The '82 Orioles were in contention until the last day when they lost the last game of the season to the Brewers. Not a big deal though, the Orioles would come back and win it all next season.
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No doubt, Eddie Murray. He led the team in homers and RBIs to go with a .316 average.
Hall-of-famer Jim Palmer gets the nod, going 15-5 with a 3.13 ERA. This was his last season as a solid pitcher. He had a 5-4 record in 1983 with a 4+ ERA, and then fell off a cliff in 1984 going 0-3 with a 9+ ERA.
Rookie Card of the Year
For the 1982 Orioles, is there really a choice. Cal Ripken of course gets the nod here. He has a card in all 4 of the major sets out in 1982. Of course, for my checklist, since I am starting with Topps and working form there, I am using his Topps Traded card in my checklist.
Interesting Non-Topps card
You can get a Cal Ripken rookie card in mint condition on ebay right now for $1.18 (why the hyper specific $1.18, who knows?). But, unfortunately, that is the rookie card of Cal Ripken Sr. that I am talking about. He was one of the coaches added into the 1982 Donruss set. This card came out 5 years before he became the manager of the Orioles.
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