1982 in baseball


1982 in baseball

Year in baseball
this year = 1982

Champions

Major League Baseball

*World Series Champion: St. Louis Cardinals4TeamBracket | RD1=League Championship Series | RD2=World Series
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*World Series MVP: Darrell Porter
**American League Championship Series MVP: Fred Lynn
**National League Championship Series MVP: Darrell Porter
*All-Star Game, July 13 at Olympic Stadium: National League, 4-1; Dave Concepción, MVP

Other champions

*Caribbean World Series: Leones del Caracas (Venezuela)
*College World Series: Miami (Fla.)
*Cuban National Series: Vegueros
*Japan Series: Seibu Lions over Chunichi Dragons (4-3)
*Little League World Series: Kirkland National, Kirkland, Washington

Awards and honors

*Most Valuable Player
**Robin Yount, Milwaukee Brewers, SS (AL)
**Dale Murphy, Atlanta Braves, OF (NL)
*Cy Young Award
**Pete Vuckovich, Milwaukee Brewers (AL)
**Steve Carlton, Philadelphia Phillies (NL)
*Rookie of the Year
**Cal Ripken, Jr., Baltimore Orioles, SS (AL)
**Steve Sax, Los Angeles Dodgers, 2B (NL)

MLB Statistical Leaders

Major League Baseball final standings

Events

*January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. Aaron fell nine votes shy of becoming the first-ever unanimous selection, and his 97.8 election percentage is second only to Ty Cobb's 98.2 percent in the inaugural 1936 election.

*January 22 - Reggie Jackson signs with the California Angels, thus ending his career with the New York Yankees

*January 27 - The Chicago Cubs complete a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies that sees Ivan DeJesus go to the Phillies for Larry Bowa. Minor League prospect (and Ryne Sandberg also goes to the Cubs.

*February 8 - The Los Angeles Dodgers trade away Davey Lopes to the Oakland Athletics. This trade breaks up the starting infield of Lopes (second base), Ron Cey (third base), Bill Russell (shortstop), and Steve Garvey (first base), which had been together since 1974; the longest intact infield in Major League Baseball history.

*March 10 - Former N.Y. Giants shortstop Travis Jackson and former baseball commissioner Happy Chandler are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Jackson hit .291 in 15 seasons between the 1920s and '30s, while Chandler was the second commissioner and oversaw – and encouraged – the dismantling of the color barrier in 1947.

*April 20 - Before a crowd of 37,268 the largest crowd to see a game at Fulton County Stadium this season, the Atlanta Braves beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 to go 12-0, the best start ever by any Major League team ever. Steve Bedrosian was the winning pitcher.

*May 6 - Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners becomes the 15th player with 300 career wins.

*May 25 - Against the San Diego Padres, Fergie Jenkins playing for the Chicago Cubs becomes the seventh pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts in the third inning against 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.

*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 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 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 for the only time 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.

*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 first and 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.

*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.

*October 20 - The St. Louis Cardinals win the 1982 World Series over the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. Catcher Darrell Porter is selected the Series MVP.

Births

January-March

*January 6 - Scott Thorman
*January 7 - Brayan Peña
*January 7 - Francisco Rodríguez
*January 9 - Tony Peña
*January 12 - Chris Ray
*January 12 - Dontrelle Willis
*January 15 - Melvin Dorta
*January 19 - Terry Evans
*January 23 - Wily Mo Peña
*January 30 - Jorge Cantú
*January 31 - Yuniesky Betancourt
*January 31 - Brad Thompson
*February 2 - Gustavo Molina
*February 10 - Jamie Vermilyea
*February 16 - Manny Delcarmen
*February 17 - Brian Bruney
*February 19 - Chris Stewart
*February 20 - Jason Hirsh
*February 21 - Edwin Bellorín
*February 22 - Kelly Johnson
*February 24 - J. D. Durbin
*March 11 - Brian N. Anderson
*March 12 - Zach Miner
*March 15 - Rafael Pérez
*March 16 - Brian Wilson
*March 18 - Chad Cordero
*March 21 - Aaron Hill
*March 22 - Mike Morse
*March 24 - Corey Hart
*March 24 - Dustin McGowan
*March 24 - Robinson Tejeda
*March 26 - Brendan Ryan

