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1983 Philadelphia Phillies season

1983 Philadelphia Phillies
1983 National League Champions
1983 NL East Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1983 information
Owner(s) Bill Giles
General manager(s) Paul Owens
Manager(s) Pat Corrales, Paul Owens
Local television WTAF
PRISM
Local radio WCAU
(Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn, Andy Musser, Chris Wheeler)
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The 1983 Philadelphia Phillies season involved the Phillies winning the National League East Division title with a record of 90-72, six games over the Pittsburgh Pirates. As the Phillies were celebrating their centennial season, 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 Phils were managed by Pat Corrales (43-42) and Paul Owens (47-30), as they 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 compliment 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
Philadelphia Phillies 90 72 .556 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 84 78 .519 6
Montreal Expos 82 80 .506 8
St. Louis Cardinals 79 83 .488 11
Chicago Cubs 71 91 .438 19
New York Mets 68 94 .420 22

Notable transactions

Draft picks

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 Díaz, BoBo Díaz 136 471 111 .236 15 64
1B Rose, PetePete Rose 151 493 121 .245 0 45
2B Morgan, JoeJoe Morgan 123 404 93 .230 16 59
3B Schmidt, MikeMike Schmidt 154 534 136 .255 40 109
SS DeJesús, IvánIván DeJesús 158 497 126 .254 4 45
LF Matthews, GaryGary Matthews 132 446 115 .258 10 50
CF Maddox, GarryGarry Maddox 97 324 89 .275 4 32
RF Hayes, VonVon Hayes 124 351 93 .265 6 32
[18]

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
Lefebvre, JoeJoe Lefebvre 101 258 80 .310 8 38
Pérez, TonyTony Pérez 91 253 61 .241 6 43
Gross, GregGreg Gross 136 245 74 .302 0 29
Dernier, BobBob Dernier 122 221 51 .231 1 15
Virgil, OzzieOzzie Virgil 55 140 30 .214 6 23
Garcia, KikoKiko Garcia 84 118 34 .288 2 9
Matuszek, LenLen Matuszek 28 80 22 .275 4 16
Milbourne, LarryLarry Milbourne 41 66 16 .242 0 4
Samuel, JuanJuan Samuel 18 65 18 .277 2 5
Lezcano, SixtoSixto Lezcano 18 39 11 .282 0 7
Molinaro, BobBob Molinaro 19 18 2 .111 1 3
Jeltz, SteveSteve Jeltz 13 8 1 .125 0 1
Robinson, BillBill Robinson 10 7 1 .143 0 2
Sánchez, AlejandroAlejandro Sánchez 8 7 2 .286 0 2
Aguayo, LuisLuis Aguayo 2 4 1 .250 0 0
Jeff StoneJeff Stone 9 4 3 .750 0 3
Daulton, DarrenDarren Daulton 2 3 1 .333 0 0
Corcoran, TimTim Corcoran 3 0 0 ---- 0 0
[18]

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Carlton, SteveSteve Carlton 37 283.2 15 16 3.11 275
Gross, KevinKevin Gross 17 96 4 6 3.56 66

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Holland, AlAl Holland 68 8 4 25 2.26 100
Altamirano, PorfiPorfi Altamirano 31 2 3 0 3.70 24
Andersen, LarryLarry Andersen 17 1 0 0 2.39 14
Farmer, EdEd Farmer 12 0 6 0 6.08 16

1983 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

1983 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
Short-Season A Bend Phillies Northwest League Jay Ward
Rookie Helena Phillies Pioneer League Ron Smith

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Portland

Notes

References

  • 1983 Philadelphia Phillies season at Baseball Reference
  • 1983 Philadelphia Philles at Baseball Almanac
Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1982
NL East Championship Season
1983
Succeeded by
Chicago Cubs
1984
Preceded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1982
National League Championship Season
1983
Succeeded by
San Diego Padres
1984
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