On their first road trip, to Cleveland and Chicago, the Orioles split four games — a telling start, as they hadn't played at least .500 ball on their initial westward swing since 1977. In an 8-4 loss to the Indians, the bullpen implodes: Sammy Stewart walks three in a row before closer Tippy Martinez allows a grand slam for the first time in his major league career.

The Orioles bounce back, slamming 14 hits — including the 1,000th of Eddie Murray's career — in a 13-2 victory. Murray also homers and scores four times, tying a club record.

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Cartoon that ran for game of April 12, 1983, when the Orioles squandered a 7-0 lead but beat the White Sox, 10-8, in Chicago's home opener.
Cartoon that ran for game of April 12, 1983, when the Orioles squandered a 7-0 lead but beat the White Sox, 10-8, in Chicago's home opener. (Ann Feild / Baltimore Sun)

Next: a 10-8 defeat of the White Sox, ending a 10-game losing streak at Comiskey Park. Catcher Rick Dempsey, who’d struck out eight times in his first 11 at-bats, rips a two-run double over outfielder Harold Baines’ outstretched glove for the game-winner. Stewart pitches 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the win and says it hiked his confidence.

"I only had the outfielders running against the wall twice," he says.

But Chicago storms back, 12-11, on a day fraught with 35 mph winds and a chilly drizzle. At 3 hours, 56 minutes, it's the longest nine-inning game in Orioles history. They return home at 3-3 and tied for second place, one-half game behind Cleveland.

Remembering, catching up with the 1983 World Series champion Orioles 35 years later

Looking back at and catching up with the 1983 Orioles, who won the team's most recent World Series, over the Phillies in five games.

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