Could Orioles Meet Phillies in Rematch of 1983 World Series?

Could Orioles Meet Phillies in Rematch of 1983 World Series?
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The last time the Phillies and the Orioles met in a World Series, it would have been unimaginable that fans could reach into their pocket, pull out an electric device the size of a deck of cards, and wager on the outcome with any number of Maryland sports betting operators. 

Well, on the 40-year anniversary of the last time the Orioles played in the World Series – and won it all – fans of the O’s can certainly now bet on Baltimore’s World Series chances and even wager on the exact matchup that resulted in the Birds’ last championship.

Baltimore’s amazing on-field turnaround of late has the Orioles leading the American League East in front of Tampa Bay. And it coincides with Philadelphia leading in the wild card standings in the National League. So, it’s entirely plausible that both teams will make it to the World Series to set up a rematch of the 1983 Fall Classic, which Baltimore won in five games.

Odds of 1983 World Series Rematch

The FanDuel Maryland Sportsbook currently posts odds on a 40th anniversary rematch of the Orioles and Phillies at +4500, approximately a 2.2% probability.

The 1983 World Series produced an unlikely hero – Orioles catcher Rick Dempsey, a career .233 hitter who batted .385 in the five games and cemented his legacy in Charm City.

The stardom of the ’83 World Series served Dempsey well. After his 24 seasons playing in the Major Leagues, including 12 with the Orioles, Dempsey had stints as a coach with the Orioles and was a broadcast color commentator covering the team. He even had a restaurant at Orioles Park at Camden Yards that bore his name until recently – when it became a sports bar and restaurant branded by the Superbook Maryland Sportsbook.

The brief history of the 1983 World Series is that the Phillies, a veteran-laden team that started the season with seven players 38 years old or older, won the first game in Baltimore’s old Municipal Stadium. But the O’s swept the next four games, three of them at Philly’s Veterans Stadium. 

As an unlikely leading man on baseball’s biggest stage, Dempsey doubled in the go-ahead run in Game 2 that Baltimore went on to win. The affable catcher started a seventh-inning rally against Phillies Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in Game 3. And Dempsey homered and doubled in Game 5.

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Baltimore Orioles World Series Odds

Looking ahead at just the Orioles’ prospects for the World Series, regardless of opponent, the Orioles are +900 at BetMGM Maryland Sportsbook to win their fourth championship, as of Tuesday afternoon. Their odds to win the AL pennant are +375 at Caesars and +390 at FanDuel. At the beginning of the season, Baltimore was +3000 to win the World Series in the opening odds.

The Phillies’ odds to win the National League pennant range from +650 (DraftKings) to +850 (FanDuel), depending on the operator. Their odds to win the World Series, regardless of opponent, are +1800 at Caesars Sportsbook. Philadelphia is 28-20 since the All-Star break (a .583 winning percentage) and is atop the NL wild card race.

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Bill Ordine

Bill Ordine was a reporter and editor in news and sports for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Baltimore Sun for 25 years, and was a lead reporter on a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Breaking News. Bill started reporting on casinos and gaming shortly after Atlantic City’s first gambling halls opened and wrote a syndicated column on travel to casino destinations for 10 years. He covered the World Series of Poker for a decade and his articles on gaming have appeared in many major U.S. newspapers, such as the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald and others.

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