1981 Montreal Expos season

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1981 Montreal Expos
NL East Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Charles Bronfman
Manager(s) Dick Williams and Jim Fanning
Local television CBC Television
(Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider)
Télévision de Radio-Canada
(Jean-Pierre Roy, Guy Ferron)
Local radio CFCF (English)
(Dave Van Horne, Duke Snider, Ron Reusch)
CKAC (French)
(Claude Raymond, Jacques Doucet)
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The 1981 Montreal Expos made it to the postseason for the first time in franchise history (the only time while the franchise was in Montreal, and the only time in franchise history until 2012). The season was separated into two halves due to the 1981 Major League Baseball strike.

Offseason[edit]

Spring training[edit]

The Montreal Expos held spring training at Municipal Stadium in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Regular season[edit]

  • April 29, 1981: Steve Carlton struck out Tim Wallach for the 3000th strikeout of his career.[6]
  • May 10, 1981: Charlie Lea pitched a no hitter against the San Francisco Giants, defeating them 4-0 at Olympic Stadium. The last out was recorded by Andre Dawson in center field. Lea would go on to shut out the Giants again a week later on four hits in San Francisco for good measure.

Game Log[edit]

First Half[edit]

1981 Regular Season Game Log First Half (30–25) (Home: 21–7; Road: 9–18)

Games Cancelled[edit]

1981 Games cancelled

Second Half[edit]

1981 Regular Season Game Log Second Half (30–23) (Home: 17–11; Road: 13–12)
Legend
Expos win Expos loss All-Star Game Game postponed

Season standings[edit]

NL East
First Half standings
Wins Losses Win % GB
Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600 1.5
Montreal Expos 30 25 .545 4.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521 5.5
New York Mets 17 34 .333 15.0
Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288 17.5
NL East
Second Half standings
Wins Losses Win % GB
Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558 0.5
Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481 4.5
New York Mets 24 28 .462 5.5
Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451 6.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389 9.5



Notable transactions[edit]

Major League debuts[edit]

  • Batters:
    • Terry Francona (Aug 19)
    • Mike Gates (May 6)
    • Dave Hostetler (Sep 15)
    • Tony Johnson (Sep 27)
    • Wallace Johnson (Sep 8)
    • Pat Rooney (Sep 9)
    • Chris Smith (May 14)
    • Tom Wieghaus (Oct 4)
  • Pitchers:
    • Rick Engle (Sep 2)
    • Tom Gorman (Sep 2)
    • Bryn Smith (Sep 8)[13]

Opening Day starters[edit]

Roster[edit]

1981 Montreal Expos
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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 Carter, GaryGary Carter 100 374 94 .251 16 68
1B Cromartie, WarrenWarren Cromartie 99 358 109 .304 6 42
2B Scott, RodneyRodney Scott 95 336 69 .205 0 26
3B Parrish, LarryLarry Parrish 128 440 116 .264 17 62
SS Speier, ChrisChris Speier 96 307 69 .225 2 25
LF Raines, TimTim Raines 88 313 95 .304 5 37
CF Dawson, AndreAndre Dawson 103 394 119 .302 24 64
RF Wallach, TimTim Wallach 71 212 50 .236 4 13

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
White, JerryJerry White 59 119 26 .218 3 11
Francona, TerryTerry Francona 34 95 26 .274 1 8
Milner, JohnJohn Milner 31 76 18 .237 3 9
Valentine, EllisEllis Valentine 22 76 16 .211 3 15
Montañez, WillieWillie Montañez 26 62 11 .177 0 5
Mills, BradBrad Mills 17 21 5 .238 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Gullickson, BillBill Gullickson 22 157.1 7 9 2.80 115
Rogers, SteveSteve Rogers 22 160.2 12 8 3.42 87
Sanderson, ScottScott Sanderson 22 137.1 9 7 2.95 77
Burris, RayRay Burris 22 135.2 9 7 3.05 52

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lea, CharlieCharlie Lea 16 64.1 5 4 4.62 31
Lee, BillBill Lee 31 88.2 5 6 2.94 34

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L SV ERA SO
Fryman, WoodieWoodie Fryman 35 43 5 3 7 1.88 25
Sosa, EliasElias Sosa 32 39.1 1 2 3 3.66 18
Reardon, JeffJeff Reardon 25 41.2 2 0 6 1.30 21
Bahnsen, StanStan Bahnsen 25 49 2 1 1 4.96 28
Ratzer, SteveSteve Ratzer 12 17.1 1 1 0 6.23 4
Gorman, TomTom Gorman 9 15 0 0 0 4.20 13
Jackson, GrantGrant Jackson 10 10.2 1 0 0 7.59 4
Engle, RickRick Engle 1 2 0 0 0 18.00 2

Postseason[edit]

Game Log[edit]

1981 Playoff Game Log
Legend
Expos win Expos loss Game postponed

National League Division Series[edit]

Montreal Expos vs. Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Montreal wins series, 3-2.

