1981 New York Yankees season

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1981 New York Yankees
AL East Champions
American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
General manager(s) Gene Michael
Manager(s) Gene Michael, Bob Lemon
Local television

WPIX
SportsChannel NY

(Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bill White)
Local radio WABC (AM)
(Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Fran Healy)
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The New York Yankees' 1981 season was the 79th season for the Yankees. In the ALCS, the Yankees swept the Oakland Athletics for their only pennant of the 1980s. However, they lost in the World Series in 6 games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. New York was managed by Gene Michael and Bob Lemon. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

The team finished in first place in the American League East for the first half of the season with a 34-22 record, but finished fifth in the second half with a 25-26 record, for an overall record of 59-48. The season was suspended for 50 days due to the infamous 1981 players strike and the league chose as its playoff teams, the division winners from the first and second halves of the season, respectively.

Notable transactions

Draft picks

Season standings

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.
New York Yankees 34 22 .607
Baltimore Orioles 31 23 .574
Milwaukee Brewers 31 25 .554
Detroit Tigers 31 26 .544
Boston Red Sox 30 26 .536
Cleveland Indians 26 24 .520
Toronto Blue Jays 16 42 .276
AL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Milwaukee Brewers 31 22 .585
Boston Red Sox 29 23 .558
Detroit Tigers 29 23 .558
Baltimore Orioles 28 23 .549
Cleveland Indians 26 27 .491
New York Yankees 25 26 .490
Toronto Blue Jays 21 27 .438

Record vs. opponents

1981 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 2–2 6–6 3–6 4–2 6–7 5–3 2–4 6–0 7–6 7–5 4–2 2–1 5–2
Boston 2–2 2–4 5–4 7–6 6–1 3–3 6–7 2–5 3–3 7–5 9–3 3–6 4–0
California 6–6 4–2 6–7 7–5 3–3 0–6 4–3 3–3 2–2 2–8 6–4 2–4 6–6
Chicago 6–3 4–5 7–6 2–5 3–3 2–0 4–1 2–4 5–7 7–6 3–3 2–4 7–5
Cleveland 2–4 6–7 5–7 5–2 1–5 4–4 3–6 2–1 7–5 3–2 8–4 2–2 4–2
Detroit 7–6 1–6 3–3 3–3 5–1 3–2 5–8 9–3 3–7 1–2 5–1 9–3 6–4
Kansas City 3–5 3–3 6–0 0–2 4–4 2–3 4–5 9–4 2–10 3–3 6–7 3–4 5–3
Milwaukee 4–2 7–6 3–4 1–4 6–3 8–5 5–4 9–3 3–3 4–2 2–2 4–5 6–4
Minnesota 0–6 5–2 3–3 4–2 1–2 3–9 4–9 3–9 3–3 2–8 3–6–1 5–8 5–1
New York 6–7 3–3 2–2 7–5 5–7 7–3 10–2 3–3 3–3 4–3 2–3 5–4 2–3
Oakland 5–7 5–7 8–2 6–7 2–3 2–1 3–3 2–4 8–2 3–4 6–1 4–2 10–2
Seattle 2–4 3–9 4–6 3–3 4–8 1–5 7–6 2–2 6–3–1 3–2 1–6 5–8 3–3
Texas 1–2 6–3 4–2 4–2 2–2 3–9 4–3 5–4 8–5 4–5 2–4 8–5 6–2
Toronto 2–5 0–4 6–6 5–7 2–4 4–6 3–5 4–6 1–5 3–2 2–10 3–3 2–6


Roster

1981 New York Yankees
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Cerone, RickRick Cerone 71 234 23 57 .244 2 21 0
1B Watson, BobBob Watson 59 156 15 33 .212 6 12 0
2B Randolph, WillieWillie Randolph 93 357 59 83 .232 2 24 14
SS Dent, BuckyBucky Dent 73 227 20 54 .238 7 27 0
3B Nettles, GraigGraig Nettles 103 349 46 85 .244 15 46 0
LF Winfield, DaveDave Winfield 105 388 52 114 .294 13 68 11
CF Mumphrey, JerryJerry Mumphrey 80 319 44 98 .307 6 32 14
RF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 94 334 33 79 .237 15 54 0
DH Murcer, BobbyBobby Murcer 50 117 14 31 .265 6 24 0

[14]

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Gamble, OscarOscar Gamble 80 189 45 .238 10 27
Milbourne, LarryLarry Milbourne 61 163 51 .313 1 12
Piniella, LouLou Piniella 60 159 44 .277 5 18
Foote, BarryBarry Foote 40 125 26 .208 6 10
Revering, DaveDave Revering 45 119 28 .235 2 7
Spencer, JimJim Spencer 25 63 9 .143 2 4
Brown, BobbyBobby Brown 31 62 14 .226 0 6
Werth, DennisDennis Werth 34 55 6 .109 0 1
Oates, JohnnyJohnny Oates 10 26 5 .192 0 0
Patterson, MikeMike Patterson 4 9 2 .222 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Righetti, DaveDave Righetti 15 105.1 8 4 2.05 89

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bird, DougDoug Bird 17 53.1 5 1 2.70 28
Underwood, TomTom Underwood 9 32.2 1 4 4.41 29

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Frazier, GeorgeGeorge Frazier 16 0 1 3 1.63 17
Wehrmeister, DaveDave Wehrmeister 5 0 0 0 5.14 7

Postseason

ALDS

New York wins series, 3-2.

Game Score Date
1 New York 5, Milwaukee 3 October 7
2 New York 3, Milwaukee 0 October 8
3 Milwaukee 5, New York 3 October 9
4 Milwaukee 2, New York 1 October 10
5 New York 7, Milwaukee 3 October 11

ALCS

New York Yankees win the Series over the Oakland Athletics, 3-0

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Oakland – 1, New York – 3 October 13 Yankee Stadium 55,740
2 Oakland – 3, New York – 13 October 14 Yankee Stadium 48,497
3 New York – 4, Oakland – 0 October 15 Oakland Coliseum 47,302

World Series

NL Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (2)
Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 5 October 20 Yankee Stadium (New York) 56,470 2:32
2 Dodgers – 0, Yankees – 3 October 21 Yankee Stadium (New York) 56,505 2:29
3 Yankees – 4, Dodgers – 5 October 23 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 56,236 3:04
4 Yankees – 7, Dodgers – 8 October 24 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 56,242 3:32
5 Yankees – 1, Dodgers – 2 October 25 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 56,115 2:19
6 Dodgers – 9, Yankees – 2 October 28 Yankee Stadium (New York) 56,513 3:09

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Frank Verdi
AA Nashville Sounds Southern League Stump Merrill
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Doug Holmquist
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Bob Schaefer
A-Short Season Oneonta Yankees New York–Penn League Art Mazmanian
Rookie Paintsville Yankees Appalachian League Mike Easom
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Carlos Tosca

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus, Greensboro, Oneonta, Paintsville[15]

Notes

  1. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/guldebr01.shtml
  2. ^ Brian Doyle page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Dave Winfield page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rafael Santana page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Chris Welsh page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Johnny Oates page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dave Revering page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Rick Reuschel page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Pat Tabler page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ 1981 MLB June Draft Second Round Picks
  11. ^ Phil Lombardi page at Baseball Reference
  12. ^ Eric Plunk page at Baseball Reference
  13. ^ Fred McGriff page at Baseball Reference
  14. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/NYY/1981.shtml
  15. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References

  • 1981 New York Yankees
  • 1981 World Series
  • 1981 New York Yankees team page at www.baseball-almanac.com
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