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1981 Major League Baseball season

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

1981 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
SportBaseball
DurationApril 8 – June 12, 1981
August 10 – October 28, 1981
Number of games162 (scheduled)
103–111 (actual)[1]
Number of teams26
TV partner(s)ABC, NBC, USA
Draft
Top draft pickMike Moore
Picked bySeattle Mariners
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Rollie Fingers (MIL)
NL: Mike Schmidt (PHI)
Postseason
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upOakland Athletics
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upMontreal Expos
World Series
ChampionsLos Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-upNew York Yankees
World Series MVPRon Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager (LA)
 MLB seasons

The 1981 Major League Baseball season culminated with the Los Angeles Dodgers defeating the New York Yankees in the World Series, capturing the franchise's fifth World Series title. The season had a players' strike, which lasted from June 12 to July 31, and split the season into two halves. Teams that won their division in each half of the season advanced to the playoffs. This was the first split season in American League history, and second for the National League, which had played a split season in 1892.

The All-Star Game was originally scheduled for July 14, but was canceled due to the strike. It was ultimately played on August 9, as a prelude to the second half of the season, which began the following day.[2]

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Standings

American League

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 62 47 0.569 28–21 34–26
Baltimore Orioles 59 46 0.562 1 33–22 26–24
New York Yankees 59 48 0.551 2 32–19 27–29
Detroit Tigers 60 49 0.550 2 32–23 28–26
Boston Red Sox 59 49 0.546 30–23 29–26
Cleveland Indians 52 51 0.505 7 25–29 27–22
Toronto Blue Jays 37 69 0.349 23½ 17–36 20–33
AL East
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 34 22 .607
Baltimore Orioles 31 23 .574 2
Milwaukee Brewers 31 25 .554 3
Detroit Tigers 31 26 .544 3+12
Boston Red Sox 30 26 .536 4
Cleveland Indians 26 24 .520 5
Toronto Blue Jays 16 42 .276 19
AL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Milwaukee Brewers 31 22 .585
Boston Red Sox 29 23 .558 1+12
Detroit Tigers 29 23 .558 1+12
Baltimore Orioles 28 23 .549 2
Cleveland Indians 26 27 .491 5
New York Yankees 25 26 .490 5
Toronto Blue Jays 21 27 .438 7+12
AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 64 45 0.587 35–21 29–24
Texas Rangers 57 48 0.543 5 32–24 25–24
Chicago White Sox 54 52 0.509 25–24 29–28
Kansas City Royals 50 53 0.485 11 19–28 31–25
California Angels 51 59 0.464 13½ 26–28 25–31
Seattle Mariners 44 65 0.404 20 20–37 24–28
Minnesota Twins 41 68 0.376 23 24–36 17–32
AL West
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Oakland Athletics 37 23 .617
Texas Rangers 33 22 .600 1+12
Chicago White Sox 31 22 .585 2+12
California Angels 31 29 .517 6
Kansas City Royals 20 30 .400 12
Seattle Mariners 21 36 .368 14+12
Minnesota Twins 17 39 .304 18
AL West
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Kansas City Royals 30 23 .566
Oakland Athletics 27 22 .551 1
Texas Rangers 24 26 .480 4+12
Minnesota Twins 24 29 .453 6
Seattle Mariners 23 29 .442 6+12
Chicago White Sox 23 30 .434 7
California Angels 20 30 .400 8+12

National League

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 59 43 0.578 32–21 27–22
Montreal Expos 60 48 0.556 2 38–18 22–30
Philadelphia Phillies 59 48 0.551 36–19 23–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 46 56 0.451 13 22–28 24–28
New York Mets 41 62 0.398 18½ 24–27 17–35
Chicago Cubs 38 65 0.369 21½ 27–30 11–35
NL East
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600 1+12
Montreal Expos 30 25 .545 4
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521 5+12
New York Mets 17 34 .333 15
Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288 17+12
NL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558 12
Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481 4+12
New York Mets 24 28 .462 5+12
Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451 6
Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389 9+12


NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 66 42 0.611 32–22 34–20
Los Angeles Dodgers 63 47 0.573 4 33–23 30–24
Houston Astros 61 49 0.555 6 31–20 30–29
San Francisco Giants 56 55 0.505 11½ 29–24 27–31
Atlanta Braves 50 56 0.472 15 22–27 28–29
San Diego Padres 41 69 0.373 26 20–35 21–34
NL West
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Los Angeles Dodgers 36 21 .632
Cincinnati Reds 35 21 .625 12
Houston Astros 28 29 .491 8
Atlanta Braves 25 29 .463 9+12
San Francisco Giants 27 32 .458 10
San Diego Padres 23 33 .411 12+12
NL West
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Houston Astros 33 20 .623
Cincinnati Reds 31 21 .596 1+12
San Francisco Giants 29 23 .558 3+12
Los Angeles Dodgers 27 26 .509 6
Atlanta Braves 25 27 .481 7+12
San Diego Padres 18 36 .333 15+12

