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1981 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1981 Los Angeles Dodgers
World Series Champions
National League Champions
NL West champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Los Angeles (since 1958)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Peter O'Malley
    General manager(s) Al Campanis
    Manager(s) Tommy Lasorda
    Local television

    KTTV (11)
    (Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett, Ross Porter)

    ONTV
    (Geoff Witcher, Al Downing)
    Local radio

    KABC
    (Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett, Ross Porter)

    KTNQ
    (Jaime Jarrín, Rudy Hoyos)
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    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.

    Offseason

    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

    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

    Notable transactions

    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 Frias 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, California

    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, California

    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, California

    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, California

    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, California

    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

    Main article: 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, California

    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, California

    Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    New York 1 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, California

    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

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    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.

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