25 Years Ago Today: Baltimore Orioles – 1983 World Series Champions!!!
I can’t believe a quarter-century has flown by. I was 13-years-old when Cal Ripken snared Garry Maddox’ liner 25 years ago for the last out of the 1983 World Series on a Sunday afternoon at Veterans Stadium. Sitting in front of the television in my family living room that day, I couldn’t have comprehended that I wouldn’t be experiencing the joy of being a fan of baseball’s best team through –let’s see- high school, college, marriage, fatherhood, living in four different states, four Presidents…
Not to mention, participants Bo Diaz and Todd Cruz have passed away, and “habitual felon” Sammy Stewart won’t be seeing anything but a prison cell anytime soon.
Looking back, it was a hell of series between the Birds of Baltimore –featuring their own “Three Stooges”– and Philadelphia’s “Wheeze Kids”. Seven Hall of Famers (plus Pete Rose) participated, three of the games were decided by one-run, and pitching led the way as the two teams combined to bat .204.
After Tippy Martinez retired Joe Morgan on a liner with the tying run aboard to end the fourth game and give the O’s a 3-1 series lead, Eddie Murray blasted two home runs off rookie Charles Hudson, Series MVP Rick Dempsey added another, and southpaw Scott McGregor (who I ran into at Little League games and gas stations growing up) went the distance on a five-hit shutout, throwing 83 strikes with his 113 pitches along the way.
How ’bout dem O’s?