1981 Milwaukee Brewers season

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1981 Milwaukee Brewers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bud Selig
General manager(s) Harry Dalton
Manager(s) Buck Rodgers
Local television WVTV
(Kent Derdivanis, Mike Hegan, Steve Shannon)
SelecTV
(Joe Castiglione, Tom Collins)
Local radio WISN (AM)
(Lorn Brown, Bob Uecker)
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The Milwaukee Brewers' 1981 season involved the Brewers' finishing 1st in American League East during the second half of the split schedule with an overall record of 62 wins and 47 losses. They proceeded to lose to the New York Yankees in the ALDS. Rollie Fingers became the first relief pitcher in the history of the American League to win the MVP Award.[1]

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

AL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Milwaukee Brewers 62 47 0.569 28–21 34–26
Baltimore Orioles 59 46 0.562 1 33–22 26–24
New York Yankees 59 48 0.551 2 32–19 27–29
Detroit Tigers 60 49 0.550 2 32–23 28–26
Boston Red Sox 59 49 0.546 30–23 29–26
Cleveland Indians 52 51 0.505 7 25–29 27–22
Toronto Blue Jays 37 69 0.349 23½ 17–36 20–33


AL East
First Half Standings
W L Pct.
New York Yankees 34 22 .607
Baltimore Orioles 31 23 .574
Milwaukee Brewers 31 25 .554
Detroit Tigers 31 26 .544
Boston Red Sox 30 26 .536
Cleveland Indians 26 24 .520
Toronto Blue Jays 16 42 .276
AL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Milwaukee Brewers 31 22 .585
Boston Red Sox 29 23 .558
Detroit Tigers 29 23 .558
Baltimore Orioles 28 23 .549
Cleveland Indians 26 27 .491
New York Yankees 25 26 .490
Toronto Blue Jays 21 27 .438

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1981 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]

Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET KC MIL MIN NYY OAK SEA TEX TOR
Baltimore 2–2 6–6 3–6 4–2 6–7 5–3 2–4 6–0 7–6 7–5 4–2 2–1 5–2
Boston 2–2 2–4 5–4 7–6 6–1 3–3 6–7 2–5 3–3 7–5 9–3 3–6 4–0
California 6–6 4–2 6–7 7–5 3–3 0–6 4–3 3–3 2–2 2–8 6–4 2–4 6–6
Chicago 6–3 4–5 7–6 2–5 3–3 2–0 4–1 2–4 5–7 7–6 3–3 2–4 7–5
Cleveland 2–4 6–7 5–7 5–2 1–5 4–4 3–6 2–1 7–5 3–2 8–4 2–2 4–2
Detroit 7–6 1–6 3–3 3–3 5–1 3–2 5–8 9–3 3–7 1–2 5–1 9–3 6–4
Kansas City 3–5 3–3 6–0 0–2 4–4 2–3 4–5 9–4 2–10 3–3 6–7 3–4 5–3
Milwaukee 4–2 7–6 3–4 1–4 6–3 8–5 5–4 9–3 3–3 4–2 2–2 4–5 6–4
Minnesota 0–6 5–2 3–3 4–2 1–2 3–9 4–9 3–9 3–3 2–8 3–6–1 5–8 5–1
New York 6–7 3–3 2–2 7–5 5–7 7–3 10–2 3–3 3–3 4–3 2–3 5–4 2–3
Oakland 5–7 5–7 8–2 6–7 2–3 2–1 3–3 2–4 8–2 3–4 6–1 4–2 10–2
Seattle 2–4 3–9 4–6 3–3 4–8 1–5 7–6 2–2 6–3–1 3–2 1–6 5–8 3–3
Texas 1–2 6–3 4–2 4–2 2–2 3–9 4–3 5–4 8–5 4–5 2–4 8–5 6–2
Toronto 2–5 0–4 6–6 5–7 2–4 4–6 3–5 4–6 1–5 3–2 2–10 3–3 2–6


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1981 Milwaukee Brewers roster
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
C Simmons, TedTed Simmons 100 380 82 .216 14 61

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
Molitor, PaulPaul Molitor 64 251 67 .267 2 19
Bosley, ThadThad Bosley 42 105 24 .229 0 3

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Caldwell, MikeMike Caldwell 24 144.1 11 9 3.93 41
Vuckovich, PetePete Vuckovich 24 149.2 14 4 3.55 84

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Augustine, JerryJerry Augustine 27 61.1 2 2 4.26 26

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Fingers, RollieRollie Fingers 47 6 3 28 1.04 61
Cleveland, ReggieReggie Cleveland 35 2 3 1 5.15 18
Keeton, RickeyRickey Keeton 17 1 0 0 5.09 9
Bernard, DwightDwight Bernard 6 0 0 0 3.60 1
Porter, ChuckChuck Porter 3 0 0 0 4.15 1

ALDS[edit]

New York wins series, 3-2.

Game Score Date
1 New York 5, Milwaukee 3 October 7
2 New York 3, Milwaukee 0 October 8
3 Milwaukee 5, New York 3 October 9
4 Milwaukee 2, New York 1 October 10
5 New York 7, Milwaukee 3 October 11

Awards and honors[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Canadians Pacific Coast League Lee Sigman
AA El Paso Diablos Texas League Tony Muser
A Stockton Ports California League Duane Espy
A Burlington Bees Midwest League Terry Bevington
Rookie Butte Copper Kings Pioneer League Ken Richardson

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Butte

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 152, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Ted Simmons at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Ernest Riles at Baseball-Reference
  4. ^ a b Paul Hartzell at Baseball-Reference
  5. ^ Bob Galasso at Baseball-Reference
  6. ^ John Poff at Baseball-Reference
  7. ^ Bill Lyons at Baseball-Reference
  8. ^ Dan Boitano at Baseball-Reference

References[edit]