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1969 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1969 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. In the first season after the American League was split into two divisions, the Orioles won the first-ever American League East title, finishing first with a record of 109 wins and 53 losses, 19 games ahead of the runner-up Detroit Tigers.

1969 Baltimore Orioles
1969 AL East Champions
1969 AL Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record109–53 (.673)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Jerold Hoffberger
General manager(s)Harry Dalton
Manager(s)Earl Weaver
Local televisionWJZ-TV
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Chuck Thompson, Bill O'Donnell, Jim Karvellas)
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After the regular season, the Orioles went on to the inaugural American League Championship Series, where they faced the Minnesota Twins. They swept the Twins in the 1969 ALCS, but lost the World Series to the upstart National League champion New York Mets in five games.

The team was managed by Earl Weaver, and played their home games at Memorial Stadium.

OffseasonEdit

Spring trainingEdit

The Baltimore Orioles held Spring training at Miami Stadium in Miami for the 11th season.

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 109 53 0.673 60–21 49–32
Detroit Tigers 90 72 0.556 19 46–35 44–37
Boston Red Sox 87 75 0.537 22 46–35 41–40
Washington Senators 86 76 0.531 23 47–34 39–42
New York Yankees 80 81 0.497 28½ 48–32 32–49
Cleveland Indians 62 99 0.385 46½ 33–48 29–51

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1969 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIN NYY OAK SEA WSH
Baltimore 10–8 6–6 9–3 13–5 11–7 11–1 8–4 11–7 8–4 9–3 13–5
Boston 8–10 8–4 5–7 12–6 10–8 10–2 7–5 11–7 4–8 6–6 6–12
California 6–6 4–8 9–9 8–4 5–7 9–9 7–11 3–9 6–12 9–9–1 5–7
Chicago 3–9 7–5 9–9 8–4 3–9 8–10 5–13 3–9 8–10 10–8 4–8
Cleveland 5–13 6–12 4–8 4–8 7–11 7–5 5–7 9–8 5–7 7–5 3–15
Detroit 7–11 8–10 7–5 9–3 11–7 8–4 6–6 10–8 7–5 10–2 7–11
Kansas City 1–11 2–10 9–9 10–8 5–7 4–8 8–10 5–7–1 8–10 10–8 7–5
Minnesota 4–8 5–7 11–7 13–5 7–5 6–6 10–8 10–2 13–5 12–6 6–6
New York 7–11 7–11 9–3 9–3 8–9 8–10 7–5–1 2–10 6–6 7–5 10–8
Oakland 4–8 8–4 12–6 10–8 7–5 5–7 10–8 5–13 6–6 13–5 8–4
Seattle 3–9 6–6 9–9–1 8–10 5–7 2–10 8–10 6–12 5–7 5–13 7–5
Washington 5–13 12–6 7–5 8–4 15–3 11–7 5–7 6–6 8–10 4–8 5–7


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1969 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game LogEdit

1969 Regular Season Game Log (109–53) (Home: 60–21; Road: 49–32)

Player statsEdit

= Indicates team leader

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Elrod Hendricks 105 295 36 72 .244 12 38 0
1B Boog Powell 152 533 83 162 .304 37 121 1
2B Davey Johnson 142 511 52 143 .280 7 57 3
3B Brooks Robinson 156 598 73 140 .234 23 84 2
SS Mark Belanger 150 530 76 152 .287 2 50 14
LF Don Buford 144 554 99 161 .291 11 64 19
CF Paul Blair 150 625 102 178 .285 26 76 20
RF Frank Robinson 148 539 111 166 .308 32 100 9

[9]

Other battersEdit

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Andy Etchebarren 73 217 29 54 .249 3 26 1
Merv Rettenmund 95 190 27 47 .247 4 25 6
Dave May 78 120 8 29 .242 3 10 2
Chico Salmon 52 91 18 27 .297 3 12 0
Curt Motton 56 89 15 27 .303 6 21 3
Bobby Floyd 39 84 7 17 .202 0 1 0
Clay Dalrymple 37 80 8 19 .238 3 6 0
Terry Crowley 7 18 2 6 .333 0 3 0

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave McNally 41 268.2 20 7 3.22 166
Mike Cuellar 39 290.2 23 11 2.38 182
Tom Phoebus 35 202 14 7 3.52 117
Jim Palmer 26 181 16 4 2.34 123

Other pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Hardin 30 137.2 6 7 3.60 64

Relief pitchersEdit

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Eddie Watt 56 71 5 2 16 1.65 46
Pete Richert 44 57.1 7 4 12 2.20 54
Dick Hall 39 65.2 5 2 6 1.92 31
Dave Leonhard 37 94 7 4 1 2.49 37
Marcelino López 27 69.1 5 3 0 4.41 57
Al Severinsen 12 19.2 1 1 0 2.29 13
Mike Adamson 6 8 0 1 0 4.50 2
Frank Bertaina 3 6 0 0 0 0.00 5
Fred Beene 2 2.2 0 0 0 0.00 0

PostseasonEdit

ALCSEdit

Game 1Edit

October 4, 1969, at Memorial Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 2
Baltimore 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 10 1
W: Dick Hall (1–0)   L: Ron Perranoski (0–1)  
HR: MINTony Oliva (1), BALFrank Robinson (1), Mark Belanger (1), Boog Powell (1)

Game 2Edit

October 5, 1969, at Memorial Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 0
W: Dave McNally (1–0)   L: Dave Boswell (0–1)   
HR: None

Game 3Edit

October 6, 1969, at Metropolitan Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 3 11 18 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 2
W: Jim Palmer (1–0)   L: Bob Miller (0–1)   
HR: BALPaul Blair (1)

1969 World SeriesEdit

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Mets – 1, Orioles – 4 October 11 Memorial Stadium 50,429
2 Mets – 2, Orioles – 1 October 12 Memorial Stadium 50,850
3 Orioles – 0, Mets – 5 October 14 Shea Stadium 56,335
4 Orioles – 1, Mets – 2
(10 innings)
October 15 Shea Stadium 57,367
5 Orioles – 3, Mets – 5 October 16 Shea Stadium 57,397

Game LogEdit

1969 Postseason Game Log

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Wally Bunker at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Curt Blefary at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bobby Darwin at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Clay Dalrymple at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Chico Salmon at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Dave Skaggs at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dave Winfield at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Bob Galasso at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BAL/1969.shtml

ReferencesEdit

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
  • 1969 Baltimore Orioles at Baseball Reference
  • 1969 Baltimore Orioles season at Baseball Almanac