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Thursday, December 22, 2016

1982 Season Coming Soon (Jan. 2017)

he 1982 Major League Baseball season. Making up for their playoff miss of the year before, the St. Louis Cardinals won their ninth World Series championship, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers, four games to three.
World Series:
Suds Series
The St. Louis-Milwaukee World Series played on another rivalry – Anheuser Busch / Miller Brewing – and became known playfully as the “Suds Series”. The series was a strong contrast – while Milwaukee hit 216 homers, St. Louis hit only 67. Paul Molitor opened the series with 5 hits in game 1, and the Brewers clobbered the Cards, 10-0. After that, the series lead changed hands 3 more times, as the Cards won the next 2, the Brewers won games 4 and 5, and the Cardinals drove off elimination by winning games 6 and 7. Darrell Porter was named MVP of the series, becoming only the 2nd player to win the LCS and WS MVP awards in the same season.

Awards and honors

Statistical leaders

 American LeagueNational League
AVGWillie Wilson KC.332Al Oliver MTL.331
HRReggie Jackson CAL
Gorman Thomas MIL
39Dave Kingman NYM37
RBIHal McRae KC133Dale Murphy ATL
Al Oliver MTL
WinsLaMarr Hoyt CHW19Steve Carlton PHI23
ERARick Sutcliffe CLE2.96Steve Rogers MTL2.40
SOFloyd Bannister SEA209Steve Carlton PHI286
SVDan Quisenberry KC35Bruce Sutter STL36
SBRickey Henderson OAK130Tim Raines MTL78

All-Star game


Monday, August 22, 2016

California Wins 1981 World Series for Its Second Chamionship in Three Years

The California Angels completed an unlikey season in which they rode a strong first half in the strike-depleted year to a berth in the playoffs. They were matched against a Cardinals teams that similarly took advantage of a surprisingly strong first half to get invited to the post season dance.
Game 1
The pitching matchups featured Mike Witt for the Angels and Larry Sorensen for the Cards. The Angels jumped off to a 3-run lead on the strength of 5 bits in the first inning, but would not score again until the 7th. Meanwhile, Ken Oberkfell
of the Cards homered in the 5th and Dane Iorg doubled a run in the 6th to make the score 3-2 headed into the 7th. After a scoreless top of the 7th for the Cards, the Angels continued their "death by a thousand cuts" attack. The first four batters of the inning singled off P Mark Littell, and his replacement Jim Kaat allowed another two singles. When the damage was tabulated, the Angels led 6-2. George Hendrick of the Cards homered in the top of the 8th to brinf the game within 2, but Angels stopper Don Aase (you'll hear that name again) came in to forestall further damage. Angels held on to win 6-4, with Mike Witt the winner and Sorensen the loser. Don Aase got his first save.
Game 2
Bob Forsch took the mound for the Redbirds, with Steve Renko his opposite number. Angels once again kicked off the scoring early, as Grich, Baylor, and Carew strung together singles in the bottom of the first to give the Halos a 1-0 lead. Renko stymied the Cardinals bats until the 4th, when the Cards got two runners on. Little-used reliever Mickey Mahler bailed out an exhausted Renko to get out of the inning without a run scored. In the bottom of the 4th Angels pinch hitter John Harris doubled in pair to give the Angels a 3-0 lead. No other runs were scored in the game. The Cards threated in the ninth, as pinch hitter Gene Roof reached on an error with the top of the order due up. Fireman Aase again came in to hold te lead, and picked up his second save of the series. Mickey Mahler was credited with the win, Forsch the loss.
Game 3
With the Cards looking to get back in the series, they sent left John Martin to the hill to oppose Angels lefty Geoff Zahn. Grich hit a homer in the top of the 1st, and it looked like the Angels were at it again. However, the Cards got to Zahn for two runs in the bottom of the 1st on run-scoring hits by Sixto Lezcano and Ken Oberkfell. In the top of the 5th, the Angels added two runs on three hits, and added another in the 6th to chase Martin. The Cardinals scored in the bottom of the 5th as well, but headed into the 7th the Angels led 4-3. Disco Dan Ford hit a homer for the Angels in the top of the 7th to strect the lead to 5-3, but the Cards got a runner on in the bottom of the 7th with one out. With the tying tun at the plate in the form of PH Gene Roof, Don Aase was once again summoned from the Angels pen. He ended the threat without damage in the 7th and went on to hold the Cards scoreless for the remainder of the game to pick up his third save of the series. Zahn got the win and Martin the loss.
Game 4
With the Cards now desperate to stay in the series, Carlos Martinez took the hill opposed by Angels JJ Jefferson. Angels were off to the races again, as they led off the game with four straight hits to score three runs and chase
Martinez for the wild man Joaquin Andujar. Little did the Angels realize that such an auspicious beginning was going to be invalidated emphatically soon. St Louis scored a run in the bottom of the second, but Angels were still looking OK until the wheels came off in the bottom of the third. The Cardinals leveraged a Sixto Lezacano grand slam to score 5 in the inning, and now led 6-3. A Keith Hernandez homer and Darrell Porter triple spearheaded a 6-run Cardinals 4th, and the game was in garbage time. Cardinals added three more runs on the bottom of the 7th to win going away 15-3. Cardinals reliever Bob Shirtey took the wind and Jefferson the loss. Needless to say, Aase did not get a chance to go for his fourth save of the series.
Game 5
Could the Cards rebound to get back in this series? Larry Sorensen and Mke Witt reprised their Game 1 matchup to find out. Angels again led off the scoring, as CF Fred Lynn walked, was sacrificed to second, and scored on a single by SS Rick Burleson. Angels added another run in the 4th as Brian Downing singled, then scored on a double by Lynn. In the 5th the Angels scratched out another run on a Burleson single, a balk, and a Don Baylor single. Now 3-0 Angels. The Cardinals struk in the bottom of the 6th, as Sixto Lezcano doubled in a run and subsequently scored on SS Garry Templeton's single. 3-2 Angels after six as the tension built. After a scoreless Angels 7th, Keith Hernandez singled for the Cards in the bottom of the inning. With slugger George Hendrick due up, the Angels went to the well one more time for relief ace Don Aase. Aase induced a Hendrick fly out to end the threat. St Louis threatened again in the 8th, but despite three singles could not get a run in. Keith Hernandez doubled in the 9th to put the tying run on with two out, but Aase once again shut down Hendrick to give the Angels the series win. Aase did pick up his 4th save of the series, no doubt tying a record, and Witt won his second game at the expense of Sorensen.
Despite the lopsided final outcome, the games were all close and it was an exciting series. Thanks to Bruce Thomas for managing St Louis and doing an excellent job.
Bobby Grich hit .421 for the series, and Mike Witt got credit for 2 of the 4 wins. Nonetheless, the series MVP has to go to Don Aase. He held the Cardinals scoreless in 7 mostly high leverage innings, and didn't allow any inherited runners to score either. In an ironic twist, the 9th inning of Game 5 was his last regardless of outcome as he hit his usage limit.
See you all next season.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pale Hose Whitewash Halos Twice; Will it be Enough?

