1983 October

1st  Rookie Jaime Cocanower (2-0) goes the distance as Milwaukee beats the Tigers, 10-1, stopping Jack Morris’s attempt to win his 22nd.  Randy Ready has 3 runs and 4 hits, and Roy Howell clubs a grand slam and drives in 5 runs. 

2nd  In his final ML game, Carl Yastrzemski plays left field and goes 1-for-3 as the Red Sox beat Cleveland 3–1 at Fenway Park. Jim Rice bangs a 3-run homer to back Al Nipper’s first ML win. Rice finishes with an AL-high 39 homers and 126 RBI., but also grounds into his 31st DP, high in the league. Rice led it last year and will do so in the next two seasons as well. Yaz retires having played a record 3,308 AL games and compiling a ML record 1,822 hits at Fenway Park. Stan Musial is second with 1,815 at Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis.

      After the Mets edge the Expos, 1-0, in game 1, Rusty Staub’s 2-run pinch double with 2 out in the bottom of the 9th gives the Mets a 5–4 game 2 win over the Expos in their season finale and gives Staub 25 RBI as a pinch hitter this season, tying the ML record shared by Joe Cronin and Jerry Lynch. He also finishes with more doubles than runs: six doubles and five runs. Tim Raines has 4 stolen bases in the nightcap to finish with 90. After the game the last-place Mets fire manager Frank Howard.

      Heralded rookie Sid Fernandez makes his first and only start for the Dodgers, and walks six in three innings against the Giants. The Dodgers eventually lose, 4–3.  El Sid will be traded to the Mets in December.

      Mike Boddicker wins his 16th and combines with Sammy Stewart and Tippy Martinez on a one-hit victory, 2-0, over the Yankees. A single by Ken Griffey is the Yankees’ only hit.  It is the third time that Griffey has garnered his team’s lone hit.

3rd  Less than a year after leading the club to its first World Series, Brewers manager Harvey Kuenn is fired and replaced by Rene Lachemann. Milwaukee finished 5th in the AL East this season with an 87-75 record.

      Rich Dotson and four relievers combine on a shutout as the White Sox beat Seattle, 3-0. For Dotson it is his 10thstraight win.

4th  In the NLCS opener, Mike Schmidt’s first-inning homer and Al Holland’s clutch relief pitching to get out of an 8th-inning bases-loaded jam are enough for Philadelphia to top Los Angeles, 1–0.

      Having finished last in the NL West for the 2nd straight year, the Reds drop manager Russ Nixon and replace him with Vern Rapp.

5th  Five-hit pitching by LaMarr Hoyt is the margin in the 2–1 White Sox victory over the Orioles in game 1 of the ALCS.

      Fernando Valenzuela wins the 2nd NLCS game for the Dodgers downing Philley 4–1.

6th  Orioles rookie Mike Boddicker ties the LCS record with 14 strikeouts in a 4–0 shutout of the White Sox, evening the series at 1–1.

      Jim Frey will manage the Cubs, succeeding interim manager Charlie Fox, who has returned to the front office after the season.

7th  The Orioles waltz in game 3, beating the Sox 11–1. In the NL game, rookie Charlie Hudson goes the distance for Philadelphia, winning 7–2, aided by Gary Matthews’s 3-for-3 with 4 RBI.

8th  The Phillies and Orioles each win game 4 of their respective LCS to advance to the World Series. Philadelphia gets home runs from LCS MVP Gary Matthews and Sixto Lezcano in another 7–2 victory, while Baltimore’s Tito Landrum hits a solo home run in the top of the 10th inning to break a scoreless tie and spark the Orioles to a 3–0 win.

10th  John E. Fetzer sells the Tigers to Michigan businessman Tom Monaghan, the founder and president of Domino’s Pizza.

11th  In the WS opener, homers account for all the scoring as the Phillies top Baltimore 2–1.

12th  In game 2, Mike Boddicker pitches a 4–1 three-hitter to tie the Series 1-1. He has yet to allow an earned run in 18 post-season innings, and is the first rookie to pitch a 3-hitter in the World Series since Dickie Kerr in 1919.

14th  The Orioles rally to win game 3 by a 3–2 margin. Jim Palmer wins and his batterymate Rick Dempsey has 2 doubles.

15th  Rich Dauer has 3 hits and 3 RBI to lead Baltimore to a 5–4 Series win.

16th  Eddie Murray slams a pair of home runs and Scott McGregor pitches a 5-hitter as the Orioles beat the Phillies 5–0 and win the World Series 4–1. Baltimore catcher Rick Dempsey, who hit .385 with 4 doubles and a home run, is the Series MVP.

25th  White Sox pitcher LaMarr Hoyt, who led the AL with 24 wins but whose 3.66 ERA was not among the league’s 15 best, wins the AL Cy Young Award, beating out the Royals Dan Quisenberry and the Tigers Jack Morris.