1982 Baltimore Orioles season
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- January 28, 1982: Doug DeCinces and Jeff Schneider were traded by the Orioles to the California Angels for Dan Ford.
- February 9, 1982: The Orioles traded a player to be named later to the Cincinnati Reds for Paul Moskau. The Orioles completed the deal by sending Wayne Krenchicki to the Reds on February 16.
- February 19, 1982: The Orioles traded a player to be named later to the Texas Rangers for Rick Lisi. The Orioles completed the deal by sending Steve Luebber to the Rangers on February 23.
- March 4, 1982: John Flinn was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- March 26, 1982: Dallas Williams and Brooks Carey (minors) were traded by the Orioles to the Cincinnati Reds for Joe Nolan.
Opening Day starters
- Al Bumbry
- Rich Dauer
- Rick Dempsey
- Dan Ford
- Dennis Martínez
- Eddie Murray
- Cal Ripken, Jr.
- Gary Roenicke
- Lenn Sakata
- Ken Singleton
|Boston Red Sox||89||73||.549||6.0|
|New York Yankees||79||83||.488||16.0|
|Toronto Blue Jays||78||84||.481||17.0|
- April 5, 1982: Don Stanhouse was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- April 5, 1982: Ross Grimsley was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
- April 28, 1982: Traded José Morales to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Leo Hernández.
- June 7, 1982: 1982 Major League Baseball Draft
- July 15, 1982: Don Stanhouse was released by the Orioles.
- July 23, 1982: Don Stanhouse was signed as a free agent by the Orioles.
A classic near-miss season
The '82 season was a classic, even though it eventually was as frustrating as those that had preceded it. Eddie Murray had 32 homers and 110 RBIs. Jim Palmer, in his last hurrah, went 15–5. Cal Ripken, Jr. started off slowly, gathered himself, and ended up as the AL Rookie of the Year, hitting .264 with 28 homers and 93 RBIs. After all the debate about where he should play, he started the year at third base, switched to shortstop in July, and never looked back. After sitting out the second game of a doubleheader on May 29, he played in every game for the rest of the season. His consecutive-games streak was underway.
After starting slowly and falling eight games behind the Milwaukee Brewers in mid-August of '82, the Orioles rallied furiously. They won seven games in a row, lost one, won ten in a row, swept five straight from the New York Yankees, won two of three in Milwaukee to pull within two games of the Brewers with a week left. In the end, they needed to sweep a season-ending four-game series with the Brewers at Memorial Stadium to complete a comeback. They won the first three before roaring crowds, pulling even, and sent Palmer out to pitch the finale against the Brewers' Don Sutton. Fans brought brooms to the stadium, anticipating the final scene of one of the Orioles' greatest comebacks. Instead, the Brewers pounded Palmer and won the American League East title 10–2.
Farewell to a legend
After the final out of the loss to the Brewers, an emotional spectacle unfolded at Memorial Stadium. The disappointed sellout crowd rose and started to cheer, and kept cheering for 45 minutes. The Orioles' players left the clubhouse and came back out onto the field to wave, and then Weaver did, too, setting off the biggest roar. The cheers were mostly for him.
Weaver announced in March that the 1982 season would be his last managing the Orioles. he was retiring after that and moving to Florida to play golf. An era was ending. The news had been in the headlines and the back of everyone's mind all season, yet it was almost forgotten as the Orioles chased the Brewers down the stretch. Now, suddenly, the moment was at hand. Weaver was pulling off his uniform for the last time. And the fans weren't going to let him go without a salute.
|1982 Baltimore Orioles roster|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
|C||Dempsey, RickRick Dempsey||125||344||88||.256||5||36|
|1B||Murray, EddieEddie Murray||151||550||174||.316||32||110|
|2B||Dauer, RichRich Dauer||158||558||156||.280||8||57|
|3B||Gulliver, GlennGlenn Gulliver||50||145||29||.200||1||5|
|SS||Ripken, CalCal Ripken||160||598||158||.264||28||93|
|LF||Lowenstein, JohnJohn Lowenstein||122||322||103||.320||24||66|
|CF||Bumbry, AlAl Bumbry||150||562||147||.262||5||40|
|RF||Ford, DanDan Ford||123||421||99||.235||10||43|
|DH||Singleton, KenKen Singleton||156||561||141||.251||14||77|
|Roenicke, GaryGary Roenicke||137||393||106||.270||21||74|
|Sakata, LennLenn Sakata||136||343||89||.259||6||31|
|Nolan, JoeJoe Nolan||77||219||51||.233||6||35|
|Dwyer, JimJim Dwyer||71||148||45||.304||6||15|
|Crowley, TerryTerry Crowley||65||93||22||.237||3||17|
|Ayala, BennyBenny Ayala||64||128||39||.305||6||24|
|Bonner, BobbyBobby Bonner||41||77||13||.169||0||5|
|Rayford, FloydFloyd Rayford||34||53||7||.132||3||5|
|Shelby, JohnJohn Shelby||26||35||11||.314||1||2|
|Young, MikeMike Young||6||2||0||.000||0||0|
|Morales, JoséJosé Morales||3||3||0||.000||0||0|
|Hernández , LeoLeo Hernández||2||2||0||.000||0||0|
|Martínez, DennisDennis Martínez||40||252||16||12||4.21||111|
|Flanagan, MikeMike Flanagan||36||236||15||11||3.97||103|
|Palmer, JimJim Palmer||36||227||15||5||3.13||103|
|McGregor, ScottScott McGregor||37||226.1||14||12||4.61||84|
|Stewart, SammySammy Stewart||38||139||10||9||4.14||69|
|Davis, StormStorm Davis||29||100.2||8||4||3.49||67|
|Martinez, TippyTippy Martinez||76||8||8||16||3.41||78|
|Stoddard, TimTim Stoddard||50||3||4||12||4.02||42|
|Grimsley, RossRoss Grimsley||21||1||2||0||5.25||18|
|Stanhouse, DonDon Stanhouse||17||0||1||0||5.40||8|
|Boddicker, MikeMike Boddicker||7||1||0||0||3.51||20|
|Flinn, JohnJohn Flinn||5||2||0||0||1.32||13|
|Welchel, DonDon Welchel||2||1||0||0||8.31||3|
Awards and honors
- Cal Ripken, Jr., American League Rookie of the Year
- Ken Singleton, Roberto Clemente Award
- Eddie Murray
|AAA||Rochester Red Wings||International League||Lance Nichols|
|AA||Charlotte O's||Southern League||Mark Wiley|
|A||Hagerstown Suns||Carolina League||Grady Little|
|Rookie||Bluefield Orioles||Appalachian League||John Hart|
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bluefield
- 1982 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
- 1982 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com