When the Baltimore Orioles won the 1983 World Series, Mike Boddicker was the young ace in a rotation of aces. The 25-year old rookie was 16-8 that season, joining Scot McGregor, Mike Flanagan, Dennis Martinez, veteran Jim Palmer, and fellow youngster Storm Davis in a vaunted O’s pitching corps. Boddicker was lights out in the post-season: he started Game Two of the AL Playoffs and the World Series, winning them both. In Game Two of the Playoffs against the Chicago White Sox in Baltimore, Boddicker set a record with 14 K’s in an ALCS game, shackling the Sox, 4-0 in a five-hit shutout. He surrendered just three hits to the Phillies in his complete game victory in the World Series, and the one run they scored was unearned.
The Orioles traded Boddicker to the Boston Red Sox at the July trade deadline for Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling in 1988, in a deal that paid dividends for Baltimore. Anderson played for the O’s for 14 years, hitting more than 200 homers while making the All-Star team three times. But the trade was great for the Red Sox too (even though they lost Schilling until his return as a veteran in 2004). Boddicker went 7-3 for Boston down the stretch to help the club to the AL East title. The veteran won 15 games for the Red Sox the next season, and in 1990 he went 17-8 with a 3.36 ERA, as the team again won the division title. That season, Boddicker won his only Gold Glove, adding some hardware to his fine career.