1982 in baseball

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The following are the baseball events of the year 1982 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Major League Baseball[edit]

  League Championship Series World Series
East Milwaukee Brewers 3  
West California Angels 2  
    AL Milwaukee Brewers 3
  NL St. Louis Cardinals 4
East St. Louis Cardinals 3
West Atlanta Braves 0  

Other champions[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

MLB statistical leaders[edit]

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Willie Wilson KCR .332 Al Oliver MON .331
HR Reggie Jackson CAL
Gorman Thomas MIL
39 Dave Kingman NYM 37
RBI Hal McRae KCR 133 Dale Murphy ATL 109
Wins LaMarr Hoyt CHW 22 Steve Carlton PHI 23
ERA Rick Sutcliffe CLE 2.96 Steve Rogers MON 2.40

Major league baseball final standings[edit]




  • May 6 – Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners becomes the 15th pitcher with 300 career wins.
  • May 9
  • May 25 – In the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Ferguson Jenkins, playing for the Chicago Cubs, becomes the seventh pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts. His victim is Garry Templeton of the Padres.
  • May 30 – Cal Ripken, Jr. starts at third base for the Baltimore Orioles against the Toronto Blue Jays. It is the first game of his record-breaking 2,632 consecutive games played streak. Coincidentally, tomorrow, May 31, will be the fifty-seventh anniversary of the start of Lou Gehrig's streak, which Ripken will break.
  • June 2 – The Milwaukee Brewers, 23–24 on the season and 7 games out of first place, fire Buck Rodgers as their manager. Harvey Kuenn replaces him and will guide the Brewers to victory in 20 of their next 27 games, the Brewers taking over first place on July 11. The team soon to be known as "Harvey's Wallbangers" will go on to win the American League East title and their only American League pennant.
  • June 6 – While crossing a street in Arlington, Texas, umpire Lou DiMuro is struck by a car; he dies early the next day. Major League Baseball later retires his uniform number 16.
  • June 20 – Pete Rose becomes only the fifth player in history to play in 3,000 Major League baseball games.
  • July 13 – At Montreal's Olympic Stadium, in the first All-Star Game held outside the United States, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Dave Concepción hits a two-run home run in the second inning to spark the National League to a 4–1 win over the American League. It's the NL's 11th straight victory and 19th in the last 20 contests. Concepción wins the MVP honors.
  • July 19 – Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres makes his Major League debut. His double and single will be the first two hits of the over 3,000 he will accumulate in his Hall of Fame career.
  • July 29 – The Atlanta Braves were in first place in the National League West, 9 games ahead of the San Diego Padres when owner Ted Turner decides to remove the elevated tipi of mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa from the stands to allow more seats to be sold for the Braves' run at the division title. The Braves, however, lose 19 of their next 21 games, falling into third place before the tipi is restored.
  • August 4 – Joel Youngblood of the New York Mets goes 1-for-2 off Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs in a day game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He is informed that he has been traded to the Montréal Expos, and leaves immediately for Philadelphia to meet the team there. He arrives in time to play, and enters the game in the sixth inning, getting a hit off Steve Carlton. He is the first player in Major League history to hit safely for two different teams on the same day.
  • August 7 - In the fourth inning of a game at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, 4-year old Jonathan Keane is hit in the head with a foul line drive hit into the stands by Dave Stapleton. The hit causes Keane's skull to bleed profusely, and Jim Rice quickly enters the stands and carries Keane inside the dugout to the Red Sox trainer's room, where team doctors take over. Rice plays the remainder of the game with a blood-stained uniform. Keane, meanwhile, recovers at a nearby children's hospital and Rice and the team doctors are credited with saving his life. After visiting Keane in the hospital, Rice stops by the hospital's business office and instructs that the family's bill be sent to him to pay.
  • August 8 – Rollie Fingers earns the 300th save of his career, becoming the first pitcher in history to achieve that mark. He saves a 3–2 win for the Milwaukee Brewers vs the Seattle Mariners in Seattle.
  • August 10 – For the first time this season, the Atlanta Braves are out of first place in the National League West. They lose to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 at Candlestick Park as the Giants' Milt May hits the game-winning home run off Al Hrabosky in the seventh inning; the loss is Atlanta's eighth consecutive and 12th in their last 13 games. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had trailed the Braves by 10 games less than two weeks earlier, defeat the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium 11-3 as Rick Monday and Steve Garvey both homer. The victory is the eighth consecutive and 12th in the last 13 games for the Dodgers, who had swept two four-game series from the Braves during this comeback—one at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium at the beginning and another at Dodger Stadium (the first three coming in extra innings) just prior to the Cincinnati series. The Braves had been in first place since winning their first 12 games of the season.
  • August 23 – Even though he has made no secret that he occasionally employs the spitball, Gaylord Perry is ejected from a game versus the Boston Red Sox for throwing the illegal pitch—the only such ejection in his career.
  • August 27 – Rickey Henderson steals four bases, breaking the record he had shared with Lou Brock at 118 stolen bases for the season. He will steal eight more to end the season with a record of 130.


