1981 Chicago White Sox season

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1981 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jerry Reinsdorf
Manager(s) Tony La Russa
Local television WGN-TV
(Harry Caray, Jimmy Piersall, Lou Brock)
Local radio WBBM (AM)
(Harry Caray, Joe McConnell, Rich King)
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The 1981 Chicago White Sox season was the White Sox's 81st season in the major leagues, and their 82nd season overall. They finished with a record 54-52, good enough for 3rd place in the American League West, 8.5 games behind the 1st place Oakland Athletics. However, due to a player's strike, the Athletics would play the 50-53 Kansas City Royals, who had finished behind the White Sox.

Owner Bill Veeck attempted to sell the club to Ed DeBartolo, but the offer was turned down by the other owners.[1] Veeck was then forced to sell to a different investment group headed by Jerry Reinsdorf and Eddie Einhorn.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL West
First Half Standings
W L Pct.
Oakland Athletics 37 23 .617
Texas Rangers 33 22 .600
Chicago White Sox 31 22 .585
California Angels 31 29 .517
Kansas City Royals 20 30 .400
Seattle Mariners 21 36 .368
Minnesota Twins 17 39 .304
AL West
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Kansas City Royals 30 23 .566
Oakland Athletics 27 22 .551
Texas Rangers 24 26 .480
Minnesota Twins 24 29 .453
Seattle Mariners 23 29 .442
Chicago White Sox 23 30 .434
California Angels 20 30 .400

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1981 Chicago White Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Bill Almon, SS 103 349 46 105 10 2 4 41 21 60 .301 16
Harold Baines, RF 82 280 42 80 11 7 10 41 12 41 .286 6
Tony Bernazard, 2B 106 384 53 106 14 4 6 34 54 66 .276 4
Jim Essian, C 27 52 6 16 3 0 0 5 4 5 .308 0
Carlton Fisk, C 96 338 44 89 12 0 7 45 38 37 .263 3
Jerry Hairston, OF 9 25 5 7 1 0 1 6 2 4 .280 0
Marc Hill, C 16 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
Lamar Johnson, 1B,DH 41 134 10 37 7 0 1 15 5 14 .276 0
Rusty Kuntz, OF,DH 67 55 15 14 2 0 0 4 6 8 .255 1
Ron LeFlore, LF,CF 82 337 46 83 10 4 0 24 28 70 .246 36
Chet Lemon, CF 94 328 50 99 23 6 9 50 33 48 .302 5
Jay Loviglio, 3B,2B 14 15 5 4 0 0 0 2 1 1 .267 2
Greg Luzinski, DH 104 378 55 100 15 1 21 62 58 80 .265 0
Bob Molinaro, OF,DH 47 42 7 11 1 1 1 9 8 1 .262 1
Jim Morrison, 3B 90 290 27 68 8 1 10 34 10 29 .234 3
Wayne Nordhagen, OF 65 208 19 64 8 1 6 33 10 25 .308 0
Greg Pryor, 3B,SS,2B 47 76 4 17 1 0 0 6 6 8 .281 0
Mike Squires, 1B 92 294 35 78 9 0 0 25 22 17 .265 7
Leo Sutherland, OF 11 12 6 2 0 0 0 0 3 1 .167 2
Jerry Turner, RF 10 12 1 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 .167 0
Team totals
106 3615 476 982 135 27 76 438 322 518 .272 86

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Juan Agosto 0 0 4.76 2 0 0 5.2 5 3 3 1 0 3
Francisco Barrios 1 3 3.96 8 7 0 36.1 45 23 16 3 15 12
Ross Baumgarten 5 9 4.07 19 19 0 101.2 101 56 46 9 43 52
Britt Burns 10 6 2.64 24 23 0 156.2 139 52 46 14 50 108
Richard Dotson 9 8 3.77 24 24 0 141.0 145 67 59 13 49 73
Ed Farmer 3 3 4.61 42 0 10 52.2 53 33 27 5 35 42
Kevin Hickey 0 2 3.65 41 0 3 44.1 38 22 18 3 23 17
LaMarr Hoyt 9 3 3.57 43 1 10 90.2 80 40 36 10 29 60
Jerry Koosman 1 4 3.33 8 3 0 27.0 27 10 10 2 7 21
Dennis Lamp 7 6 2.41 27 10 0 127.0 103 41 34 4 44 71
Lynn McGlothen 0 0 4.15 11 0 0 21.2 14 10 10 0 10 12
Reggie Patterson 0 1 13.50 6 1 0 7.1 14 11 11 1 6 2
Dewey Robinson 1 0 4.50 4 0 0 4.0 5 2 2 1 4 2
Steve Trout 8 7 3.47 20 18 0 124.2 122 53 48 7 38 54
Team totals
54 52 3.47 106 106 23 940.2 891 423 363 73 353 529

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Edmonton Trappers Pacific Coast League Gordon Lund
AA Glens Falls White Sox Eastern League Jim Mahoney
A Appleton Foxes Midwest League Sam Ewing
Rookie GCL White Sox Gulf Coast League John Boles

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