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1981 In Major League Baseball

Test your baseball knowledge of 1981 In Major League Baseball Get up to bat in this Alan's FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1) On January 15, 1981, in his first year of eligibility, former LA Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale is the only person elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

  • True or False?

2) On March 11, Johnny Mize and Rube Foster are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee. Mize hit .312 with 359 home runs in 15 seasons for the Cardinals and New York Giants, while Foster was a star pitcher, manager and pioneer of the Negro Leagues during the first quarter of the 20th century.

  • True or False?

3) After a pitcher pulls a muscle on April 9, rookie Fernando Valenzuela is given his first starting assignment. His first Major League start results in a five-hit shutout. It is the beginning of what will be called "Fernandomania" in Southern California.  Who was the pitcher that pulls a muscle?

  • Andy Anderson
  • Jerry Frye
  • Bob Morgan
  • Jerry Reuss

4) April 18 - Tom Seaver of the Cincinnati Reds on April 18, recorded his 3000th career strikeout.  Who was the hitter he strikeouts?

  • Andy Cavazos
  • Ryan Garko
  • Keith Hernandez
  • Jailen Peguero

5) Mike Schmidt was named the 1981 National League’s Most Valuable Player.  Who was the 1981 American League’s Most Valuable Player?

  • John Baker
  • Brandon Fahey
  • Rollie Fingers
  • Mitch Stetter  

6) Who won the 1981 National League Cy Young Award and the 1981 Rookie of the Year honors?

  • Francisley Bueno
  • Clay Rapada
  • Dave Righetti
  • Fernando Valenzuela

7) The Red Sox’s Carney Lansford led the American with a .336 batting average.  Who was the Pittsburgh Pirate that led the National League with a .341 batting average?

  • Brian Buscher
  • Bill Madlock
  • Ryan Raburn
  • Chris Smith

8) Oakland’s Tony Armas, Boston’s Dwight Evans, California’s Bobby Grich, and Baltimore’ Eddie Murray led the American League in home runs with 22 each. Phillies’ Mike Schmidt led the National League in home runs.  How many did he hit in the 1981 season?

  • 21 home runs
  • 27 home runs
  • 31 home runs
  • 41 home runs

9) American League pitchers with 14 wins each are Orioles Dennis Martinez, A’s Steve McCatty, Tigers Jack Morris, and Brewers Pete Vuckovich.  Who was the National League pitcher with the most wins at 14?

  • Brian Burres
  • Casey Daigle
  • Jorge de la Rosa
  • Tom Seaver

10) Freddie Lindstrom, age 75, Hall of Fame third baseman for the New York Giants who batted .311 lifetime, twice collecting 230 hits and batting .333 in the 1924 World Series at age 18; later coach at Northwestern died on October 4.

  • True or False?

Check Your Answers


1981 In Major League Baseball [Answers]

  1. False. On January 15, in his first year of eligibility, former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson is the only person elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
  2. True
  3. Jerry Reuss
  4. Keith Hernandez
  5. Rollie Fingers
  6. Fernando Valenzuela
  7. Bill Madlock
  8. 31 home runs
  9. Tom Seaver
  10. True

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