October 5, 1981

American League awards [1981]



Dave Winfield signed a 10-year, $23 million contract — the richest in history — with the Yankees. The Athletics won their first 11 games. Len Barker threw a perfect game. A two-month players’ strike canceled 38 percent of the schedule, splitting the season in two halves. | Jackpot

Babe Ruth Award | Rickey Henderson, Athletics. 6 home runs, 35 RBIs, .319 batting average, .408 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage, 89 runs, 135 hits, 56 stolen bases. 2. Dwight Evans, Red Sox. | No Slouch In The Crouch

Walter Johnson Award | Steve McCatty, Athletics. 14-7, 2.33 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 61 walks in 185.2 innings, 16 complete games, four shutouts. | The A’s Five Aces

2. Bert Blyleven, Cleveland
3. Rollie Fingers, Brewers

Jackie Robinson Award | Dave Righetti, Yankees. 8-4, 2.05 ERA, 89 strikeouts and 38 walks in 105.1 innings.

Connie Mack Award | Billy Martin, Athletics. 64-45 [.587] Martin led a record fourth team to a division title. | It’s Incredible

2. Tony LaRussa, White Sox
3. Don Zimmer, Rangers



Catcher | Jim Sundberg, Rangers. 3 home runs, 28 RBIs, .277 batting average, .369 on-base percentage, .366 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Sundberg

First base | Cecil Cooper, Brewers. 12 home runs, 60 RBIs, .320 batting average, .363 on-base percentage, .495 slugging percentage, 70 runs, 133 hits, 35 doubles. 2. Eddie Murray, Orioles. Best fielder | Murray

Second base | Bobby Grich, Angels. 22 home runs, 61 RBIs, .304 batting average, .378 on-base percentage, .543 slugging percentage. 2. Tony Bernazard, White Sox. Best fielder | Lou Whitaker, Tigers.

Third base | Buddy Bell, Rangers. 10 home runs, 64 RBIs, .294 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, .428 slugging percentage. 2. Carney Lansford, Red Sox. Best fielder | John Castino, Twins.

Shortstop | Robin Yount, Brewers. 10 home runs, 49 RBIs, .273 batting average, .312 on-base percentage, .419 slugging percentage. 2. Rick Burleson, Angels. Best fielder | Alan Trammell, Tigers.

Left field | Rickey Henderson, Athletics. 6 home runs, 35 RBIs, .319 batting average, .408 on-base percentage, .437 slugging percentage, 89 runs, 135 hits, 56 stolen bases. Best fielder | Rickey

2. Tom Paciorek, Mariners
3. Steve Kemp, Tigers

Center field | Dwayne Murphy, Athletics. 15 home runs, 60 RBIs, .251 batting average, .369 on-base percentage, .408 slugging percentage, 73 walks. 2. Chet Lemon, White Sox. Best fielder | Murphy

Right field | Dwight Evans, Red Sox. 22 home runs, 71 RBIs, .296 batting average, .415 on-base percentage, .522 slugging percentage, 84 runs, 85 walks.

2. Tony Armas, Athletics.

Designated hitter | Greg Luzinski, White Sox. 21 home runs, 62 RBIs, .265 batting average, .365 on-base percentage, .476 slugging percentage.



Starting rotation |

1. Steve McCatty, Athletics.
14-7, 2.33 ERA, 91 strikeouts and 61 walks in 185.2 innings, 16 complete games, four shutouts.

2. Bert Blyleven, Cleveland. 11-7, 2.88 ERA, 107 strikeouts and 40 walks in 159.1 innings, nine complete games.

3. Dave Stieb, Blue Jays. 11-10, 3.19 ERA, 89 strikeouts and 61 walks in 183.2 innings, 11 complete games, 11 HBPs.

4. Jack Morris, Tigers. 14-7, 3.05 ERA, 97 strikeouts and 78 walks in 198 innings, 15 complete games.

5. Dennis Leonard, Royals. 13-11, 2.99 ERA, 107 strikeouts and 41 walks in 201.2 innings, nine complete games.

6. Larry Gura, Royals
7. Britt Burns, White Sox

Reliever | Rollie Fingers, Brewers. 6-3, 1.04 ERA, 28 saves, 61 strikeouts and 13 walks in 78 innings.



