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1969 Baltimore Orioles season

 

1969 Baltimore Orioles season

The 1969 Baltimore Orioles season was a season in American baseball. In the first season after the American League was split into two divisions, the Orioles won the first-ever American League East title, finishing first with a record of 109 wins and 53 losses, 19 games ahead of the runner-up Detroit Tigers.

After the regular season, the Orioles went on to the inaugural American League Championship Series, where they faced the Minnesota Twins. They swept the Twins in the 1969 ALCS, but lost the World Series to the upstart National League champion New York Mets in five games.

The team was managed by Earl Weaver, and played their home games at Memorial Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

AL East W L GB Pct.
Baltimore Orioles 109 53 0 .673
Detroit Tigers 90 72 19.0 .556
Boston Red Sox 87 75 22.0 .537
Washington Senators 86 76 23.0 .531
New York Yankees 80 81 28.5 .497
Cleveland Indians 62 99 46.5 .385

Notable transactions

Roster

1969 Baltimore Orioles
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Hendricks, ElrodElrod Hendricks 105 295 36 72 .244 12 38 0
1B Powell, BoogBoog Powell 152 533 83 162 .304 37 121 1
2B Johnson, DaveyDavey Johnson 142 511 52 143 .280 7 57 3
3B Robinson, BrooksBrooks Robinson 156 598 73 140 .234 23 84 2
SS Belanger, MarkMark Belanger 150 530 76 152 .287 2 50 14
LF Buford, DonDon Buford 144 554 99 161 .291 11 64 19
CF Blair, PaulPaul Blair 150 625 102 178 .285 26 76 20
RF Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson 148 539 111 166 .308 32 100 9
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Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; R = Runs; H = Hits; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; Avg. = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Etchebarren, AndyAndy Etchebarren 73 217 29 54 .249 3 26 1
Rettenmund, MervMerv Rettenmund 95 190 27 47 .247 4 25 6
May, DaveDave May 78 120 8 29 .242 3 10 2
Salmon, ChicoChico Salmon 52 91 18 27 .297 3 12 0
Motton, CurtCurt Motton 56 89 15 27 .303 6 21 3
Floyd, BobbyBobby Floyd 39 84 7 17 .202 0 1 0
Dalrymple, ClayClay Dalrymple 37 80 8 19 .238 3 6 0
Crowley, TerryTerry Crowley 7 18 2 6 .333 0 3 0

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 41 268.2 20 7 3.22 166
Cuellar, MikeMike Cuellar 39 290.2 23 11 2.38 182
Phoebus, TomTom Phoebus 35 202 14 7 3.52 117
Palmer, JimJim Palmer 26 181 16 4 2.34 123

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
Hardin, JimJim Hardin 30 137.2 6 7 3.60 64

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Watt, EddieEddie Watt 56 71 5 2 16 1.65 46
Richert, PetePete Richert 44 57.1 7 4 12 2.20 54
Hall, DickDick Hall 39 65.2 5 2 6 1.92 31
Leonhard, DaveDave Leonhard 37 94 7 4 1 2.49 37
López, MarcelinoMarcelino López 27 69.1 5 3 0 4.41 57
Severinsen, AlAl Severinsen 12 19.2 1 1 0 2.29 13
Adamson, MikeMike Adamson 6 8 0 1 0 4.50 2
Bertaina, FrankFrank Bertaina 3 6 0 0 0 0.00 5
Beene, FredFred Beene 2 2.2 0 0 0 0.00 0

Postseason

ALCS

Game 1

October 4, 1969 at Memorial Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 2
Baltimore 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 10 1
W: Dick Hall (1-0)   L: Ron Perranoski (0-1)  
HR: MINTony Oliva (1), BALFrank Robinson (1), Mark Belanger (1), Boog Powell (1)

Game 2

October 5, 1969 at Memorial Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
Baltimore 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 0
W: Dave McNally (1-0)   L: Dave Boswell (0-1)   
HR: None

Game 3

October 6, 1969 at Metropolitan Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore 0 3 0 2 0 1 0 2 3 11 18 0
Minnesota 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 2
W: Jim Palmer (1-0)   L: Bob Miller (0-1)   
HR: BALPaul Blair (1)

1969 World Series

Main article: 1969 World Series
Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Mets - 1, Orioles - 4 October 11 Memorial Stadium 50,429
2 Mets - 2, Orioles - 1 October 12 Memorial Stadium 50,850
3 Orioles - 0, Mets - 5 October 14 Shea Stadium 56,335
4 Orioles - 1, Mets - 2
(10 innings)
October 15 Shea Stadium 57,367
5 Orioles - 3, Mets - 5 October 16 Shea Stadium 57,397

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Cal Ripken, Sr.
AA Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Texas League Joe Altobelli
A Stockton Ports California League Bill Werle
A Miami Marlins Florida State League Woody Smith
Short-Season A Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Ken Rowe
Rookie Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Jackie Ferrell

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Stockton, Miami

Notes

References

  • 1969 Baltimore Orioles team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1969 Baltimore Orioles season at baseball-almanac.com
Preceded by
First Season
AL East Championship Season
1969
Succeeded by
Baltimore Orioles
1970
Preceded by
Detroit Tigers
1968
American League Champions
1969
Succeeded by
Baltimore Orioles
1970
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