September 28, 1981
CHICAGO -- Dennis Lamp (10-1) improved on his league-leading ERA with 8.1 innings of shut-out ball in a 5-0 Chicago win. Greg Luzinski (38) added to his league-leading home run and RBI totals with a 2-run shot in the 1st. The ChiSox are in need of every one of the games in this series with Texas having swept Seattle.

September 29, 1981
CHICAGO -- Don Baylor's (22) grand slam in the T10 won the game 11-7 for California after the White Sox had battled back with 3 runs in the B9 to tie it at 7-7.

September 30, 1981
CHICAGO -- Britt Burns (8-7) fired a 1-hitter and blanked the Halos 2-0. Luzinski banged out a pair of hits and scored a run. Tony Bernazard (4) delivered a solo shot in the 6th.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ChiSox Stay Ahead of A's with Pair of Ws at Comiskey

September 18, 1981
CHICAGO -- Steve McCatty (12-6) had the White Sox completed frustrated for the full 9 innings as Oakland won the opener of this crucial series, 4-1. Dave McKay (4) opened the 4th with a 4-14-foot bomb off Steve Trout (8-5). It opened the flood gates for a Rickey Henderson (3 hits) triple, an RBI single from Dwayne Murphy, and an RBI single from Mickey Klutts (3 hits).

September 19, 1981
CHICAGO -- Dennis Lamp (8-1) responded with a complete-game of his own as the Pale Hose come back with a 3-2 victory.  Jim Morrison, Harold Baines and Jim Essian had RBI hits respectively, in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings. Tony Armas (35) blasted a 2-run homer in the 7th for the Athletics runs.

September 20, 1981
CHICAGO -- As intense as you would want a rubber match to be when a Division title is on the line. . . and extra innings to boot. However, the White Sox emerged 4-3 victors when Ron Leflore lifted a single to RCF scoring Mike Squires with the walk-off run in the 11th making a winner of Lamarr Hoyt (6-3) in relief. Chicago led 3-2 heading into the 9th, but Klutts (5) took Kevin Hickey deep to tie it at 3-3.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Phillies Punch Pirates

September 11, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Bake Mcbride doubled home 3 runs in a 4-run Philly explosion in the 6th to carry Philadelphia to a 4-3 win. Steve Carlton (11-5) was the WP with Ron Reed (11) getting the save. Rick Rhoden took the loss for the Pirates. Omar Moreno had 3 hits in a losing cause.

September 12, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Dickie Noles (3-0) tossed 7 shut out innings and McBride again contributed 2 doubles and 2 RBI to lead Philly to a 4-0 victory.

September 13, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Bill Madlock banged out 3 hits and 3 RBI to lead Pittsburgh to a 7-4 winner. Moreno again added 3 safeties. Odell Jones (3-0) started and won for the home club.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Reds take 2 of 3 from the Dodgers

September 11, 1981:    George Foster's three run shot in the seventh extended the Reds lead to what would proved to be the final score, 7-2.  Mario Soto (8-7) went seven innings to pick up the win.  Jerry Reuss (5-10) suffered the setback.

September 12, 1981:  Dodgers strike first with four runs in the top of the first.  Reds battle back with two in the first, one in the third and fourth and two more in the fifth and seventh to go on to the 8-5 win.  Youngster Paul Householder banged out three hits, scoring one and driving in another.  Foster hit his 25th homer and Oester added his fourth.  Seaver (10-7) benefited from the Cincinnati offense as he allowed five runs in six innings.  Fernando (9-9) took the loss.

September 13, 1981:  Dodgers score three in the third and add a run in the fourth for a 4-0 lead.  Reds cut it to 4-2 but that was as close as they got as L.A. added a run in the fifth for the 5-2 win to avoid the sweep.  Rick Monday had two hits including a two run homer for the Dodgers.  Bob Welch (11-3) picked up the win while Frank Pastore fell to 7-4 with the loss.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Reds take 2 of 3 from San Diego

September 7, 1981:  Despite 16 hits the Reds fall to the Padres 7-5 in ten innings.  With the game tied at five, Joe Lefebrve doubled to drive in the go-ahead runs in the top of the tenth.  Gary Lucas (3-3) picked up the win in relief with Eric Show earning his first save of the season.  Reds reliever Tom Hume (3-3) was the loser.  Dave Concepcion drove in three of the Reds runs and light hitting catcher Mike O'Berry went 3 for 4.

September 8, 1981:  Reds right fielder and leadoff hitter Dave Collins collected two hits and walked twice scoring two runs and driving in another as Cincinnati took game two of the series, 10-3.  Collins also stole his 18th and 19th bases of the season.  Bruce Berenyi (7-5) was able to work out of trouble despite allowing four hits and five walks in six innings to pick up the win.  Juan Eichelberger (8-9) suffered the setback.

