1981 Boston Red Sox season

1981 Boston Red Sox season

The 1981 Boston Red Sox season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Red Sox finishing 5th in the American League East with a record of 59 wins and 49 losses. The season was suspended for 50 days due to the infamous 1981 players strike.

Offseason

  • On October 27, 1980: the Red Sox lured Ralph Houk out of retirement to become the 35th Manager in Red Sox history.[1]

Regular season

Notable transactions

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


Opening Day lineup

24 Dwight Evans RF
11 Dave Stapleton 2B
26 Joe Rudi     DH
14 Jim Rice LF
  5 Tony Pérez 1B
  4 Carney Lansford 3B
18 Glenn Hoffman SS
39 Gary Allenson C
  3 Rick Miller CF
43 Dennis Eckersley     P

Roster

1981 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Designated hitters

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 Gedman, RichRich Gedman 62 205 59 .288 5 26
1B Pérez, TonyTony Pérez 84 306 77 .252 9 39
2B Remy, JerryJerry Remy 88 358 110 .307 0 31
3B Lansford, CarneyCarney Lansford 102 399 134 .336 4 52
SS Hoffman, GlennGlenn Hoffman 78 242 56 .231 1 20
LF Rice, JimJim Rice 108 451 128 .284 17 62
CF Miller, RickRick Miller 97 316 92 .291 2 33
RF Evans, DwightDwight Evans 108 412 122 .296 22 71
DH Yastrzemski, CarlCarl Yastrzemski 91 338 83 .246 7 53

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
Stapleton, DaveDave Stapleton 93 355 101 .285 10 42

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

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

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

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Pawtucket Red Sox International League Joe Morgan
AA Bristol Red Sox Eastern League Tony Torchia
A Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Buddy Hunter
A Winter Haven Red Sox Florida State League Rac Slider
Short-Season A Elmira Suns New York-Penn League Dick Berardino

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Bristol

Notes

References

  • 1981 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1981 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com