1983 Season News

One of baseball's most modern controversies occurred as the NY Yankees took on the KC Royals in what would be penned as "The Great Pine Tar Incident". As Goose Gossage was attempting to protect a 4-3 advantage, George Brett hit a two-run home run putting his team in the lead. That was until home plate umpire Tim McClelland called him out for having more than eighteen inches of pine tar from the end of his bat. The game was immediately protested by Royals skipper Dick Howser and was postponed until several weeks later when they went on to win anyway 5-4.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Fernando Valenzuela set a major league record (off the field) as he became the first player ever to be awarded a $1 million dollar a year contract due to arbitration.

After twenty-one years and 5,923 innings, Walter Johnson set the all-time career strikeout record of 3,508 in 1927. Fifty-six years later, his record was surpassed twice in the same month. First, Nolan Ryan, of the Houston Astros, achieved the mark after sixteen years and 3,357 innings. Then Steve Carlton, of the Philadelphia Phillies, topped them both at 3,511.

Major League Baseball sold its rights for one year to both ABC and NBC for a combined $1.2 billion dollars. Each team received $7 million dollars as a result of the deal in which ABC contributed $575 million for regular season prime time and Sunday afternoons and NBC paid $550 million for thirty Saturday afternoon games. Both networks agreed to continue rotating all post-season and All-Star Game coverages.
1983 American League East
Team Record GB
Baltimore Orioles 98-64 -
Detroit Tigers 92-70 6.0
New York Yankees 91-71 7.0
Toronto Blue Jays 89-73 9.0
Milwaukee Brewers 87-75 11.0
Boston Red Sox 78-84 20.0
Cleveland Indians 70-92 28.0
1983 American League West
Team Record GB
Chicago White Sox 99-63 -
Kansas City Royals 79-83 20.0
Texas Rangers 77-85 22.0
Oakland Athletics 74-88 25.0
Minnesota Twins 70-92 29.0
California Angels 70-92 29.0
Seattle Mariners 60-102 39.0
1983 National League East
Team Record GB
Philadelphia Phillies 90-72 -
Pittsburgh Pirates 84-78 6.0
Montreal Expos 82-80 8.0
St. Louis Cardinals 79-83 11.0
Chicago Cubs 71-91 19.0
New York Mets 68-94 22.0
1983 National League West
Team Record GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 91-71 -
Atlanta Braves 88-74 3.0
Houston Astros 85-77 6.0
San Diego Padres 81-81 10.0
San Francisco Giants 79-83 12.0
Cincinnati Reds 74-88 17.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Chicago White Sox 99 63 0.611 800 4.94 650 4.01 157 128 0.262 0.327 0.413 3.67 447 877 0.981 158
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 0.605 799 4.93 652 4.02 168 130 0.269 0.340 0.421 3.63 452 774 0.981 159
Detroit Tigers 92 70 0.568 789 4.87 679 4.19 156 170 0.274 0.334 0.427 3.80 522 875 0.98 142
New York Yankees 91 71 0.562 770 4.75 703 4.34 153 116 0.273 0.335 0.413 3.86 455 892 0.978 157
Toronto Blue Jays 89 73 0.549 795 4.91 726 4.48 167 145 0.277 0.338 0.436 4.12 517 835 0.981 148
Milwaukee Brewers 87 75 0.537 764 4.72 708 4.37 132 133 0.277 0.333 0.418 4.02 491 689 0.982 162
Kansas City Royals 79 83 0.488 696 4.30 767 4.73 109 133 0.271 0.319 0.397 4.25 471 593 0.974 178
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 724 4.47 775 4.78 142 158 0.270 0.334 0.409 4.34 493 767 0.979 168
Texas Rangers 77 85 0.475 639 3.94 609 3.76 106 97 0.255 0.309 0.366 3.31 471 826 0.982 151
Oakland Athletics 74 88 0.457 708 4.37 782 4.83 121 135 0.262 .0326 0.381 4.34 626 719 0.974 157
Minnesota Twins 70 92 0.432 709 4.38 822 5.07 141 163 0.261 0.318 .0401 4.66 580 748 0.981 170
California Angels 70 92 0.432 722 4.46 779 4.81 154 130 0.260 0.321 0.393 4.31 496 668 0.977 190
Cleveland Indians 70 92 0.432 704 4.35 785 4.85 86 120 0.265 0.338 0.369 4.43 529 794 0.980 174
Seattle Mariners 60 102 0.370 558 3.44 740 4.57 111 145 0.240 0.300 0.360 4.12 544 910 0.979 159
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Los Angeles Dodgers 91 71 0.562 654 4.04 609 3.76 146 97 0.250 0.318 0.379 3.10 495 1000 0.974 132
Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 0.556 696 4.30 635 3.92 125 111 0.249 0.328 0.373 3.34 464 1092 0.976 117
Atlanta Braves 88 74 0.543 746 4.60 640 3.95 130 132 0.272 0.342 0.400 3.67 540 895 0.978 176
Houston Astros 85 77 0.525 643 3.97 646 3.99 97 94 0.257 0.320 0.375 3.45 570 904 0.977 165
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 78 0.519 659 4.07 648 4.00 121 109 0.264 0.325 0.383 3.55 563 1061 0.981 165
Montreal Expos 82 80 0.506 677 4.18 646 3.99 102 120 0.264 0.325 0.386 3.58 479 899 0.981 130
San Diego Padres 81 81 0.500 653 4.03 653 4.03 93 144 0.250 0.311 0.351 3.62 528 850 0.979 135
San Francisco Giants 79 83 0.488 687 4.24 697 4.30 142 127 0.247 0.324 0.375 3.70 520 881 0.973 109
St. Louis Cardinals 79 83 0.488 679 4.19 710 4.38 83 115 0.270 0.335 0.384 3.79 525 709 0.976 173
Cincinnati Reds 74 88 0.457 623 3.85 710 4.38 107 135 0.239 0.314 0.356 3.98 627 934 0.981 121
Chicago Cubs 71 91 0.438 701 4.33 719 4.44 140 117 0.261 0.319 0.401 4.08 498 807 0.982 164
New York Mets 68 94 0.420 575 3.55 680 4.20 112 97 0.241 0.298 0.344 3.68 615 717 0.976 171