MLB World Series

Season 35 Episode 1

Game 1 - Los Angeles at N.Y. Yankees (1981)

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Oct 20, 1981 on FOX
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Game 1 - Los Angeles at N.Y. Yankees (1981)

Game 1 of the 1981 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York.
Final Score: Los Angeles 3 N.Y. Yankees 5
N.Y. Yankees lead series 1-0

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    Howard Cosell

    Howard Cosell

    Color Commentator

    Jim Palmer

    Jim Palmer

    Color Commentator

    Bob Uecker

    Bob Uecker

    Field Reporter

    Keith Jackson

    Keith Jackson

    Play-By-Play Announcer

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • Final Score
        Los Angeles 3 N.Y. Yankees 5
        N.Y. Yankees lead series 1-0

      • The Los Angeles Dodgers won the National League pennant by defeating the Montreal Expos 3-2 (5-1, 0-3, 1-4, 7-1, 2-1) in the Championship Series and the Houston Astros 3-2 (1-3, 0-1 (11), 6-1, 2-1, 4-0) in the Division Series.
        The New York Yankees won the American League pennant by defeating the Oakland Athletics 3-0 (3-1, 13-3, 4-0) in the Championship Series and the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 (5-3, 3-0, 3-5, 1-2, 7-3) in the Division Series.

      • Official Scorers for the 1981 World Series:
        Tracy Ringolsby, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, President of the Baseball Writers Association of America
        Red Foley, New York Daily News
        Chris Mortenson, South Bay Daily Breeze (Torrence, California)

      • The 1981 World Series was dubbed "The World Series that Never Was", due to a players' strike that lasted for two months (June 12 - August 10). The modified playoff schedule resulted in the team with the best overall record in baseball, the Cincinnati Reds, missing the playoffs entirely. The St. Louis Cardinals, owners of the best overall record in the National League East, also failed to make the playoffs.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • New York Starter Ron Guidry: Anytime you get a couple of runs in the first inning, you don't have to be so fine. You can just make them hit the ball. I don't like to nip and tuck when I've got a lead like that.

      • (on Bob Watson's first inning three-run home run)
        Los Angeles Starter Jerry Reuss: It was a fastball away and he just hit it to the best part of the park.
        New York First Baseman Bob Watson: I noticed in batting practice that the ball wasn't carrying to left-center. I decided I would look for a pitch to hit the other way.

      • (on his first World Series at-bat in his 16th major league season)
        New York First Baseman Bob Watson: My knees were shaking and there were butterflies like I dreamed there would be. I can attest I was nervous.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Howard Cosell - Pregame Host, Bob Uecker - Pregame Analysis

      • Starting Lineups
        Los Angeles Dodgers
        Davey Lopes 2B
        Bill Russell SS
        Dusty Baker LF
        Steve Garvey 1B
        Ron Cey 3B
        Pedro Guerreo CF
        Rick Monday RF
        Steve Yeager C
        Jerry Reuss P
        New York Yankees
        Willie Randolph 2B
        Jerry Mumphrey CF
        Dave Winfield LF
        Lou Piniella RF
        Bob Watson 1B
        Graig Nettles 3B
        Rick Cerone C
        Larry Milbourne SS
        Ron Guidry P

      • Reserves
        Los Angeles Dodgers
        Bobby Castillo
        Terry Forster
        Dave Goltz
        Burt Hooton
        Steve Howe
        Jay Johnstone
        Ken Landreaux
        Tom Niedenfuer
        Alejandro Pena
        Steve Sax
        Mike Scioscia
        Reggie Smith
        Dave Stewart
        Derrel Thomas
        Fernando Valenzuela
        Bob Welch
        New York Yankees
        Bobby Brown
        Ron Davis
        Barry Foote
        George Frazier
        Oscar Gamble
        Rich Gossage
        Reggie Jackson
        Tommy John
        Dave LaRoche
        Rudy May
        Bobby Murcer
        Rick Reuschel
        Dave Revering
        Dave Righetti
        Andre Robertson
        Aurelio Rodriguez

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