1981 Chicago Cubs season

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1981 Chicago Cubs
Chicago Cubs logo.svg
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) William Wrigley III, Tribune Company
General manager(s) Bob Kennedy, Herman Franks, Dallas Green
Manager(s) Joey Amalfitano
Local television WGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Lou Boudreau, Milo Hamilton)
Local radio WGN
(Vince Lloyd, Lou Boudreau)
Stats ESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1981 Chicago Cubs season was the 110th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 106th in the National League and the 66th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished the first-half in last place at 15-37, 17½ games behind the Philadelphia Phillies, and the second-half in fifth place at 23-28, six games behind the eventual NL East Champion Montreal Expos in the National League East. It was also the final season for the Cubs under the Wrigley family ownership, as the Tribune Company took over the club late in the year.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 59 43 0.578 32–21 27–22
Montreal Expos 60 48 0.556 2 38–18 22–30
Philadelphia Phillies 59 48 0.551 36–19 23–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 46 56 0.451 13 22–28 24–28
New York Mets 41 62 0.398 18½ 24–27 17–35
Chicago Cubs 38 65 0.369 21½ 27–30 11–35


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1981 National League Records

Sources: [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–2–1 6–5 4–8 7–7 3–7 3–3 4–5 2–3 9–6 5–7 4–3
Chicago 2–3–1 1–5 1–6 6–4 4–7 5–8–1 2–10 4–10 3–3 5–5 5–4–1
Cincinnati 5–6 5–1 8–4 8–8 5–4 7–3 5–2 4–2 10–2 9–5 0–5
Houston 8–4 6–1 4–8 4–8 5–2 6–3 4–6 2–4 11–3 9–6 2–4
Los Angeles 7–7 4–6 8–8 8–4 5–2 5–1 3–3 5–1 6–5 7–5 5–5
Montreal 7–3 7–4 4–5 2–5 2–5 9–3 7–4 10–3 4–2 2–5 6–9
New York 3–3 8–5–1 3–7 3–6 1–5 3–9 7–7 3–6–1 2–5 2–4 6–5
Philadelphia 5-4 10–2 2–5 6–4 3–3 4–7 7–7 7–5 4–2 4–3 7–6
Pittsburgh 3–2 10–4 2–4 4–2 1–5 3–10 6–3–1 5–7 6–4 3–7 3–8
San Diego 6–9 3–3 2–10 3–11 5–6 2–4 5–2 2–4 4–6 6–7 3–7
San Francisco 7–5 5–5 5–9 6–9 5–7 5–2 4–2 3–4 7–3 7–6 2–3
St. Louis 3–4 4–5–1 5–0 4–2 5–5 9–6 5–6 6–7 8–3 7–3 3–2


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1981 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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
3B Reitz, KenKen Reitz 82 260 56 .215 2 28
RF Durham, LeonLeon Durham 87 328 95 .290 10 35

Other batters[edit]

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
Waller, TyeTye Waller 30 71 19 .268 3 13

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bird, DougDoug Bird 12 75.1 4 5 3.58 34

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Geisel, DaveDave Geisel 11 16 2 0 0.56 7

Relief pitchers[edit]

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs American Association Randy Hundley and Roy Hartsfield
AA Midland Cubs Texas League Roy Hartsfield and George Enright
A Quad Cities Cubs Midwest League Rich Morales
A-Short Season Geneva Cubs New York–Penn League Bob Hartsfield
Rookie GCL Cubs Gulf Coast League Hugh Yancy

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Bruce Sutter at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "Giants trade twice on final day". Lakeland, Florida: The Ledger. Associated Press (AP). December 13, 1980. p. 3D. Retrieved December 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ Joe Strain at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ George Riley at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ [1] at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Butch Benton at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Joe Carter at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Rick Reuschel at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Pat Tabler at Baseball Reference

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