  • September 5 – Roy Smalley of the New York Yankees hits a pair of three-run home runs, one from each side of the plate, as New York beats the Kansas City Royals 18-7.
  • September 6 – Veteran first baseman Willie Stargell, whose jersey #8 is retired, is saluted by 38,000 fans on his day at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. The 41-year-old slugger delivers a pinch single in the Pirates' 6–1 win over the Mets.
  • September 12 – Minnesota Twins pitcher Terry Felton takes the loss today, his thirteenth of the year against no wins. He'll not pitch for a decision again. Coupled with his 1980 record of 0-3, Felton's 0-16 major league career sets a futility record for the most losses without a big league win.
  • October 1 – Through seven innings, the New York Mets' Terry Leach and the Philadelphia Phillies' John Denny have each only given up one hit. Denny is lifted in the ninth for a pinch hitter, however, Leach remains in the game through the tenth inning without giving up a second hit. A sacrifice fly by Hubie Brooks in the tenth inning off Larry Anderson is the deciding factor in the Mets' 1–0 victory at Veterans Stadium.
  • October 3 –
    • At Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, The American League East Title was decided before an ABC television audience. Robin Yount hit two home runs and Don Sutton outdueled Jim Palmer as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-2 to capture the AL East Title. It was also to have been Earl Weaver's last game as an Orioles manager, but he would come out of retirement to manage the O's again from 1985 to 1986.
    • At San Francisco's Candlestick Park, a 3-run home run by Joe Morgan helped the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 and knocked the Dodgers out of the postseason and the Atlanta Braves became NL West Champions.
  • October 6 – The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals play four innings of Game 1 of the 1982 NLCS when rain halts play in the bottom of the fifth with the Cardinals batting, three outs away from being an official game, and the Braves ahead, 1-0. The rain does not subside and the game is called. The Cardinals would go on to sweep the Braves and reach the 1982 World Series.
  • October 10 – After being down 2–0 to the California Angels, the Milwaukee Brewers complete a three-game comeback, defeating the Angels 4-3 to capture their only American League Championship. Fred Lynn of the losing Angels is named the Most Valuable Player of the Series after going 11-for-18 with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. On the same date, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-2, to capture their first National League championship in 14 years. Darrell Porter was the MVP of the NLCS with his five-for-nine effort, including three doubles.
  • October 12 –
    • The first game of the 1982 World Series features Paul Molitor setting a new World Series record with five hits (in five at bats), as he leads the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10–0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis.
    • The Montreal Expos' Tim Raines enters treatment for drug abuse. Raines claims to have spent a fifth of his salary on cocaine when he stole a National League-leading 78 bases during the regular season, and says he started sliding head first to avoid breaking the vial of cocaine he kept in his back pocket.
  • October 17 – In Game 5 of the 1982 World Series, a 6-4 Brewers victory, Robin Yount powers the Brewers with four hits, including a home run and a double. Along with his four-hit effort in Game 1, Yount becomes the first player ever to have two four-hit games in a single World Series.
  • October 20 –
  • October 26 - Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies won his 4th Cy Young Award, in that season he won 23 games, the ONLY pitcher to win 20 games in the 1982 MLB season.

















  • January 6 – Wally Post, 52, right fielder, most notably with the Cincinnati Reds, known for his home run power.
  • January 15 – Red Smith, 76, sportswriter who won a Pulitzer Prize and was described by Ernest Hemingway as "the most important force in American sportswriting".
  • January 18 – Bob Addie, 71, sportswriter for Washington, D.C., newspapers for nearly 40 years who covered both Senators franchises.
  • January 18 – Johnny Tobin, 61, third baseman for the 1945 Boston Red Sox.
  • January 24 – Ben Shields, 78, pitcher who played from 1924 to 1931 for the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies.
  • January 31 – Marvin Milkes, 58, baseball executive and general manager of 1969 Seattle Pilots and 1970 Milwaukee Brewers; immortalized in Jim Bouton's Ball Four.
  • February 8 – Eddie Turchin, 64, infielder with the 1943 Cleveland Indians.
  • February 12 – Dale Alderson, 63, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in the mid-1940s.
  • February 17 – Nestor Chylak, 59, American League umpire from 1954 to 1978 who worked in five World Series and six All-Star games; elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999.
  • March 4 – Bill DeWitt, 79, executive who spent more than 60 years in baseball; general manager (1936–1951), minority owner (1936−1948) and principal owner (1949–1951) of St. Louis Browns; general manager (1961–1966) and owner (1962–1966) of Cincinnati Reds; president of Detroit Tigers (1959–1960); board chairman of Chicago White Sox (1976–1981); father and grandfather of owners or senior baseball executives.


