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1981 Chicago Cubs season

1981 Chicago Cubs
Major league affiliations
1981 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)


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The Chicago Cubs' 1981 season was a season in American baseball. It involved the Chicago Cubs finishing 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.


Regular season

Season standings

NL East
First Half standings
Wins Losses Win % GB
Philadelphia Phillies 34 21 .618
St. Louis Cardinals 30 20 .600 1.5
Montreal Expos 30 25 .545 4.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 25 23 .521 5.5
New York Mets 17 34 .333 15.0
Chicago Cubs 15 37 .288 17.5
NL East
Second Half standings
Wins Losses Win % GB
Montreal Expos 30 23 .566
St. Louis Cardinals 29 23 .558 0.5
Philadelphia Phillies 25 27 .481 4.5
New York Mets 24 28 .462 5.5
Chicago Cubs 23 28 .451 6.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 21 33 .389 9.5

Notable transactions


1981 Chicago Cubs
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



Player stats


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
3B Reitz, KenKen Reitz 82 260 56 .215 2 28
RF Durham, LeonLeon Durham 87 328 95 .290 10 35

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
Waller, TyeTye Waller 30 71 19 .268 3 13


Starting pitchers

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

Other pitchers

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

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
Short-Season A Geneva Cubs New York-Penn League Bob Hartsfield
Rookie GCL Cubs Gulf Coast League Hugh Yancy



  • 1981 Chicago Cubs season at Baseball Reference
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