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The 1981 season of the American League was the eighty-first season of the league.

Contents

[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Italics indicates half winner, Bold indicates league champion, Bold/Italics indicates World Series champion

[edit] Total Standings

Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
Eastern Division
1 Milwaukee Brewers 109 62 47 0 .569 -.- 493 (4.52) 459 (4.21) 0.257 0.312 0.391 3.91 0.982
2 Baltimore Orioles 105 59 46 0 .562 1.0 429 (4.09) 437 (4.16) 0.251 0.328 0.379 3.70 0.983
3 New York Yankees 107 59 48 0 .551 2.0 421 (3.93) 343 (3.21) 0.252 0.327 0.391 2.90 0.982
4 Detroit Tigers 109 60 49 0 .550 2.0 427 (3.92) 404 (3.71) 0.256 0.331 0.368 3.53 0.985
5 Boston Red Sox 108 59 49 0 .546 2.5 519 (4.81) 481 (4.45) 0.275 0.341 0.399 3.81 0.979
6 Cleveland Indians 103 52 51 0 .505 7.0 431 (4.18) 442 (4.29) 0.263 0.329 0.351 3.88 0.978
7 Toronto Blue Jays 106 37 69 0 .349 23.5 329 (3.10) 466 (4.40) 0.226 0.284 0.330 3.82 0.974
Western Division
1 Oakland Athletics 109 64 45 0 .587 -.- 458 (4.20) 403 (3.70) 0.247 0.312 0.379 3.30 0.980
2 Texas Rangers 105 57 48 0 .543 5.0 452 (4.30) 389 (3.70) 0.270 0.326 0.369 3.40 0.984
3 Chicago White Sox 106 54 52 0 .509 8.5 476 (4.49) 423 (3.99) 0.272 0.331 0.387 3.47 0.979
4 Kansas City Royals 103 50 53 0 .485 11.0 397 (3.85) 405 (3.93) 0.267 0.325 0.383 3.56 0.982
5 California Angels 110 51 59 0 .464 13.5 476 (4.33) 453 (4.12) 0.256 0.328 0.380 3.70 0.977
6 Seattle Mariners 110 44 65 1 .400 20.0 426 (3.87) 521 (4.74) 0.251 0.311 0.368 4.23 0.979
7 Minnesota Twins 110 41 68 1 .373 23.0 378 (3.44) 486 (4.42) 0.240 0.293 0.338 3.98 0.978

[edit] Half Standings

[edit] First Half

Season from April 9 - June 11
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA
Eastern Division Western Division
1st New York Yankees 56 34 22 0 .607 -.- 1st Oakland Athletics 60 37 23 0 .617 -.-
2nd Baltimore Orioles 54 31 23 0 .574 2.0 2nd Texas Rangers 55 33 22 0 .600 1.5
3rd Milwaukee Brewers 56 31 25 0 .554 3.0 3rd Chicago White Sox 53 31 22 0 .585 2.5
4th Detroit Tigers 57 31 26 0 .544 3.5 4th California Angels 60 31 29 0 .517 6
5th Boston Red Sox 56 30 26 0 .536 4.0 5th Kansas City Royals 50 20 30 0 .400 12
6th Cleveland Indians 50 26 24 0 .520 5.0 6th Seattle Mariners 58 21 36 1 .368 14.5
7th Toronto Blue Jays 58 16 42 0 .276 19.0 7th Minnesota Twins 57 17 39 1 .304 18

[edit] Second Half

Season from August 10 - October 5
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS RA
Eastern Division Western Division
Milwaukee Brewers W 53 31 22 0 .585 -.- Kansas City Royals (-.-) (216) 53 30 23 0 .566
Boston Red Sox W 52 29 23 0 .558 1.5 Oakland Athletics (1.0) (209) 49 27 22 0 .551
Detroit Tigers W 52 29 23 0 .558 1.5 Texas Rangers (4.5) (183) 50 24 26 0 .480
Baltimore Orioles W 51 28 23 0 .549 2.0 Minnesota Twins (6.0) (198) 53 24 29 0 .453
Cleveland Indians W 53 26 27 0 .491 5.0 Seattle Mariners (6.5) (213) 52 23 29 0 .442
New York Yankees W 51 25 26 0 .490 5.0 Chicago White Sox (7.0) (226) 53 23 30 0 .434
Toronto Blue Jays W 48 21 27 0 .438 7.5 California Angels (8.5) (209) 50 20 30 0 .400