September 9, 1981:  Southpaw Charlie Liebrandt (1-0) picked up his first win of the season in his ARAIG debut as the Reds downed San Diego 6-2.  Liebrandt went six innings allowing only two runs.  Dave Concepcion and Johnny Bench each went 2 for 4 with each homering to lead the Cincinnati offense.  Tim Lollar (5-4) suffered the setback.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Tigers bitten twice by Chisox

August 31, 1981
CHICAGO -- Ross Baumgarten (9-4) pitched 8 strong innings as Chicago bested Detroit 3-2. LaMarr Hoyt (7) hurled the 9th for the save. Bill Amon and Greg Luzinski led the offense with 2 hits apiece.

September 1, 1981
CHICAGO -- Dan Petry (7-8) went the full 9, scattering six hits and yielding 1 run as Detroit whipped Chicago 7-1. Steve Kemp (7) homered in one of his two hits and drove in a pair of runs. Ron Jackson and Kirk Gibson also had 2 hits and 2 RBI.

September 2, 1981
CHICAGO -- Carlton Fisk banged out 3 hits and drove in 3 runs as the Pale Hose captured the rubber game 7-2. Greg Luzinski (26) added a 2-run blast. Richard Dotson (7-4) tossed 7 IP for the win. Newly acquired veteran Jerry Koosman (1) came on and recoded the 27th out with the bases loaded.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Pitching leads Reds to sweep

August 31, 1981:  A Johnny Bench tenth inning pinch single scores Dave Concepcion with the winning run as the Reds outlast the Expos 4-3.  Montreal scored two runs in the top of the eighth to tie it.  Rookie Scott Brown (2-0) picked up the win while Bill Lee (2-4) was pinned with the defeat.

September 1, 1981:  Frank Pastore (7-2) tossed his second shutout of the abbreviated season as the Reds downed the Expos 2-0.  Pastore allowed six hits while walking two and striking out two.  George Foster went 2 for 4 and drove in both runs.  Charlie Lea (0-5) was the tough luck loser going seven innings and allowing two runs for Montreal.

September 2, 1981:  Tom Seaver (9-7) continued the standout effort of the Cincinnati starters throwing a five hit shutout as the Reds sweep the series with a 5-0 win.  Seaver allowed only one walk and struck out seven.  Foster hit two solo homers, his 22 and 23 of the season and Ronnie Oester added his third of the year.  Veteran Stan Bahnsen saw his record drop to 2-2.  

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Pale Hose and Yanks Split 4 Despite Sox out-hitting Bombers 47-25

August 27, 1981
CHICAGO -- Rick Reuschel (3-1) had his best sinker working tonight as the Yankees dropped the White Sox 3-1. Goose Gossage (13) game on to record the 27th out. Larry Milburne had 3 hits and knocked in a run to lead the offense.

August 28, 1981
CHICAGO -- Steve Trout (6-3) and LaMarr Hoyt (7) combined to defeat Ron Guidry (6-3) and the Yankees 3-2 and even the series. Lamar Johnson cracked 3 hits and The "Bull" Greg Luzinski (25) unloaded a 446-foot bomb to CF to lead the offense.

August 29, 1981
CHICAGO -- 'The Goose" (14) can close out a game better than anyone. The Yankees tallied the g-ahead run in the T8th when Jerry Mumphrey reached on a 2-base error by SS Bill Almon. PH Aurelio Rodriguez singled him home for a 5-4 Yankees lead. That was all she wrote. The Pale Hose jumped out to a 4-1 lead through 5, but the Bombers responded with 3 in the T6 to tie it. Ron Davis (1-3) won his first game in relief. Almon and Waune Nordhagen had 3 hits apiece to lead all batters as the ChiSox out-hit the Yanks 14-4 in this one.

August 30, 1981
CHICAGO -- Oscar Gamble (12) hit a solo blast to LF in the 7th inning, It was just one of two hits the Yanks got off Dennis Lamp (5-1) in an 11-1 laugher for the White Sox as they split the series. The ChiSox compiled 19 hits with 4 players garnering 3 apiece. Carlton Fisk's (5) 3 including a 3-run jack. Ron Leflore, Rusty Kuntz and Almon also chipped in 3 safeties.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Oakland and Cleveland split 2-game set

Game 1:
Cleveland: 7  Oakland: 6
WP - Waits (4-8)  LP - Keough (6-4)
HR - Cleveland: None   Oakland: C Johnson (12)                            

Mike Hargrove had 3 hits and the Indians took advantage
of some sloppy defense by the A's to win a close one
7-6.  5 of the 7 Indians runs were unearned, and the A's
fought back but came up just short. Rickey Henderson had
5 hits for the A's and Cliff Johnson hit his 12th homer.

Game 2:
Oakland: 5  Cleveland: 4
WP - McCatty (8-5)  LP - Monge (1-2)                                                              
HR - Cleveland: None  Oakland: Heath (5)

The A's earned a split of the two-game series with a 5-4 win.
Len Barker started for the Indians and had a wild 6 innings.
He walked 7 batters but whiffed 10.
The Indians trailed by 1 entering the 9th but tied the game on
a Duane Kuiper single.  In the bottom of the inning Tony
Armas came through with the game winning base knock,
bringing home Dwayne Murphy who had 3 hits in the game.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Pirates Post 2 Ws around Perez Meltdown

August 24, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Bill Robinson hit a pinch hit blooper that scored Lee Lacy in the B9th for a 3-2 Pirates winner. This was necessary after Rick Monday (8) tied the game in the T9th with a dramatic 2-run shot off Kent Tekulve (4-3). Odell Jones was sensational as a starter for the Bucs with 7 IP and only 2 hits allowed. He struck out 7 and walked none.

August 25, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Usually the descriptions here are so you don't need a box score. Trust me, folks. You want to look at the box score on this one. For some reason the Pirates were 2 men under the roster limit on this day. Their bullpen was already wiped out. When SP Pascual Perez (3-4) totally melted down in the 2nd, the Bucs brain trust had no choice, but to call all arms to the mound. After Perez plunked opposing pitcher Dave Goltz, he uncorked a wild pitch, gave up 3 consecutive singles, then walked 3 in a row. The enigmatic starter then walked off the mound without his manager coming out. Wacko!!!! Jason Thompson, Willie Montanez, Gary Alexander, Lee Lacy and Bill Robinson all took their turns. It was comedy for sure, but also embarrassment for Jay Johnstone and Mike Scioscia who fanned, and Bill Russell who  grounded into a DP. Oh yeah, the Dodgers won 15-6.

