November 20, 1981

Battle of the Network Stars XI



Winner | NBC

2. ABC
3. CBS

Kayak relay | CBS (by a nose)

Charlene Tilton
Mimi Kennedy
Lorenzo Lamas
Jared Martin

2. ABC
3. NBC

Swimming relay | NBC

James B. Sikking
Cristina Raines
Fred Willard
Melissa Gilbert
Mark Harmon

2. ABC
3. CBS

3-on-3 football | NBC

Quarterback | Gabe Kaplan
Touchdowns | Randi Oakes 2, Mark Harmon

2. ABC
3. CBS

Baseball dunk | ABC, 27 points*

2. CBS
3. NBC

Leading scorer (men) | Scott Baio, ABC, 9*
Leading scorer (women) | Ann Jillian, ABC, 9*











Obstacle course | NBC

2. CBS
3. ABC

Individual winner (men) | Mark Harmon, NBC
Best time (women) | Randi Oakes, NBC, 23.50

Tandem bike relay | ABC, 2:48.48*

Douglas Barr / Telma Hopkins
Andrew Stevens / Ann Jillian
Sam J. Jones / Donna Dixon

2. NBC
3. CBS

Running relay | NBC

Randi Oakes
Melissa Gilbert
Fred Willard
Gabe Kaplan
Cristina Raines
Mark Harmon

2. ABC
3. CBS

Tug of War | NBC beats ABC, 12:53*

Mark Harmon
Randi Oakes
Cristina Raines
Gabe Kaplan
James B. Sikking

All-Battle team | Mark Harmon, NBC

Randi Oakes, NBC
Gabe Kaplan, NBC
Cristina Raines, NBC
Fred Willard, NBC
Ann Jillian, ABC
James B. Sikking, NBC
Mimi Kennedy, CBS

Injury
Cathy Lee Crosby, ABC (knee)

* record

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

August 1, 1981

1981 NL All-Star voting

CATCHER | 1. Gary Carter, Montreal, 834,136.

2. Johnny Bench, Cincinnati, 433,953. 3. Bob Boone, Philadelphia, 289,679. 4. Darrell Porter, St. Louis, 256,132. 5. Steve Yeager, Los Angeles, 239,894. 6. Alan Ashby, Houston, 163,240. 7. Terry Kennedy, San Diego, 129,885. 8. John Stearns, New York, 106,511.



FIRST BASE | 1. Pete Rose, Philadelphia, 726,170.

2. Steve Garvey, Los Angeles, 575,563. 3. Keith Hernandez, St. Louis, 383,980. 4. Willie Montanez, Montreal, 245,313. 5. Willie Stargell, Pittsburgh, 209,583. 6. Bill Buckner, Chicago, 147,380. 7. Chris Chambliss, Atlanta, 136,000. 8. Dan Dreissen, Cincinnati, 81,879.

SECOND BASE | 1. Davey Lopes, Los Angeles, 536,368.

2. Manny Trillo, Philadelphia, 523,830. 3. Rodney Scott, Montreal, 498,806. 4. Phil Garner, Pittsburgh, 224,117. 5. Doug Flynn, New York, 218,265. 6. Ron Oester, Cincinnati, 179,544. 7. Rafael Landestoy, Cincinnati, 153,924. 8. Glenn Hubbard, Atlanta, 84,381.

THIRD BASE | 1. Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia, 1,037,307.

2. Ron Cey, Los Angeles, 363,347. 3. Larry Parrish, Montreal, 341,103. 4. Bill Madlock, Pittsburgh, 183,571. 5. Ray Knight, Cincinnati, 156,951. 6. Ken Oberkfell, St. Louis, 153,603. 7. Bob Horner, Atlanta, 111,613. 8. Ken Reitz, Chicago, 84,777.

SHORTSTOP | 1. Dave Concepcion, Cincinnati, 590,336.

2. Garry Templeton, St. Louis, 428,129. 3. Chris Speier, Montreal, 413,705. 4. Larry Bowa, Philadelphia, 412,990. 5. Bill Russell, Los Angeles, 180,919. 6. Tim Foli, Pittsburgh, 145,266. 7. Ivan DeJesus, Chicago, 121,781. 8. Ozzie Smith, San Diego, 112,651.

OUTFIELD | 1. Andre Dawson, Montreal, 611,825.  2. George Foster, Cincinnati, 491,479.  3. Dave Parker, Pittsburgh, 446,101.

4. x-Tim Raines, Montreal, 412, 364. 5. Garry Maddox, Philadelphia, 387,435. 6. Dusty Baker, Los Angeles, 381,969. 7. Jose Cruz, Houston, 375,071. 8. Bake McBride, Philadelphia, 343,849. 9. Warren Cromartie, Montreal, 337,805. 10. Dave Kingman, New York, 313,299. 11. Ken Landreaux, Los Angeles, 304,043. 12. Gary Matthews, Philadelphia, 281,815. 13. George Hendrick, St. Louis, 272,297. 14. Ellis Valentine, New York, 268,633. 15. Dave Collins, Cincinnati, 260,830. 16. Ken Griffey, Cincinnati, 239,764.

x | write-in candidate

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

May 8, 1981

Battle of the Network Stars X



Winner | CBS

2. NBC
3. ABC

Kayak relay | ABC

Bo Hopkins
Linda Evans
Ann Jillian
Robert Urich

2. NBC
3. CBS



Swimming relay | CBS

Tom Selleck
Charlene Tilton
Judy Norton-Taylor
Leigh McCloskey
Gregory Harrison

2. ABC
3. NBC

3-on-3 football | CBS

Quarterback | Tom Selleck
Touchdowns | Judy Norton-Taylor 2, Gregory Harrison

2. ABC
3. NBC

Baseball dunk | ABC

2. NBC
3. CBS

Leading scorer (men) | Skip Stephenson, NBC
Leading scorer (men) | Gregory Harrison, CBS

Leading scorer (women) | Ann Jillian, ABC
Leading scorer (women) | Melanie Chartoff, ABC











Obstacle course | NBC

2. CBS
3. ABC

Best time (men) | Scott Baio, ABC, 17.88 seconds (record)
Best time (women) | Judy Norton-Taylor, CBS, 22.33

Tandem bike relay | CBS

Leigh McCloskey / Danielle Brisebois
Tom Selleck / Michele Lee
Gregory Harrison / Judy Norton-Taylor

2. ABC
3. NBC

Running relay | NBC

Babara Mandrell
Randi Oakes
Michael Warren
Melissa Gilbert
Brian Kerwin
Woody Brown

2. CBS
3. ABC

Tug of War | CBS beat NBC

Gregory Harrison
Leigh McCloskey
Judy Norton-Taylor
Charlene Tilton
Tom Selleck

All-Battle team | Judy Norton-Taylor, CBS

Gregory Harrison, CBS
Tom Selleck, CBS
Michael Warren, NBC
Leigh McCloskey, CBS
Ann Jillian, ABC
Charlene Tilton, CBS
Randi Oakes, NBC

Injuries | Judy Norton-Taylor, CBS (ankle), Scott Baio, ABC (shoulder)