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In one fell swoop, the Orioles laid the foundation for two more World Series appearances, including their last championship in 1983.
While May and Pagan were forgotten in the grand scheme of things, Martinez, McGregor and Dempsey would all be vital components as the Orioles transitioned from the Brooks Robinson Era to the Eddie Murray/Cal Ripken Era. All three were named to the 50 All-Time Favorite Orioles team by the fans.
McGregor won 20 games in 1980 and pitched a shutout in the decisive Game Five of the 1983 World Series against Philadelphia.
Dempsey was a classic "glue guy," who kept his teammates loose with his goofy antics, like turning rain delays into his own personal slip n' slide. But he also came up big when it mattered, hitting a home run and four doubles in the 1983 World Series, earning MVP honors.
Martinez was the Orioles bullpen ace during the 1979 and 1983 World Series runs, as a setup man in the former and as a closer during the latter. One of the franchise's most popular players, Tippy was also on the mound during one of the most famous Orioles games of all time, simply known as "The Tippy Game."
In the top of the 10th inning the Orioles were trailing the Toronto Blue Jays 4-3. Having trailed most of the game, the O's had used their entire bench and had utility infielder Lenn Sakata behind the plate. But Martinez, incredibly picked off three Blue Jays at first base—Barry Bonnell, Dave Collins and Willie Upshall—to retire the side. The Orioles then won the game 7-4 on a game-winning home run by Sakata.