysdale and Ken Harrelson
WMAR-TV: Chuck Thompson and Brooks Robinson
Radio announcersErnie Harwell and Curt Gowdy


Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore won the series, 3–1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 5 Chicago White Sox – 2, Baltimore Orioles – 1 Memorial Stadium 2:38 51,289[1] 
2 October 6 Chicago White Sox – 0, Baltimore Orioles – 4 Memorial Stadium 2:51 52,347[2] 
3 October 7 Baltimore Orioles – 11, Chicago White Sox – 1 Comiskey Park (I) 2:58 46,635[3] 
4 October 8 Baltimore Orioles – 3, Chicago White Sox – 0 (10 innings) Comiskey Park (I) 3:41 45,477[4]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 5, 1983, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
WP: LaMarr Hoyt (1–0)   LP: Scott McGregor (0–1)

Playing in their first postseason game since the 1959 World Series, the White Sox jumped out to a 1–0 ALCS lead behind a complete-game victory by LaMarr Hoyt, the American League Cy Young Award winner. In the third, Rudy Law singled with two outs and after another single, scored the game's first run on a Tom Paciorek infield single off of Scott McGregor. After a 42-minute rain delay in the fourth inning, the White Sox made it 2–0 when Paciorek walked to lead off the sixth, moved to third when Greg Luzinski reached on an Eddie Murray error and scored when Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle grounded into a double play. In the bottom of the ninth, Tito Landrum doubled with two outs before Cal Ripken Jr. denied Hoyt's shutout with two outs in the bottom of the ninth by driving in Landrum with a single for the Orioles' only run.

Game 2

Thursday, October 6, 1983, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Baltimore 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 X 4 6 0
WP: Mike Boddicker (1–0)   LP: Floyd Bannister (0–1)
Home runs:
CWS: None
BAL: Gary Roenicke (1)

Mike Boddicker evened the series with a dominant performance, striking out fourteen batters while allowing just five singles and three walks in a shutout victory. Gary Roenicke doubled to lead off the second off of Floyd Bannister, then scored on an error on Ken Singleton's groundball. In the fourth, Roenicke walked with one out, then scored on Singleton's double. Roenicke capped the game's scoring with a two-run home run in the sixth to give the Orioles a 4–0 win.

Game 3

Friday, October 7, 1983, at Comiskey Park (I) in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 11 8 0
Chicago 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
WP: Mike Flanagan (1–0)   LP: Richard Dotson (0–1)   Sv: Sammy Stewart (1)
Home runs:
BAL: Eddie Murray (1)
CWS: None

With the series shifting to Chicago, White Sox starter Rich Dotson was rocked for six runs, all earned, over five innings, as the Orioles pushed Chicago to the brink of elimination. Eddie Murray hit a three-run homer in the top of the first to start the scoring. Next inning, Rick Dempsey walked with two outs and scored on Al Bumbry's double. The White Sox scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the second off of Mike Flanagan when Ron Kittle hit a leadoff double and scored on Vance Law's single. In the fifth, a two-out hit-by-pitch and subsequent walk was followed by a two-run double by John Lowenstein. In the eighth, Todd Cruz's RBI single with two on off of Dick Tidrow made it 7–1 Orioles. In the ninth, the Orioles load the bases off of Jerry Koosman on a double and two walks. Dennis Lamp in relief walked Gary Roenicke to force in a run, then left fielder Jerry Hairston's error on Joe Nolan's fly ball allowed two more runs to score before Rich Dauer's sacrifice fly capped the scoring at 11–1 Orioles. Flanagan pitched five innings while Sammy Stewart pitched four shutout innings to close out the win.