— Kevin Brewer

National League awards [1981]



20-year-old rookie sensation Fernando Valenzuela began the season 8-0 with five shutouts. Tom Seaver and Steve Carlton reached 3,000 strikeouts. Nolan Ryan threw a record fifth no-hitter. A two-month players’ strike canceled 38 percent of the schedule, splitting the season in two halves.

Babe Ruth Award | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 31 home runs, 91 RBIs, .316 batting average, .435 on-base percentage, .644 slugging percentage, 78 runs, 73 walks. Schmidt led the league in home runs, RBIs, runs, walks, on-base percentage and slugging percentage. | Third Is The Word

2. Andre Dawson, Expos
3. George Foster, Reds

Walter Johnson Award | Fernando Valenzuela, Dodgers. 13-7, 2.48 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 61 walks in 192.1 innings, 11 complete games, eight shutouts. | Unreal!

2. Steve Carlton, Phillies
3. Nolan Ryan, Astros

Jackie Robinson Award | Fernando Valenzuela, Dodgers. 2. Tim Raines, Expos. | Fernandomania

Connie Mack Award | Whitey Herzog, Cardinals. 59-43 [.578]

2. John McNamara, Reds
3. Tommy Lasorda, Dodgers



Catcher | Gary Carter, Expos. 16 home runs, 68 RBIs, .251 batting average, .313 on-base percentage, .444 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Carter

First base | Keith Hernandez, Cardinals. 8 home runs, 48 RBIs, .306 batting average, .401 on-base percentage, .463 slugging percentage, 27 doubles. Best fielder | Steve Garvey, Dodgers.

Second base | Ron Oester, Reds. 5 home runs, 42 RBIs, .271 batting average, .342 on-base percentage, .398 slugging percentage. Best fielder | Tom Herr, Cardinals.

Third base | Mike Schmidt, Phillies. 31 home runs, 91 RBIs, .316 batting average, .435 on-base percentage, .644 slugging percentage, 78 runs, 73 walks. Best fielder | Howe

2. Ron Cey, Dodgers
3. Art Howe, Astros

Shortstop | Dave Concepcion, Reds. 5 home runs, 67 RBIs, .306 batting average, .358 on-base percentage, .409 slugging percentage, 28 doubles. Best fielder | Ozzie Smith, Padres.

Left field | George Foster, Reds. 22 home runs, 90 RBIs, .295 batting average, .373 on-base percentage, .519 slugging percentage.

2. Tim Raines, Expos
3. Gary Matthews, Phillies

Center field | Andre Dawson, Expos. 24 home runs, 64 RBIs, .302 batting average, .365 on-base percentage, .553 slugging percentage, 71 runs, 26 stolen bases. 2. Ken Griffey, Reds. Best fielder | Dawson

Right field | Jack Clark, Giants. 17 home runs, 53 RBIs, .268 batting average, .341 on-base percentage, .460 slugging percentage. 2. Pedro Guerrero, Dodgers.



Starting rotation |

1. Fernando Valenzuela, Dodgers.
13-7, 2.48 ERA, 180 strikeouts and 61 walks in 192.1 innings, 11 complete games, eight shutouts.

2. Steve Carlton, Phillies. 13-4, 2.42 ERA, 179 strikeouts and 62 walks in 190 innings, 10 complete games.

3. Nolan Ryan, Astros. 11-5, 1.69 ERA, 140 strikeouts and 68 walks in 149 innings, 16 wild pitches.

4. Tom Seaver, Reds. 14-2, 2.54 ERA, 87 strikeouts and 66 walks in 166.1 innings.

5. Jerry Reuss, Dodgers. 10-4, 2.40 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 27 walks in 152.2 innings, eight complete games.

6. Bob Knepper, Astros
7. Burt Hooton, Dodgers

Reliever | Rick Camp, Atlanta. 9-3, 1.78 ERA, 17 saves, 47 strikeouts and 12 walks in 76 innings.
— Kevin Brewer

May 15, 1981

NBA awards [1980-81]

The league added the expansion Dallas Mavericks. The Houston Rockets [40-42] became the second (and last) team with a losing record to make the NBA Finals, beating the Kansas City Kings [40-42] in the Western Conference finals, and the Boston Celtics won their 14th championship.

Player of the Year | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lakers] 26.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 57.4 2-point shooting, 76.6 free throw shooting, 2.9 blocks.



