1981 Major League Baseball season

The 1981 Major League Baseball season culminated with the Los Angeles Dodgers defeating the New York Yankees in the World Series, capturing the franchise's fifth World Series title. The season had a players' strike, which lasted from June 12 to July 31, and split the season into two halves. Teams that won their division in each half of the season advanced to the playoffs. This was the first split season in American League history, and second for the National League, which had played a split season in 1892.

1981 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 8 – June 12, 1981
August 10 – October 28, 1981
Number of games162 (scheduled)
103–111 (actual)[1]
Number of teams26
TV partner(s)ABC, NBC, USA
Top draft pickMike Moore
Picked bySeattle Mariners
Regular season
Season MVPAL: Rollie Fingers (MIL)
NL: Mike Schmidt (PHI)
AL championsNew York Yankees
  AL runners-upOakland Athletics
NL championsLos Angeles Dodgers
  NL runners-upMontreal Expos
World Series
ChampionsLos Angeles Dodgers
  Runners-upNew York Yankees
World Series MVPRon Cey, Pedro Guerrero, and Steve Yeager (LA)

The All-Star Game was originally scheduled for July 14, but was canceled due to the strike. It was ultimately played on August 9, as a prelude to the second half of the season, which began the following day.[2]


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