Opening Day from legendary Yankee Stadium. Opening Day - Yankee Stadium 4-9-81 Yankees 4, Rangers 0 WP: Rudy May (1-0) LP: Danny Darwin (0-1) Save: Ron Davis (1) HR's: Yankees - Oscar Gamble (1) 4-11-81 Yankees 3, Rangers 0 WP: Tommy John (1-0) LP: Doc Medich (0-1) HR's: Yankees - Willie Randolph (1), Oscar Gamble (2) Tommy John scatters 6 hits for the shutout 4-12-81 Rangers 4, Yankees 2 WP: Rick Honeycutt (1-0) LP: Ron Guidry (0-1) Save: Steve Comer (1) Yankees win 2 of 3 in this opening series.
Opening Day from Tiger Stadium between two AL East foes. Opening Day - Tiger Stadium 4-9-81 Tigers 4, Blue Jays 1 WP: Jack Morris (1-0) LP: Dave Stieb (0-1) HR's: Tigers - Steve Kemp (1) 4-11-81 Tigers 3, Blue Jays 0 WP: Milt Wilcox (1-0) LP: Luis Leal (0-1) HR's: Tigers - Rich Hebner (1) Milt Wilcox with a 3 hit shutout 4-12-81 Tigers 2, Blue Jays 0 WP: Dan Petry (1-0) LP: Jim Clancy (0-1) HR's: None Petry with a 4 hit shutout. Tigers sweep, going to be a long year in Toronto as their young hitters haven't matured yet.
Opening series from Candlestick of two West Coast rivals. Opening Day - Candlestick Park 4-9-81 Padres 1, Giants 0 WP: Juan Eichelberger (1-0) LP: Doyle Alexander (0-1) HR's: Padres - Broderick Perkins (1) Eichelberger only allows one hit, while Alexander only allows two (one hit Perkins homer) 4-10-81 Padres 8, Giants 7 WP: Danny Boone (1-0) LP: Tom Griffin (0-1) Save: Gary Lucas (1) HR's: Padres - Gene Richards (1), Giants - Darrell Evans 2 (2) 4-11-81 Giants 5, Padres 1 WP: Vida Blue (1-0) LP: Chris Welsh (0-1) HR's: None 4-12-81 Giants 3, Padres 1 WP: Ed Whitson (1-0) LP: Rick Wise (0-1) Save: Al Holland (1) HR's: Giants - Joe Morgan (1), Larry Herndon (1) Teams split 4 games, opening day game was a…
Big time early season matchup between division favorites from Chavez Ravine. Opening Day - Dodger Stadium 4-9-81 Dodgers 4, Astros 3 WP: Fernando Valenzuela (1-0) LP: Dave Smith (0-1) Save: Steve Howe (1) HR's: Astros - Alan Ashby (1) Dodgers - Ken Landreaux (1), Dusty Baker (1) 4-11-81 Dodgers 10, Astros 0 WP: Jerry Reuss (1-0) LP: Don Sutton (0-1) HR's: Dodgers - Ron Cey 2 (2), Pedro Guerrero (1) Reuss with a 3 hit shutout 4-12-81 Dodgers 4, Astros 3 WP: Burt Hooton (1-0) LP: Bob Knepper (0-1) HR's: Astros - Denny Walling (1), Dodgers - Ron Cey (3) Dodgers send a message with opening series sweep of the Astros.
Expos travel to Pittsburgh for this opening series. Opening Day - Three Rivers Stadium 4-9-81 Pirates 8, Expos 7 (11 innings) WP: Kent Tekulve (1-0) LP: Bill Lee (0-1) HR's: Pirates - Jason Thompson (1), Tony Pena (1) 4-11-81 Pirates 4, Expos 3 WP: Enrique Romo (1-0) LP: Bill Gullickson (0-1) Save: Kent Tekulve (1) HR's: None 4-12-81 Expos 6, Pirates 5 WP: Scott Sanderson (1-0) LP: Rod Scurry (0-1) Save: Jeff Reardon (1) HR's: Expos - Gary Carter 2 (2) Three 1 run games between these two teams.
Mets visit Wrigley Field for the opening series of the season. Opening Day - Wrigley Field 4-9-81 Cubs 5, Mets 4 WP: Rawly Eastwick (1-0) LP: Pete Falcone (0-1) Save: Lee Smith(1) 4-11-81 Cubs 8, Mets 3 WP: Doug Bird (1-0) LP: Mike Scott (0-1) Save: Dick Tidrow (1) HR's: Mets - Dave Kingman (1) 4-12-81 Mets 11, Cubs 4 WP: Ed Lynch (1-0) LP: Mike Griffin (0-1) HR's: Mets - Joel Youngblood (1), Lee Mazzilli (1) Cubs - Bill Buckner (1), Leon Durham (1) Cubs take 2 of 3 in this opening series.
Opening Day in the 1981 season replay. 162 games here, no strike! Traditional Opening Day from Riverfront Stadium. Phillies vs Reds. The Reds finished with the best record in the National League (66-42) but yet didn't make a playoff appearance. The Phillies won the first half in the East and made the playoffs. Opening Day starters is Steve Carlton (Grade 18) vs Mario Soto (Grade 13). Phillies brought their bats. Pete Rose leads off the year with a triple down the 1st base line. After a strike out Gary Matthews takes a Soto change up over the left field wall. The score would remain 2-0 until the 5th when Bake McBride would double in Rose and would come home himself on a sac fly from Matthews. …
The New York won the World Series in 1978 and they win this tournament replay. The fact they won isn't surprising its the fact they won so easily. They went 16-2 and was never really threatened. It was complete domination. Guidry was spectacular and Gossage was reliable as ever. They got clutch hitting through out from Piniella, Jackson, and Bucky Dent. Sweet 16 - Yankees beat Expos 4-0 Elite 8 - Yankees beat Phillies 4-0 Final Four - Yankees beat Brewers 4-1 Finals - Yankees beat Padres 4-1 Click here for the tournament bracket.
Yankees win the 78 Tournament Championship over the Padres 4-1. Yankees dominate the whole tournament only losing 2 games. The Padres had an incredible run utilizing great starting and relief pitching along with timely hitting to make the finals. Game 1 - Padres 4, Yankees 1 Game 2 - Yankees 3, Padres 2 Game 3 - Yankees 6, Padres 4 Game 4 - Yankees 3, Padres 2 (13) Game 5 - Yankees 7, Padres 4
Must win Game 5 for the Padres has a pitching matchup of Ed Figueroa (20-9 2.99 Grade 15) versus Gaylord Perry (21-6 2.73 Grade 15). Great pitching matchup but the teams brought their bats early. Yankees strike for 4 runs in the first, Graig Nettles with a 2 run double and Chris Chambliss with a big 2 run homer. The Padres answer with 2 in the bottom half as Dave Winfield hits a run homer to center. The Padres would get 2 more in the 4th to tie the game. Bill Almon doubles in a run and Fernando Gonzalez drives in Almon. The score would remain 4-4 until the 8th as the Yankees would push across 3 runs. Graig Nettles double the big hit. The Yankees bring in Gossage one…