Remembering 1983: A look at the Orioles' world championship for the week of Oct. 7-13

The Orioles finished the regular season with the second-best ERA (3.63) in the American League. This week, they take it up a notch. In four postseason games, Baltimore allows four runs (three earned) in defeating Chicago in the AL Championship Series and splitting the first two games of the World Series with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The White Sox bow, 11-1 and 3-0, as the Orioles win the AL flag, three games to one. In the blowout, Mike Flanagan and Sammy Stewart combine on a six-hitter, and Eddie Murray slams a three-run home run into the upper deck at Comiskey Park, breaking his 0-for-29 slump in the playoffs.

Then Storm Davis and Tippy Martinez blank Chicago in a tight contest won on a 10th-inning homer by Tito Landrum, acquired in late August from the St. Louis Cardinals.

“Pinch me before I get out of here and make me believe it really happened,” Landrum says in the champagne-soaked clubhouse.

In Game 1 of the “I-95” World Series, Orioles bats fall silent in a 2-1 loss to Philadelphia. Manager Joe Altobelli calls the defeat “a disadvantage, only momentarily.” Sure enough, his team rebounds with a 4-1 win as Mike Boddicker, hero of the ALCS, stops the Phillies and drives in a run with a sacrifice fly. He’s the first rookie to pitch a three-hitter in the World Series since 1919.

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