Roenicke played for 12 years in the majors, hitting .247 with 121 home runs for the Montreal Expos, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He had a cup of coffee with Montreal in 1976, then came back up to the big leagues with Baltimore in 1978. He turned in a strong season for the Orioles in 1979, hitting .261 with a career-high 25 home runs. He hit .270 with 21 home runs and a career-high 74 RBIs for Baltimore in 1982, but his production began a steady decline the following year. The Orioles eventually dealt him to the Yankees, where he stayed for the 1986 season. He joined the Braves in 1987 and played there until his release in July of 1988.
Roenicke reached the playoffs and the World Series twice with Baltimore. The first time the Orioles defeated the California Angels in the ALCS to reach the series where they lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Baltimore was back in the playoffs again in 1983. This time they defeated the Chicago White Sox to reach the series where they faced the Philadelphia Phillies. The Orioles won that series in five games. Roenicke had three hits in four at bats with a home run, four RBI and four runs scored.
We featured one of Roenicke’s favorite teammates, Ron Guidry, last April.
Gary Roenicke – career stats