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