1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season

The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season got off to a strong start when rookie pitcher Fernando Valenzuela pitched a shutout on opening day, starting the craze that came to be known as "Fernandomania." Fernando went on to win both the Rookie of the Year and Cy Young Awards.

The season was divided into two halves because of a players strike in mid-season. The Dodgers won the Western Division of the National League in the first half and advanced to the playoffs. They beat the Houston Astros in a divisional playoff and the Montreal Expos in the National League Championship Series before beating the New York Yankees to win the World Series.

1981 Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series Champions
National League Champions
NL West champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Peter O'Malley
General manager(s)Al Campanis
Manager(s)Tommy Lasorda
Local televisionKTTV (11)
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett, Ross Porter
ONTV
Geoff Witcher, Al Downing
Local radioKABC
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett, Ross Porter
KTNQ
Jaime Jarrín, Rudy Hoyos
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Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

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.
Los Angeles Dodgers 36 21 .632
Cincinnati Reds 35 21 .625
Houston Astros 28 29 .491
Atlanta Braves 25 29 .463
San Francisco Giants 27 32 .458
San Diego Padres 23 33 .411
NL West
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Houston Astros 33 20 .623
Cincinnati Reds 31 21 .596
San Francisco Giants 29 23 .558
Los Angeles Dodgers 27 26 .509
Atlanta Braves 25 27 .481
San Diego Padres 18 36 .333

Record vs. opponents

1981 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–2–1 6–5 4–8 7–7 3–7 3–3 4–5 2–3 9–6 5–7 4–3
Chicago 2–3–1 1–5 1–6 6–4 4–7 5–8–1 2–10 4–10 3–3 5–5 5–4–1
Cincinnati 5–6 5–1 8–4 8–8 5–4 7–3 5–2 4–2 10–2 9–5 0–5
Houston 8–4 6–1 4–8 4–8 5–2 6–3 4–6 2–4 11–3 9–6 2–4
Los Angeles 7–7 4–6 8–8 8–4 5–2 5–1 3–3 5–1 6–5 7–5 5–5
Montreal 7–3 7–4 4–5 2–5 2–5 9–3 7–4 10–3 4–2 2–5 6–9
New York 3–3 8–5–1 3–7 3–6 1–5 3–9 7–7 3–6–1 2–5 2–4 6–5
Philadelphia 5-4 10–2 2–5 6–4 3–3 4–7 7–7 7–5 4–2 4–3 7–6
Pittsburgh 3–2 10–4 2–4 4–2 1–5 3–10 6–3–1 5–7 6–4 3–7 3–8
San Diego 6–9 3–3 2–10 3–11 5–6 2–4 5–2 2–4 4–6 6–7 3–7
San Francisco 7–5 5–5 5–9 6–9 5–7 5–2 4–2 3–4 7–3 7–6 2–3
St. Louis 3–4 4–5–1 5–0 4–2 5–5 9–6 5–6 6–7 8–3 7–3 3–2

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day Starters
Name Position
Davey Lopes Second baseman
Ken Landreaux Center fielder
Dusty Baker Left fielder
Steve Garvey First baseman
Ron Cey Third baseman
Pedro Guerrero Right fielder
Mike Scioscia Catcher
Bill Russell Shortstop
Fernando Valenzuela Starting pitcher

Roster

1981 Los Angeles Dodgers

Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Starting Pitchers stats

Name G GS IP ERA W/L BB SO CG
Fernando Valenzuela 25 25 192.3 2.48 13-7 61 180 11
Burt Hooton 23 23 142.3 2.28 11-6 33 74 5
Bob Welch 23 23 141.3 3.44 9-5 41 88 2
Jerry Reuss 22 22 152.7 2.30 10-4 27 51 8

