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A review of the 1981 MLB Playoffs. Coverage includes boxscores and play-by-play for games as well as series statistics.

Due to a players strike in the middle of the season, the Major League season was divided into 2 halfs and the introduction of a divisional series was added only for 1981.
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1981 Playoff-Related Award Winners

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Player NameTeam NameAward NamePosHtWtBaThBorn DatePlace Of BirthDraft InfoHiLvlMLB YearsStat Years
Ron CeyLos Angeles DodgersWorld Series MVP3B-DH5-9185RR1948-02-15Tacoma,WA
1968-  3-  53-LAN
Pedro GuerreroLos Angeles DodgersWorld Series MVP1B-OF6-0195RR1956-06-29San Pedro de Macoris,DR
1973-  0-   0-LAN
Steve YeagerLos Angeles DodgersWorld Series MVPC6-0190RR1948-11-24Huntington,WV
1967-  4-  80-LAN
Graig NettlesNew York YankeesALCS Most Valuable Player3B-OF6-0185LR1944-08-20San Diego,CA
1965-  4-  74-MIN
Burt HootonLos Angeles DodgersNLCS Most Valuable PlayerP6-1210RR1950-02-07Greenville,TX
1971-  1-   2-CHN
5 record(s)

Playoff Teams for 1981

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Team NameLeagueDivisionWLWPctRankLgRankMLBRankManagerPlayoffs
Milwaukee BrewersALEast6247.569025Buck RodgersLost ALCS (Yankees)
New York YankeesALEast5948.551049Gene Michael, Bob LemonLost World Series (Dodgers)
Kansas City RoyalsALWest5053.48501017Jim Frey, Dick HowserLost in 1st Round (Athletics)
Oakland AthleticsALWest6445.587012Billy MartinLost ALCS (Yankees)
Montreal ExposNLEast6048.556047Dick Williams, Jim FanningLost NLCS (Dodgers)
Philadelphia PhilliesNLEast5948.5510610Dallas GreenLost in 1st Round (Expos)
Houston AstrosNLWest6149.555058Bill VirdonLost in 1st Round (Dodgers)
Los Angeles DodgersNLWest6347.573034Tom LasordaWon World Series (Yankees)
8 record(s)

Playoff Series for 1981

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YearSeries LinkSeries NameWinning TeamLosing TeamResultList of Games
1981WSWorld SeriesLos Angeles DodgersNew York YankeesLAN wins series 4-2Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5, Game 6
1981ALCSAmerican League Championship SeriesNew York YankeesOakland AthleticsNYA wins series 3-0Game 1, Game 2, Game 3
1981NLCSNational League Championship SeriesLos Angeles DodgersMontreal ExposLAN wins series 3-2Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5
1981ALDSAmerican League Divisional SeriesNew York YankeesMilwaukee BrewersNYA wins series 3-2Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5
1981ALDSAmerican League Divisional SeriesOakland AthleticsKansas City RoyalsOAK wins series 3-0Game 1, Game 2, Game 3
1981NLDSNational League Divisional SeriesMontreal ExposPhiladelphia PhilliesMON wins series 3-2Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5
1981NLDSNational League Divisional SeriesLos Angeles DodgersHouston AstrosLAN wins series 3-2Game 1, Game 2, Game 3, Game 4, Game 5
7 record(s)