August 26, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Rick Rhoden (3-6) gave the Pirates exactly what they needed -- a complete game 4-1 victory. Lacy had 3 hits, Omar Moreno scored 3 runs and Dale Berra drove in a pair.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A's sweep O's at home

Game 1
Oakland: 5  Baltimore: 0
WP - Kingman (5-5)  LP - Palmer (5-7)
HR - Baltimore: None  Oakland - Murphy (10)                                              
Four A's pitchers combined to shut out the Orioles
and Dwayne Murphy went deep for his 10th homer
of the season to pace the A's.  The A's held Baltimore
to a mere 3 hits in the contest.  Murphy, Rickey Henderson
and Tony Armas each had two hits in the game.

Game 2
Oakland: 3  Baltimore: 1
WP - Langford (8-6)  LP - McGregor (6-6)
HR - Baltimore: Crowley (4)   Oakland: None                            

Rick Langford went the distance in beating
Baltimore, running his record on the year to 8 and 6 and
lowering his ERA to 2.10.  Langford lost his shutout bid
in the 9th when he served up a bomb to Terry Crowley.
Overall though he was the star of this game as he
continues his bid for an A.L. ERA title.

Game 3
Oakland: 5  Baltimore: 1
WP - Norris (8-7)  LP - Flanagan (7-5)
HR - Baltimore: None  Oakland: None                                                        

Oakland continued a run of dominant pitching performances,
this one from Mike Norris as he pitched 8 strong innings
leading the A's to a win and a sweep of the series.
Dwayne Murphy had a couple big RBIs for Oakland and
also stole a base.

Reds sweep Mets....

August 21, 1981:  Cincinnati scored three in the first and four in the second and hold off the Mets 7-4.  Ken Griffey rapped out two hits and drove in 2 runs and George Foster smacked a two run HR to lead the offense.  Mario Soto (6-6) went 7.2 innings allowing four runs of which three were earned to pick up the win.  Joe Price picked up his second save of the season.  Former Red Pat Zachary (4-8) didn't get out of the second inning.

August 22, 1981:  Frank Pastore (5-2) out-dualed the Mets Pete Falcone (2-2) 1-0.  Pastore went the distance allowing only five hits and a walk while striking out seven.  Joe Nolan drove in the only run after Dan Driessen started the two out sixth inning rally with a double.

August 23, 1981:  Tom Seaver (8-6) provided another fine pitching performance and the Reds offense provided plenty of support in the 8-1 win.  Seaver went the distance allowing only one run on two hits with four walks and four strikeouts.  Reds catcher Joe Nolan stayed hot going 3 for 3 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI.  Nolan doubled and hit his first home run of the season.  Ed Lynch (5-3) suffered the defeat.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Friars Condemn Bucs with 3 Losses

August 21, 1981 (Game #1)
PITTSBURGH -- Terry Kennedy put up a 5-3-4-3 line in the boxscore to power San Diego to a 8-5 DH game one winner. Gene Richards and Luis Salazar also chipped in 3 hits to the Padres attack. Steve Mura (1-8) tossed 6 innings for his first W of the season.

August 21, 1981 (Game #2)
PITTSBURGH -- Rupert Jones and Ozzie Smith smacked 3 hits each to lead SD to a 6-2 win and a double-header sweep. Tim Lollar (4-2) grabbed the win on the mound with 6 strong innings.

August 22, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Dave Parker (7,8) went 4-4 with 2 home runs and Pittsburgh grabbed its first win of the series with a 3-1 score. Eddie Solomon (3-3) hurled 8 IP without giving up an earned run. Grant Jackson (6) nailed down the save.

August 23, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Chris Welsh (3-8) battled through 8 IP giving up 11 hits, but it was enough for a 7-5 Friar win. Gary Lucas (2) closed down a final flourish by the Bucs in the 9th. Jones drove in 3 runs to lead the offense.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Bucs Jolt Jints

August 18, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Jeff Leonard, Bob Brenly and Enos Cabell had RBI singles in the T11th as San Francisco topped Pittsburgh 5-2 in extras.

August 19, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Luis Tiant gets his first start for the Bucs (I don't ever remember him as a Pirate) and pitches very well through 6 innings. He gave up 2 runs, but the Pirates remained scoreless against Ed Whitson. Pittsburgh finally busted through with 4 runs in the B8th to make a winner of Grant Jackson (3-1). Greg Minton (4-3) took the loss. Tony Pena drove in 2 to power the Bucs uprising.

August 20, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Jason Thompson (6) blasted a 3-run shot to power a 4-run 1st inning for the Pirates. They went on to a 4-1 win. Odell Jones (1-0) in his first start of the year went 6 innings of shut out ball on just 2 hits.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Reds sweep two from Phils...

August 18, 1981:  Tom Seaver (7-6) goes the distance in shutting out the Phillies 5-0.  Seaver allowed only five hits while walking four with three strikeouts.  Leading 1-0, the Reds erupted for four runs in the bottom of fourth.  Sam Mejias went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI to lead the Cincinnati offense.  Steve Carlton (7-5) was the losing pitcher of record.

August 19, 1981:  Once again the Reds scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 5-0 lead.  The Reds added another run in the bottom of the fifth, increasing their lead to 6-0.  Reds starter Bruce Berenyi was cruising with seven shutout innings.  However, Philadelphia rallied in the top of the eighth and had the go ahead run at the plate before Tom Hume was able to put out the fire.  Hume was able to retire the side in order in the top of the ninth as Cincinnati takes it 6-5.  Berenyi (6-2) was the winner with Hume a well earned eleventh save of the season.  Christenson (6-6) suffered the defeat.  Reds catcher Joe Nolan went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Driessen (7) homered for Cincinnati. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Reds take 3 of 4 from Giants

August 14, 1981:  After the long layoff due to the strike, it was like the Reds never put the bats down scoring four first inning runs.  Foster had the big night hitting home runs in the first, fifth, and eighth innings.  The Reds leftfielder finished with five RBI to lead the Reds to the 10-2 win in game one of the twi-night doubleheader.  Bruce Berenyi (5-2) threw six innings of one hit and one run ball to garner the win.  Ed Whitson (4-4) was the loser.

