1981 Houston Astros Roster

National League (NL)
Team Record: 61-49
Finished 3rd in the NL's West Division
Attendance: 1,321,222, Avg. 26,424
Ballpark: Astrodome
Won Division
National League West Division Series - Lost to Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2
Manager: Bill Virdon (61-49)
Location: Houston, Texas
1981 Houston Astros Statistics
1981 Houston Astros Results

The Houston Astros of the National League ended the 1981 season with a record of 61 wins and 49 losses, finishing third in the NL's West Division.

The Astros led the league with just 331 runs allowed. Houston scored 394 runs. Jose Cruz paced the team with 13 home runs and recorded 55 runs batted in. Art Howe topped hitters with significant playing time by hitting .296. Nolan Ryan and Don Sutton paced the squad with 11 wins each, while Nolan Ryan recorded a 1.69 ERA, tops among regularly-used pitchers.

Bill Virdon coached the team. The 1981 Houston Astros qualified for the playoffs as a division winner.

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Player Pos. Bats Throws Birth Date Height Weight Hometown
Joaquin AndujarPBRDecember 21, 19526'0"170San Pedro de Macoris, Sa D.R.
Alan AshbyCBRJuly 8, 19516'2"185Long Beach, CA USA
Dave Bergman1BLLJune 6, 19536'1"185Evanston, IL USA
Cesar Cedeno1BRRFebruary 25, 19516'2"175Santo Domingo, Di D.R.
Jose CruzLFLLAugust 8, 19476'0"170Arroyo, P.R.
Kiko GarciaSSRROctober 14, 19535'11"180Martinez, CA USA
Phil Garner2BRRApril 30, 19495'10"175Jefferson City, TN USA
Danny Heep1BLLJuly 3, 19575'11"185San Antonio, TX USA
Art Howe3BRRDecember 15, 19466'2"190Pittsburgh, PA USA
Mike Ivie1BRRAugust 8, 19526'3"205Atlanta, GA USA
Bob KnepperPLLMay 25, 19546'3"195Akron, OH USA
Alan KnicelyCRRMay 19, 19556'0"190Harrisonburg, VA USA
Frank LaCortePRROctober 13, 19516'1"180San Jose, CA USA
Rafael Landestoy2BBRMay 28, 19535'10"165Bani, Pe D.R.
Jeffrey Leonard1BRRSeptember 22, 19556'2"200Philadelphia, PA USA
Scott LoucksCFRRNovember 11, 19566'0"178Anchorage, AK USA
Joe NiekroPRRNovember 7, 19446'1"185Martins Ferry, OH USA
Bert PenaSSRRJuly 11, 19595'11"165Santurce, P.R.
Joe Pittman2BRRJanuary 1, 19536'1"180Houston, TX USA
Gordie PladsonPRRJuly 31, 19566'4"210New Westminster, BC CAN
Terry PuhlRFLRJuly 8, 19566'2"195Melville, SK CAN
Luis PujolsCRRNovember 18, 19556'2"175Santiago de los Caballeros, Sa D.R.
Craig ReynoldsSSLRDecember 27, 19526'1"175Houston, TX USA
Dave RobertsIFRRFebruary 17, 19516'3"215Lebanon, OR USA
Vern RuhlePRRJanuary 25, 19516'1"185Coleman, MI USA
Nolan RyanPRRJanuary 31, 19476'2"170Refugio, TX USA
Joe SambitoPLLJune 28, 19526'1"185Brooklyn, NY USA
Tony ScottCFBRSeptember 18, 19516'0"164Cincinnati, OH USA
Billy SmithPRRSeptember 13, 19546'7"200La Marque, TX USA
Dave SmithPRRJanuary 21, 19556'1"195Richmond, CA USA
Harry Spilman1BLRJuly 18, 19546'1"180Albany, GA USA
Bobby SprowlPLLApril 14, 19566'2"190Sandusky, OH USA
Don SuttonPRRApril 2, 19456'1"185Clio, AL USA
Dickie Thon2BRRJune 20, 19585'11"160South Bend, IN USA
Tim TolmanLFRRApril 20, 19566'0"190Santa Monica, CA USA
Denny Walling1BLRApril 17, 19546'0"180Neptune, NJ USA
Gary WoodsRFRRJuly 20, 19536'2"185Santa Barbara, CA USA


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