1997 Baltimore Orioles
American League East champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record98–64 (.605)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Peter Angelos
General manager(s)Pat Gillick
Manager(s)Davey Johnson
Local televisionWJZ-TV/WNUV/WBDC
Home Team Sports
(Jim Palmer, Mike Flanagan, Michael Reghi)
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Chuck Thompson, Fred Manfra, Jim Hunter)
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The 1997 Baltimore Orioles season saw the Orioles finishing 1st in the American League East Division with a record of 98 wins and 64 losses. They met the Seattle Mariners in the ALDS, and beat them in 4 games. However, in the ALCS, they would play the Cleveland Indians, where they would fall in 6 games. It would be their last winning season until 15 years later.

Offseason

Roster

1997 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 98 64 0.605 46–35 52–29
New York Yankees 96 66 0.593 2 47–33 49–33
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 19 42–39 37–44
Boston Red Sox 78 84 0.481 20 39–42 39–42
Toronto Blue Jays 76 86 0.469 22 42–39 34–47

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ANA BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR NL 
Anaheim 4–7 6–5 6–5 7–4 5–6 6–5 7–4 4–7 4–7 11–1 6–6 8–4 6–5 4–12
Baltimore 7–4 5–7 5–6 6–5 6–6 7–4 5–6 10–1 8–4 8–3 7–4 10–1 6–6 8–7
Boston 5–6 7–5 3–8 6–5 5–7 3–8 8–3 8–3 4–8 7–4 7–4 3–8 6–6 6–9
Chicago 5–6 6–5 8–3 5–7 4–7 11–1 4–7 6–6 2–9 8–3 5–6 3–8 5–6 8–7
Cleveland 4–7 5–6 5–6 7–5 6–5 8–3 8–4 8–4 5–6 7–4 3–8 5–6 6–5 9–6
Detroit 6–5 6–6 7–5 7–4 5–6 6–5 4–7 4–7 2–10 7–4 4–7 7–4 6–6 8–7
Kansas City 5–6 4–7 8–3 1–11 3–8 5–6 6–6 7–5 3–8 3–8 5–6 6–5 5–6 6–9
Milwaukee 4–7 6–5 3–8 7–4 4–8 7–4 6–6 5–7 4–7 5–6 5–6 7–4 7–4 8–7
Minnesota 7–4 1–10 3–8 6–6 4–8 7–4 5–7 7–5 3–8 7–4 5–6 3–8 3–8 7–8
New York 7–4 4–8 8–4 9–2 6–5 10–2 8–3 7–4 8–3 6–5 4–7 7–4 7–5 5–10
Oakland 1–11 3–8 4–7 3–8 4–7 4–7 8–3 6–5 4–7 5–6 5–7 5–7 6–5 7–9
Seattle 6–6 4–7 4–7 6–5 8–3 7–4 6–5 6–5 6–5 7–4 7–5 8–4 8–3 7–9
Texas 4–8 1–10 8–3 8–3 6–5 4–7 5–6 4–7 8–3 4–7 7–5 4–8 4–7 10–6
Toronto 5–6 6–6 6–6 6–5 5–6 6–6 6–5 4–7 8–3 5–7 5–6 3–8 7–4 4–11


