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1968 Baltimore Orioles season

1968 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 91–71 (.562)
League place 2nd
Other information
Owner(s) Jerold Hoffberger
Manager(s) Hank Bauer, Earl Weaver
Local television WJZ-TV
Local radio WBAL (AM)
(Chuck Thompson, Bill O'Donnell)
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The 1968 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the American League with a record of 91 wins and 71 losses, 12 games behind the AL and World Series champion Detroit Tigers. The team was managed by Hank Bauer, until he was replaced right after the All-Star break by Earl Weaver. The Orioles' home games were played at Memorial Stadium.

Following the season, it was announced that the American League, along with the National League, would be split into two divisions for the 1969 season in order to accommodate the admittance of two new franchises to each league. The Orioles were assigned to the new American League East division.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Detroit Tigers 103 59 .636
Baltimore Orioles 91 71 .562 12
Cleveland Indians 86 75 .534 16½
Boston Red Sox 86 76 .531 17
New York Yankees 83 79 .512 20
Oakland Athletics 82 80 .506 21
Minnesota Twins 79 83 .488 24
California Angels 67 95 .414 36
Chicago White Sox 67 95 .414 36
Washington Senators 65 96 .404 37½

Notable transactions

Roster

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Etchebarren, AndyAndy Etchebarren 74 189 44 .233 5 20
1B Powell, BoogBoog Powell 154 550 137 .249 22 85
2B Johnson, DaveyDavey Johnson 145 504 122 .242 9 56
3B Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinson 162 608 154 .253 17 75
SS Belanger, MarkMark Belanger 145 472 98 .208 2 21
LF Motton, CurtCurt Motton 83 217 43 .198 8 25
CF Blair, PaulPaul Blair 141 421 89 .211 7 38
RF Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson 130 421 113 .268 15 52

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
Blefary, CurtCurt Blefary 137 451 90 .200 15 39
Buford, DonDon Buford 130 426 120 .282 15 46
May, DaveDave May 84 152 29 .191 0 7
Hendricks, ElrodElrod Hendricks 79 183 37 .202 7 23
Valentine, FredFred Valentine 47 91 17 .187 2 5
Haney, LarryLarry Haney 38 89 21 .236 1 5
Rettenmund, MervMerv Rettenmund 31 64 19 .297 2 7
Fernández, ChicoChico Fernández 24 18 2 .111 0 0
Fiore, MikeMike Fiore 6 17 1 .059 0 0
Floyd, BobbyBobby Floyd 5 9 1 .111 0 1

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
McNally, DaveDave McNally 35 273 22 10 1.95 202
Hardin, JimJim Hardin 35 244 18 13 2.51 160
Phoebus, TomTom Phoebus 36 240.2 15 15 2.62 193
Adamson, MikeMike Adamson 2 7.2 0 2 9.39 4

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
Leonhard, DaveDave Leonhard 28 126.1 7 7 3.13 61
Brabender, GeneGene Brabender 37 124.2 6 7 3.32 92
Bunker, WallyWally Bunker 18 71 2 0 2.41 44
Nelson, RogerRoger Nelson 19 71 4 3 2.41 70
Howard, BruceBruce Howard 10 31 0 2 3.77 19

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Player G W L SV ERA SO
Watt, EddieEddie Watt 59 5 5 11 2.27 72
Drabowsky, MoeMoe Drabowsky 45 4 4 7 1.91 46
Richert, PetePete Richert 36 6 3 6 3.47 47
Morris, JohnJohn Morris 19 2 0 0 2.56 22
O'Donoghue, JohnJohn O'Donoghue 16 0 0 2 6.14 11
Beene, FredFred Beene 1 0 0 0 9.00 1

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Billy DeMars
AA Elmira Pioneers Eastern League Cal Ripken, Sr.
A Stockton Ports California League Joe Altobelli
A Miami Marlins Florida State League Harry Malmberg
Short-Season A Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Bill Werle
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Ken Rowe

Notes

  1. ^ Elrod Hendricks page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/fisheed02.shtml
  3. ^ Roger Nelson page at Baseball Reference.
  4. ^ Tom Walker page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Fred Valentine transactions at Baseball Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN . 
  • 1968 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1968 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
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