Relief Pitchers stats

Name G GS IP ERA W/L BB SO SV
Steve Howe 41 0 54.0 2.50 5-3 18 32 8
Bobby Castillo 34 1 50.7 5.33 2-4 18 32 5
Dave Stewart 32 0 43.3 2.49 4-3 14 29 6
Terry Forster 21 0 30.7 4.11 0-1 15 17 0
Dave Goltz 26 8 77.0 4.09 2-7 25 48 1
Rick Sutcliffe 14 6 47.0 4.02 2-2 20 16 0
Tom Niedenfuer 17 0 26.0 3.81 3-1 6 12 2
Alejandro Peña 14 0 25.3 2.84 1-1 11 14 2
Ted Power 5 2 14.3 3.14 1-3 7 7 0

Batting Stats

Name Pos G AB Avg. R H HR RBI SB
Mike Scioscia C 93 290 .276 27 80 2 29 0
Steve Yeager C 42 86 .209 5 18 3 7 0
Jerry Grote C 2 2 .000 0 0 0 0 0
Steve Garvey 1B 110 431 .283 63 122 10 64 3
Davey Lopes 2B 58 214 .289 35 44 5 17 20
Bill Russell SS 82 262 .233 20 61 0 22 2
Ron Cey 3B 85 312 .288 42 90 13 50 0
Derrel Thomas 2B/3B/SS/OF 80 218 .248 25 54 4 24 7
Steve Sax 2B 31 119 .277 15 33 2 9 5
Pepe Frías SS/2B/3B 25 36 .250 6 9 0 3 0
Reggie Smith 1B 41 35 .200 5 7 1 8 0
Mike Marshall 1B/3B/OF 14 25 .200 2 5 0 1 0
Gary Weiss SS 14 19 .105 2 2 0 1 0
Jack Perconte 2B 8 9 .222 2 2 0 1 1
Dusty Baker OF 103 400 .320 48 128 9 49 10
Pedro Guerrero OF/3B/1B 98 347 .300 46 104 12 48 5
Ken Landreaux OF 99 390 .251 48 98 7 41 18
Rick Monday OF 66 130 .315 24 41 11 25 1
Jay Johnstone OF/1B 61 83 .205 8 17 3 6 0
Ron Roenicke OF 22 47 .234 6 11 0 0 1
Joe Ferguson OF 17 14 .143 2 2 0 1 0
Candy Maldonado OF 11 12 .093 0 1 0 0 0
Bobby Mitchell OF 10 5 .125 0 1 0 0 0
Mark Bradley OF 9 6 .167 2 1 0 0 0

Postseason

1981 National League Division Series

In the divisional series, the Dodgers fell behind the Houston Astros two games to zero but came back to win the next three games to take the series and advance to the LCS.

Game 1

October 6, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0
Houston 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 8 0
W: Nolan Ryan (1-0)  L: Dave Stewart (0-1)  
HRs: LASteve Garvey (1)  HOUAlan Ashby (1)

Game 2

October 7, The Astrodome, Houston, Texas

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 0
W: Joe Sambito (1-0)  L: Dave Stewart (0-2)  
HRs: LA – none   HOU – none

Game 3

October 9, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 2
Los Angeles 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 6 10 0
W: Burt Hooton (1-0)  L: Bob Knepper (0-1)  
HRs: HOUArt Howe (1)  LASteve Garvey (2)

Game 4

October 10, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 X 2 4 0
W: Fernando Valenzuela (1-0)  L: Vern Ruhle (0-1)  
HRs: HOU – none  LAPedro Guerrero (1)

Game 5

October 11, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Houston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 3
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 X 4 7 2
W: Jerry Reuss (1-0)  L: Nolan Ryan (1-1)  
HRs: HOU – none  LA – none

1981 National League Championship Series

The Dodgers faced the Montreal Expos in the 1981 NLCS and beat them three games to two, thanks to a ninth-inning home run by Rick Monday in Game 5.