Game log

1997 Game Log
April (16–7)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
1 April 2 Royals 7 – 4 Key (1–0) Walker (0–1) Myers (1) 46,588 1–0
2 April 3 Royals 6 – 4 Rhodes (1–0) Montgomery (0–1) Myers (2) 43,031 2–0
3 April 4 @Rangers 5 – 4 Erickson (1–0) Patterson (0–1) Benítez (1) 26,058 3–0
4 April 5 @Rangers 9 – 7 Rhodes (2–0) Oliver (0–1) Myers (3) 39,073 4–0
5 April 6 @Rangers 9 – 3 Pavlik (1–0) Mussina (0–1) 36,156 4–1
6 April 7 @Royals 6 – 5 Walker (1–1) Benítez (0–1) 40,052 4–2
7 April 9 @Royals 4 – 2 (11) Mills (1–0) Bevil (0–1) Myers (4) 12,036 5–2
8 April 11 Rangers 9 – 3 Mussina (1–1) Burkett (0–1) 40,575 6–2
9 April 13 Rangers 9 – 0 Key (2–0) Pavlik (1–1) 44,154 7–2
10 April 14 Twins 4 – 2 Erickson (2–0) Tewksbury (0–2) Myers (5) 36,288 8–2
11 April 15 Twins 3 – 1 Kamieniecki (1–0) Aldred (0–2) Myers (6) 40,196 9–2
12 April 16 @White Sox 9 – 3 Drabek (1–1) Boskie (0–1) 14,061 9–3
13 April 17 @White Sox 1 – 0 Mussina (2–1) Darwin (0–1) Myers (7) 14,674 10–3
14 April 20 @Red Sox 11 – 1 Key (3–0) Gordon (1–2) 32,290 11–3
15 April 21 @Red Sox 4 – 2 Sele (3–0) Erickson (2–1) Slocumb (3) 33,608 11–4
16 April 22 White Sox 3 – 2 Mussina (3–1) Darwin (0–2) Myers (8) 38,392 12–4
17 April 23 White Sox 11 – 9 (11) Castillo (2–2) Benítez (0–2) Hernandez (3) 42,902 12–5
18 April 24 Red Sox 2 – 1 (11) Trlicek (3–4) Mathews (0–1) Henry (4) 40,000 12–6
19 April 25 Red Sox 2 – 0 Erickson (3–1) Gordon (1–3) Myers (9) 45,227 13–6
20 April 26 Red Sox 14 – 5 Key (4–0) Sele (3–1) Johnson (1) 47,727 14–6
21 April 27 Red Sox 13 – 7 Henry (1–0) Rhodes (2–1) 47,307 14–7
22 April 29 Twins 6 – 4 Boskie (1–1) Swindell (1–1) Myers (10) 11,368 15–7
23 April 30 Twins 12 – 3 Kamieniecki (2–0) Tewksbury (1–4) Benítez (2) 12,686 16–7
May (20–8)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
24 May 1 Twins 3–2 Erickson (4–1) Aldred (1–3) Myers (11) 11,678 17–7
25 May 2 Athletics 7–1 Key (5–0) Karsay (0–3) 46,181 18–7
26 May 3 Athletics 4–3 Small (4–0) Myers (0–1) Taylor (6) 45,780 18–8
27 May 4 Athletics 11–0 Coppinger (1–0) Prieto (2–2) Johnson (2) 47,001 19–8
28 May 5 Angels 7–2 Dickson (5–1) Kamieniecki (2–1) James (3) 41,296 19–9
29 May 6 Angels 8–4 Erickson (5–1) Finley (0–2) Myers (12) 37,150 20–9
30 May 7 Angels 3–0 Key (6–0) Watson (0–2) Myers (13) 43,858 21–9
31 May 8 Mariners 13–3 Mussina (4–1) Johnson (4–1) 45,026 22–9
32 May 9 Mariners 8–2 Moyer (2–0) Coppinger (1–1) 47,257 22–10
33 May 10 Mariners 3 – 2 (11) Charlton (2–1) Myers (0–2) 47,340 22–11
34 May 11 Mariners 9–5 Erickson (6–1) Martínez (1–3) 47,451 23–11
35 May 12 Athletics 5–1 Key (7–0) Karsay (0–4) Benítez (3) 11,352 24–11
36 May 13 Athletics 7–3 Mussina (5–1) Mohler (0–5) 14,854 25–11
37 May 14 Angels 6–5 Springer (1–1) Boskie (1–2) Holtz (1) 15,780 25–12
38 May 15 Angels 3–2 Dickson (6–1) Kamieniecki (2–2) James (5) 15,966 25–13
39 May 16 Mariners 6–3 Erickson (7–1) Martínez (1–4) 39,455 26–13
40 May 17 Mariners 4–3 Key (8–0) Sanders (0–5) Benítez (4) 57,304 27–13
41 May 18 Mariners 8–7 Orosco (1–0) Charlton (2–3) Benítez (5) 57,432 28–13
42 May 20 Tigers 4–3 Kamieniecki (3–2) Olivares (2–3) Myers (14) 48,003 29–13
43 May 21 Tigers 2–0 Erickson (8–1) Thompson (4–3) Myers (15) 47,877 30–13
44 May 23 Indians 6–1 Ogea (5–3) Key (8–1) 41,154 30–14
45 May 24 Indians 8–3 Mussina (6–1) Kline (3–1) 41,040 31–14
46 May 25 Indians 7–6 Nagy (6–2) Rhodes (2–2) Morman (2) 42,944 31–15
47 May 26 Yankees 8–6 Boskie (2–2) Pettittie (6–3) Myers (16) 40,296 32–15
48 May 27 Yankees 10–6 Kamieniecki (2–2) Rogers (6–3) Benítez (6) 29,392 33–15
49 May 28 Yankees 8–1 Key (9–1) Moehler (3–4) Boskie (1) 10,692 34–15
50 May 30 Indians 3–0 Mussina (7–1) Nagy (6–3) 47,758 35–15
51 May 31 Indians 8–5 Boskie (3–2) Mesa (0–3) Myers (17) 47,739 36–15
June (15–12)