Player of the Year | Julius Erving [76ers] 24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 52.5 2-point shooting, 78.7 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals.

Rookie of the Year | Joe Barry Carroll [Warriors] 18.9 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 49.2 2-point shooting, 71.6 free throw shooting. Age [22] 2. Darrell Griffith [Jazz]

Coach of the Year | Don Nelson [Bucks] 55-27 2. Bill Fitch [Celtics] 3. Red Holzman [Knicks]

Executive of the Year | Red Auerbach [Celtics] On the day before the draft, Auerbach traded the first [Joe Barry Carroll] and 13th [Rickey Brown] picks to the Warriors for Robert Parish and the third pick [Kevin McHale].

First team
Forward | Julius Erving [76ers] 24.6 points, 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 52.5 2-point shooting, 78.7 free throw shooting, 2.1 steals. Age [30]

Forward | Adrian Dantley [Jazz] 30.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 56.0 2-point shooting, 80.6 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Center | Kareem Abdul-Jabbar [Lakers] 26.2 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 57.4 2-point shooting, 76.6 free throw shooting, 2.9 blocks. Age [33]

Guard | George Gervin [Spurs] 27.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 49.6 2-point shooting, 82.6 free throw shooting. Age [28]

Point guard | Micheal Ray Richardson [Knicks] 16.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 49.3 2-point shooting, 66.3 free throw shooting, 2.9 steals. Age [25]



Second team
Forward | Larry Bird [Celtics] 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, 48.9 2-point shooting, 86.3 free throw shooting, 2.0 steals. Age [24]

Forward | Marques Johnson [Bucks] 20.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 55.6 2-point shooting, 70.6 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Center | Moses Malone [Rockets] 27.8 points, 14.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 52.2 2-point shooting, 75.7 free throw shooting. Age [25]

Point guard | Dennis Johnson [Suns] 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 44.6 2-point shooting, 82.0 free throw shooting. Age [26]

Guard | Otis Birdsong [Kings] 24.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 55.1 2-point shooting, 69.7 free throw shooting. Age [25]



Honorable mention
Center | Robert Parish [Celtics] 18.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 54.5 2-point shooting, 71.0 free throw shooting, 2.6 blocks. Age [27]

Center | Artis Gilmore [Bulls] 17.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 67.0 2-point shooting, 70.5 free throw shooting, 2.4 blocks. Age [31]

Forward | Bernard King [Warriors] 21.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 58.9 2-point shooting, 70.3 free throw shooting. Age [24]

Center | Dan Issel [Nuggets] 21.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 50.7 2-point shooting, 75.9 free throw shooting. Age [32]
— Kevin Brewer

January 30, 1981

The Television Drama Championship Belt

HILL STREET BLUES | 1980-81 to 1983-84



[video]http://www.hulu.com/watch/61417[/video]

Cast | Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Charles Haid, Bruce Weitz, James B. Sikking, Joe Spano, Barbara Bosson, Taurean Blacque, Kiel Martin, Rene Enriquez, Betty Thomas, Ed Marinaro

Executive producer | Steven Bochco

Producers | Gregory Hoblit, Anthony Yerkovich, David Anspaugh, Scott Brazil

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Essential episodes | “Hill Street Station” (pilot), “The World According to Freedom,” “Trial by Fury” and “Grace Under Pressure”

Challenger | St. Elsewhere, which Bochco derisively called “Hill Street in a hospital.”

MIAMI VICE | 1984-85



[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6HmuFuRPv6o[/video]

Cast | Don Johnson, Phillip Michael Thomas, Edward James Olmos, Saundra Santiago, Michael Talbott, John Diehl, Olivia Brown

Executive producer | Michael Mann

Executive producer | Anthony Yerkovich

Miami Vice wasn’t the best show on television. Just the coolest. It was pastel colors, Italian suits and rock music. It was that four-minute sequence in the two-hour pilot — Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas in a black Ferrari Daytona, wind in their hair and “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins playing in the background. It still works.

Johnson was a style icon. He wore T-shirts with linen suits, shoes with no socks and stubble. Thomas thought a lot of himself. Edward James Olmos won an Emmy for playing brooding Lt. Castillo. Musicians were the show’s most memorable villains. Frank Zappa played a drug kingpin, Gene Simmons another dealer, Miles Davis a pimp and Collins a slimy game show host.

