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1981 New York Yankees season

1981 New York Yankees
AL East Champions
American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • New York City (since 1903)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) George Steinbrenner
    Manager(s) Gene Michael
    Bob Lemon
    Local television

    WPIX
    SportsChannel NY

    (Phil Rizzuto, Frank Messer, Bill White)
    Local radio WABC (AM)
    (Frank Messer, Phil Rizzuto, Bill White, Fran Healy)
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    The New York Yankees' 1981 season was the 79th season for the Yankees. In the ALCS, the Yankees swept the Oakland Athletics for their only pennant of the 1980s. However, they lost in the World Series in 6 games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. New York was managed by Gene Michael and Bob Lemon. The Yankees played at Yankee Stadium.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    The team finished in first place in the American League East for the first half of the season with a 34-22 record, but finished fifth in the second half with a 25-26 record, for an overall record of 59-48. The season was suspended for 50 days due to the infamous 1981 players strike and the league chose as its playoff teams, the division winners from the first and second halves of the season, respectively.

    Notable transactions

    Draft picks

    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


    Roster

    1981 New York Yankees
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    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 R H Avg. HR RBI SB
    C Cerone, RickRick Cerone 71 234 23 57 .244 2 21 0
    1B Watson, BobBob Watson 59 156 15 33 .212 6 12 0
    2B Randolph, WillieWillie Randolph 93 357 59 83 .232 2 24 14
    SS Dent, BuckyBucky Dent 73 227 20 54 .238 7 27 0
    3B Nettles, GraigGraig Nettles 103 349 46 85 .244 15 46 0
    LF Winfield, DaveDave Winfield 105 388 52 114 .294 13 68 11
    CF Mumphrey, JerryJerry Mumphrey 80 319 44 98 .307 6 32 14
    RF Jackson, ReggieReggie Jackson 94 334 33 79 .237 15 54 0
    DH Murcer, BobbyBobby Murcer 50 117 14 31 .265 6 24 0
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    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
    Gamble, OscarOscar Gamble 80 189 45 .238 10 27
    Milbourne, LarryLarry Milbourne 61 163 51 .313 1 12
    Piniella, LouLou Piniella 60 159 44 .277 5 18
    Foote, BarryBarry Foote 40 125 26 .208 6 10
    Revering, DaveDave Revering 45 119 28 .235 2 7
    Spencer, JimJim Spencer 25 63 9 .143 2 4
    Brown, BobbyBobby Brown 31 62 14 .226 0 6
    Werth, DennisDennis Werth 34 55 6 .109 0 1
    Oates, JohnnyJohnny Oates 10 26 5 .192 0 0
    Patterson, MikeMike Patterson 4 9 2 .222 0 0

    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
    Righetti, DaveDave Righetti 15 105.1 8 4 2.05 89

    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
    Bird, DougDoug Bird 17 53.1 5 1 2.70 28
    Underwood, TomTom Underwood 9 32.2 1 4 4.41 29

    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
    Frazier, GeorgeGeorge Frazier 16 0 1 3 1.63 17
    Wehrmeister, DaveDave Wehrmeister 5 0 0 0 5.14 7

    Postseason

    ALDS

    New York wins series, 3-2.

    Game Score Date
    1 New York 5, Milwaukee 3 October 7
    2 New York 3, Milwaukee 0 October 8
    3 Milwaukee 5, New York 3 October 9
    4 Milwaukee 2, New York 1 October 10
    5 New York 7, Milwaukee 3 October 11

    ALCS

    New York Yankees win the Series over the Oakland Athletics, 3-0

    Game Score Date Location Attendance
    1 Oakland - 1, New York - 3 October 13 Yankee Stadium 55,740
    2 Oakland - 3, New York - 13 October 14 Yankee Stadium 48,497
    3 New York - 4, Oakland - 0 October 15 Oakland Coliseum 47,302

    World Series

    Main article: 1981 World Series
    NL Los Angeles Dodgers (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (2)
    Game Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
    1 Dodgers – 3, Yankees – 5 October 20 Yankee Stadium (New York) 56,470 2:32
    2 Dodgers – 0, Yankees – 3 October 21 Yankee Stadium (New York) 56,505 2:29
    3 Yankees – 4, Dodgers – 5 October 23 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 56,236 3:04
    4 Yankees – 7, Dodgers – 8 October 24 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 56,242 3:32
    5 Yankees – 1, Dodgers – 2 October 25 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles) 56,115 2:19
    6 Dodgers – 9, Yankees – 2 October 28 Yankee Stadium (New York) 56,513 3:09

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game

    Farm system

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