Postseason

Bracket

Division Series
(ALDS, NLDS)
League Championship Series
(ALCS, NLCS)
World Series
         
E1 NY Yankees 3
E2 Milwaukee 2
E1 NY Yankees 3
American League
W1 Oakland 0
W1 Oakland 3
W2 Kansas City 0
AL NY Yankees 2
NL Los Angeles 4
E1 Philadelphia 2
E2 Montreal 3
E2 Montreal 2
National League
W1 Los Angeles 3
W1 Los Angeles 3
W2 Houston 2

NOTE: Due to a strike in mid-season, the season was divided into a first half and a second half. The division winner of the first half (denoted E1, W1) played the division winner of the second half (denoted E2, W2).

Statistical leaders

Statistic American League National League
AVG Carney Lansford BOS .336 Bill Madlock PIT .341
HR Tony Armas OAK
Dwight Evans BOS
Bobby Grich CAL
Eddie Murray BAL
22 Mike Schmidt PHI 31
RBIs Eddie Murray BAL 78 Mike Schmidt PHI 91
Wins Dennis Martínez BAL
Steve McCatty OAK
Jack Morris DET
Pete Vuckovich MIL
14 Tom Seaver CIN 14
ERA Dave Righetti NYY 2.05 Nolan Ryan HOU 1.69
SO Len Barker CLE 127 Fernando Valenzuela LAD 180
SV Rollie Fingers MIL 28 Bruce Sutter STL 25
SB Rickey Henderson OAK 56 Tim Raines MTL 71
The Oakland Athletics playing host to the Texas Rangers at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum during a 1981 home game.

Awards and honors

Baseball Writers' Association of America Awards
BBWAA Award National League American League
Rookie of the Year Fernando Valenzuela (LAD) Dave Righetti (NYY)
Cy Young Award Fernando Valenzuela (LAD) Rollie Fingers (MIL)
Most Valuable Player Mike Schmidt (PHI) Rollie Fingers (MIL)
Gold Glove Awards
Position National League American League
Pitcher Steve Carlton (PHI) Mike Norris (OAK)
Catcher Gary Carter (MTL) Jim Sundberg (TEX)
First Baseman Keith Hernandez (STL) Mike Squires (CWS)
Second Baseman Manny Trillo (PHI) Frank White (KC)
Third Baseman Mike Schmidt (PHI) Buddy Bell (TEX)
Shortstop Ozzie Smith (STL) Alan Trammell (DET)
Outfielders Dusty Baker (LAD) Dwight Evans (BOS)
Andre Dawson (MTL) Rickey Henderson (OAK)
Garry Maddox (PHI) Dwayne Murphy (OAK)
Silver Slugger Awards
Pitcher/Designated Hitter Fernando Valenzuela (LAD) Al Oliver (TEX)
Catcher Gary Carter (MTL) Carlton Fisk (CWS)
First Baseman Pete Rose (PHI) Cecil Cooper (MIL)
Second Baseman Manny Trillo (PHI) Bobby Grich (CAL)
Third Baseman Mike Schmidt (PHI) Carney Lansford (BOS)
Shortstop Dave Concepción (CIN) Rick Burleson (CAL)
Outfielders Dusty Baker (LAD) Dwight Evans (BOS)
Andre Dawson (MTL) Rickey Henderson (OAK)
George Foster (CIN) Dave Winfield (NYY)

Other awards

Player of the Month

Month American League National League
April Ken Singleton Dave Concepción
May Dwight Evans Art Howe
August Cecil Cooper Mike Schmidt
September Eddie Murray
Willie Wilson
Gary Matthews

Pitcher of the Month

Month American League National League
April Matt Keough Fernando Valenzuela
May Mark Clear Charlie Lea
August Ron Guidry Rick Camp
Ed Whitson
September Larry Gura
Dennis Martínez
Tom Seaver