Music was the show’s heartbeat. Jan Hammer’s theme was a No. 1 hit, and the soundtrack was the top-selling album for 11 weeks. Johnson and Thomas were on the cover of Rolling Stone. Both recorded albums. Johnson’s was a hit.

Essential episodes | “Brother’s Keeper” (two-hour pilot), “Smuggler’s Blues” and “Out Where the Buses Don’t Run”

Challenger | Cagney & Lacey, another buddy cop show — but with women in New York.

MOONLIGHTNING | 1985-86 to 1986-87



Cast | Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd, Allyce Beasley, Curtis Armstrong

Executive producer | Glenn Gordon Caron

Producer | Jay Daniel

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Essential episodes | “The Dream Sequence Always Rings Twice,” “My Fair David,” “Atomic Shakespeare” and “I Am Curious … Maddie”

No. 1 challenger | L.A. Law won the Emmy for best drama four times. It was well written, well directed and produced by Steven Bochco — and no one cared. It was the Frasier of dramas.

No. 2 challenger | Crime Story, Michael Mann’s second series.

thirtysomething | 1987-88 to 1988-89



http://www.hulu.com/watch/191645

Cast | Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, Patricia Wettig, Polly Draper, Peter Horton, Melanie Mayron

Executive producers | Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz

Producers | Paul Haggis, Scott Winant

Essential episodes | “Therapy” and “The Mike Van Dyke Show”

Challenger | Wiseguy

TWIN PEAKS | 1990



[video]http://www.hulu.com/watch/278238[/video]

Cast | Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Joan Chen, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Frost, Piper Laurie, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Ray Wise

Executive producer | David Lynch

Executive producer | Mark Frost

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Essential episode | “Pilot”

Challenger | none

NORTHERN EXPOSURE | 1991-92



Cast | Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, John Cullum, Darren E. Burrows, John Corbett, Cynthia Geary, Elaine Miles, Peg Phillips

Executive producers | Joshua Brand, John Falsey

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Essential episodes | “Seoul Mates” and “Cicely”

Challenger | I’ll Fly Away, also produced by Brand and Falsey.

HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET | 1992-93



Cast | Andre Braugher, Ned Beatty, Melissa Leo, Kyle Secor, Richard Belzer, Jon Polito, Daniel Baldwin, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

Executive producer | Barry Levinson

Executive producer | Tom Fontana

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Essential episode | “Gone for Goode” (pilot)

Challenger | none

NYPD BLUE | 1993-94


Cast | David Caruso, Dennis Franz, James McDaniel, Sherry Stringfield, Amy Brenneman, Nicholas Turturro, Gail O’Grady, Gordon Clapp, Sharon Lawrence

Executive producers | Steven Bochco & David Milch

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Essential episodes | “Pilot,” “True Confessions” and “Tempest in a C-Cup”

Challengers | none

ER | 1994-95 to 1995-96



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qVP7EcYHus

Cast | Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle, Gloria Reuben

Executive producers | Michael Crichton, John Wells

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Essential episodes | “24 Hours” (two-hour pilot), “Love’s Labor Lost,” “Hell and High Water” and “The Healers”

No. 1 challenger | Homicide: Life on the Street

No. 2 challenger | The producers of thirtysomething explored teen angst in My So-Called Life with Claire Danes as every 15-year-old girl and Jared Leto as the coolest kid in high school.

No. 3 challenger | Inspired by America’s obsession with the O.J. Simpson trial, Steven Bochco made Murder One, the story of a single high-profile murder trial told over 23 episodes.

THE X-FILES | 1996-97 to 1997-98



[video]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9mDRZP4rrBs[/video]

Cast | David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

Executive producer | Chris Carter

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Essential episodes | “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man” and “The Post-Modern Prometheus”

No. 1 challenger | EZ Streets

No. 2 challenger | Ally McBeal was a divisive show among women, landing it on the cover of Time. Which means it was doing something right — or wrong. I’m not sure.

FREAKS AND GEEKS | 1999-2000



Cast | Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Busy Phillips, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty

Executive producer | Judd Apatow

Co-executive producer | Paul Feig

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Essential episodes | “Pilot,” “Dead Dogs and Gym Teachers” and “Discos and Dragons”

No. 1 challenger | The Sopranos

No. 2 challenger | The West Wing, which won the Emmy for best drama four times.