Which team had the most hall-of-famers in 1981?
That would be the Boston Red Sox with 4.
Can you name them?
Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski come up right away because they are always associated with the Red Sox, but Dennis Eckersley and Tony Perez were also on this roster.
Funny thing is, the best player in 1981 for the Red Sox was none of those four. It was by far and away, Dwight Evans. It was the odd combination where some of the hall of famers were at the end of their career and others were at the beginning. Jim Rice may be the only one of the four who would be considered to be in his prime in 1981.
Before the season, the Red Sox got rid of a lot of their key players from the 1975 World Series runner-up team and the infamous 1978 team. Two separate trades were made that sent Butch Hobson, Fred Lynn, and Rick Burleson to the Angels. They received Carney Lansford, Frank Tanana, Joe Rudi, Rick Miller and a few others. Not sure if any of these trades made any difference to either team, because most of these players had no impact on either team after 1984, and the Angels only took one division title in that time. Carlton Fisk was also gone after 1980 to sign as a free agent with the Chicago White Sox. This move probably hurt as Fisk would go on to play as a solid catcher for another decade and the Red Sox struggled to find a good catcher until Tony Pena came around in 1990.
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