1983 Chicago White Sox season
The 1983 Chicago White Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the White Sox winning the American League West championship on September 17. It marked their first postseason appearance since the 1959 World Series. It was the city of Chicago's first baseball championship of any kind (division, league, or world), since the White Sox themselves reached the World Series twenty-four years earlier.
|1983 Chicago White Sox|
|American League West Champions|
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Roland Hemond|
|Manager(s)||Tony La Russa|
(Don Drysdale, Early Wynn, Ken Harrelson, Lorn Brown, Joe McConnell, Ken Wilson)
|Local radio||WMAQ (AM)|
(Early Wynn, Joe McConnell, Lorn Brown)
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After the White Sox went through a winning streak around the All-Star break, Texas Rangers manager Doug Rader said the White Sox "...weren't playing well. They're winning ugly." This phrase became a rallying cry for the team, and they are often referred to as the "Winning Ugly" team (and their uniforms as the "Winning Ugly" uniforms).
- October 12, 1982: Sparky Lyle was released by the White Sox.
- November 10, 1982: Casey Parsons was signed as a free agent by the White Sox.
- January 11, 1983: Damon Berryhill was drafted by the White Sox in the 13th round of the 1983 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign.
- January 25, 1983: Steve Trout and Warren Brusstar were traded by the White Sox to the Chicago Cubs for Scott Fletcher, Pat Tabler, Randy Martz, and Dick Tidrow.
Ron Kittle won the American League Rookie of the Year Award and set a club record for most home runs by a rookie. He missed the American League home run title by 3 home runs and finished third in the league. He would rank in ninth place in the American League for runs batted in. Kittle would manage to lead the league in strikeouts with 150.
Tony LaRussa was named American League Manager of the Year.
Opening Day lineupEdit
- Rudy Law, CF
- Tony Bernazard, 2B
- Harold Baines, RF
- Greg Luzinski, DH
- Greg Walker, 1B
- Tom Paciorek, LF
- Carlton Fisk, C
- Vance Law, 3B
- Scott Fletcher, SS
- LaMarr Hoyt, P
|Chicago White Sox||99||63||0.611||—||55–26||44–37|
|Kansas City Royals||79||83||0.488||20||45–36||34–47|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1983 American League Records
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- April 1, 1983: Pat Tabler was traded by the White Sox to the Cleveland Indians for Jerry Dybzinski.
- June 6, 1983: Doug Drabek was drafted by the White Sox in the 11th round of the 1983 amateur draft. Player signed June 11, 1983.
- August 31, 1983: Aurelio Rodriguez was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago White Sox.
|1983 Chicago White Sox|
The 54th playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL) was held on July 6, 1983, at Comiskey Park. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 13-3. The game occurred exactly 50 years to the date of the first All-Star game. The game is best remembered for Fred Lynn's third inning grand slam off of San Francisco's Atlee Hamiker. As of 2012, it is the only grand slam in All-Star Game history.
Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases
|Harold Baines, RF,CF||156||596||76||167||33||2||20||99||49||85||.280||7|
|Tony Bernazard, 2B||59||233||30||61||16||2||2||26||17||45||.262||2|
|Julio Cruz, 2B||99||334||47||84||9||4||1||40||29||44||.251||24|
|Miguel Diloné, CF||4||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000||1|
|Jerry Dybzinski, SS||127||256||30||59||10||1||1||32||18||29||.230||11|
|Carlton Fisk, C||138||488||85||141||26||4||26||86||46||88||.289||9|
|Scott Fletcher, SS,2B||114||262||42||62||16||5||3||31||29||22||.237||5|
|Lorenzo Gray, 3B||41||78||18||14||3||0||1||4||8||16||.179||1|
|Jerry Hairston, OF,DH||101||126||17||37||9||1||5||22||23||16||.294||0|
|Marc Hill, C||58||133||11||30||6||0||1||11||9||24||.226||0|
|Tim Hulett, 2B||6||5||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.200||1|
|Ron Kittle, LF||145||520||75||132||19||3||35||100||39||150||.254||8|
|Rusty Kuntz, CF||28||42||6||11||1||0||0||1||6||13||.262||1|
|Rudy Law, CF||141||501||95||142||20||7||3||34||42||36||.283||77|
|Vance Law, 3B||145||408||55||99||21||5||4||42||51||56||.243||3|
|Greg Luzinski, DH||144||502||73||128||26||1||32||95||70||117||.255||2|
|Chris Nyman, 1B,DH||21||28||12||8||0||0||2||4||4||7||.286||2|
|Tom Paciorek, 1B,OF||115||420||65||129||32||3||9||63||25||58||.307||6|
|Casey Parsons, OF||8||5||1||1||0||0||0||0||2||1||.200||0|
|Aurelio Rodriguez, 3B||22||20||1||4||1||0||1||1||0||3||.200||0|
|Joel Skinner, C||6||11||2||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.273||0|
|Mike Squires, 1B||143||153||21||34||4||1||1||11||22||11||.222||3|
|Dave Stegman, OF||30||53||5||9||2||0||0||4||10||9||.170||0|
|Greg Walker, 1B,DH||118||307||32||83||16||3||10||55||58||57||.270||2|
Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts
American League Championship SeriesEdit
|1||Chicago – 2, Baltimore – 1||October 5||Memorial Stadium||51,289|
|2||Chicago – 0, Baltimore – 4||October 6||Memorial Stadium||52,347|
|3||Baltimore – 11, Chicago – 1||October 7||Comiskey Park||46,635|
|4||Baltimore – 3, Chicago – 0||October 8||Comiskey Park||45,477|
October 5, Memorial Stadium
|W: LaMarr Hoyt (1-0) L: Scott McGregor (0-1)|
October 6, Memorial Stadium
|W: Mike Boddicker (1-0) L: Floyd Bannister (0-1)|
|HRs: BAL – Gary Roenicke (1)|
October 7, Comiskey Park
|W: Mike Flanagan (1-0) L: Richard Dotson (0-1) SV: Sammy Stewart (1)|
|HRs: BAL – Eddie Murray (1)|
October 8, Comiskey Park
|W: Tippy Martinez (1-0) L: Britt Burns (0-1)|
|HRs: BAL – Tito Landrum (1)|
- LaMarr Hoyt, American League Cy Young Award
- Ron Kittle, American League Rookie of the Year Award
- Tony La Russa, American League Manager of the Year Award
- Tony La Russa, Associated Press AL Manager of the Year
- Roland Hemond, Executive of the Year
- Ron Kittle, reserve
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- Evans, Sean. "The 25 Greatest Moments in White Sox History". Complex.com. Complex Media. Retrieved June 15, 2014.
- Sparky Lyle page at Baseball Reference
- Casey Parsons page at Baseball Reference
- Damon Berryhill page at Baseball Reference
- Steve Trout page at Baseball Reference
- Pat Tabler page at Baseball Reference
- Doug Drabek page at Baseball Reference
- 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.
- 1983 Chicago White Sox team page at Baseball Reference
- 1983 Chicago White Sox team page at www.baseball-almanac.com