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1981 Pacific Coast League season

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The 1981 Pacific Coast League season was the 79th season in the league's history. It ended with the Albuquerque Dukes winning their second straight league title. The Dukes posted the highest winning percentage in the PCL since the 1934 Los Angeles Angels went 137-50. As the team won both halves of the Southern Division, they received a bye into the championship series. Amazingly, Albuquerque did not have a single player on the postseason All-Star team despite having Triple Crown winner Mike Marshall, .346 batter Jack Perconte at 2B, a leadoff man (Rudy Law) who hit .335 with 56 steals and slugger Candy Maldonado (.335, 40 2B, 21 HR, 96 R, 104 RBI) on offense and the league leaders in wins (Ted Power) and saves (Alejandro Peña).

This was the first season for the Edmonton Trappers.

Standings[edit]

Final first-half standings[edit]

Playoff teams in bold.

W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Hawaii Islanders 35 31 .530 -- Doug Rader San Diego Padres
Portland Beavers 34 33 .515 1 Pete Ward Pittsburgh Pirates
Tacoma Tigers 35 34 .507 Ed Nottle Oakland Athletics
Edmonton Trappers 31 33 .484 3 Gordy Lund Chicago White Sox
Spokane Indians 31 37 .456 5 Rene Lachemann Seattle Mariners
Vancouver Canadians 27 34 .443 Lee Sigman Milwaukee Brewers
W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Albuquerque Dukes 46 22 .676 -- Del Crandall Los Angeles Dodgers
Phoenix Giants 35 32 .522 10½ Rocky Bridges San Francisco Giants
Tucson Toros 30 39 .435 16½ Jimmy Johnson Houston Astros
Salt Lake City Gulls 28 37 .431 16½ Moose Stubing California Angels

Final second-half standings[edit]

Playoff teams in bold.

W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Tacoma Tigers 43 27 .614 -- Ed Nottle Oakland Athletics
Portland Beavers 38 32 .535 Pete Ward Pittsburgh Pirates
Hawaii Islanders 37 34 .521 Doug Rader San Diego Padres
Edmonton Trappers 31 41 .431 13 Gordy Lund Chicago White Sox
Vancouver Canadians 29 42 .408 14½ Lee Sigman Milwaukee Brewers
Spokane Indians 25 47 .347 19 Rene Lachemann Seattle Mariners
W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Albuquerque Dukes 48 16 .750 -- Del Crandall Los Angeles Dodgers
Phoenix Giants 34 31 .523 14½ Rocky Bridges San Francisco Giants
Salt Lake City Gulls 35 34 .507 15½ Moose Stubing California Angels
Tucson Toros 27 43 .386 24 Jimmy Johnson Houston Astros

Overall standings[edit]

W L Pct. GB Manager Affiliation
Albuquerque Dukes 94 38 .712 -- Del Crandall Los Angeles Dodgers
Tacoma Tigers 78 61 .561 19½ Ed Nottle Oakland Athletics
Portland Beavers 72 65 .526 24½ Pete Ward Pittsburgh Pirates
Hawaii Islanders 72 65 .526 24½ Doug Rader San Diego Padres
Phoenix Giants 69 63 .523 25 Rocky Bridges San Francisco Giants
Salt Lake City Gulls 63 71 .470 32 Moose Stubing California Angels
Edmonton Trappers 62 74 .456 34 Gordy Lund Chicago White Sox
Vancouver Canadians 56 76 .424 38 Lee Sigman Milwaukee Brewers
Tucson Toros 57 82 .410 40½ Jimmy Johnson Houston Astros
Spokane Indians 56 84 .410 42 Rene Lachemann Seattle Mariners

Playoffs[edit]

  Semifinals Championship Finals
                 
N1  Hawaii Islanders 1  
N2  Tacoma Tigers 2  
    N1  Hawaii Islanders 0
  S1  Albuquerque Dukes 3
S1  Albuquerque Dukes  
 Team won both halves    



First Round[edit]

Tacoma vs. Hawaii
Date Away Home
September 1 Hawaii 1 Tacoma 2
11 innings
September 2 Hawaii 6 Tacoma 0
September 3 Hawaii 2 Tacoma 7
Tacoma wins series 2-1

Championship Finals[edit]

Albuquerque vs. Tacoma
Date Away Home
September 5 Albuquerque 4 Tacoma 1
September 6 Albuquerque 8 Tacoma 4
September 7 Tacoma 2 Albuquerque 9
Albuquerque wins series 3-0

League Leaders[edit]

Batting[edit]

Pitching[edit]

All-Star Team[edit]

References[edit]

External Links[edit]