1981 Boston Red Sox season
|1981 Boston Red Sox|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||Buddy LeRoux, Haywood Sullivan, Jean Yawkey|
|General manager(s)||Haywood Sullivan|
|Local television||WSBK-TV, Ch. 38|
(Ned Martin, Ken Harrelson)
|Local radio||WITS-AM 1510|
(Ken Coleman, Jon Miller)
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The 1981 Boston Red Sox season was the 81st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. Due to the 1981 Major League Baseball strike, play during the regular season was suspended for 50 days, and the season was split into two halves, with playoff teams determined by records from each half of the season. In the first half of the season, the Red Sox finished fifth in the American League East with a record of 30 wins and 26 losses, four games behind the New York Yankees. In the second half of the season, the Red Sox finished second in the division with a record of 29 wins and 23 losses, 1½ games behind the Milwaukee Brewers. The Red Sox' overall record for the season was 59 wins and 49 losses.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Awards and honors
- 5 Farm system
- 6 Notes
- 7 References
- On October 27, 1980: the Red Sox lured Ralph Houk out of retirement to become the 35th Manager in Red Sox history.
- December 10, 1980: The Red Sox traded shortstop Rick Burleson and third baseman Butch Hobson to the California Angels in exchange for Carney Lansford, former Red Sox player Rick Miller, and Mark Clear. Burleson was unhappy with his contract negotiations with the Red Sox and hinted at leaving via free agency.
- January 23, 1981: Fred Lynn and Steve Renko were traded by the Red Sox to the California Angels for Joe Rudi, Jim Dorsey and Frank Tanana.
- April 8, 1981: Dick Drago was traded by the Red Sox to the Seattle Mariners for Manny Sarmiento.
- June 8, 1981: Steve Lyons was drafted by the Red Sox in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 1981 Major League Baseball Draft.
|New York Yankees||59||48||0.551||2||32–19||27–29|
|Boston Red Sox||59||49||0.546||2½||30–23||29–26|
|Toronto Blue Jays||37||69||0.349||23½||17–36||20–33|
First Half Standings
|New York Yankees||34||22||.607|
|Boston Red Sox||30||26||.536|
|Toronto Blue Jays||16||42||.276|
Second Half Standings
|Boston Red Sox||29||23||.558|
|New York Yankees||25||26||.490|
|Toronto Blue Jays||21||27||.438|
Record vs. opponents
1981 American League Records
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Opening Day lineup
|1981 Boston Red Sox|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Awards and honors
- Mark Clear – AL Pitcher of the Month (May)
- Dwight Evans – Silver Slugger Award (OF), Gold Glove Award (OF), AL Player of the Month (May)
- Carney Lansford – Silver Slugger Award (3B)
- Dwight Evans, reserve OF
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- Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.
- 1981 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
- 1981 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com