Game 1

October 13, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 0
Los Angeles 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 5 8 0
W: Burt Hooton (1-0)  L: Bill Gullickson (0-1)  
HRs: MON – None  LADPedro Guerrero (1), Mike Scioscia (1)
Pitchers: MON – Gullickson, Reardon (8)  LAD – Hooton, Welch (8), Howe (9)
Attendance: 51,273

Game 2

October 14, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 10 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
W: Ray Burris (1-0)  L: Fernando Valenzuela (0-1)  
HRs: MON – None  LAD – None
Pitchers: MON – Burris  LAD – Valenzuela, Niedenfuer (7), Forster (7), Pena (7), Castillo (9)
Attendance: 53,463

Game 3

October 16, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 X 4 7 1
W: Steve Rogers (1-0)  L: Jerry Reuss (0-1)  
HRs: LAD – None  MONJerry White (1)
Pitchers: LAD – Reuss, Pena (8)  MON – Rogers
Attendance: 54,372

Game 4

October 17, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 7 12 1
Montreal 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
W: Burt Hooton (2-0)  L: Bill Gullickson (0-2)
HRs: LADSteve Garvey (1)  MON – None
Pitchers: LAD – Hooton, Welch (8), Howe (9)  MON – Gullickson, Fryman (8), Sosa (9), Lee (9)
Attendance: 54,499

Game 5

October 19, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
Montreal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
W: Fernando Valenzuela (1-1)  L: Steve Rogers (1-1)  SV: Bob Welch (1)
HRs: LADRick Monday (1)  MON – None
Pitchers: LAD – Valenzuela, Welch (9)  MON – Burris, Rogers (9)
Attendance: 36,491

1981 World Series

The Dodgers met the New York Yankees in the World Series once again, this time beating them in six games to claim their first championship since 1965.

Game 1

October 20, Yankee Stadium, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 5 0
New York 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 X 5 6 0
W: Ron Guidry (1-0)  L: Jerry Reuss (0-1)  SV: Goose Gossage (1)
HRs: LADSteve Yeager (1)  NYBob Watson (1)

Game 2

October 21, Yankee Stadium, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 2
New York 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 X 3 6 1
W: Tommy John (1-0)  L: Burt Hooton (0-1)  SV: Goose Gossage (2)
HRs: LAD – none  NY – none

Game 3

October 23, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 0
Los Angeles 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 X 5 11 1
W: Fernando Valenzuela (1-0)  L: George Frazier (0-1)  SV: none)
HRs: NYRick Cerone (1), Bob Watson (2)  LARon Cey (1)

Game 4

October 24, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 7 13 1
Los Angeles 0 0 2 0 1 3 2 0 X 8 14 2
W: Steve Howe (1-0)  L: George Frazier (0-2)  SV: none)
HRs: NYWillie Randolph (1), Reggie Jackson (1)  LAJay Johnstone (1)

Game 5

October 25, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 2 4 3
W: Jerry Reuss (1-1)  L: Ron Guidry (1-1)  SV: none
HRs: NY – none   LAPedro Guerrero (1), Steve Yeager (2)

Game 6

October 28, Yankee Stadium, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 3 4 0 1 0 9 13 1
New York 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 2
W: Burt Hooton (1-1)  L: George Frazier (0-3)  SV: Steve Howe (1)
HRs: LADPedro Guerrero (2)   NYWillie Randolph (2)

1981 Awards

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Albuquerque Dukes Pacific Coast League Del Crandall
AA San Antonio Dodgers Texas League Don LeJohn
High A Lodi Dodgers California League Terry Collins
High A Vero Beach Dodgers Florida State League Stan Wasiak
Rookie Lethbridge Dodgers Pioneer League Gary LaRocque

Teams in BOLD won League Championships

Major League Baseball Draft

The Dodgers drafted 33 players in the June draft and 18 in the January draft. Of those, eight players would eventually play in the Major Leagues. They received an extra pick in the 2nd round from the Houston Astros as compensation for the loss of free agent pitcher Don Sutton.

The Dodgers first round pick in the June draft was shortstop Dave Anderson from the University of Memphis. He played 10 seasons in the Majors (8 of them with the Dodgers), primarily as a utility infielder. The draft also included pitchers Sid Fernandez (round 3) and John Franco (round 5), both of whom would have lengthy Major League careers primarily with the New York Mets after the Dodgers traded them.

