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Remembering 1983: A look at the Orioles' world championship for the week of May 27-June 2

A week without a win. A month without a home run by Eddie Murray. Both hapless streaks end May 27 as the Orioles turn back the Royals, 7-4, in Kansas City.

Murray hits only his third homer — and the first since April 20 — to help end the Orioles’ slide. The next day, he connects again as left-hander Scott McGregor defeats the Royals, 1-0, on a two-hitter. Two games later, in a 6-1 win at the Minnesota Twins, Murray launches a three-run shot that travels 442 feet, the second-longest ball ever hit in the Metrodome (Murray holds the record, too). Another day, another Murray homer — his fourth in five games — though this time the Orioles fall to the Twins, 10-3.

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Ann Feild's Oriole Bird cartoon from May 31, 1983, after Mike Boddicker got his second win of the year and Eddie Murray hit his third homer in four games.
Ann Feild's Oriole Bird cartoon from May 31, 1983, after Mike Boddicker got his second win of the year and Eddie Murray hit his third homer in four games. (Ann Feild / Baltimore Sun)

Murray’s efforts help the team win four of six games on the road to edge within a half-game of the American League East lead. Others chip in, too. Gary Roenicke gets four hits, including a home run, and four RBIs in a 6-3 defeat of the Twins. Center fielder John Shelby throws out a base runner at the plate to end a late rally by the losing Royals. And right-hander Mike Boddicker, the recall from Triple-A Rochester, wins his second game, pitching seven scoreless innings against the Twins, who seem stymied by his off-speed stuff.

Now 27-22, the Orioles breathe easier.

“Going 15-13 during the month of May wasn’t bad, considering that we lost seven games in a row,” manager Joe Altobelli says.

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