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Tony Armas
Rick Burleson
Lou Whitaker
Oakland Athletics
California Angels
Detroit Tigers
109
At Bats Jim Rice Boston Red Sox 451
Runs Scored Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 89
Hits Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 135
Doubles Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers 35
Triples John Castino Minnesota Twins 9
Home Runs Tony Armas
Dwight Evans
Bobby Grich
Eddie Murray
Oakland Athletics
Boston Red Sox
California Angels
Baltimore Orioles
22
Total Bases Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox 215
Runs Batted In Eddie Murray Baltimore Orioles 78
Stolen Bases Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 56
Caught Stealing Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics 22
Walks Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox 85
Intentional Base-on-Balls Willie Aikens Kansas City Royals 12
Hit by Pitch Chet Lemon Chicago White Sox 13
Strikeouts Tony Armas Oakland Athletics 115
Sacrifice Hits Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers 16
Sacrifice Flies Buddy Bell Texas Rangers 10
Grounded into Double Plays Ken Singleton Baltimore Orioles 21
Batting Average Carney Lansford Boston Red Sox 0.336
On-Base Percentage Mike Hargrove Cleveland Indians 0.424
Slugging Percentage Bobby Grich California Angels 0.543
On-Base plus Slugging Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox 0.937
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Bobby Grich California Angels 164

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Dennis Martinez
Steve McCatty
Jack Morris
Pete Vuckovich
Baltimore Orioles
Oakland Athletics
Detroit Tigers
Milwaukee Brewers
14
Losses Juan Berenguer
Jerry Koosman
Luis Leal
Kansas City Royals/Toronto Blue Jays
Minnesota Twins/Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
13
Win-Loss Percentage Steve Comer Texas Rangers 0.800
Appearances Doug Corbett Minnesota Twins 54
Games Started Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals 26
Complete Games Rick Langford Oakland Athletics 18
Shutouts Richard Dotson
Ken Forsch
Steve McCatty
Doc Medich
Chicago White Sox
California Angels
Oakland Athletics
Texas Rangers
4
Games Finished Doug Corbett Minnesota Twins 45
Saves Rollie Fingers Milwaukee Brewers 28
Innings Pitched Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals 201.2
Batters Faced Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals 837
Hits Allowed Dennis Leonard Kansas City Royals 202
Home Runs Allowed Mike Caldwell
Geoff Zahn
Milwaukee Brewers
California Angels
18
Base-on-Balls Allowed Jack Morris Detroit Tigers 78
Intentional Base-on-Balls Doug Corbett Minnesota Twins 13
Hit Batsmen Dave Stieb
Mike Witt
Toronto Blue Jays
California Angels
11
Strikeouts Len Barker Cleveland Indians 127
Wild Pitches Mike Norris Oakland Athletics 14
Balks Roger Erickson
Mike Norris
Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics
5
Runs Allowed Geoff Zahn California Angels 93
Earned Runs Allowed Geoff Zahn California Angels 79
Earned Run Average Sammy Stewart Baltimore Orioles 2.32
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Ron Guidry New York Yankees 0.992

[edit] All-Star Game

The American League lost the fifty-second midsummer classic at Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, OH on Sunday, August 9, 1981 by a score of 5 to 4. The league's manager was Jim Frey.

[edit] Postseason

The 1981 American League playoffs featured the champions of the first half and second half in each of the league's two divisions. The teams competed in a best-of-five Division Series, followed by a best-of-five League Championship Series. The winner of the League Championship Series represented the league in the World Series.

  Division Series Championship Series
                 
East.
(1 h.)
 New York Yankees 3  
East.
(2 h.)
 Milwaukee Brewers 2  
    East.  New York Yankees 3
  West.  Oakland Athletics 0
West.
(1 h.)
 Oakland Athletics 3
West.
(2 h.)
 Kansas City Royals 0  

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees were defeated by the National League's Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 2.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Rollie Fingers, a pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers. In the award's voting, he had 319 out of a possible 392 points and 15 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Cy Young Award, given its best pitcher, was Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers. In the award's voting, he had 126 out of a possible 140 points and 22 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Dave Righetti, a pitcher with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 127 out of a possible 140 points and 23 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Mike Norris Oakland Athletics
C Jim Sundberg Texas Rangers
1B Mike Squires Chicago White Sox
2B Frank White Kansas City Royals
3B Buddy Bell Texas Rangers
SS Alan Trammell Detroit Tigers
OF Dwayne Murphy Oakland Athletics
Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox
Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics

[edit] Silver Sluggers

The following players won the Silver Slugger Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by its managers and coaches, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
C Carlton Fisk Chicago White Sox
1B Cecil Cooper Milwaukee Brewers
2B Bobby Grich California Angels
3B Carney Lansford Boston Red Sox
SS Rick Burleson California Angels
OF Dwight Evans Boston Red Sox
Rickey Henderson Oakland Athletics
Dave Winfield New York Yankees
DH Al Oliver Texas Rangers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The 1981 Hall of Fame Game was scheduled to be played on August 3 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. The game between the Oakland Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds canceled due to the players' strike.

[edit] Notable events

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