- 1981 American League Championship Series
alcs = yes
year = 1981
New York Yankees(3)
champion_games = 34-22, .607, GA: 2 (1st half)
25-26, .490, GB: 5 (2nd half)
runnerup_games = 37-23, .617, GA: 1½ (1st half)
27-22, .551, GB: 1 (2nd half)
October 13– October 15
Graig Nettles(New York)
announcers = Joe Garagiola and
radio_network = CBS Radio
Ernie Harwelland Curt Gowdy
Nick Bremigan, Russ Goetz, Jerry Neudecker, Marty Springstead, Durwood Merrill, Vic Voltaggio
Oakland Athleticsover Kansas City Royals(3-0)
New York Yankeesover Milwaukee Brewers(3-2)The by|1981 American League Championship Serieswas a best-of-five series between the New York Yankeesand the Oakland Athletics.
Due to a strike-shortened season, each team had to win two playoff series to reach the World Series. Oakland had swept the
Kansas City Royals3 games to none and the Yankees had beaten the Milwaukee Brewers3 games to 2 in the 1981 American League Division Series. The Yankees swept the Athletics 3 games to none in the Series and moved on to the 1981 World Series, where they would lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York Yankees vs. Oakland Athletics
New York wins the series, 3-0
October 13, 1981at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
Tommy John(1-0)|LP=Mike Norris (0-1)|SV= Goose Gossage(1)|
Billy Martin's return to Yankee Stadium (for the first time since the Yankees fired him in 1979), the Yankees drew first blood in front of their old skipper. Graig Nettles' three-run bases-loaded double in the first inning was all the run support that Tommy Johnneeded.
The A's mounted a threat in the eighth when setup man
Ron Daviswalked both Dwayne Murphyand Cliff Johnson with one out. Yankee manager Bob Lemonremoved Davis and brought in closer Rich Gossageearlier than expected to face Tony Armas. Armas was the tying run at that point and was also the A's leading home run and RBI man. Gossage retired Armas and Wayne Grossto end the inning and closed out the win the rest of the way.
October 14, 1981at Yankee Stadiumin New York, New YorkLinescore
WP=George Frazier (1-0)|LP=
Lou Piniella(1), Graig Nettles(1)|
With a 3-1 lead after 3 1/2 innings and American League ERA leader
Steve McCattycruising, the A's seemed headed for a 1-1 tie going back home to Oakland. It could have been worse, but Dave Winfieldmade a leaping catch in the second to rob Tony Armasof a homer.
Graig Nettlesled off the bottom of the fourth with a single and Rick Ceronewas hit by a McCatty pitch. After Willie Randolphsingled in Nettles, Jerry Mumphreywalked. Dave Beardcame on in relief and proceeded to give up an RBI single to Larry Milbourne, an two-run double to Winfield, and a three-run homer to Lou Piniella. Beard even gave up two more hits and loaded the bases after that, but Cerone flied out to end the disastrous inning. The Yankees now led 8-3.
The Yankees would add five more runs, three coming on a Nettles homer in the seventh, to complete the rout.
October 15, 1981at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, CaliforniaLinescore
Dave Righetti(1-0)|LP= Matt Keough(0-1)|SV=
Prior to the game,
Bob Lemoninexplicably dropped Willie Randolphfrom the leadoff spot in the batting order to ninth. Randolph kept any ill feelings to him self and broke a scoreless pitching duel between Dave Righettiand Matt Keoughwith a solo homer in the sixth. That run would be all Righetti would need through six innings. Series MVP Graig Nettlesplated three more runs in the ninth with a bases-loaded double resulting when A's center fielder Rick Bosettiturned the wrong way on his fly ball.
In the seventh, A's manager
Billy Martintried to use his "Billyball" tactics to rattle Ron Davis. Martin had his hitters step out of the batter's box frequently during the inning and asked to inspect the baseball at one point. Regardless of Martin's tactics, Davis pitched two scoreless innings before giving way to Rich Gossage, but he was clearly rattled.
The most widely accepted debut of "the wave" occurred during Game 3, led by
Krazy George Henderson.
1981 ALCS (3-0):
New York Yankeesover Oakland AthleticsLinescore
New York Yankees
| Total Attendance: 151,539 Average Attendance: 50,513
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