  • April 9 – Francisco Barrios, 28, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1974 to 1981; suffered a fatal heart attack on eve of 1982 season.
  • May 9 – John Smith, 75, first baseman for the 1931 Boston Red Sox.
  • May 11 – Dave Malarcher, 87, infielder and manager in the Negro leagues who led the Chicago American Giants to World Series titles in 1926–27 and the Indianapolis ABC's to a 1933 pennant.
  • May 17 – Dixie Walker, 71, five-time All-Star outfielder who batted .306 lifetime during an 18-season career with five MLB clubs and gained his greatest popularity with the Brooklyn Dodgers; NL batting champion in 1944; brother, son and nephew of major leaguers.
  • June 7 – Lou DiMuro, 51, AL umpire since 1963 who worked two World Series, three ALCS and four All-Star Games.
  • June 8 – Satchel Paige, 75, Hall of Fame pitcher in the Negro leagues, mainly with the Kansas City Monarchs, who was black baseball's biggest star for much of his career; won 28 major league games after debuting at age 42; in 1971 became the second Negro leaguer elected to Hall of Fame, behind Jackie Robinson who was elected in 1962.
  • June 27 – Eddie Morgan, 77, outfielder/first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers, who hit a pinch-hit home run in his first major league at-bat.


  • July 6 – "Indian Bob" Johnson, 76, eight-time All-Star left fielder with the Philadelphia Athletics (1933–1942), Washington Senators (1943) and Boston Red Sox (1944–1945), who had eight 100-RBI seasons and scored 100 runs six times.
  • July 14 – Jackie Jensen, 55, All-Star right fielder who starred for the Boston Red Sox; won the AL's 1958 MVP award and led the league in RBI three times, but retired at 34 due to an intense fear of flying; first athlete to play in both the World Series and football's Rose Bowl.
  • July 20 – Grover Froese, 66, American League umpire in 1952 and 1953.
  • July 22 – Lloyd Waner, 76, Hall of Fame center fielder who played in the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield next to his brother Paul; a career .316 hitter who led the NL in hits, runs and triples once each, his 1967 Hall election made them the first brothers to be inducted.
  • August 8 – Al Gould, 89, pitcher for two seasons with the Cleveland Indians, 1916–17.
  • August 20 – Hank Johnson, 76, pitcher for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and Cincinnati Reds, who had several victorious seasons as a Yankee in the 1930s.
  • August 22 – Ebba St. Claire, 61, catcher for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and New York Giants from 1951 to 1954; father of Randy St. Claire.
  • September 5 – Tom Hurd, 58, pitched from 1954 through 1956 for the Boston Red Sox.
  • September 7 – Ken Boyer, 51, seven-time All-Star third baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals who won the NL's 1964 MVP award and five Gold Gloves; batted .300 five times and had eight 90-RBI seasons; member of 1964 World Series champions whose grand-slam homer in Game 4 provided all the runs in a 4–3 Redbird triumph; managed Cardinals from April 29, 1978 to June 8, 1980; brother of Clete and Cloyd Boyer.
  • September 18 – Clyde McCullough, 65, catcher who played 1,098 games for Chicago Cubs (1940–1943, 1945–1948 and 1953–1956) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1949–1952); minor league manager and instructor; coach for three MLB teams, serving as bullpen coach of San Diego Padres at the time of his death.
  • September 29 – Monty Stratton, 70, All-Star pitcher for the Chicago White Sox who attempted to make a baseball comeback after a hunting accident cost him a leg, inspiring an Oscar-winning 1949 movie that featured actor James Stewart as Stratton.


  • October 26 – Bud Podbielan, 58, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians between 1949 and 1959.
  • November 3 – Ray Fisher, 95, pitcher for the Yankees and Reds who started Game 3 of the 1919 World Series; coached at Michigan for 38 years, winning the 1953 College World Series.
  • November 6 – Al Baker, 76, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1930s.
  • November 12 – Cass Michaels, 56, All-Star second baseman for the White Sox, Senators, Browns and Athletics whose career ended prematurely when he was hit by a pitch in the head in 1954.
  • December 9 – Jimmy Adair, 75, shortstop who played 18 games in MLB for 1931 Chicago Cubs; later a longtime coach (1951–1952; 1957–1965) and scout.