|1982 Baltimore Orioles|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Edward Bennett Williams|
|General manager(s)||Hank Peters|
(Chuck Thompson, Bill O'Donnell, Brooks Robinson, Tom Marr)
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The 1982 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. The Orioles finished 2nd in the American League East to the Milwaukee Brewers. They finished with a record of 94 wins and 68 losses. For the second consecutive season, the Orioles recorded the most grand slams in MLB, hitting eight in 1982. This was long time Oriole manager and future Hall of Famer Earl Weaver's last season managing the Orioles until he returned to manage them from 1985 to 1986.
|Boston Red Sox||89||73||0.549||6||49–32||40–41|
|New York Yankees||79||83||0.488||16||42–39||37–44|
|Toronto Blue Jays||78||84||0.481||17||44–37||34–47|
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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.
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.
For his first full season in the Major League, 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.
On May 29, Ripken sat out of the second game of a double header against the Toronto Blue Jays; little did anyone know that it would be his last missed game for the remainder of this season and the 16 seasons to come. The following day (also against the Blue Jays), his monumental consecutive-games streak got underway.
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|
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In
See also: Minor League Baseball
|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