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
52 June 3 Yankees 7–5 Myers (1–2) Mecir (0–3) 47,577 37–15
53 June 4 Yankees 9–7 Orosco (2–0) Nelson (2–5) Myers (18) 47,748 38–15
54 June 6 @ White Sox 7–3 Drabek (5–4) Erickson (8–2) R. Hernandez (12) 21,304 38–16
55 June 7 @ White Sox 1 – 0 (11) R. Hernández (4–1) Myers (1–3) 31,548 38–17
56 June 8 @ White Sox 2–1 Key (10–1) Darwin (2–3) Myers (19) 24,089 39–17
57 June 9 @ White Sox 10–2 Mussina (8–1) Baldwin (3–8) 23,464 40–17
58 June 10 @ Red Sox 7–2 Erickson (9–2) Eshelman (0–1) 41–17
59 June 10 @ Red Sox 4–2 Rhodes (3–2) Wakefield (2–5) Myers (20) 30,995 42–17
60 June 11 @ Red Sox 10–1 Gordon (4–6) Johnson (0–1) 26,479 42–18
61 June 12 @ Red Sox 9–5 Sele (7–5) Kamieniecki (4–3) 24,970 42–19
62 June 13 @ Braves 4 – 3 Key (11–1) Maddux (7–3) Myers (21) 48,334 43–19
63 June 14 @ Braves 6 – 4 (12) Rhodes (4–2) Borowski (2–2) Myers (22) 26,964 44–19
64 June 15 @ Braves 5 – 3 (10) Mathews (1–1) Wohlers (2–2) Myers (23) 48,088 45–19
65 June 16 Expos 6 – 4 Hermanson (3–4) Boskie (3–3) Urbina (12) 47,557 45–20
66 June 17 Expos 5 – 4 Kamieniecki (5–3) Bullinger (4–6) Myers (24) 47,793 46–20
67 June 18 Expos 1 – 0 C. Perez (8–4) Key (11–2) 47,448 46–21
68 June 20 @ Blue Jays 3 – 0 Hentgen (8–3) Mussina (8–2) 30,266 46–22
69 June 21 @ Blue Jays 5 – 1 Erickson (10–2) Plesac (0–3) 40,139 47–22
70 June 22 @ Blue Jays 5 – 2 Kamieniecki (6–3) Person (2–5) Myers (25) 35,106 48–22
71 June 23 @ Brewers 5 – 0 D'Amico (5–3) Key (11–3) 16,304 48–23
72 June 24 @ Brewers 6 – 2 Boskie (4–3) Karl (2–9) Rhodes (1) 14,007 49–23
73 June 25 @ Brewers 9 – 1 Mussina (9–2) Eldred (7–8) 21,042 50–23
74 June 26 Blue Jays 3 – 0 Clemens (12–2) Erickson (10–3) Timlin (7) 47,617 50–24
75 June 27 Blue Jays 2 – 1 Person (3–5) Kamieniecki (6–4) Spoljaric (2) 47,900 50–25
76 June 28 Blue Jays 5 – 2 W. Williams (3–7) Key (11–4) Timlin (8) 47,687 50–26
77 June 29 Blue Jays 3 – 2 Escobar (1–0) Benítez (0–3) Timlin (9) 47,763 50–27
78 June 30 Phillies 8 – 1 Mussina (10–2) Maduro (3–7) 47,837 51–27
July
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
79 July 1 Phillies 4 – 1 Erickson (11–3) Beech (0–4) Myers (26) 47,610 52–27
80 July 2 Phillies 10 – 6 Rhodes (5–2) Spradlin (1–4) 47,785 53–27
81 July 3 @ Tigers 10 – 1 Key (12–4) Lira (5–5) 13,209 54–27
82 July 4 @ Tigers 4 – 3 Rhodes (6–2) Keagle (0–1) Myers (27) 30,100 55–27
83 July 4 @ Tigers 11 – 8 Bautista (2–2) Mills (1–1) T. Jones (12) 30,100 55–28
84 July 5 @ Tigers 6 – 5 Miceli (2–1) Orosco (2–1) T. Jones (13) 37,074 55–29
85 July 6 @ Tigers 14 – 9 Blair (6–4) Erickson (11–4) 18,197 55–30
86 July 11 Brewers 3 – 1 McDonald (8–6) Key (12–5) D. Jones (21) 47,919 55–31
87 July 12 Brewers 3 – 2 Eldred (9–8) Erickson (11–5) D. Jones (22) 47,606 55–32
88 July 13 Brewers 6 – 4 D'Amico (7–4) Mussina (10–3) D. Jones (23) 47,448 55–33
89 July 14 Blue Jays 9 – 5 Mathews (2–1) Person (3–6) 47,042 56–33
90 July 15 Blue Jays 8 – 4 Boskie (5–3) Guzmán (3–6) 47,062 57–33
91 July 16 Red Sox 4 – 1 Avery (3–2) Key (12–6) Slocumb (12) 47,712 57–34
92 July 17 Red Sox 12 – 9 Mahay (1–0) Orosco (2–2) Slocumb (13) 47,912 57–35
93 July 18 White Sox 3 – 0 Baldwin (7–9) Mussina (10–4) R. Hernández (24) 47,759 57–36
94 July 19 White Sox 8 – 3 Rhodes (7–2) Simas (3–1) Benítez (7) 47,857 58–36
95 July 20 White Sox 10 – 2 Navarro (8–8) Boskie (5–4) 47,800 58–37
96 July 21 @ Rangers 5 – 1 Key (13–6) Oliver (6–10) 35,842 59–37
97 July 22 @ Rangers 9 – 3 Erickson (12–5) Burkett (7–9) 43,421 60–37
98 July 23 @ Rangers 3 – 2 Myers (2–3) Patterson (6–4) 40,834 61–37
99 July 25 @ Twins 5 – 2 Radke (14–5) Kamieniecki (6–5) 21,524 61–38
August
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record
September
# Date Opponent Score Win Loss Save Attendance Record

