Re­mem­ber­ing 1983

A look at the Ori­oles’ world cham­pi­onship: Oct. 7-13

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - NEWS -

The Ori­oles fin­ished the reg­u­lar sea­son with the sec­ond-best ERA (3.63) in the Amer­i­can League. This week, they take it up a notch. In four post­sea­son games, Bal­ti­more al­lows four runs (three earned) in de­feat­ing Chicago in the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries and split­ting the first two games of the World Se­ries with the Philadel­phia Phillies.

The White Sox bow, 11-1 and 3-0, as the Ori­oles win the AL flag, three games to one. In the blowout, Mike Flana­gan and Sammy Stew­art com­bine on a six-hit­ter, and Ed­die Mur­ray slams a three-run home run into the up­per deck at Comiskey Park, break­ing his 0-for-29 slump in the play­offs.

Then Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez blank Chicago in a tight con­test won on a 10thin­ning homer by Tito Lan­drum, ac­quired in late Au­gust from the St. Louis Car­di­nals.

“Pinch me be­fore I get out of here and make me be­lieve it re­ally hap­pened,” Lan­drum says in the cham­pag­ne­soaked club­house.

In Game 1 of the “I-95” World Se­ries, Ori­oles bats fall silent in a 2-1 loss to Philadel­phia. Man­ager Joe Al­to­belli calls the de­feat “a dis­ad­van­tage, only mo­men­tar­ily.” Sure enough, his team re­bounds with a 4-1 win as Mike Bod­dicker, hero of the ALCS, stops the Phillies and drives in a run with a sac­ri­fice fly. He’s the first rookie to pitch a three-hit­ter in the World Se­ries since 1919.

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