1981 Boston Red Sox season

The 1981 Boston Red Sox season was the 81st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. Due to the 1981 Major League Baseball strike, play during the regular season was suspended for 50 days, and the season was split into two halves, with playoff teams determined by records from each half of the season. In the first half of the season, the Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 30 wins and 26 losses, four games behind the New York Yankees. In the second half of the season, the Red Sox finished second in the division with a record of 29 wins and 23 losses, 1½ games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox' overall record for the season was 59 wins and 49 losses.

1981 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey
General manager(s)Haywood Sullivan
Manager(s)Ralph Houk
Local televisionWSBK-TV, Ch. 38
(Ned Martin, Ken Harrelson)
Local radioWITS-AM 1510
(Ken Coleman, Jon Miller)
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Offseason

Regular season

Notable transactions

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

Opening Day lineup

24 Dwight Evans RF
11 Dave Stapleton 2B
26 Joe Rudi     DH
14 Jim Rice LF
  5 Tony Pérez 1B
  4 Carney Lansford 3B
18 Glenn Hoffman SS
39 Gary Allenson C
  3 Rick Miller CF
43 Dennis Eckersley     P

Roster

1981 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

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 H Avg. HR RBI
C Rich Gedman 62 205 59 .288 5 26
1B Tony Pérez 84 306 77 .252 9 39
2B Jerry Remy 88 358 110 .307 0 31
3B Carney Lansford 102 399 134 .336 4 52
SS Glenn Hoffman 78 242 56 .231 1 20
LF Jim Rice 108 451 128 .284 17 62
CF Rick Miller 97 316 92 .291 2 33
RF Dwight Evans 108 412 122 .296 22 71
DH Carl Yastrzemski 91 338 83 .246 7 53

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
Dave Stapleton 93 355 101 .285 10 42

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

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

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

Awards and honors

All-Star Game

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Joe Morgan
AA Bristol Red Sox Eastern League Tony Torchia
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Buddy Hunter
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Rac Slider
A-Short Season Elmira Suns New York–Penn League Dick Berardino

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol

Notes

  1. ^ a b The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p.58, World Publications Group, North Dighton, Massachusetts, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
  2. ^ Joe Rudi page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Dick Drago page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Steve Lyons page at Baseball Reference

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