Game 4

Saturday, October 8, 1983, at Comiskey Park (I) in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 9 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
WP: Tippy Martinez (1–0)   LP: Britt Burns (0–1)
Home runs:
BAL: Tito Landrum (1)
CWS: None

After nine scoreless innings, Baltimore eliminated Chicago with a three-run outburst in the top of the 10th, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1979. White Sox manager Tony LaRussa decided to save Hoyt for a potential Game 5 start and went with Britt Burns instead. Burns pitched nine shutout innings, but the Sox could not push across a run, with shortstop Jerry Dybzinski making a critical baserunning mistake that cost Chicago the potential winning run. With one out in the 10th, Tito Landrum hit a homer, ending Burns' night. Salome Barojas in relief allowed three straight singles, the last of which scored a run. Benny Ayala's sacrifice fly off of Juan Agosto capped the scoring at 3–0 Orioles.

Chicago scored one run in the final 30 innings of the series, hitting .211 as a team with no homers. Four of the team's starters, Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, Vance Law and Greg Luzinski, hit below .200. Baltimore hit but .217 and had the same amount of hits (28) as the White Sox did, but outscored them 19-3. The Orioles would go on to win the 1983 World Series, while the White Sox wouldn't make the playoffs again until 1993. This would be the last postseason game in the Old Comiskey Park.

This is the Orioles' most recent pennant to date.

Composite box

1983 ALCS (3–1): Baltimore Orioles over Chicago White Sox

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 3 2 0 1 2 2 0 1 5 3 19 28 1
Chicago White Sox 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 28 3
Total attendance: 195,748   Average attendance: 48,937


  1. ^ "1983 ALCS Game 1 - Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  2. ^ "1983 ALCS Game 2 - Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1983 ALCS Game 3 - Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1983 ALCS Game 4 - Baltimore Orioles vs. Chicago White Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.

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Dan Ford

Darnell Glenn Ford (born May 19, 1952) is a former professional baseball player. Nicknamed "Disco Dan", he played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1975 to 1985 for the Minnesota Twins, California Angels, and Baltimore Orioles. In 1,153 career games, Ford had a batting average of .270, 121 home runs and 566 runs batted in.

Eddie Murray

Eddie Clarence Murray (born February 24, 1956), nicknamed "Steady Eddie", is a former Major League Baseball (MLB) first baseman and designated hitter. Spending most of his MLB career with the Baltimore Orioles, he ranks fourth in team history in both games played and hits. Though Murray never won a Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award, he finished in the top ten in MVP voting several times. After his playing career, Murray coached for the Orioles, Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Dodgers.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. In the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (2001), Murray is described as the fifth-best first baseman in major league history. He was 77th on the list of the Baseball's 100 Greatest Players by The Sporting News (1998).

Greg Luzinski

Gregory Michael "The Bull" Luzinski (born November 22, 1950) is an American former professional baseball player, who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago White Sox.

Luzinski was a left fielder who spent the majority of his career with the Philadelphia Phillies (1970–80), and retired as a member of the Chicago White Sox (1981–84).

Jerry Dybzinski

Jerome Matthew "Jerry" Dybzinski (born July 7, 1955) is an American former professional baseball shortstop. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dybzinski attended Collinwood High School. He attended Cleveland State University from 1974 to 1977, becoming the first of four Cleveland State alumni to play in the major leagues. He was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 15th round of the 1977 amateur draft on June 7, 1977. He spent a few years in the minor leagues, playing for the Batavia Muckdogs in 1977, the Waterloo Indians in 1978, and the Tacoma Tugs in 1979. Dybzinski had 25 stolen bases each in 1978 and 1979, leading all Waterloo players and finishing second to Dell Alston in Tacoma.The Indians brought him up to the majors at the start of the 1980 season. He spent the season mostly at shortstop, serving as Tom Veryzer's backup, but also spent time at second and third base in the 114 games he played during the 1980 Cleveland Indians season. In 1981, Dybzinski played only 48 games for the Indians that season. He played one more season for the Indians, then on April 1, 1983, Dybzinski was traded to the Chicago White Sox for Pat Tabler.The 1983 Chicago White Sox season wound up being the best season statistically for Dybzinski. He played 127 games as the starting shortstop, stealing 11 bases over the course of the season. In the 1983 American League Championship Series against the Baltimore Orioles, Dybzinski committed a critical baserunning error in game four (overrunning second base while third base was already occupied by Vance Law). He served as the backup to Scott Fletcher in 1984, and was released from the Chicago White Sox on April 1, 1985. He signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 11, and was released at the end of the season. He signed as a free agent with the Seattle Mariners in January 1986, but was released before the season began, ending his major league career.

