MLB World Series

Season 37 Episode 1

Game 1 - Philadelphia at Baltimore (1983)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 11, 1983 on FOX
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Game 1 - Philadelphia at Baltimore (1983)

Game 1 of the 1983 World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Baltimore Orioles at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland.
Final Score: Philadelphia 2 Baltimore 1
Philadelphia leads series 1-0

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    Howard Cosell

    Howard Cosell

    Color Commentator

    Earl Weaver

    Earl Weaver

    Color Commentator

    Reggie Jackson

    Reggie Jackson

    Field Reporter

    Al Michaels

    Al Michaels

    Play-By-Play Announcer

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (7)

      • Final Score
        Philadelphia 2 Baltimore 1
        Philadelphia leads series 1-0

      • The Baltimore Orioles won the American League pennant by defeating the Chicago White Sox 3-1 (1-2, 4-0, 11-1, 3-0 (10)).
        The Philadelphia Phillies won the National League pennant by defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 (1-0, 1-4, 7-2, 7-2).

      • Official Scorers for the 1983 World Series:
        Phil Collier, San Diego Union
        Ted Eskridge, WCBM-AM, Owings Mills, Maryland
        Bob Kennedy, Camden (New Jersey) Courier-Post

      • Outgoing Commissioner Bowie Kuhn threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was invited to do so by Baltimore owner Edward Bennett Williams.

      • John Denver attended this game and sang the National Anthem. His song Thank God I'm a Country Boy is a fixture at Orioles' home games during the seventh inning stretch. Denver sang the song live.

      • This marked the first time in six World Series appearances that the Baltimore Orioles lost Game 1.

      • During the top of the seventh inning, Color Commentator Howard Cosell interviewed President Ronald Reagan, who was the 12th sitting president to attend a World Series game. The interview held up the game for several minutes and some people believed that it caused Baltimore Orioles' pitcher Scott McGregor to go cold and therefore lost the game for the Orioles.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Philadelphia Closer Al Holland: I just challenged them with fastballs. I gave them nothing but fastball. Here it is, my best. Hit it if you can. I had two days rest and all I was worried about was throwing strikes. And I threw strikes. I wasn't too shabby. I just reared back and let it go. I hit my spots.

      • Philadelphia Center Fielder Garry Maddox: I really have to thank God that I have the opportunity to be in a World Series, and to be able to hit a home run and win a ballgame is really a blessing.

      • Philadelphia Second Baseman Joe Morgan: First, I was too short to play this game, then too old, so I really don't worry about it any more. For a day or two, i can play as good as I ever could. I can't do that for 162 games but I can in a seven-game series.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Howard Cosell - Pregame Host, Reggie Jackson - Pregame Analyst
        Color Commentator Earl Weaver was employed as a consultant by Baltimore Orioles during the regular season. Since ABC prohibited an announcer employed by a team from calling games involving that team, Weaver had to resign from his job with the Orioles.

      • Starting Lineups
        Philadelphia Phillies
        Joe Morgan 2B
        Pete Rose 1B
        Mike Schmidt 3B
        Sixto Lezcano RF
        Gary Matthews LF
        Garry Maddox CF
        Bo Diaz C
        Ivan DeJesus SS
        John Denny P
        Baltimore Orioles
        Al Bumbry CF
        Jim Dwyer RF
        Cal Ripken SS
        Eddie Murray 1B
        John Lowenstein LF
        Rich Dauer 2B
        Todd Cruz 3B
        Rick Dempsey C
        Scott McGregor P

      • Reserves
        Philadelphia Phillies
        Larry Andersen
        Marty Bystrom
        Steve Carlton
        Bob Dernier
        Kiko Garcia
        Greg Gross
        Kevin Gross
        Von Hayes
        Willie Hernandez
        Al Holland
        Charles Hudson
        Joe Lefebvre
        Tony Perez
        Ron Reed
        Juan Samuel
        Ozzie Virgil
        Baltimore Orioles
        Benny Ayala
        Mike Boddicker
        Storm Davis
        Mike Flanagan
        Dan Ford
        Tito Landrum
        Dennis Martinez
        Tippy Martinez
        Joe Nolan
        Jim Palmer
        Gary Roenicke
        Lenn Sakata
        John Shelby
        Ken Singleton
        Sammy Stewart
        Tim Stoddard

    • ALLUSIONS (0)