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1981 Montreal Expos season

1981 Montreal Expos
NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Montreal (since 1969)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Charles Bronfman
    Manager(s) Dick Williams and Jim Fanning
    Local television CBC Television
    (Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider)
    Télévision de Radio-Canada
    (Jean-Pierre Roy, Guy Ferron)
    Local radio CFCF (English)
    (Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider, Ron Reusch)
    CKAC (French)
    (Claude Raymond, Jacques Doucet)
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    The 1981 Montreal Expos made it to the postseason for the first time in franchise history (the only time while the franchise was in Montreal, and the only time in franchise history until 2012). The season was separated into two halves due to the 1981 Major League Baseball strike.

    Offseason

    Spring training

    The Montreal Expos held spring training at Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach, Florida.

    Regular season

    • April 29, 1981: Steve Carlton struck out Tim Wallach for the 3000th strikeout of his career.[6]
    • May 10, 1981: Charlie Lea pitched a no hitter against the San Francisco Giants, defeating them 4-0 at Olympic Stadium. The last out was recorded by Andre Dawson in center field. Lea would go on to shut out the Giants again a week later on four hits in San Francisco for good measure.

    Game Log

    First Half

    1981 Regular Season Game Log First Half (30–25) (Home: 21–7; Road: 9–18)

    Games Cancelled

    1981 Games cancelled

    Second Half

    1981 Regular Season Game Log Second Half (30–23) (Home: 17–11; Road: 13–12)

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    Legend
    Expos win Expos loss All-Star Game Game postponed

    Season standings

    NL East
    First Half standings
    Wins Losses Win % GB
    Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618 —
    St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600 1.5
    Montreal Expos 30 25 .545 4.0
    Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521 5.5
    New York Mets 17 34 .333 15.0
    Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288 17.5
    NL East
    Second Half standings
    Wins Losses Win % GB
    Montreal Expos 30 23 .566 —
    St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558 0.5
    Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481 4.5
    New York Mets 24 28 .462 5.5
    Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451 6.0
    Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389 9.5



    Notable transactions

    Major League debuts

    • Batters:
      • Terry Francona (Aug 19)
      • Mike Gates (May 6)
      • Dave Hostetler (Sep 15)
      • Tony Johnson (Sep 27)
      • Wallace Johnson (Sep 8)
      • Pat Rooney (Sep 9)
      • Chris Smith (May 14)
      • Tom Wieghaus (Oct 4)
    • Pitchers:
      • Rick Engle (Sep 2)
      • Tom Gorman (Sep 2)
      • Bryn Smith (Sep 8)[13]

    Opening Day starters

    Roster

    1981 Montreal Expos
    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
    C Carter, GaryGary Carter 100 374 94 .251 16 68
    1B Cromartie, WarrenWarren Cromartie 99 358 109 .304 6 42
    2B Scott, RodneyRodney Scott 95 336 69 .205 0 26
    3B Parrish, LarryLarry Parrish 128 440 116 .264 17 62
    SS Speier, ChrisChris Speier 96 307 69 .225 2 25
    LF Raines, TimTim Raines 88 313 95 .304 5 37
    CF Dawson, AndreAndre Dawson 103 394 119 .302 24 64
    RF Wallach, TimTim Wallach 71 212 50 .236 4 13

    Other batters

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    White, JerryJerry White 59 119 26 .218 3 11
    Francona, TerryTerry Francona 34 95 26 .274 1 8
    Milner, JohnJohn Milner 31 76 18 .237 3 9
    Valentine, EllisEllis Valentine 22 76 16 .211 3 15
    Montañez, WillieWillie Montañez 26 62 11 .177 0 5
    Mills, BradBrad Mills 17 21 5 .238 0 1

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Gullickson, BillBill Gullickson 22 157.1 7 9 2.80 115
    Rogers, SteveSteve Rogers 22 160.2 12 8 3.42 87
    Sanderson, ScottScott Sanderson 22 137.1 9 7 2.95 77
    Burris, RayRay Burris 22 135.2 9 7 3.05 52

    Other pitchers

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Lea, CharlieCharlie Lea 16 64.1 5 4 4.62 31
    Lee, BillBill Lee 31 88.2 5 6 2.94 34