In game two, the Reds rallied from four down, blew the lead, and rallied again for the 7-6 win in eleven innings.  With one out, Concepcion reached on a Joe Pettini error advancing to second.  After Foster was intentionally walked, Junior Kennedy singled to load the bases.  Knight grounded to third but Concepcion beat the throw home, scoring the game winning run.  Rookie Scott Brown (1-0) threw two scoreless innings of relief to pick up his first ever ARAIG win.  Lefty Bob Tufts (0-1) was pinned with the defeat.

August 15, 1981:  Trailing 2-1 heading to the top of the eighth, the Giants put together a rally of their own.  After Joe Morgan grounded out, Bergman singled, Jack Clark then lined a triple to plate Morgan and tie the score at two.  Clark scored on a Darrell Evans ground out to short.  The Reds threatened in the bottom of the ninth putting runners on first and second, but Giants reliever Greg Minton was able to pitch out of trouble.  Doyle Alexander (6-2) threw seven strong innings to pick up the win.  Doug Bair (2-2) suffered the setback in relief.  Minton picked up save number 12.

August 16, 1981:  Mario Soto threw 7.1 innings of shutout ball as the Reds took the game (and the series), 4-0. Rightfielder Dave Collins went two for three including a triple with a run scored and a RBI to lead the Cincinnati attack.  Soto (5-6) was the winner while veteran Tom Griffin (5-4) was the loser.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Strike Over - 1981 Season Resumes!

The strike ends

Luis Tiant
On July 31, 1981, a compromise was reached. In the settlement, teams that lost a "premium" free [1] The settlement gave the owners a limited victory on the compensation issue.
agent could be compensated by drawing from a pool of players left unprotected from all of the clubs rather than just the signing club. Players agree to restricting free agency to players with six or more years of major league service.
Reportedly, the negotiations were so bitter that when a settlement was finally reached, Players Association representative Marvin Miller and the owners' negotiator Ray Grebey refused to pose with each other for the traditional "peace ceremony" photograph.

The All-Star Game

Major League Baseball resumed on August 9 with the All-Star Game in Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. The All-Star Game, which was originally scheduled to be held on July 14, now served as a prelude to play resuming on August 10. The National League beat the American League 5-4.
When play resumed, attendance dropped in 17 of 24 cities and television ratings slumped sharply. Despite the disgruntled fans, the All-Star Game, which was played on a Sunday instead of the usual Tuesday, had its largest attendance (72,086), due to the large seating capacity of Municipal Stadium.

The split-season format

Due to the two-month strike, the owners tried to create an equitable solution. So on August 6, the owners decided to split the 1981 season into two halves, with the first-place teams from each half in each division (or a wild card team if the same club won both halves) meeting in a best-of-five divisional playoff series. The four survivors would then move on to the two best-of-five League Championship Series. It was the first time that Major League Baseball used a split-season format since 1892.


The split-season idea as put into practice (although garnering the league more playoff revenue) seemed to cheapen the results of the regular season. As first proposed, if a team won its division in both halves of the season, then it would play the team with the second best record overall (first and second half). A sportswriter pointed out that the arrangement would give a team with a good overall record an incentive to lose games against the first-half winner to help a division rival win both halves. On August 20, Major League Baseball revised the rules so that if a team won both halves of the season, it would face the second season runner-up instead.
Facing a playoff no matter their finish in the second half, the first-half winners lacked incentive (as opposed to the minor leagues, where if the same team did win both halves it was given a bye into the next round) to repeat, and finished the second-half of the season with a composite record of only three games above .500. To make matters worse, the Cincinnati Reds (National League West) and St. Louis Cardinals (National League East) each failed to make the playoffs. This was despite the fact that they had the two best full-season records in the National League that season (and thus would have won their divisions under normal circumstances), though the Cardinals would receive some vindication the following year when they won the 1982 World Series. In contrast to the Reds' and Cardinals' bad luck, the Kansas City Royals made the postseason despite owning the fourth-best full-season record in their division and posting a losing record overall (50–53). Notably, the format allowed the second-half National League East champion Montreal Expos to make the playoffs, the only time the Expos franchise would make the postseason in their 36-year stay in Montreal and their only postseason appearance of any kind until 2012, long after the team became theWashington Nationals.
The Pittsburgh Pirates ended up playing the fewest games of any team at 102. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants played the most at 111. Most teams finished with anywhere between 106 and 109 games.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Bucs Reach .500 with Sweep of Friars

June 9, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Rick Rhoden (2-4) and "Pops" Stargell (3 hits) did what they could to lift Pittsburgh to a .500 record before the threatened strike. Rhoden went the distance for a 7-0 blanking of the Padres, scattering just 5 hits. Dave Parker (5) contributed a long home run. Steve Mura (0-6) remained win-less for the Friars.

June 10, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- The Bucs even their record at 24-24 with fine pitching performance again from Pascual Perez (3-2) and Rod Scurry (1). The Pirates win 3-1 with 3 hitters knocking in a run, including Kurt Bevacqua's (1) first round-tripper.

ChiSox Bitten in Butt by Old Friend

June 8, 1981
CHICAGO -- Jim Clancy (2-4), born and bred on the South-Side of Chicago, turned on the team of his youth in their time of greatest need and bit them on the butt. With talk of strike dominating the news, the White Sox desperately needed every win they can get this week, trailing California by 2 1/2 games. Playing the last-place Toronto Blue Jays seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. Clancy had other ideas, he limited the ChiSox to just 2 hits through 7.2 IP. Joey McLaughlin (2) completed the heart-breaking 1-0 shut out. Lloyd Moseby's IF ground out scoring Damaso Garcia in the 1sr proved to be the only run scored. Dennis Lamp (3-1), starting his first game of the year, deserved a better fate.

