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1983 Kansas City Royals season


1983 Kansas City Royals season

1983 Kansas City Royals
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Ewing Kauffman
Manager(s) Dick Howser
Local television WDAF-TV
(Denny Matthews, Denny Trease, Fred White)
Local radio WIBW (AM)
(Denny Matthews, Fred White)
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The 1983 Kansas City Royals season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Royals finishing 2nd in the American League West with a record of 79 wins and 83 losses.


  • Offseason 1
  • Regular season 2
    • Season standings 2.1
    • Notable transactions 2.2
    • Pine Tar Game 2.3
    • Roster 2.4
  • Player stats 3
    • Batting 3.1
      • Starters by position 3.1.1
      • Other batters 3.1.2
    • Pitching 3.2
      • Starting pitchers 3.2.1
      • Other pitchers 3.2.2
      • Relief pitchers 3.2.3
  • Farm system 4
  • Notes 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Regular season

  • April 20, 1983: Detroit Tigers.

Season standings

Team Wins Losses Win % GB
Chicago White Sox 99 63 .611 0
Kansas City Royals 79 83 .488 20.0
Texas Rangers 77 85 .475 22.0
Oakland Athletics 74 88 .457 25.0
California Angels 70 92 .432 29.0
Minnesota Twins 70 92 .432 29.0
Seattle Mariners 60 102 .370 39.0

Notable transactions

Pine Tar Game

The George Brett in the Pine Tar Incident on July 24, 1983.

The Pine Tar Game refers to a controversial incident that took place in an American League baseball game played between the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees on July 24, 1983.

Playing at New York's Rich "Goose" Gossage for a two-run home run and a 5-4 lead. As Brett crossed the plate, New York manager Billy Martin approached home plate umpire Tim McClelland and requested that Brett's bat be examined. Earlier in the season, Martin and other members (most notably, third baseman Graig Nettles, who as a member of the Minnesota Twins, recalled a similar incident involving Thurman Munson) of the Yankees had noticed the amount of pine tar used by Brett, but Martin had chosen not to say anything until the home run.

With Brett watching from the dugout, McClelland and the rest of the umpiring crew inspected the bat. Measuring the bat against the width of home plate (which is 17 inches), they determined that the amount of pine tar on the bat's handle exceeded that allowed by Rule 1.10(b) of the Major League Baseball rule book, which read that "a bat may not be covered by such a substance more than 18 inches (460 mm) from the tip of the handle."


Player stats


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
3B George Brett 123 464 144 .310 25 93
SS U L Washington 144 547 129 .236 5 41

Other batters

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Leon Roberts 84 213 55 .258 8 24


Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gaylord Perry 14 84.1 4 4 4.27 40
Eric Rasmussen 11 52.2 3 6 4.78 18

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Mark Huismann 13 2 1 0 5.58 20

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Royals American Association Joe Sparks
AA Jacksonville Suns Southern League Gene Lamont
A Fort Myers Royals Florida State League Rick Mathews
A Charleston Royals South Atlantic League Roy Tanner
Rookie GCL Royals Gulf Coast League Joe Jones
Rookie Butte Copper Kings Pioneer League Tommy Jones


  1. ^ Tim Ireland page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Cecil Fielder page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Bombo Rivera page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Gaylord Perry page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Melido Pérez page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Eric Rasmussen page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Vida Blue page at Baseball Reference


  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America.  

External links

  • 1983 Kansas City Royals team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1983 Kansas City Royals team page at
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