1981 Chicago Cubs season

1981 Chicago Cubs
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

Regular season

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 5943 0.578 32–21 27–22
Montreal Expos 6048 0.556 2 38–18 22–30
Philadelphia Phillies 5948 0.551 36–19 23–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 4656 0.451 13 22–28 24–28
New York Mets 4162 0.398 18½ 24–27 17–35
Chicago Cubs 3865 0.369 21½ 27–30 11–35
NL East
First Half Standings
W L Pct.
Philadelphia Phillies3421.618
St. Louis Cardinals3020.600
Montreal Expos3025.545
Pittsburgh Pirates2523.521
New York Mets1734.333
Chicago Cubs1537.288
NL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Montreal Expos3023.566
St. Louis Cardinals2923.558
Philadelphia Phillies2527.481
New York Mets2428.462
Chicago Cubs2328.451
Pittsburgh Pirates2133.389

Record vs. opponents

1981 National League Records

Sources:
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta3–2–16–54–87–73–73–34–52–39–65–74–3
Chicago2–3–11–51–66–44–75–8–12–104–103–35–55–4–1
Cincinnati5–65–18–48–85–47–35–24–210–29–50–5
Houston8–46–14–84–85–26–34–62–411–39–62–4
Los Angeles 7–74–68–88–45–25–13–35–16–57–55–5
Montreal7–37–44–52–52–59–37–410–34–22–56–9
New York3–38–5–13–73–61–53–97–73–6–12–52–46–5
Philadelphia5-410–22–56–43–34–77–77–54–24–37–6
Pittsburgh3–210–42–44–21–53–106–3–15–76–43–73–8
San Diego6–93–32–103–115–62–45–22–44–66–73–7
San Francisco7–55–55–96–95–75–24–23–47–37–62–3
St. Louis3–44–5–15–04–25–59–65–66–78–37–33–2

Notable transactions

Roster

1981 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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
3BKen Reitz8226056.215228
RFLeon Durham8732895.2901035

Other batters

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
Tye Waller307119.268313

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Doug Bird1275.1453.5834

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Geisel1116200.567

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

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

  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. 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

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3. 
  • 1981 Chicago Cubs season at Baseball Reference
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