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI
C Chris Hoiles 99 320 45 83 .259 12 49
1B Rafael Palmeiro 158 614 95 156 .254 38 110
2B Roberto Alomar 112 412 64 137 .333 14 60
3B Cal Ripken, Jr. 162 615 79 166 .270 17 84
SS Mike Bordick 153 509 55 120 .236 7 46
LF B.J. Surhoff 147 528 80 150 .284 18 88
CF Brady Anderson 151 590 97 170 .288 18 73
RF Jeffrey Hammonds 118 397 71 105 .264 21 55

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Tony Tarasco 100 166 34 .205 7 26
Jeff Reboulet 99 228 54 .237 4 27
Lenny Webster 98 259 66 .255 7 37
Pete Incaviglia 48 138 34 .246 5 12
Harold Baines 44 134 39 .291 4 15
Aaron Ledesma 43 88 31 .352 2 11
Eric Davis 42 158 48 .304 8 25
Jerome Walton 26 68 20 .294 3 9
David Dellucci 17 27 6 .222 1 3
Tim Laker 7 14 0 .000 0 1
Charlie Greene 5 2 0 .000 0 1
Melvin Rosario 4 3 0 .000 0 0
Danny Clyburn 2 3 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jimmy Key 34 212.1 16 10 3.43 141
Scott Erickson 33 221.2 16 7 3.69 131
Mike Mussina 33 224.2 15 8 3.20 218
Scott Kamieniecki 30 179.1 10 6 4.01 109
Rick Krivda 10 50.0 4 2 6.30 29

