1983 Philadelphia Phillies season
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.
|1983 Philadelphia Phillies|
|1983 National League Champions|
1983 NL East Champions
|Major League affiliations|
|General manager(s)||Paul Owens|
|Manager(s)||Pat Corrales, Paul Owens|
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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- November 4, 1982: Willie Montañez was released by the Phillies.
- December 9, 1982: Manny Trillo, Jay Baller, Julio Franco, George Vukovich, and Jerry Willard were traded by the Phillies to the Cleveland Indians for Von Hayes.
- December 14, 1982: Mike Krukow, Mark Davis, and Charles Penigar (minors) were traded by the Phillies to the San Francisco Giants for Joe Morgan and Al Holland.
- January 13, 1983: Rowland Office was released by the Phillies.
- January 31, 1983: Tony Pérez was signed as a free agent with the Phillies.
- March 1, 1983: Kiko Garcia was signed as a free agent by the Phillies.
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."  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 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.
- April 13: Bo Díaz hit an ultimate grand slam home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Phillies a 10–9 win over the New York Mets.
- May 1: On the 100th anniversary of their first game, the Phillies defeated the Houston Astros, 11–3, at Veterans Stadium. Tony Pérez drove in 5 runs. Johnny Enzmann, 93 years old and the then-living oldest former Phillies player threw out the first-pitch prior to the game.
- June 7: Steve Carlton temporarily passed Nolan Ryan as the all-time strikeout leader with 3,526 strikeouts to Ryan's 3,524.
- June 25: Kevin Gross was the winning pitcher in his major league debut. The Phillies defeated the Mets, 4–2, at Shea Stadium.
- July 17: The Phillies lost to the Cincinnati Reds, 5–2. It is the last game for manager Pat Corrales, who was fired despite the team being in first place in the National League East. He was replaced by Paul Owens.
- August 1: Steve Carlton struck out 12 batters in a 2–1 win over the Chicago Cubs. Joe Carter drove in the Cubs' run with his first major league hit.
- August 6: A single by Von Hayes scored Joe Morgan in the 11th inning, giving the Phillies a 1–0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. This put the Phillies back into first place, one-half game ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- August 26: The Phillies defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4–1, at Veterans Stadium. It was their only win against the Dodgers all season.
- September 18: The Phillies took over first place for good with a 5–3 win over the Cardinals. Mike Schmidt drove in his 100th run of the season with a first-inning home run. Joe Lefebvre followed Schmidt with a home run of his own.
- September 23: Steve Carlton won his 300th career game, defeating his former team, the Cardinals.
- September 28: The Phillies became National League East champions with a 13–6 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. The clincher was also the 7000th victory for the Phillies in their history.
|St. Louis Cardinals||79||83||0.488||11||44–37||35–46|
|New York Mets||68||94||0.420||22||41–41||27–53|
Record vs. opponentsEdit
1983 National League Records
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- May 22, 1983: Dick Ruthven and Bill Johnson were traded by the Phillies to the Chicago Cubs for Willie Hernández.
- May 22, 1983: Sid Monge was traded by the Phillies to the San Diego Padres for Joe Lefebvre.
- June 17, 1983: Jim Rasmussen (minors) and Kelly Faulk (minors) were traded by the Phillies to the New York Yankees for Dave Wehrmeister.
- August 31, 1983: The Phillies traded players to be named later to the San Diego Padres for Sixto Lezcano and a player to be named later. The Phillies completed their part of the deal by sending Marty Decker, Ed Wojna, Lance McCullers, and Darren Burroughs (minors) to the Padres on September 20. The Padres completed their part of the deal by sending Steve Fireovid to the Phillies on October 11.
- June 6, 1983: 1983 Major League Baseball draft
- June 6, 1983: Mike Henneman was drafted by the Phillies in the 2nd round of the Secondary Phase, but did not sign.
|1983 game log (Overall Record: 90–72–1)|
|1983 Philadelphia Phillies|
Starters by positionEdit
Note: Pos = position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
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 SeriesEdit
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Phillies win the Series, 3–1
|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 logEdit
|1983 Postseason game log (Overall Record: 4–5)|
National League Championship Series (3–1)
World Series (1–4)
World SeriesEditAL 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|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Portland
- Willie Montañez at Baseball Reference
- Manny Trillo at Baseball Reference
- Mike Krukow at Baseball Reference
- Rowland Office at Baseball Reference
- Tony Pérez at Baseball Reference
- Kiko Garcia at Baseball Reference
- Steve Wulf (March 14, 1983). "In Philadelphia, They're The Wheeze Kids". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
- Stan Hochman (December 21, 2010). "One nickname for Phillies' aces rises to top". Philadelphia Daily News. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
- "Phillies begin 100-year celebration". Gettsyburg Times. May 3, 1983. p. 11. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
- Box Score of Game played on Tuesday, June 7, 1983 at Veteran's Stadium
- Steve Carlton | The Baseball Page
- Willie Hernández at Baseball Reference
- Joe Lefebvre at Baseball Reference
- Dave Wehrmeister at Baseball Reference
- Steve Fireovid at Baseball Reference
- Ricky Jordan at Baseball Reference
- Mike Henneman at Baseball Reference
- "1983 Philadelphia Phillies Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com.
- 1983 Philadelphia Phillies Statistics and Roster – Baseball-Reference.com