1981 Nippon Professional Baseball season

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1981 NPB season
LeagueNippon Professional Baseball
SportBaseball
Regular Season
Season MVPCL: Suguru Egawa (YOM)
PL: Yutaka Enatsu (NIP)
League Postseason
CL championsYomiuri Giants
  CL runners-upHiroshima Toyo Carp
PL championsNippon-Ham Fighters
  PL runners-upLotte Orions
Japan Series
ChampionsYomiuri Giants
  Runners-upNippon-Ham Fighters
Finals MVPTakashi Nishimoto (YOM)
NPB seasons
← 1980

The 1981 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the 32nd season of operation for the league.

Regular season standings[edit]

Central League[edit]

Central League[1] G W L T Pct. GB
Yomiuri Giants 130 73 48 9 .603 --
Hiroshima Toyo Carp 130 67 54 9 .554 6.0
Hanshin Tigers 130 67 58 5 .536 8.0
Yakult Swallows 130 56 58 16 .491 13.5
Chunichi Dragons 130 58 65 7 .472 16.0
Yokohama Taiyo Whales 130 42 80 8 .344 31.5

Pacific League[edit]

Pacific League[2] G W L T Pct. 1st Half Ranking 2nd Half Ranking
Nippon-Ham Fighters 130 68 54 8 .557 4 1
Hankyu Braves 130 68 58 4 .540 3 2
Lotte Orions 130 63 57 10 .525 1 3
Seibu Lions 130 61 61 8 .500 2 5
Nankai Hawks 130 53 65 12 .449 5 6
Kintetsu Buffaloes 130 54 72 4 .429 6 4

Pacific League Playoff[edit]

The Pacific League teams with the best first and second-half records met in a best-of-five playoff series to determine the league representative in the Japan Series.

Game Score Date Location
1 Orions – 1, Fighters – 4 October 7 Kawasaki Stadium
2 Orions – 5, Fighters – 5 October 10 Kawasaki Stadium
3 Fighters – 4, Orions – 1 October 11 Korakuen Stadium
4 Fighters – 6, Orions – 11 October 12 Korakuen Stadium
5 Fighters – 8, Orions – 4 October 13 Korakuen Stadium

Japan Series[edit]

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Fighters – 6, Giants – 5 October 17 Korakuen Stadium 36,056[3]
2 Fighters – 1, Giants – 2 October 18 Korakuen Stadium 42,376[3]
3 Giants – 2, Fighters – 3 October 20 Korakuen Stadium 36,180[3]
4 Giants – 8, Fighters – 2 October 21 Korakuen Stadium 38,627[3]
5 Giants – 9, Fighters – 0 October 23 Korakuen Stadium 31,419[3]
6 Fighters – 3, Giants – 6 October 25 Korakuen Stadium 43,604[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://npb.jp/bis/yearly/centralleague_1981.html
  2. ^ http://npb.jp/bis/yearly/pacificleague_1981.html
  3. ^ a b c d e f 1981年日本シリーズ試合結果 (in Japanese). Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved November 7, 2018.