Thursday, March 25, 2010

1981 San Francisco Giants

2nd Division
After reviewing 6 American League teams, we are moving back to the National League. This is also the first of the below .500 teams for 1981. The National League in 1981 was perfect in that there were 6 above .500 teams and 6 below .500. So this is the first of the second division teams in the NL.

Future Tigers

I suppose I ramble on about the '84 Tigers enough on this blog, but they were the best team that I followed during my youth. If you are collecting that team in particular, there are 3 players who played a big role on the '84 Tigers on this roster in 1981: Darrell Evans, Larry Herndon, and Dave Bergman. Not to mention Doyle Alexander, who would be the final piece of the puzzle for the '87 Tigers is also here.

Frank Robinson
This is the first team in the then 105 year history of the National League to be managed by an African-American. Frank Robinson was also the first to manage a team in the AL, managing the Indians in 1975. Pretty amazing now that we live in a world with Barack Obama as president that it was only 29 years ago that an African-American was finally given the opportunity to manage a baseball team in the National League. Unfortunately there are no Frank Robinson cards in any of the major sets for 1981.

Today's Link
In trying to link to other blogs that focus on collecting a specific is today's link, A Giant Blog.

__ TO 463 C Milt May SFG
__ TT 746 1B Enos Cabell SFG
__ TT 807 2B Joe Morgan SFG
__ TO 648 3B Darrell Evans SFG
__ TO 84 SS Johnnie LeMaster SFG
__ TO 409 LF Larry Herndon SFG
__ TT 798 CF Jerry Martin SFG
__ TO 30 RF Jack Clark SFG

Starting Pitchers
__ TT 728 SP Doyle Alexander SFG
__ TO 310 SP Vida Blue SFG
__ TO 538 SP Tom Griffin SFG
__ TO 336 SP Ed Whitson SFG
__ TO 144 SP Allen Ripley SFG

Relief Pitchers
__ TO 111 CL Greg Minton SFG
__ TO 213 RP Al Holland SFG

RP Fred Breining
__ TO 588 RP Gary Lavelle SFG

Other Players
__ TT 734 1B Dave Bergman SFG
__ TO 713 CF Bill North SFG
__ TO 469 OF Jeffrey Leonard HOU
__ TO 257 2B Rennie Stennett SFG
__ TO 11 LF Jim Wohlford SFG

IF Billy Smith

UT Bob Brenly
__ TO 384 C Mike Sadek SFG
__ TO 484 OF Max Venable SFG
__ TO 62 IF Joe Pettini SFG

IF Guy Sularz
__ TO 236 1B Mike Ivie SFG

OF Chili Davis

C Jeff Ransom
__ FL 457 SP Alan Hargesheimer SFG

SP Mike Rowland

RP Bob Tufts
__ TO 622 RP Randy Moffitt SFG

__ TO 195 MN Rich Murray SFG


MG Frank Robinson

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