1983 Leaders & Numbers

Slow-footed by appearance, back-to-back NL MVP winner Dale Murphy was a true deceiver of speed and became the game’s unlikeliest entrant into the 30-30 club. Eddie Murray, back-to-back runner-up for the AL MVP, hit a career-high 33 homers—a rather low tally for someone who’d eventually belt over 500. Andre Dawson reached the megastar status long predicted of him. Sophomore Wade Boggs partly attributed his first AL batting crown to his daily consumption of chicken, just one of his many superstitions. Darrell Evans, age 36, suddenly awoke from a decade of slugging mediocrity that followed his 41-homer campaign of 1973. Jim Rice erupted with the kind of numbers that haunted pitchers during his reign of terror in the late 1970s. Dickie Thon, a young, rising all-star shortstop, briefly blossomed before a beaning seriously curtailed his career with blurred vision. The NL finished without a 20-game winner for the first time in 52 years, although John Denny came awfully close. Dan Quisenberry remained the AL’s toughest closer on the mound, shattering the decade-old season record for saves. Charlie Hough, pitching his 14th year in the majors but only his second as a full-time starter, used his knuckler to befuddle opposing hitters—and often, his own catchers. Mario Soto was Cincinnati’s stopper for the second straight year; with the Reds losing so often, he had no choice. Craig McMurtry’s promising rookie effort would be followed in later years by disappointment, injury and the stigma of allowing Barry Bonds’ first career homer.

