1983 Philadelphia Phillies season

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1983 Philadelphia Phillies
1983 National League Champions
1983 NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Paul Owens
Manager(s) Pat Corrales, Paul Owens
Local television WTAF
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Local radio WCAU
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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The 1983 Philadelphia Phillies season included 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. 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 Phillies celebrated their centennial in 1983, were managed by Pat Corrales (43–42) and Paul Owens (47–30), and 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 complement 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 Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 0.556 50–31 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 78 0.519 6 41–40 43–38
Montreal Expos 82 80 0.506 8 46–35 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 79 83 0.488 11 44–37 35–46
Chicago Cubs 71 91 0.438 19 43–38 28–53
New York Mets 68 94 0.420 22 41–41 27–53


Record vs. opponents

1983 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 5–7 12–6 11–7 7–11 7–5 8–4 7–5 6–6 9–9 9–9 7–5
Chicago 7–5 4–8 5–7 6–6 7–11 9–9 5–13 9–9 5–7 4–8 10–8
Cincinnati 6–12 8–4 5–13 7–11 4–8 7–5 6–6 6–6 9–9 10–8 6–6
Houston 7–11 7–5 13–5 6–12 8–4 9–3 4–8 6–6 11–7 12–6 2–10
Los Angeles 11–7 6–6 11–7 12–6 7–5 7–5 11–1 6–6 6–12–1 5–13 9–3
Montreal 5–7 11–7 8–4 4–8 5–7 8–10 8–10–1 8–10 8–4 8–4 9–9
New York 4–8 9–9 5–7 3–9 5–7 10–8 6–12 9–9 6–6 5–7 6–12
Philadelphia 5-7 13–5 6–6 8–4 1–11 10–8–1 12–6 11–7 5–7 5–7 14–4
Pittsburgh 6–6 9–9 6–6 6–6 6–6 10–8 9–9 7–11 9–3 6–6 10–8
San Diego 9–9 7–5 9–9 7–11 12–6–1 4–8 6–6 7–5 3–9 11–7 6–6
San Francisco 9–9 8–4 8–10 6–12 13–5 4–8 7–5 7–5 6–6 7–11 4–8
St. Louis 5–7 8–10 6–6 10–2 3–9 9–9 12–6 4–14 8–10 6–6 8–4


Notable transactions

Draft picks

Game log

1983 game log (Overall Record: 90–72–1)
  •   Phillies win
  •   Phillies loss
  •   Phillies tie
  •   Postponement
  • Bold: Phillies team member
Source:[18]

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 Bo Díaz 136 471 111 .236 15 64
1B Pete Rose 151 493 121 .245 0 45
2B Joe Morgan 123 404 93 .230 16 59
3B Mike Schmidt 154 534 136 .255 40 109
SS Iván DeJesús 158 497 126 .254 4 45
LF Gary Matthews 132 446 115 .258 10 50
CF Garry Maddox 97 324 89 .275 4 32
RF Von 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
Joe Lefebvre 101 258 80 .310 8 38
Tony Pérez 91 253 61 .241 6 43
Greg Gross 136 245 74 .302 0 29
Bob Dernier 122 221 51 .231 1 15
Ozzie Virgil 55 140 30 .214 6 23
Kiko Garcia 84 118 34 .288 2 9
Len Matuszek 28 80 22 .275 4 16
Larry Milbourne 41 66 16 .242 0 4
Juan Samuel 18 65 18 .277 2 5
Sixto Lezcano 18 39 11 .282 0 7
Bob Molinaro 19 18 2 .111 1 3
Steve Jeltz 13 8 1 .125 0 1
Bill Robinson 10 7 1 .143 0 2
Alejandro Sánchez 8 7 2 .286 0 2
Luis Aguayo 2 4 1 .250 0 0
Jeff Stone 9 4 3 .750 0 3
Darren Daulton 2 3 1 .333 0 0
Tim Corcoran 3 0 0 —— 0 0

[19]

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Carlton 37 283.2 15 16 3.11 275
John Denny 36 242.2 19 6 2.37 139
Charles Hudson 26 169.1 8 8 3.35 101
Marty Bystrom 24 119.1 6 9 4.60 87
Kevin Gross 17 96 4 6 3.56 66

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Larry Christenson 9 48.1 2 4 3.91 44
Dick Ruthven 7 33.2 1 3 5.61 26
Tony Ghelfi 3 14.1 1 1 3.14 14
Steve Comer 3 8.2 1 0 5.19 1

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Al Holland 68 8 4 25 2.26 100
Ron Reed 61 9 1 8 3.48 73
Willie Hernandez 63 8 4 7 3.29 75
Tug McGraw 34 2 1 0 3.56 30
Porfi Altamirano 31 2 3 0 3.70 24
Sid Monge 14 3 0 0 6.94 7
Larry Andersen 17 1 0 0 2.39 14
Ed Farmer 12 0 6 0 6.08 16
Don Carman 1 0 0 1 0.00 0

Post-season

The Phillies post-season roster had nine players 30 years of age or over and three rookies, Charlie Hudson, Kevin Gross, and Juan Samuel. The Dodgers entered the series as favorites after winning 11 of 12 games against the Phillies in the regular season. The Dodgers had shut out the Phillies five times, allowed only 15 runs total, and held Phillies hitters to a .187 batting average.

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

1983 Postseason game log (Overall Record: 4–5)
  •   Phillies win
  •   Phillies loss
  •   Postponement
  • Bold: Phillies team member
Source:[18]

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

Level Team League Manager
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League John Felske
AA Reading Phillies Eastern League Bill Dancy
A Peninsula Pilots Carolina League Tony Taylor
A Spartanburg Spinners South Atlantic League Roly de Armas
A-Short Season Bend Phillies Northwest League Jay Ward
Rookie Helena Phillies Pioneer League Ron Smith

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Portland

Notes

  1. ^ Willie Montañez at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Manny Trillo at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Mike Krukow at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rowland Office at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Tony Pérez at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Kiko Garcia at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Steve Wulf (March 14, 1983). "In Philadelphia, They're The Wheeze Kids". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  8. ^ Stan Hochman (December 21, 2010). "One nickname for Phillies' aces rises to top". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  9. ^ "Phillies begin 100-year celebration". Gettsyburg Times. May 3, 1983. p. 11. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  10. ^ Box Score of Game played on Tuesday, June 7, 1983 at Veteran's Stadium
  11. ^ Steve Carlton | The Baseball Page
  12. ^ Willie Hernández at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Joe Lefebvre at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ Dave Wehrmeister at Baseball Reference
  15. ^ Steve Fireovid at Baseball Reference
  16. ^ Ricky Jordan at Baseball Reference
  17. ^ Mike Henneman at Baseball Reference
  18. ^ a b "1983 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
  19. ^ a b 1983 Philadelphia Phillies Statistics and Roster – Baseball-Reference.com

References

  • 1983 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference
  • 1983 Philadelphia Philles at Baseball Almanac
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