From the Dave Winfield sweepstakes to Fernandomania, Pete Rose’s National League hit record to the comeback Dodgers capturing the World Series, the 1981 season — and the winter that preceded it — wasn’t lacking for storylines.
But the biggest news was about the games that weren’t played.
A players’ strike in June caused a rupture in the schedule, in addition to the obvious division between the owners and their high-priced employees.
Jeff Katz, author of the newly-released Split Season (not to mention the mayor of Cooperstown, NY), details this historic year in baseball – both on the field and in the boardroom.
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