Home field attendance

Team name Wins Home attendance Per game
Los Angeles Dodgers[3] 63 -31.5% 2,381,292 -26.7% 42,523
Philadelphia Phillies[4] 59 -35.2% 1,638,752 -38.2% 29,795
New York Yankees[5] 59 -42.7% 1,614,353 -38.6% 31,654
Montreal Expos[6] 60 -33.3% 1,534,564 -30.5% 27,403
California Angels[7] 51 -21.5% 1,441,545 -37.3% 26,695
Houston Astros[8] 61 -34.4% 1,321,282 -42.0% 25,907
Oakland Athletics[9] 64 -22.9% 1,304,052 54.8% 23,287
Kansas City Royals[10] 50 -48.5% 1,279,403 -44.1% 27,221
Detroit Tigers[11] 60 -28.6% 1,149,144 -35.6% 20,894
Cincinnati Reds[12] 66 -25.8% 1,093,730 -45.9% 20,254
Boston Red Sox[13] 59 -28.9% 1,060,379 -45.8% 20,007
Baltimore Orioles[14] 59 -41.0% 1,024,247 -43.0% 18,623
St. Louis Cardinals[15] 59 -20.3% 1,010,247 -27.1% 19,061
Chicago White Sox[16] 54 -22.9% 946,651 -21.1% 19,319
Milwaukee Brewers[17] 62 -27.9% 874,292 -52.9% 17,843
Texas Rangers[18] 57 -25.0% 850,076 -29.1% 15,180
Toronto Blue Jays[19] 37 -44.8% 755,083 -46.1% 14,247
New York Mets[20] 41 -38.8% 704,244 -40.9% 13,543
Cleveland Indians[21] 52 -34.2% 661,395 -36.0% 12,248
Seattle Mariners[22] 44 -25.4% 636,276 -23.9% 11,163
San Francisco Giants[23] 56 -25.3% 632,274 -42.3% 11,930
Chicago Cubs[24] 38 -40.6% 565,637 -53.1% 9,752
Pittsburgh Pirates[25] 46 -44.6% 541,789 -67.1% 10,623
Atlanta Braves[26] 50 -38.3% 535,418 -48.9% 10,708
San Diego Padres[27] 41 -43.8% 519,161 -54.4% 9,439
Minnesota Twins[28] 41 -46.8% 469,090 -39.0% 7,690

Television coverage

Network Day of week Announcers
ABC Monday nights
Sunday afternoons
Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell, Don Drysdale, Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, Bob Uecker
NBC Saturday afternoons Joe Garagiola, Tony Kubek, Dick Enberg, Tom Seaver, Merle Harmon, Ron Luciano
USA Thursday nights Jim Woods, Nelson Briles, Monte Moore, Wes Parker

Events

January–March

April–June

July–September

October–December

Deaths

  • January 26 – Ray Oyler, 42, shortstop known for excellent glovework with the Detroit Tigers' 1968 champions, afterwards taken in the expansion draft by the Seattle Pilots
  • February 2 – Al Van Camp, 77, first baseman/left fielder who played from 1928 to 1932 for the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox
  • February 4 – Grant Gillis, 70, utility infielder for the Washington Senators and Boston Red Sox between 1927 and 1929
  • February 15 – Cotton Pippen, 69, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers from 1936 to 1940, better known as the pitcher that struck out Ted Williams in his first major league at-bat
  • March 7 – Pee-Wee Wanninger, 78, backup shortstop for the Yankees, Red Sox and Reds, better known as the player who replaced Everett Scott with the Yankees in 1925 to end his then major league record of 1,307 consecutive games
  • March 10 – Bob Elson, 76, broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox from 1931 to 1970; also worked with the Cubs and Oakland Athletics
  • March 17 – Paul Dean, 67, pitcher who joined his older brother Dizzy on the St. Louis Cardinals, winning 19 games in each of his first two seasons; the brothers each won two games in the 1934 World Series
  • March 19 – Frank Lane, 85, general manager of the White Sox, Indians, Brewers and Cardinals known for his numerous trades
  • March 25 – Red Morgan, 97, third baseman for the 1906 Boston Americans, at the time of his death the oldest living former major leaguer
  • April 16 – Effa Manley, 84, owner of the Negro leagues' Newark Eagles from 1935 to 1948
  • April 27 – Emerson Dickman, 66, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox between 1936 and 1941, who later became a coach at Princeton University in the 1950s
  • May 26 – George Smith, 79, pitcher who played from 1926 to 1930 for the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox
  • July 1 – Dan Daniel, 91, sportswriter for The Sporting News and various New York newspapers for over 50 years; also a member of baseball's Rules Committee
  • July 8 – Merl Combs, 61, shortstop for the Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators and Cleveland Indians between 1947 and 1952
  • August 9 – Sammy T. Hughes, 70, 6-time All-Star second baseman of the Negro leagues, mainly with the Elite Giants
  • October 4 – Freddie Lindstrom, 75, Hall of Fame third baseman for the New York Giants who batted .311 lifetime, twice collecting 230 hits and batting .333 in the 1924 World Series at age 18; later coach at Northwestern
  • October 17 – Johnny Peacock, 71, catcher for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Blue Jays/Phillies and Brooklyn Dodgers, between 1937 and 1945
  • October 22 – Taffy Wright, 70, outfielder for the Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Athletics from 1938 to 1949
  • October 25 – Pete Reiser, 62, All-Star center fielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers who led the NL in batting and four other categories in 1941 and in steals twice, but whose fearless defensive style led to numerous injuries
  • December 10 – John F. Kieran, 89, New York sportswriter and radio and television personality who authored books on numerous subjects
  • December 22 – Ed Gallagher, 71, pitcher for the 1932 Boston Red Sox
  • December 28 – John Bischoff, 87, catcher for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox in the 1920s, and one of the first foreign ballplayers to play in Cuban baseball

References

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