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1981 Houston Astros season

1981 Houston Astros
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Houston, Texas (since 1962)
  • Results
    Record 61–49 (.555)
    Divisional place 3rd
    Other information
    Owner(s) John McMullen
    General manager(s) Al Rosen
    Manager(s) Bill Virdon
    Local television KRIV
    Local radio KENR
    (Gene Elston, Dewayne Staats, Larry Dierker)
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    The Houston Astros' 1981 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Houston Astros attempting to win the National League West.

    Offseason

    • December 4, 1980: Don Sutton was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[1]
    • December 8, 1980: Chris Bourjos was traded by the San Francisco Giants with Bob Knepper to the Houston Astros for Enos Cabell.[2]
    • March 27, 1981: Julio González was released by the Astros.[3]

    Regular season

    Season standings

    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

    Notable transactions

    • April 1, 1981: Chris Bourjos was traded by the Houston Astros with cash to the Baltimore Orioles for Kiko Garcia.[2]
    • April 3, 1981: Gary Rajsich was traded by the Astros to the New York Mets for John Csefalvay (minors).[4]
    • April 17, 1981: David Clyde was signed as a free agent by the Astros.[5]
    • June 7, 1981: Joaquín Andújar was traded by the Astros to the St. Louis Cardinals for Tony Scott.[6]
    • June 8, 1981: Eric Bullock was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (20th pick) of the 1981 amateur draft (Secondary Phase).[7]

    Nolan Ryan's 5th No-Hitter

    On September 26, 1981, Nolan Ryan no-hit the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-0, on national television. The 34-year-old right-hander became the first pitcher to throw five career no-hitters.[8] It had been six years since Ryan's last no-hitter; he pitched for the California Angels for the last of four no-hitters.

    Roster

    1981 Houston Astros
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders 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
    CF Tony Scott 55 225 66 .293 2 22

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Denny Walling 65 158 37 .234 5 23
    Scott Loucks 10 7 4 .571 0 0
    Alan Knicely 3 7 4 .571 2 2

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Don Sutton 23 158.2 11 9 2.61 104
    Nolan Ryan 21 149 11 5 1.69 140

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Joaquín Andújar 9 23.2 2 3 4.94 18

    Relief pitchers

    Player G IP W L SV ERA SO

    1981 National League Division Series

    Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Houston Astros

    Los Angeles wins series, 3-2.

    Game Score Date
    1 Houston 3, Los Angeles 1 October 6
    2 Houston 1, Los Angeles 0 (11 innings) October 7
    3 Los Angeles 6, Houston 1 October 9
    4 Los Angeles 2, Houston 1 October 10
    5 Los Angeles 4, Houston 0 October 11

    Farm system

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    References

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