1981 New York Yankees season

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1981 New York Yankees
AL East Champions
American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
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

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

Level Team League Manager
AAA Columbus Clippers International League Frank Verdi
AA Nashville Sounds Southern League Stump Merrill
A Fort Lauderdale Yankees Florida State League Doug Holmquist
A Greensboro Hornets South Atlantic League Bob Schaefer
Short-Season A Oneonta Yankees New York-Penn League Art Mazmanian
Rookie Paintsville Yankees Appalachian League Mike Easom
Rookie GCL Yankees Gulf Coast League Carlos Tosca

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Columbus, Greensboro, Oneonta, Paintsville15

Notes

References

Preceded by
New York Yankees
1980
AL East Championship Season
1981
Succeeded by
Milwaukee Brewers
1982
Preceded by
Kansas City Royals
1980
American League Championship
1981
Succeeded by
Milwaukee Brewers
1982







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