Game Score Date
1 Montreal 3, Philadelphia 1 October 7
2 Montreal 3, Philadelphia 1 October 8
3 Philadelphia 6, Montreal 2 October 9
4 Philadelphia 6, Montreal 5 (10 innings) October 10
5 Montreal 3, Philadelphia 0 October 11
  • October 11, 1981 - Steve Rogers defeats Steve Carlton of the Phillies 3-0 in a pitchers duel to win the National League Division Series. Rogers drove in two of the three Expos runs to boot singling home Larry Parrish and Chris Speier in the fifth inning. The Expos advance to play the Dodgers who defeated the Astros. Rogers previously defeated Carlton in game one of the series as well.

National League Championship Series[edit]

Game 1[edit]

October 13, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 9 0
Los Angeles 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 X 5 8 0
WP: Burt Hooton (1-0)   LP: Bill Gullickson (0-1)
Home runs:
MON: None
LAD: Pedro Guerrero (1), Mike Scioscia (1)
Attendance: 51,273
Notes: Pitchers: MON – Gullickson, Reardon (8)  LAD – Hooton, Welch (8), Howe (9)

Game 2[edit]

October 14, Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Montreal 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 10 1
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
WP: Ray Burris (1-0)   LP: Fernando Valenzuela (0-1)
Home runs:
MON: None
LAD: None
Attendance: 53,463
Notes: Pitchers: MON – Burris  LAD – Valenzuela, Niedenfuer (7), Forster (7), Pena (7), Castillo (9)

Game 3[edit]

October 16, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 0
Montreal 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 X 4 7 1
WP: Steve Rogers (1-0)   LP: Jerry Reuss (0-1)
Home runs:
LAD: None
MON: Jerry White (1)
Attendance: 54,372
Notes: Pitchers: LAD – Reuss, Pena (8)  MON – Rogers

Game 4[edit]

October 17, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 4 7 12 1
Montreal 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
WP: Burt Hooton (2-0)   LP: Bill Gullickson (0-2)
Home runs:
LAD: Steve Garvey (1)
MON: None
Attendance: Attendance: 54,499
Notes: Pitchers: LAD – Hooton, Welch (8), Howe (9)  MON – Gullickson, Fryman (8), Sosa (9), Lee (9)

Game 5[edit]

October 19, Olympic Stadium, Montreal, Quebec

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2 6 0
Montreal 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
WP: Fernando Valenzuela (1-1)   LP: Steve Rogers (1-1)   Sv: Bob Welch (1)
Home runs:
LAD: Rick Monday (1)
MON: None
Attendance: Attendance: 36,491
Notes: Pitchers: LAD – Valenzuela, Welch (9)  MON – Burris, Rogers (9)
  • October 19, 1981: Blue Monday. In the decisive Game 5 of their only National League Championship Series, the Expos were defeated at home, 2-1, by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tim Raines opened the bottom of the first with a double against Cy Young Award-winning rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela and scored on an Andre Dawson double play ball. Valenzuela held the Expos scoreless the rest of the way, however, and the Dodgers tied the game at 1 in the top of the fifth with two hits, a wild pitch and an RBI ground out off Expo starter Ray Burris. The teams remained tied until the top of the ninth, when Expo manager Jim Fanning made a risky decision to relieve Burris with Game 3 winner Steve Rogers. Struggling closer Jeff Reardon was throwing alongside Rogers in the bullpen at the time, but Fanning elected to summon his ace. Rogers retired Steve Garvey and Ron Cey in order, but outfielder Rick Monday homered to put Los Angeles ahead, 2-1, and crush the Expos' hopes of advancing to the World Series. Two-out walks from Gary Carter and Larry Parrish were all that the Expos could muster in the 9th, as Bob Welch preserved the one-run Dodger victory. The Expos lost the NLCS, 3-2, and never returned to the postseason again until 2012 as the Washington Nationals.

Awards and honors[edit]

52nd Major League Baseball All-Star Game[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Denver Bears American Association Felipe Alou
AA Memphis Chicks Southern League Larry Bearnarth
A West Palm Beach Expos Florida State League Bob Bailey
Short-Season A Jamestown Expos New York–Penn League Pat Daugherty
Rookie Calgary Expos Pioneer League J. R. Miner

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Denver

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Philadelphia Phillies
1980
NL East Champions
1981
Succeeded by
St. Louis Cardinals
1982