June 9, 1981
CHICAGO -- Willie Upshaw's (3) 2-run blast in the 7th off Richard Dotson (5-3) was the winning shot as Toronto topped the Sox again, 5-4. Bill Almon's error opened the inning. For the game, the Pale Hose committed 3 miscues leading to 4 unearned runs charged to Dotson. It was not playoff caliber baseball. Luis Leal (5-3) started and won for the Blue Jays. Roy Lee Jackson (9) was nearly flawless in 2.2 innings of relief.

Players To Strike After June 11th Games!

1981 strike

The 1981 Baseball Strike caused a strike-shortened season. Teams played between 102 to 110 games, since games were canceled from June 12th to August 10th and not made up to even out the schedule.
The second half of the season began with the All Star Game on August 9th. The playoffs featured the winners of each half season (before and after the strike) in each division facing each other in the first round, creating an extra tier to the playoffs, much like the current Division Series.
The major issue behind the strike was that of free agent compensation, or, in other words, what compensation teams would receive if one of their star players was signed as a free agent by another team. The owners wanted a system whereby teams would receive a player of similar value, while the players were opposed, seeing that this would void their newly-acquired right to become free agents after playing out their contract. The example of the National Football League and National Hockey League, where compensation of this time had nipped free agency in the bud was very much on the players' mind. The resulting compromise was the Free agent compensation draft, which functioned for the next four years.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Expos take rubber game in 11 to take 2 of 3 from Reds.

June 5, 1981:  Steve Rogers goes eight strong innings as Montreal downs the Reds 6-2 in the series opener.  With the Expos leading 3-2 in the top of the eighth Expos rightfielder Warren Cromartie greeted Reds reliever Joe Price with a blast over the right field fence to extend the Montreal lead to 4-2.  The Expos added two more runs in the ninth for the 6-2 final.  Rogers (11-1) picked up the win while Soto (3-5) was the hard luck loser, throwing seven strong innings.

June 6, 1981:  Tom Seaver (5-5) tosses a three hit complete game shutout as the Reds down the Expos 3-0.  Seaver struck out seven while walking four.   The Reds plated all three of their runs in the second inning.  Back to back one out doubles by Concepcion and Knight gave Cincinnati their first run.  Driessen then followed with his fifth home run of the season.  Charlie Lea (0-4) suffered the defeat.

June 7, 1981:  The Expos scored four runs in the eleventh to break-up a one all deadlock and hung on for the 5-3 win.  With one out Cromartie walked, Montanez then laced a triple scoring Crow.  After Parrish flew out, Speier doubled then pinch hitter Bobby Ramos drilled a two run shot down the left field line, just clearing the fence.  Fryman picked up the win in relief while Moskau (2-3) was pinned with the loss. 

Bucs Topple Jints in 2 of 3

June 5, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Mike Easler banged out 3 hits, including 2 doubles that drove in 3 runs, to lead Pittsburgh to a 6-1 win over the visiting Giants. Bill Madlock (6) put every muscle he had behind a massive 452-foot, 2-run home run to dead CF in the 3rd inning. Pascual Perez (2-2) evened his 1981 slate with a strong 7 innings on the bump.

June 6, 1981
PITTSBURGH --Tony Pena rapped a PH, 2-run single in the B8th as the Pirates roared from behind with 3 runs in the frame to win, 3-2. Bill North (4 hits) and Milt May (3 hits) helped the Giants to a 2-0 lead behind stellar pitching from Tom Griffin. He would eventually tire, and Greg Minton (3-2) could not hold the lead.

June 7, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Vida Blue (3-4) was in complete charge of this game from beginning to end, yielding just 1 run on 5 hits for a CG, 5-1 victory. Jack Clark's (10) 2-run blast in the 4th was the difference-maker. Darrell Evans (3) added a solo shot.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Bucs Take "Rubber Match" and Win Series with Cubs

June 2, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Pinch runner Rick Rhoden tagged and scored the winning run in the B8 when Steve Nicosia sent a fly deep enough to LF. Bill Madlock added a couple of RBI as the Pirates beat the Cubs, 3-2. Grant Jackson earned the win in relief with Kent Tekulve (4) adding the save. Dick Tidrow took the loss for the Cubbies.

June 3, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Bill Buckner (7) and Jody Davis (1) hit back-to-back homers for the cubs in the 1st to power a 4-run inning. They went on to win 7-4. Randy Martz (4-4) was strong on the hill, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits in 6.2 IP. Leon Durham also chipped in 3 hits, including a pair of two-baggers.

June 4, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Tim Foli and Willie Stargell drove in runs in the B7th and Pittsburgh held on to take the rubber match (see below), 3-2. Rhoden (1-4) started and won his first game of the year for the Bucs. Tekulve (5) helped out in the 9th.


The sporting term "rubber match" refers to the final and deciding game in any series and traces its origins back to the 16th century English game of lawn bowling. Somewhat similar to bocce ball, the object of lawn bowling is to roll wooden balls across a flat field toward a smaller white ball so they stop as close as possible to the smaller ball without hitting it. Most experts agree that the term refers either to two balls rubbing together, a game-losing mistake or to the final game's potential to "rub out" or erase the losing team.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pale Hose Survive Armas, A's with 2 Wins

June 2, 1981
CHICAGO -- Tony Armas blasted his league-leading 22nd homer in the 6th with a man on to power Oakland to a 4-1 win. Steve McCatty (5-4) went the full 9 for the win, yielding just 3 hits.

June 3, 1981
CHICAGO -- Francisco Barrios (5-2) nearly duplicated McCatty's opening day performance with a 3-hit shut out of us,

June 4, 1981
CHICAGO -- Harold Baines (7) 2-run home run in the 7th and Carlton Fisk's RBI single in the 8th helped the White Sox overcome the Armas (23, 24) Armada for a 3-2 win. Richard Dotson (5-2) was the WP with Rick Langford (6-5) tagged as LP.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

'Spos sweep Bucs

Walk off 3 run shot is the game winner
Warren Cromartie's walk of 3 run shut erased a 2 run deficit and sent Expo fans home happy in game 1.  Chris Speier's walk off solo shot in extras was the only run scored by both teams in this contest.  Montreal won big behind Steve Rogers, who upped his record to 10-1, 2.27 on the season.  Rogers becomes the first double digit winner in baseball in this young 1981 season.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bucs Surprise Phils with In-State Sweep

May 22, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Pascual Perez (1-0) and Kent Tekulve (2) combined on a 7-hit shut out of Philadelphia, 2-0. The Pirates were only able to net 6 hits, but Mike Easler and Lee Lacy drove in runs with theirs.