    Relief pitchers

    Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
    Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 35 43 5 3 7 1.88 25
    Sosa, EliasElias Sosa 32 39.1 1 2 3 3.66 18
    Reardon, JeffJeff Reardon 25 41.2 2 0 6 1.30 21
    Bahnsen, StanStan Bahnsen 25 49 2 1 1 4.96 28
    Ratzer, SteveSteve Ratzer 12 17.1 1 1 0 6.23 4
    Gorman, TomTom Gorman 9 15 0 0 0 4.20 13
    Jackson, GrantGrant Jackson 10 10.2 1 0 0 7.59 4
    Engle, RickRick Engle 1 2 0 0 0 18.00 2

    Postseason

    Game Log

    1981 Playoff Game Log

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    Legend
    Expos win Expos loss Game postponed

    National League Division Series

    Montreal Expos vs. Philadelphia Phillies

    Montreal wins series, 3-2.

    Game Score Date
    1 Montreal 3, Philadelphia 1 October 7
    2 Montreal 3, Philadelphia 1 October 8
    3 Philadelphia 6, Montreal 2 October 9
    4 Philadelphia 6, Montreal 5 (10 innings) October 10
    5 Montreal 3, Philadelphia 0 October 11
    • October 11, 1981 - Steve Rogers defeats Steve Carlton of the Phillies 3-0 in a pitchers duel to win the National League Division Series. Rogers drove in two of the three Expos runs to boot singling home Larry Parrish and Chris Speier in the fifth inning. The Expos advance to play the Dodgers who defeated the Astros. Rogers previously defeated Carlton in game one of the series as well.

    National League Championship Series

    Game 1

    October 13, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

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    Home runs:
    MON: None
    LAD: Pedro Guerrero (1), Mike Scioscia (1)
    Attendance: 51,273
    Notes: Pitchers: MON – Gullickson, Reardon (8)  LAD – Hooton, Welch (8), Howe (9)

    Game 2

    October 14, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

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    Home runs:
    MON: None
    LAD: None
    Attendance: 53,463
    Notes: Pitchers: MON – Burris  LAD – Valenzuela, Niedenfuer (7), Forster (7), Pena (7), Castillo (9)

    Game 3

    October 16, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

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    Home runs:
    LAD: None
    MON: Jerry White (1)
    Attendance: 54,372
    Notes: Pitchers: LAD – Reuss, Pena (8)  MON – Rogers

    Game 4

    October 17, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

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    Home runs:
    LAD: Steve Garvey (1)
    MON: None
    Attendance: Attendance: 54,499
    Notes: Pitchers: LAD – Hooton, Welch (8), Howe (9)  MON – Gullickson, Fryman (8), Sosa (9), Lee (9)

    Game 5

    October 19, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

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    Home runs:
    LAD: Rick Monday (1)
    MON: None
    Attendance: Attendance: 36,491
    Notes: Pitchers: LAD – Valenzuela, Welch (9)  MON – Burris, Rogers (9)

    • October 19, 1981: Blue Monday. In the decisive Game 5 of their only National League Championship Series, the Expos were defeated at home, 2-1, by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tim Raines opened the bottom of the first with a double against Cy Young Award-winning rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela and scored on an Andre Dawson double play ball. Valenzuela held the Expos scoreless the rest of the way, however, and the Dodgers tied the game at 1 in the top of the fifth with two hits, a wild pitch and an RBI ground out off Expo starter Ray Burris. The teams remained tied until the top of the ninth, when Expo manager Jim Fanning made a risky decision to relieve Burris with Game 3 winner Steve Rogers. Struggling closer Jeff Reardon was throwing alongside Rogers in the bullpen at the time, but Fanning elected to summon his ace. Rogers retired Steve Garvey and Ron Cey in order, but outfielder Rick Monday homered to put Los Angeles ahead, 2-1, and crush the Expos' hopes of advancing to the World Series. Two-out walks from Gary Carter and Larry Parrish were all that the Expos could muster in the 9th, as Bob Welch preserved the one-run Dodger victory. The Expos lost the NLCS, 3-2, and never returned to the postseason again until 2012 as the Washington Nationals.

    Awards and honors

    52nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Denver

    References

    Further reading

    • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

    External links