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1983 Philadelphia Phillies season

1983 Philadelphia Phillies
1983 National League Champions
1983 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Philadelphia (since 1883)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Bill Giles
    General manager(s) Paul Owens
    Manager(s) Pat Corrales, Paul Owens
    Local television WTAF
    PRISM
    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.

    Offseason

    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 compliment 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
    Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 .556 --
    Pittsburgh Pirates 84 78 .519 6
    Montreal Expos 82 80 .506 8
    St. Louis Cardinals 79 83 .488 11
    Chicago Cubs 71 91 .438 19
    New York Mets 68 94 .420 22

    Notable transactions

    Draft picks

    Game log

    Legend
      Phillies win
      Phillies loss
      Phillies tie
      Postponement
    Bold Phillies team member
    1983 Game Log[18]
    Overall Record: 90–72–1

    Roster

    1983 Philadelphia Phillies
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    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
    C Díaz, BoBo Díaz 136 471 111 .236 15 64
    1B Rose, PetePete Rose 151 493 121 .245 0 45
    2B Morgan, JoeJoe Morgan 123 404 93 .230 16 59
    3B Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 154 534 136 .255 40 109
    SS DeJesús, IvánIván DeJesús 158 497 126 .254 4 45
    LF Matthews, GaryGary Matthews 132 446 115 .258 10 50
    CF Maddox, GarryGarry Maddox 97 324 89 .275 4 32
    RF Hayes, VonVon Hayes 124 351 93 .265 6 32
    [19]

    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
    Lefebvre, JoeJoe Lefebvre 101 258 80 .310 8 38
    Pérez, TonyTony Pérez 91 253 61 .241 6 43
    Gross, GregGreg Gross 136 245 74 .302 0 29
    Dernier, BobBob Dernier 122 221 51 .231 1 15
    Virgil, OzzieOzzie Virgil 55 140 30 .214 6 23
    Garcia, KikoKiko Garcia 84 118 34 .288 2 9
    Matuszek, LenLen Matuszek 28 80 22 .275 4 16
    Milbourne, LarryLarry Milbourne 41 66 16 .242 0 4
    Samuel, JuanJuan Samuel 18 65 18 .277 2 5
    Lezcano, SixtoSixto Lezcano 18 39 11 .282 0 7
    Molinaro, BobBob Molinaro 19 18 2 .111 1 3
    Jeltz, SteveSteve Jeltz 13 8 1 .125 0 1
    Robinson, BillBill Robinson 10 7 1 .143 0 2
    Sánchez, AlejandroAlejandro Sánchez 8 7 2 .286 0 2
    Aguayo, LuisLuis Aguayo 2 4 1 .250 0 0
    Jeff StoneJeff Stone 9 4 3 .750 0 3
    Daulton, DarrenDarren Daulton 2 3 1 .333 0 0
    Corcoran, TimTim Corcoran 3 0 0 —— 0 0
    [19]

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 37 283.2 15 16 3.11 275
    Gross, KevinKevin Gross 17 96 4 6 3.56 66

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    Holland, AlAl Holland 68 8 4 25 2.26 100
    Altamirano, PorfiPorfi Altamirano 31 2 3 0 3.70 24
    Andersen, LarryLarry Andersen 17 1 0 0 2.39 14
    Farmer, EdEd Farmer 12 0 6 0 6.08 16

    Post-season

    National League Championship Series

    Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies

    Phillies win the Series, 3–1

    Game Score Date Location Attendance
    1 Philadelphia – 1, Los Angeles – 0 October 4 Dodger Stadium 49,963
    2 Philadelphia – 1, Los Angeles – 4 October 5 Dodger Stadium 55,967
    3 Los Angeles – 2, Philadelphia – 7 October 7 Veterans Stadium 53,490
    4 Los Angeles – 2, Philadelphia – 7 October 8 Veterans Stadium 64,494

    Postseason game log

    Legend
      Phillies win
      Phillies loss
      Postponement
    Bold Phillies team member
    1983 Postseason Game Log[18]
    Overall Record: 4–5

    World Series

    AL Baltimore Orioles (4) vs. NL Philadelphia Phillies (1)
    Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
    1 Phillies – 2, Orioles – 1 October 11 Memorial Stadium (Baltimore) 52,204 2:22
    2 Phillies – 1, Orioles – 4 October 12 Memorial Stadium (Baltimore) 52,132 2:27
    3 Orioles – 3, Phillies – 2 October 14 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 65,792 2:35
    4 Orioles – 5, Phillies – 4 October 15 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 66,947 2:50
    5 Orioles – 5, Phillies – 0 October 16 Veterans Stadium (Philadelphia) 67,064 2:21

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Portland

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