1983 American League Championship Series
1983 American League Championship Series
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Baltimore Orioles (3) Joe Altobelli 98-64, .605, GA: 6
Chicago White Sox (1) Tony La Russa 99-63, .611, GA: 20
Dates October 5-8
MVP Mike Boddicker (Baltimore)
Umpires Jim McKean, Durwood Merrill, Nick Bremigan, Jim Evans, Dave Phillips, Mike Reilly
Broadcast
Television NBC
TV announcers Bob Costas and Tony Kubek
Radio CBS
Radio announcers Ernie Harwell and Curt Gowdy

The 1983 American League Championship Series was played between the Chicago White Sox and the Baltimore Orioles from October 5 to 8.

The Orioles won the series three games to one. Although the White Sox took Game 1 won by a score of 2-1, the Orioles came back to win the last three games of the series. The Orioles went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in five games in the 1983 World Series. In the regular season the White Sox won the West Division by twenty games with a 99-63 record. The Orioles won the East Division by six games with a 98-64 record.

Summary

Chicago White Sox vs. Baltimore Orioles

Baltimore won the series, 3-1.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 5 Chicago White Sox - 2, Baltimore Orioles - 1 Memorial Stadium 2:38 51,289[1] 
2 October 6 Chicago White Sox - 0, Baltimore Orioles - 4 Memorial Stadium 2:51 52,347[2] 
3 October 7 Baltimore Orioles - 11, Chicago White Sox - 1 Comiskey Park (I) 2:58 46,635[3] 
4 October 8 Baltimore Orioles - 3, Chicago White Sox - 0 (10 innings) Comiskey Park (I) 3:41 45,477[4]

Game summaries

Game 1

Wednesday, October 5, 1983, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 1
WP: LaMarr Hoyt (1-0)   LP: Scott McGregor (0-1)

Playing in their first postseason game since the 1959 World Series, the White Sox jumped out to a 1-0 ALCS lead behind a complete-game victory by LaMarr Hoyt, the American League Cy Young Award winner. In the third, Rudy Law singled with two outs and after another single, scored the game's first run on a Tom Paciorek infield single off of Scott McGregor. After a 42-minute rain delay in the fourth inning, the White Sox made it 2-0 when Paciorek walked to lead off the sixth, moved to third when Greg Luzinski reached on an Eddie Murray error and scored when Rookie of the Year Ron Kittle grounded into a double play. In the bottom of the ninth, Tito Landrum doubled with two outs before Cal Ripken Jr. denied Hoyt's shutout with two outs in the bottom of the ninth by driving in Landrum with a single for the Orioles' only run.

Game 2

Thursday, October 6, 1983, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
Baltimore 0 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 X 4 6 0
WP: Mike Boddicker (1-0)   LP: Floyd Bannister (0-1)
Home runs:
CWS: None
BAL: Gary Roenicke (1)

Mike Boddicker evened the series with a dominant performance, striking out fourteen batters while allowing just five singles and three walks in a shutout victory. Gary Roenicke doubled to lead off the second off of Floyd Bannister, then scored on an error on Ken Singleton's groundball. In the fourth, Roenicke walked with one out, then scored on Singleton's double. Roenicke capped the game's scoring with a two-run home run in the sixth to give the Orioles a 4-0 win.

Game 3

Friday, October 7, 1983, at Comiskey Park (I) in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 4 11 8 0
Chicago 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
WP: Mike Flanagan (1-0)   LP: Richard Dotson (0-1)   Sv: Sammy Stewart (1)
Home runs:
BAL: Eddie Murray (1)
CWS: None

With the series shifting to Chicago, White Sox starter Rich Dotson was rocked for six runs, all earned, over five innings, as the Orioles pushed Chicago to the brink of elimination. Eddie Murray hit a three-run homer in the top of the first to start the scoring. Next inning, Rick Dempsey walked with two outs and scored on Al Bumbry's double. The White Sox scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the second off of Mike Flanagan when Ron Kittle hit a leadoff double and scored on Vance Law's single. In the fifth, a two-out hit-by-pitch and subsequent walk was followed by a two-run double by John Lowenstein. In the eighth, Todd Cruz's RBI single with two on off of Dick Tidrow made it 7-1 Orioles. In the ninth, the Orioles load the bases off of Jerry Koosman on a double and two walks. Dennis Lamp in relief walked Gary Roenicke to force in a run, then left fielder Jerry Hairston's error on Joe Nolan's fly ball allowed two more runs to score before Rich Dauer's sacrifice fly capped the scoring at 11-1 Orioles. Flanagan pitched five innings while Sammy Stewart pitched four shutout innings to close.

Game 4

Saturday, October 8, 1983, at Comiskey Park (I) in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 9 0
Chicago 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
WP: Tippy Martinez (1-0)   LP: Britt Burns (0-1)
Home runs:
BAL: Tito Landrum (1)
CWS: None

After nine scoreless innings, Baltimore eliminated Chicago with a three-run outburst in the top of the 10th, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1979. White Sox manager Tony LaRussa decided to save Hoyt for a potential Game 5 start and went with Britt Burns instead. Burns pitched nine shutout innings, but the Sox could not push across a run, with shortstop Jerry Dybzinski making a critical baserunning mistake that cost Chicago the potential winning run. With one out in the 10th, Tito Landrum hit a solo homer, ending Burns' night. Salome Barojas in relief allowed three straight singles, the last of which scored a run. Benny Ayala's sacrifice fly off of Juan Agosto capped the scoring at 3-0 Orioles.

Chicago scored one run in the final 30 innings of the series, hitting .211 as a team with no homers. Four of the team's starters, Harold Baines, Carlton Fisk, Vance Law and Greg Luzinski, hit below .200. The Orioles would go on to win the 1983 World Series, while the White Sox wouldn't make the playoffs again until 1993. This would be the last postseason game in the Old Comiskey Park.

Composite box

1983 ALCS (3-1): Baltimore Orioles over Chicago White Sox

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 3 2 0 1 2 2 0 1 5 3 19 28 1
Chicago White Sox 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 28 3
Total attendance: 195,748   Average attendance: 48,937

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