LaMarr Hoyt

Dewey LaMarr Hoyt, Jr. (born January 1, 1955, in Columbia, South Carolina) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher who won the 1983 American League Cy Young Award.

Richard Dotson

Richard Elliott Dotson (born January 10, 1959) is a former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball in the 1980s. He is best noted for his 22-7 performance of 1983, helping the Chicago White Sox win the American League West Division championship that season. Dotson finished fourth in the American League Cy Young Award voting, behind teammate LaMarr Hoyt. Arm injuries came to limit, however, what was a promising baseball career.In a 12-season career, Rich Dotson recorded a record of 111-113 with a 4.23 ERA in 305 games, 295 of them starts. He pitched 55 complete games and 11 shutouts in his career. Dotson gave up 872 earned runs and struck out 973 in 1857 and 1/3 innings pitched.

Dotson was born in Cincinnati and attended Anderson High School.

He was drafted out of high school by the California Angels in the summer of 1977, but traded that December in a blockbuster six-player deal, going to the Chicago White Sox along with Bobby Bonds and Thad Bosley in exchange for Brian Downing, Dave Frost and Chris Knapp.

His debut in the majors was not an auspicious one. White Sox manager Tony La Russa handed him the ball on September 4, 1979 as the starter for a game at Anaheim, but the 20-year-old Dotson retired only four Angels and left the park that day with a gaudy earned-run average of 33.75.

By the next season, Dotson was a 12-game winner in the Chicago rotation. In 1981, he led the American League in shutouts with four. But his breakout season definitely was 1983. Dotson's 22 wins were the second-most in the league, and included 14 complete games. On the final day of the regular season, he and Dennis Lamp combined for a shutout at Seattle that put the White Sox in first place by a whopping 20 games over the nearest contender.

He and the Sox did not make it to the World Series, dropping the 1983 American League Championship Series to the Baltimore Orioles three games to one. Dotson became an All-Star the following summer, working two scoreless innings in the 1984 All-Star Game at Candlestick Park.

Although his career never again reached those heights, Dotson did go 12-9 in the New York Yankees' rotation in 1988. The team was in first place for much of the season's first half, including in late July, before fading. Dotson had a strong finish, combining with two relievers on September 29 for a seven-hitter at Baltimore in his final start of the season.

Dotson served as the pitching coach for the Charlotte Knights for nine seasons before becoming the pitching coordinator for their Major League affiliate, the Chicago White Sox.

Rick Dempsey

John Rikard Dempsey (born September 13, 1949) is an American former professional baseball player. He played for 24 seasons as a catcher in Major League Baseball from 1969 to 1992, most notably for the Baltimore Orioles. Dempsey was known for being one of the best defensive catchers of his era.

Rudy Law

Rudy Karl Law (born October 7, 1956) is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played seven seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1978 to 1986 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago White Sox, and Kansas City Royals. In 1983, he stole 77 bases, setting the White Sox single-season record.

Law's play helped the White Sox win their division and get to the 1983 American League Championship Series, the franchise's first postseason appearance since 1959. He was one of the few Sox position players who came through in the ALCS, going 7-for-18 at the plate (.389) and stealing two bases. The team managed to score just three runs in the entire series and lost it to the Baltimore Orioles, three games to one.

Sammy Stewart

Samuel Lee Stewart (October 28, 1954 – March 2, 2018) was an American professional baseball player. He pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1978 to 1987. Stewart had the best earned run average (ERA) in the American League (AL) in 1981 and he pitched in the postseason in 1979 and 1983. He won the American League championship in 1979 and the World Series championship in 1983, both with the Baltimore Orioles. He became addicted to crack after he retired from baseball; this led to a prison term that ran from 2006 to 2013.

Tito Landrum

Terry Lee Landrum (born October 25, 1954) is a former professional baseball player who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) primarily as an outfielder from 1980 to 1988.

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