May 23, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- "El" Nino Espinosa (2-4) was more of a benevolent weather god to the Bucs hitters. hallowed 7 ER on 11 hits in 4 IP and Pittsburgh won easily 10-2. Meanwhile, Eddie Solomon (2-1) was a rock-solid island on the bump for the Pirates through 7 IP. Phil Garner (3 RBI) and Jason Thompson led the Buccos offense with 3 hits apiece.

May 24, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Jim Bibby (1) blasted a massive 428-foot home run to LCF in the 7th to give the Pirates the margin they needed in a 3-2 win and a sweep of the in-state rival Phillies. AND, btw, Bibby (4-1) also went the distance on the mound, yielding just 5 hits. Lowa Bowa had 3 of those knocks for the Phils. Steve Nicoscia and Mike "The Hit Man" Easler knocked in the other runs for the Bucs.

Reds take 3 of 4 from Dodgers

May 22, 1981:  The Reds crack out 15 hits on their way to a 12-5 win.  Foster goes 4 for 5 with 4 RBI including a 3 run HR.  Griffey also has 4 hits with 2 doubles.  Dodgers Ron Cey also hit a 3 run HR.  LaCoss (2-5) gets the win while veteran Reuss (2-4) is saddled with the loss.

May 23, 1981:  A 3 run 8th gives the Reds a win over Fernando mania, 6-3.  Foster was on base 4 times with 2 hits and 2 walks, scoring 2 runs.  Knight had 3 RBI.  Baker was 3 for 4 with 2 RBI for L.A.  Hume (3-1) picked up the win in relief while Valenzuela (4-5) was the loser.

May 24, 1981:  Dodgers broke open a close game with 3 runs in the 9th to win game one of the twinbill 7-2.  Cey went 3 for 5 with 4 RBI and 2 HR.  Welch (6-1) garnered the win while Seaver (4-5) suffered the setback.

May 24, 1981:  A 6 run 6th helped give Cincinnati the 11-6 win and series win.  Foster continued his hot hitting (.393) going 2 for 4 with a 2B and a HR and 4 RBI.  Griffey added 3 hits in 5 atbats and drove in 3.  Dodger catcher Scioscia went 3 for 5 with 3 RBI.  Berenyi (2-2) picked up the win while Goltz saw his
early season record drop to 0-3)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bucs - Bravos split 2 in Steeltown in front of less than 14,000 combined (Real life)

May 19, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- A 5,514 paid attendance looks ridiculously small when spread out around a multi-purpose stadium used for football and baseball. . . I'm just saying. But such was the case in real life, but who could blame them when the Pirates defeat the Braves 11-8 (ARAIG) in a game resembling something from Rookie League. The Bucs committed 3 errors and the Braves, 2. No pitcher was effective, except Victor Cruz (1) who came on to record the 27th out and earn the save. Steve Nicoscia had the best game at the dish with 2 singles good for 4 RBI.

May 20, 1981
PITTSBURGH -- Brian Asseltine's RBI single, plating Greg Hubbard in the 2nd, turned out to be the only run of the game. Bob Walk (3-0), Larry Bradford and Rick Camp (5) combined on the 1-0 Bravos whitewashing the Bucs.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Oakland gets past the Brew Crew at home

Game 1
Oakland 5  Milwaukee 2
WP - McCatty (4-1)  LP - Caldwell (3-2)
HR - Milwaukee: None  Oakland: R Henderson (1), Johnson (7)

Steve McCatty pitched a complete game while Rickey Henderson and Cliff Johnson each hit first inning homers as the A's jumped out to a quick lead and then coasted to a victory after that.
McCatty struck out seven Brewers and walked just one as he now has 4 victories on the season.

Game 2
Milwaukee 8  Oakland 4                                                                      
WP - Easterley (2-1)  LP - Kingman (2-2)  S - Cleveland (1)                
HR - Milwaukee: None  Oakland: Murphy (4)

Cecil Cooper had 4 hits, and Ted Simmons had 3 more, pacing 
the way the Brewers, who evened the series with the A's via 
a 16-hit attack.  Reggie Cleveland pitched 2 innings for his 
first save of the season. Dwayne Murphy hit his 4th homer for

Game 3
Oakland 5  Milwaukee 2                                                                           
WP - Norris (3-4)  LP - Vuckovich (1-3)
HR - Milwaukee: None  Oakland: Gross (5)

Mike Norris turned in a solid pitching performance, going the
distance to beat Pete Vuckovich and the Brewers in this 
deciding game of the three-game series. 
Norris struck out 6 and scattered just 5 hits, while Wayne

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Reds drop opener but sweep doubleheader to take series.

May 6, 1980:  Bucs break a two all deadlock with one in the fifth and two in the sixth on their way to an 8-5 win.  Tim Foli went 3 for 4 with 2 RBI.  Phil Garner added a 2 run homer.  Tekulve (2-0) picked up the win with Romo earning his first save of the season.  Tom Hume (1-1) was tagged with the lose.

May 7, 1980 (G1):  Sam Mejias took advantage of a rare start and drove in the game winning run in the ninth as the Reds took the first of two 2-1.  It was Mejias second hit of the game and he also scored a run.   Paul Moskau (1-2) threw two scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win.  Tekulve (2-1) was the losing pitcher.

May 7, 1980 (G2):  Trailing 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, Knight and Nolan open up the inning with back-to-back singles and advancing a base on a Easler error.  Oester reached on a fielder choice as Knight scored on a 20% chance.  Biittner drew a walk and Collins drew a walk off walk scoring Nolan with the game winning run.  The Pirates wasted a 2 run homer by Madlock.  The red hot Knight went 4 for 4 to raise his average to .361 on the young season.  Hume (2-1) picked up the win while Romo (1-2) suffered the setback.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A's edge the Angels in AL West battle

Game 1 
Oakland 3  California 2  (11 innings)
WP: J Jones (2-0)  LP: Forsch (3-1)
HR: Cal - Grich (5)  Oak - None

A's had to come from behind twice in this game and were able      
to escape with the extra-inning victory. Steve McCatty pitched
a great game for Oakland as did Ken Forsch.  Mike Patterson
had 4 hits for the A's.

