1981 St. Louis Cardinals season
|1981 St. Louis Cardinals|
|Major League affiliations|
|Owner(s)||August "Gussie" Busch|
|General manager(s)||Whitey Herzog|
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Jay Randolph, Dan Kelly)
|Local radio||KMOX |
(Jack Buck, Mike Shannon, Dan Kelly)
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The St. Louis Cardinals 1981 season was the team's 100th season in St. Louis, Missouri and the 90th season in the National League. 1981 was a season of two significant anomalies: A change in the playoff format, which created the first-ever Divisional Series with a qualification variant that existed only for that season, and the players' strike, which truncated the regular season. Despite finishing 59-43, good for the best overall record in the National League East, the strike set up the scenario where the Cardinals actually missed the playoffs. The regular season was split into halves to tally teams' records separately in each half of the season, and because the Cardinals finished in second place in each half, they did not qualify for the 1981 playoffs. Major League Baseball reverted to the previous playoff format the following season, and the Cardinals qualified for that postseason.
- 1 Offseason
- 2 Regular season
- 3 Player stats
- 4 Farm system
- 5 References
- 6 External links
- December 8, 1980: Terry Kennedy, Steve Swisher, Mike Phillips, John Littlefield, John Urrea, Kim Seaman, and Al Olmsted were traded by the Cardinals to the San Diego Padres for Rollie Fingers, Bob Shirley, Gene Tenace and a player to be named later. The Padres completed the deal by sending Bob Geren to the Cardinals on December 10.
- December 9, 1980: Leon Durham, Ken Reitz and a player to be named later were traded by the Cardinals to the Chicago Cubs for Bruce Sutter. The Cardinals completed the trade by sending Tye Waller to the Cubs on December 22.
- December 12, 1980: Ted Simmons, Rollie Fingers and Pete Vuckovich were traded by the Cardinals to the Milwaukee Brewers for Sixto Lezcano, David Green, Lary Sorensen and Dave LaPoint.
- February 16, 1981: The Cardinals traded a player to be named later to the New York Yankees for Rafael Santana. The Cardinals completed the deal by sending George Frazier to the Yankees on June 7.
|St. Louis Cardinals||59||43||0.578||—||32–21||27–22|
|New York Mets||41||62||0.398||18½||24–27||17–35|
First Half Standings
|St. Louis Cardinals||30||20||.600|
|New York Mets||17||34||.333|
Second Half Standings
|St. Louis Cardinals||29||23||.558|
|New York Mets||24||28||.462|
Record vs. opponents
1981 National League Records
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Opening Day starters
- Bob Forsch
- George Hendrick
- Keith Hernandez
- Tom Herr
- Sixto Lezcano
- Ken Oberkfell
- Darrell Porter
- Tony Scott
- Garry Templeton
- April 3, 1981: Julio González was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.
- April 29, 1981: Bill Lyons was signed as a free agent by the Cardinals.
- June 7, 1981: Tony Scott was traded by the Cardinals to the Houston Astros for Joaquín Andújar.
- June 8, 1981: 1981 Major League Baseball draft
- September 10, 1981: Joe Edelen and Neil Fiala were traded by the Cardinals to the Cincinnati Reds for Doug Bair.
|1981 St. Louis Cardinals roster|
Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts
- Bob Geren at Baseball Reference
- Bruce Sutter at Baseball Reference
- Ted Simmons at Baseball Reference
- Rafael Santana at Baseball Reference
- Julio González at Baseball Reference
- Bill Lyons at Baseball Reference
- Joaquín Andújar at Baseball Reference
- "Bobby Beacham: Career Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
- Tom Nieto at Baseball Reference
- Danny Cox at Baseball Reference
- Neil Fiala at Baseball Reference