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Shawn Boskie 28 77.0 6 6 6.43 50
Mike Johnson 14 39.2 0 1 7.94 29
Nerio Rodríguez 6 22.0 2 1 4.91 11
Rocky Coppinger 5 20.0 1 1 6.30 22
Esteban Yan 3 9.2 0 1 15.83 4

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Randy Myers 61 59.2 2 3 45 1.51 56
Armando Benítez 71 73.1 4 5 9 2.45 106
Jesse Orosco 71 50.1 6 3 0 2.32 46
Terry Mathews 57 63.1 4 4 1 4.41 39
Arthur Rhodes 53 95.1 10 3 1 3.02 102
Alan Mills 39 38.2 2 3 0 4.89 32
Brian Williams 13 24.0 0 0 0 3.00 14

ALDS

Main article: 1997 American League Division Series

Game 1

October 1, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 1 0 4 4 0 0 0 9 13 0
Seattle 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 7 1
W: Mike Mussina (1-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BALGerónimo Berroa (1)   Chris Hoiles (1)   SEAEdgar Martínez (1)   Jay Buhner (1)   Alex Rodriguez (1)

Game 2

October 2, Kingdome

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 0 0 2 0 2 4 0 9 14 0
Seattle 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 9 0
W: Scott Erickson (1-0)   L: Jamie Moyer (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BALHarold Baines (1)   Brady Anderson (1)   SEA – None

Game 3

October 4, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 4 11 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 5 0
W: Jeff Fassero (1-0)   L: Jimmy Key (0-1)  SV: None
HR: BAL – None   SEAJay Buhner (2)   Paul Sorrento (1)

Game 4

October 5, Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Baltimore 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 3 7 0
W: Mike Mussina (2-0)   L: Randy Johnson (0-2)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
HR: BALJeff Reboulet (1)   Gerónimo Berroa (2)   SEAEdgar Martínez (2)

ALCS

Main article: 1997 American League Championship Series

Game 1

October 8, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Baltimore 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 X 3 6 1
WP: Scott Erickson (1-0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0-1)  SV: Randy Myers (1)
HRs: BALBrady Anderson (1) Roberto Alomar (1)

Game 2

October 9, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cleveland 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 5 6 3
Baltimore 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 8 1
WP: Paul Assenmacher (1-0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0-1)  SV: José Mesa (1)
HRs: CLEManny Ramírez (1) Marquis Grissom (1)   BALCal Ripken (1)

Game 3

October 11, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 8 1
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
WP: Eric Plunk (1-0)  LP: Randy Myers (0-1)  
HRs: None

Game 4

October 12, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 12 2
Cleveland 0 2 0 1 4 0 0 0 1 8 13 0
WP: José Mesa (1-0)  LP: Alan Mills (0-1)  
HRs: CLESandy Alomar, Jr. (1) Manny Ramírez (2)   BALBrady Anderson (2) Harold Baines (1) Rafael Palmeiro (1)

Game 5

October 13, Jacobs Field

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 10 0
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 8 1
WP: Scott Kamieniecki (1-0)  LP: Chad Ogea (0-2)  
HRs: BALEric Davis (1)

Game 6

October 15, Camden Yards

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Cleveland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 0
WP: Brian Anderson (1-0)  LP: Armando Benítez (0-2)  S: José Mesa (1)
HRs: CLE: – Tony Fernández (1)

Awards and honors

1997 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Marv Foley
AA Bowie Baysox Eastern League Joe Ferguson
A Frederick Keys Carolina League Dave Hilton
A Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League Tommy Shields and Tom Trebelhorn
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Bobby Dickerson
Rookie GCL Orioles Gulf Coast League Butch Davis

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Rochester, Delmarva, Bluefield[8]

References

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  2. ^ Mike Bordick Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  3. ^ "Jerome Walton Stats".
  4. ^ "Eric Davis Stats".
  5. ^ "Scott McClain Stats".
  6. ^ "Hutch Award | Baseball Almanac".
  7. ^ 100 Things Orioles Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die, Dan Connolly, Triumph Books, Chicago, 2015, ISBN 978-1-62937-041-5, p.133
  8. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007