The Ten Best National League Hitters, 1983
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Dale Murphy Atlanta 162 .302 589 131 178 24 4 36 121 78 12 2 30 4 15
2. Tim Raines Montreal 156 .298 615 133 183 32 8 11 71 88 9 2 90 14 12
3. Andre Dawson Montreal 159 .299 633 104 189 36 10 32 113 26 12 9 25 11 14
4. Mike Schmidt Philadelphia 154 .255 534 104 136 16 4 40 109 111 17 3 7 8 10
5. Pedro Guerrero Los Angeles 160 .298 584 87 174 28 6 32 103 60 12 2 23 7 11
6. Jose Cruz Houston 160 .318 594 85 189 28 8 14 92 55 10 1 30 16 4
7. Darrell Evans San Francisco 142 .277 523 94 145 29 3 30 82 72 12 2 6 6 8
8. George Hendrick St. Louis 144 .318 529 73 168 33 3 18 97 36 15 2 3 4 12
9. Gary Redus Cincinnati 125 .247 453 90 112 20 9 17 51 67 4 3 39 14 6
10. Dickie Thon Houston 154 .286 619 81 177 28 9 20 79 44 10 2 34 16 12
The Ten Best American League Hitters, 1983
Name Team G BA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IB HB SB CS GD
1. Eddie Murray Baltimore 156 .306 582 115 178 30 3 33 111 73 13 3 5 1 13
2. Rickey Henderson Oakland 145 .292 513 105 150 25 7 9 48 95 8 4 108 19 11
3. Willie Upshaw Toronto 160 .306 579 99 177 26 7 27 104 53 8 5 10 7 8
4. George Brett Kansas City 123 .310 464 90 144 38 2 25 93 44 13 1 0 1 9
5. Wade Boggs Boston 153 .361 582 100 210 44 7 5 74 90 2 1 3 3 15
6. Cecil Cooper Milwaukee 160 .307 661 106 203 37 3 30 126 30 7 1 2 1 17
7. Lloyd Moseby Toronto 151 .315 539 104 170 31 7 18 81 47 4 5 27 8 10
8. Cal Ripken Jr. Baltimore 162 .318 663 121 211 47 2 27 102 58 0 0 0 4 28
9. Jim Rice Boston 155 .305 626 90 191 34 1 39 126 42 10 6 0 2 31
10. Robin Yount Milwaukee 149 .308 578 102 178 42 10 17 80 66 6 3 12 5 11
The Ten Best National League Pitchers, 1983
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. John Denny Philadelphia 2.37 19 6 .760 0 0 36 36 242.2 304 64 48 5 6 4 1 12 19 27
2. Mario Soto Cincinnati 2.70 17 13 .567 0 0 34 34 273.2 324 82 89 6 2 5 2 18 14 10
3. Bob Welch Los Angeles 2.65 15 12 .556 0 0 31 31 204 235 60 68 4 4 3 6 7 17 12
4. Atlee Hammaker San Francisco 2.25 10 9 .526 0 0 23 23 172.1 204 43 20 12 6 3 2 12 8 12
5. Alejandro Pena Los Angeles 2.75 12 9 .571 1 1 34 26 177 190 54 44 7 2 1 1 20 6 12
6. Steve Rogers Montreal 3.23 17 12 .586 0 0 36 36 273 368 98 66 12 6 5 0 21 19 18
7. Jesse Orosco New York 1.47 13 7 .650 17 5 62 0 110 98 18 31 7 1 1 2 9 7 7
8. Craig McMurtry Atlanta 3.08 15 9 .625 0 0 36 35 224.2 275 77 87 1 1 1 2 23 10 21
9. Nolan Ryan Houston 2.98 14 9 .609 0 0 29 29 196.1 190 65 98 3 5 4 1 21 8 20
10. Steve Carlton Philadelphia 3.11 15 16 .484 0 0 37 37 283.2 385 98 74 10 13 3 9 19 19 17
The Ten Best American League Pitchers, 1983
Name Team ERA W L PCT SV BS G GS IP TB ER BB IB WP HB BK SB CS GD
1. Dan Quisenberry Kansas City 1.94 5 3 .625 45 8 69 0 139 162 30 9 2 0 0 0 3 1 19
2. Dave Stieb Toronto 3.04 17 12 .586 0 0 36 36 278 348 94 87 6 5 14 1 14 6 16
3. Rick Honeycutt Texas 2.42 14 8 .636 0 0 25 25 174.2 222 47 35 2 1 6 2 5 12 30
4. LaMarr Hoyt Chicago 3.66 24 10 .706 0 0 36 36 260.2 383 106 27 4 1 1 1 7 8 22
5. Mike Boddicker Baltimore 2.77 16 8 .667 0 0 27 26 179 214 55 51 1 5 0 0 19 4 14
6. Jack Morris Detroit 3.34 20 13 .606 0 0 37 37 293.2 400 109 78 5 18 3 0 20 11 14
7. Rich Dotson Chicago 3.22 22 7 .759 0 0 35 35 240 306 86 105 1 7 8 0 29 5 33
8. Charlie Hough Texas 3.18 15 13 .536 0 0 34 33 252 337 89 95 0 6 3 1 19 20 22
9. Moose Haas Milwaukee 3.27 13 3 .813 0 0 25 25 179 241 65 37 5 2 1 0 21 4 19
10. Ron Guidry New York 3.42 21 9 .700 0 0 31 31 250.1 375 95 57 3 4 2 2 19 14 18

Brown type indicates league leader.
Notes: Walks (BB) do not include intentional walks (IB). For pitchers, caught stealing (CS) also includes pickoffs.
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1983 Awards


NL MVP
Dale Murphy, Atlanta

AL MVP
Cal Ripken Jr., Baltimore


NL Cy Young Award
John Denny, Philadelphia

AL Cy Young Award
LaMarr Hoyt, Chicago


NL Rookie of the Year
Darryl Strawberry, New York

AL Rookie of the Year
Ron Kittle, Chicago


NL Manager of the Year
Tom Lasorda, Los Angeles

AL Manager of the Year
Tony La Russa, Chicago


NL Gold Glove Awards
P Phil Niekro, Atlanta
C Tony Pena, Pittsburgh
1B Keith Hernandez, St. Louis
2B Ryne Sandberg, Chicago
3B Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia
SS Ozzie Smith, St. Louis
OF Andre Dawson, Montreal
OF Willie McGee, St. Louis
OF Dale Murphy, Atlanta


AL Gold Glove Awards
P Ron Guidry, New York
C Lance Parrish, Detroit
1B Eddie Murray, Baltimore
2B Lou Whitaker, Detroit
3B Buddy Bell, Texas
SS Alan Trammell, Detroit
OF Dwane Murphy, Oakland
OF Dwight Evans, Boston
OF Dave Winfield, New York