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1981 Boston Red Sox season

1981 Boston Red Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) JRY Trust, Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan
    Manager(s) Ralph Houk
    Local television WSBK-TV, Ch. 38
    (Ned Martin, Ken Harrelson)
    Local radio WITS-AM 1510
    (Ken Coleman, Jon Miller)
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    The 1981 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing 5th in the American League East with a record of 59 wins and 49 losses. The season was suspended for 50 days due to the infamous 1981 players strike.

    Offseason

    • On October 27, 1980: the Red Sox lured Ralph Houk out of retirement to become the 35th Manager in Red Sox history.[1]

    Regular season

    Notable transactions

    Season standings

    AL East
    First Half standings
    Wins Losses Win % GB
    New York Yankees 34 22 .607
    Baltimore Orioles 31 23 .574 2.0
    Milwaukee Brewers 31 25 .554 3.0
    Detroit Tigers 31 26 .544 3.5
    Boston Red Sox 30 26 .536 4.0
    Cleveland Indians 26 24 .520 5.0
    Toronto Blue Jays 16 42 .276 19.0
    AL East
    Second Half standings
    Wins Losses Win % GB
    Milwaukee Brewers 31 22 .585
    Boston Red Sox 29 23 .558 1.5
    Detroit Tigers 29 23 .558 1.5
    Baltimore Orioles 28 23 .549 2.0
    Cleveland Indians 26 27 .491 5.0
    New York Yankees 25 26 .490 5.0
    Toronto Blue Jays 21 27 .438 7.5


    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 Gedman, RichRich Gedman 62 205 59 .288 5 26
    1B Pérez, TonyTony Pérez 84 306 77 .252 9 39
    2B Remy, JerryJerry Remy 88 358 110 .307 0 31
    3B Lansford, CarneyCarney Lansford 102 399 134 .336 4 52
    SS Hoffman, GlennGlenn Hoffman 78 242 56 .231 1 20
    LF Rice, JimJim Rice 108 451 128 .284 17 62
    CF Miller, RickRick Miller 97 316 92 .291 2 33
    RF Evans, DwightDwight Evans 108 412 122 .296 22 71
    DH Yastrzemski, CarlCarl 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
    Stapleton, DaveDave 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

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol

    Notes

    1. ^ a b The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p.58, World Publications Group, North Dighton, MA, 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

    References