Dodgers fans and baseball fans alike are heartbroken right now. And understandably so, sports have the potential to bring so much joy into the lives of spectators. While regular-season games have not been canceled yet, the start to the season was pushed back. But some older fans might remember the last time games were canceled in Los Angeles, things went very well that season.
The year was 1981, and Major League Baseball found itself on strike right in the middle of a season. The issue was, of course, ownership-driven, with teams wanting to be compensated for losing a free agent. The result was a lapse in games that last for nearly two months. The Dodgers were a half-game up on the Cincinnati Reds in the Western Division with a 36-21 record when the strike started.
Once games resumed, the Dodgers limped to a 63-47 record, good for second place in the west and a playoff birth. Los Angeles was anchored in their starting rotation by three incredible starting pitchers. Fernando Valenzuela, Jerry Reuss, and Burt Hooton all pitched to an ERA below 2.50 and tallied a total of 34 wins together in a shortened season.
This was also the year that “Fernandomania” came to be….