April-June

*April 8 - Kason Gabbard
*April 10 - Andre Ethier
*April 26 - Alejandro Machado
*May 7 - Conor Jackson
*May 8 - Adrian Gonzalez
*May 17 - Nick Masset
*May 24 - Kevin Frandsen
*May 25 - Jason Kubel
*May 26 - Carlos Martínez
*May 28 - Jhonny Peralta
*June 2 - Tim Stauffer
*June 9 - Buck Coats
*June 22 - Ian Kinsler
*June 25 - Paul Maholm
*June 30 - Delwyn Young

July-September

*July 1 - Justin Huber
*July 3 - Logan Kensing
*July 8 - Renyel Pinto
*July 12 - Tom Gorzelanny
*July 13 - Shin-Soo Choo
*July 13 - Yadier Molina
*July 14 - Enrique González
*July 15 - Fernando Nieve
*July 15 - Ryan Wagner
*July 16 - Jason Windsor
*August 2 - Grady Sizemore
*August 6 - Justin Germano
*August 8 - Matthew Brown
*August 17 - Travis Metcalf
*August 18 - Josh Rupe
*August 19 - J. J. Hardy
*August 28 - Carlos Quentin
*August 30 - Sean Marshall
*September 2 - Jason Hammel
*September 2 - Wes Littleton
*September 3 - Bobby Livingston
*September 13 - Rickie Weeks
*September 17 - Sean Burnett
*September 17 - Danny Putnam
*September 18 - Joseph Bisenius
*September 24 - Jeff Karstens
*September 28 -Héctor Giménez
*September 28 - Micah Owings

October-December

*October 3 - Brett Carroll
*October 4 - Tony Gwynn
*October 4 - Jered Weaver
*October 14 - Carlos Marmol
*October 17 - Abe Alvarez
*October 19 - J.A. Happ
*October 24 - Macay McBride
*October 22 - Robinson Canó
*October 28 - Jeremy Bonderman
*October 28 - Anthony Lerew
*October 30 - Anderson Hernández
*November 2 - Yunel Escobar
*November 4 - Travis Blackley
*November 4 - Chris Resop
*November 5 - Bryan LaHair
*November 17 - Ty Taubenheim
*November 19 - Jonathan Sánchez
*November 29 - Tony Giarratano
*December 3 - Manuel Corpas
*December 12 - Ervin Santana
*December 13 - Ricky Nolasco
*December 14 - Josh Fields
*December 16 - Chris Britton
*December 17 - Josh Barfield
*December 17 - Juan Mateo
*December 20 - David Wright
*December 21 - Philip Humber
*December 25 - Rubén Gotay
*December 27 - Michael Bourn
*December 30 - James Hoey

Deaths

*January 6 - Wally Post, 52, right fielder, most notably with the Cincinnati Reds, known for his home run power
*January 18 - Johnny Tobin, 71, third baseman for the 1945 Boston Red Sox
*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 24 - Ben Shields, 78, pitcher who played from 1924 to 1931 for the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies
*February 17 - Nestor Chylak, 59, American League umpire from 1954 to 1978 who worked in five World Series and six All-Star games
*May 9 - John Smith, 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 and gained his greatest popularity with the Dodgers; NL batting champion in 1944
*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, 8-time All-Star left fielder with the Philadelphia Athletics 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, winning the AL's 1958 MVP award and leading the league in RBI three times, but retired at 32 due to an intense fear of flying
*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 NY Giants from 1961 to 1964
*September 5 - Tom Hurd, 58, pitched from 1954 through 1956 for the Boston Red Sox
*September 7 - Ken Boyer, 51, 7-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
*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 movie
*October 26 - Bud Podbielan, 58, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians between 1949 and1959
*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


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