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Phillies win National League pennant... lose World Series to Baltimore

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What's a green box and why is it so famous? Well, just like a baseball dugout, that's where the stories are told. The "Green Box" appeared on the Baseball Historian web site during our inception back in 1999 and has been holding kangaroo court ever since. Enjoy the stories...

1983 World Series... Orioles vs Phillies
1983 World Series... Orioles vs Phillies

Meeting on the baseball field for the first time ever the Baltimore Orioles faced off against the Philadelphia Phillies in the '83 World Series. Both teams had new managers at the helm. The Orioles' manager Joe Altobelli took over a team built by longtime Oriole manager Earl Weaver; while the Phillies by general manager Paul Owens, who replaced Pat Corrales with himself in mid-season.

Both manager started their mound-stalwarts in the Series' opener and the end-result was a pitcher's duel. Phillies' ace John Denny surrendered a first inning homer to Jim Dwyer in the first inning, but then with late-inning help from Al Holland blanked Baltimore thereafter. Joe Morgan, the Phils' Hall of Fame second baseman, lined a two-out homer in the 5th inning off Baltimore's starter Scott McGregor, and two innings later outfielder Garry Maddox crashed a game winning home run for a 2-1 Phillies win.

However, after losing the Series' opener the Orioles regrouped and swept the final four games.

In Game 2 - Oriole starter Mike Boddicker scattered just three singles, no walks in pacing Baltimore to a 4-1 victory. John Lowenstein led the Oriole attack with a game-tying solo homer in the 5th.

Game 3 - Philadelphia jumped off to a 2-0 lead on leadoff homers in the 2nd and 3rd innings by Gary Mathews and Joe Morgan. But the Orioles tagged Hall of Fame starter Steve Carlton for a run in the 6th and drove him from the mound after they scored the tying run an inning later. Carlton suffered the loss when the base runner he left on scored the winning run from second on an error by Phillies' shortstop Ivan DeJesus.

Game 4 - Baltimore topped the Phillies by a score of 5-4. Trailing 5-3 in the ninth, the Phillies scored with two-outs to draw within one run of a tie, but Joe Morgan lined out to end the game.

Game 5 - Paced by two home runs by first baseman Eddie Murray and one by catcher Rick Dempsey, the Orioles captured the World Crown by the score of 5-0. Scott McGregor hurled a complete game five-hitter, blanking the big bats of Philadelphia. - 1983 World Series



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Steve Carlton Steve Carlton

LHP, St.Louis Cardinals 1965-1971, Philadelphia Phillies 1972-1986, Cleveland Indians 1987, Minnesota Twins 1988.
This pitching great had an outstanding fastball, curve and his sweeping slider fooled hitter after hitter. "Lefty" Carlton was a 10 time All-Star and won the Cy Young Award four times. In 1972 while pitching for the Phillies, Carlton had a spectacular year winning 27 games and losing only 10. In this year he completed 30 of 41 starts and had an ERA of 1.74; while striking out 310 hitters in 346 innings.

Carlton, a Hall of Fame Baseball Pitcher, played on the great Phillies teams of the 1970's and 1980's. In seven different years his ERA was under 3.00 and three times under 2.50 with his lowest being 1.74. Carlton struck out more hitters than any left-handed pitcher in major league history. Steve Carlton's career records are 329 wins, loses 244, pct. 574, completed 254 games in 709 starts and struck out 4136 batters in 5217 innings.

28 Years - That's A Long Time
On September 1, 1985, the Philadelphia Phillies completed a four-game sweep over the Los Angeles Dodgers. This was the first time the Phillies swept the Dodgers in four games since the Dodgers left Brooklyn 28 years ago. John Denny (8-1) hurled a four-hitter for eight innings to lead the Phillies to a 4-1 victory. Phillies Juan Samuel collected a single, double and a triple at Los Angeles. Dodgers' starting pitcher Jerry Reuss (12-9) took the loss, third baseman Bill Madlock was 3-for-5 for the losing Dodgers. archives

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Greg Gross, Philadelphia Phillies, OF 1B, Left-handed - debuted with the Houston Astros in '74 and was named 'The Sporting News' National League Rookie of the Year, hit .314 and scored 78 runs... Greg Gross never hit lower than .286 in his first six years in the big-leagues... the 5'11", 170-pounder was a great contact hitter, and drew twice as many walks in most seasons than striking out... and batted over .300 five times in his career. In 1984 his 6th season with the Phillies, hit .322 and in 1985 the veteran of 13 seasons was one of the league's top pinch hitters. Career Stats: .287 BA, 1,073 hits in 3,745 at bats, 130 Ds, 46 Ts, 7 Hr, 449 Runs, 308 RBIs, 523 Walks, 250 Ks, an outstanding .375 on/base/pct. Astros 1973-76, 1989; Cubs 1977-78; Phillies 1979-1988.

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