Notes

  1. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/l/landrke01.shtml
  2. ^ 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Regular Phase
  3. ^ 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB January Draft-Secondary Phase
  4. ^ 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Amateur Draft
  5. ^ 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers Picks in the MLB June Draft-Secondary Phase

References

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1981 Draft Picks

January draft

[2]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Kelvin White RHP Cosumnes River College No
2 Robert Seymour OF Sacramento City College Yes 1981–1982 A
3 Frederick Bass 3B Sacramento City College Yes 1981 A
4 John Sylvia SS College of the Sequoias Yes 1981–1982 A
5 Jack Loop 1B Pasadena City College No
6 Eugene Steinbach C Georgia Perimeter College Yes 1981–1994 AA
7 Brad Harlow SS Cosumnes River College No
8 Brett Radland RHP Valencia Community College No
9 Jon Van Dort OF Chaffey College No
10 Larry Riddle RHP Alvin Community College No
Red Sox-1984
1984 A
11 Andy Hargrove RHP Barstow Community College No
12 James Sewell OF Sacramento City College No
13 Ronnie Chapman 2B Louisburg College No
Blue Jays-1982
1982–1986 AA
14 James Woods IF San Jacinto College No
15 Charles Byers 3B Chaffey College No
16 Benny Distefano 1B Alvin Community College No
Pirates-1982
1982–1993 MLB

January Secondary phase

[3]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Shayne Hammond LHP Southeastern Illinois College Yes 1981–1983 AA
2 Tom DiCeglio SS Gulf Coast Community College No
Twins-1984
1984–1986 A

June draft

[4]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Dave Anderson SS University of Memphis Yes 1981–1992 MLB
2 Sid Bream 1B Liberty University Yes 1981–1994 MLB
2 Lemmie Miller OF Arizona State University Yes 1981–1989 MLB
3 Sid Fernandez LHP Kaiser High School No
Angels-1984
1981–2001 MLB
4 Steven Boncore C University of La Verne Yes 1981–1983 A
5 John Franco LHP St. John's University Yes 1981–2005 MLB
6 Brian Williams OF South High School Yes 1981–1986 A
7 Michael Beuder LHP Santa Clara University Yes 1981–1983 A
8 Gregory Chinn OF California State University, Sacramento Yes 1981–1983 A
9 Stu Pederson OF University of Southern California Yes 1981–1992 MLB
10 Mark Pirruccello C California State University, Fullerton No
Royals-1982
1982–1984 AA
11 Gregory Carne RHP Redondo High School Yes 1981–1984 A
12 Peyton Mosher RHP University of Georgia Yes 1981–1984 A
13 David Anderson RHP University of Nevada, Reno Yes 1982–1990 AAA
14 Dean Rennicke RHP University of Wisconsin–Madison Yes 1981–1985 AAA
15 Jimmy Guillen RHP Roosevelt High School No
16 Harold Perkins SS California State University, Los Angeles Yes 1981–1991 AAA
17 Christopher Chavez SS University of Nebraska at Lincoln Yes 1981–1982 AA
18 Jerry Bendorf SS Gonzaga University Yes 1981–1982 AA
19 Jeffrey Greene SS University of Vermont Yes 1981 Rookie
20 Tim Criswell RHP Carrollton High School No
Dodgers-1983
1983–1987 AA
21 John Gregory 1B Lake Worth High School Yes 1981–1984 A
22 Craig Thompson OF Dallas Baptist University Yes 1981–1982 A
23 William Murray 2B University of San Francisco Yes 1981 A
24 Steven Young OF Chambersburg High School Yes 1981 Rookie
25 Robert Philps RHP Carmichaels High School No
26 Charles Beard RHP California State University, Sacramento Yes 1981–1983 A
27 David Dunlap IF California State University, Sacramento No
28 Brett Davis OF Pearland High School No
29 Jeff Carter IF Evanston Township High School No
Giants-1985
1985–1996 AAA
30 Ronald Robbins RHP Louisiana State University at Alexandria No
Blue Jays-1983
1983–1984 A

June secondary phase

[5]

Round Name Position School Signed Career span Highest level
1 Ralph Bryant OF Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Yes 1981–1996 MLB
2 Michael Moore C Edmonds Community College Yes 1981–1982 A
3 Ethan McHenry RHP Yakima Valley Community College No
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