Game 2
Oakland 6  California 4                                                                                   WP: Kingman (2-1)  LP: Renko (0-1)  S: McLaughlin (1)
HR: Cal - Baylor (6)  Oak - Gross 2 (4)  Page (4)

Wayne Gross homered twice and drove in 4 runs, leading the
way as the A's beat the Angels to inch closer to first.  Brian      
Kingman continued the A's wave of strong pitching
performances, going 7 innings for the victory.

Game 3
California 10  Oakland 3                                                                                       
WP: Zahn (5-0)  LP: Norris (2-3)
HR: Cal - Carew (1)  Grich (6)  Oak - Armas (10)

The Angels pounded out 16 hits, lead by Rod Carew who                            
went 3 for 5 including his first homer of the season.
A's starter Mike Norris struggled again while most of
his A's counterparts have got off to fast starts.
Geoff Zahn pitched great for California, moving his
record to 5-0 on this young season.  The Angels
continue to lead the AL West with a 16-4 record,
while the A's are just 1.5 games back at 15-6.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Reds drop two of three to Pods

April 28, 1981:  Joe Lefebvre drives in four runs as San Diego defeats Cincinnati 9-1.  The Padres blew open a two run game with six runs in the top of the ninth.  Rick Wise (3-1) threw seven innings of one run ball to pick up the win.  Tom Seaver (2-3) was pinned with the setback.

April 29,1981:  Frank Pastore goes the distance as the Reds down San Diego 8-2 to even the series.  George Foster collected three hits including two home runs and drove in three to pace the Cincinnati offense.   Dave Concepcion added four hits in five atbats.  Pastore (1-0)  allowed two runs on ten hits during the complete game effort.  John Curtis (0-3) was the losing pitcher.

April 30, 1981:  Trailing 4-2, San Diego comes up with two runs in the eighth to tie it and win it with two more in the tenth.  Gary Lucas (1-0) picked up the win while Paul Moskau (0-2) suffered the defeat.  Danny Boone picked up his first save of the season.  Luis Salazar led the Padres attack going 3 for 5 with three RBI including two in the tenth that proved to be the difference.  Joe Nolan went 2 for 4 for the Reds with two RBI.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Reds and Braves split a pair

April 21, 1981:  Danny Driessen singled with two out in the ninth plating Ken Griffey to give Cincinnati a 3-2 win.  Mario Soto went eight strong innings allowing two unearned runs but did not figure in the decision.  Tommy Hume (1-0) threw a scoreless ninth to pick up the win.  Rick Camp (0-1) suffered the setback.

April 22, 1981:  Eddie Miller went 2 for 4 with a triple and two RBI to lead the Braves past the Reds 5-2.  Ageless Gaylord Perry (2-0) went eight and two-thirds innings to pick up the win.  Rick Camp picked up the save retiring the final batter.  Perry also went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.  Mike LaCoss (0-2) was the losing pitcher.

ChiSox Remain Hot; Take Two from O's

April 21, 1981
CHICAGO -- Britt Burns (1-0) and Dennis Lamp (2) out-dueled Jim Palmer (0-1) and Tippy Martinez for a 3-2 White Sox win in the series opener.

April 23, 1981 (Game #1)
CHICAGO -- Scott McGregor (1-0) defined efficiency with this performance. He beat the ChiSox 3-0, allowing just 3 hits. He fanned 6, walked zero, while facing just 30 hitters with 110 pitches. Terry Crowley led the offense with 3 hits. Doug DeCinces (2) went yard.

April 23, 1981 (Game #2)
CHICAGO -- Wayne Nordhagen (2) and Chet Lemon (2) hit back-to-back Home runs in the 5th to power the South-Siders to a 6-4 win for the split in the double dip and to win the series. Lamar Johnson also drove in 3 with a pair of singles.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

A's take 3 out of 4 from Mariners

April 17, 1981

Oakland 3  Seattle 1
WP - McCatty (2-0)  LP - Bannister (1-1)
HR - Seattle:None  Oakland: Murphy 2 (3), Johnson (2)                     

Dwayne Murphy launched 2 HR's and Steve McCatty dominated   
 the Mariners with a complete game as the A's sent the opening       
day crowd home happy, beating the M's 3-1.  Floyd Bannister 
pitched well in a losing effort, striking out 12 and pitching into
the 8th inning.  

April 18, 1981

Oakland 6  Seattle 2
WP - Kingman  (1-1)  LP - Clay (0-1)
HR - Seattle: Zisk (1)  Oakland: Revering (1), Gross (2)

The A's fell behind early but rallied behind the booming bats of
Dave Revering and Wayne Gross. They each homered and Brian
Kingman kept the A's string of complete games alive, winning
his first of the year in a 6-2 A's win over Seattle.

April 19, 1981  (Game 1 of DH)

Seattle 4  Oakland 0
WP - Abbott  (2-1)  LP - Norris (1-2)                                                      
HR - Seattle: None  Oakland: None

Glenn Abbott was the story here, blanking the A's 4 to 0.
Abbott scattered 7 hits, walked just 1 and whiffed 3 during 
his gem. 

April 19, 1981  (Game 2 of DH)
Oakland 4  Seattle 3
WP - Langford (2-1)  LP - Andersen (0-1)                                                      
HR - Seattle: None  Oakland: None                                             

The A's rallied from a 3-0 deficit late, pushing 4 runs across
in the bottom of the eighth to edge the Mariners 4-3.  
The A's did it with 6 singles against 3 pitchers that inning, 
Wayne Gross got the game winning RBI.
Rick Langford pitched another complete game to go
to 2-1 on this young season.
With the win the A's record moves to 8-4 on the season, 
while the Mariners fall to 3-7.