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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.

1981 Chicago Cubs
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Other information
Owner(s)William Wrigley III, Tribune Company
General manager(s)Bob Kennedy, Herman Franks, Dallas Green
Manager(s)Joey Amalfitano
Local televisionWGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Lou Boudreau, Milo Hamilton)
Local radioWGN
(Vince Lloyd, Lou Boudreau)
StatsESPN.com
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Contents

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 59 43 0.578 32–21 27–22
Montreal Expos 60 48 0.556 2 38–18 22–30
Philadelphia Phillies 59 48 0.551 36–19 23–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 46 56 0.451 13 22–28 24–28
New York Mets 41 62 0.398 18½ 24–27 17–35
Chicago Cubs 38 65 0.369 21½ 27–30 11–35


NL East
First Half Standings
W L Pct.
Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600
Montreal Expos 30 25 .545
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521
New York Mets 17 34 .333
Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288
NL East
Second Half Standings
W L Pct.
Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558
Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481
New York Mets 24 28 .462
Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451
Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1981 National League Records

Sources: [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 3–2–1 6–5 4–8 7–7 3–7 3–3 4–5 2–3 9–6 5–7 4–3
Chicago 2–3–1 1–5 1–6 6–4 4–7 5–8–1 2–10 4–10 3–3 5–5 5–4–1
Cincinnati 5–6 5–1 8–4 8–8 5–4 7–3 5–2 4–2 10–2 9–5 0–5
Houston 8–4 6–1 4–8 4–8 5–2 6–3 4–6 2–4 11–3 9–6 2–4
Los Angeles 7–7 4–6 8–8 8–4 5–2 5–1 3–3 5–1 6–5 7–5 5–5
Montreal 7–3 7–4 4–5 2–5 2–5 9–3 7–4 10–3 4–2 2–5 6–9
New York 3–3 8–5–1 3–7 3–6 1–5 3–9 7–7 3–6–1 2–5 2–4 6–5
Philadelphia 5-4 10–2 2–5 6–4 3–3 4–7 7–7 7–5 4–2 4–3 7–6
Pittsburgh 3–2 10–4 2–4 4–2 1–5 3–10 6–3–1 5–7 6–4 3–7 3–8
San Diego 6–9 3–3 2–10 3–11 5–6 2–4 5–2 2–4 4–6 6–7 3–7
San Francisco 7–5 5–5 5–9 6–9 5–7 5–2 4–2 3–4 7–3 7–6 2–3
St. Louis 3–4 4–5–1 5–0 4–2 5–5 9–6 5–6 6–7 8–3 7–3 3–2


Notable transactionsEdit

RosterEdit

1981 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player statsEdit

BattingEdit

Starters by positionEdit

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
3B Ken Reitz 82 260 56 .215 2 28
RF Leon Durham 87 328 95 .290 10 35

Other battersEdit

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 Waller 30 71 19 .268 3 13

PitchingEdit

Starting pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Doug Bird 12 75.1 4 5 3.58 34

Other pitchersEdit

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dave Geisel 11 16 2 0 0.56 7

Relief pitchersEdit

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm systemEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Bruce Sutter at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "Giants trade twice on final day". The Ledger. Lakeland, Florida. 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. ^ [1] 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

ReferencesEdit