Awards and honors
- Most Valuable Player
- Cy Young Award
- Rookie of the Year
- On May 6, 1982, Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners became the fifteenth pitcher to win three hundred games when Seattle defeated the NY Yankees 7–3 at the Kingdome.
- On May 30, Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles plays the first of what would become a record-breaking 2,632 consecutive games by starting at third base against the Toronto Blue Jays.
- On October 3, the San Francisco Giants eliminated the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers from playoff contention in favor of the Atlanta Braves. This was one of the few times a defending champion was eliminated on the final day of the regular season.
- For the first time since 1959, no pitcher pitched a no-hitter.