1961 Chicago White Sox season

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1961 Chicago White Sox
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Bill Veeck, Arthur Allyn, Jr., John Allyn
Manager(s) Al Lopez
Local television WGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd)
Local radio WCFL
(Bob Elson, Ralph Kiner)
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The 1961 Chicago White Sox season was the team's 61st season in the major leagues, and its 62nd season overall. They finished with a record 86–76, good enough for fourth place in the American League, 23 games behind the first-place New York Yankees. Their pitching staff surrendered 13 of Roger Maris's 61 home runs that year, the most of any team.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 109 53 .673 --
Detroit Tigers 101 61 .623 8
Baltimore Orioles 95 67 .586 14
Chicago White Sox 86 76 .531 23
Cleveland Indians 78 83 .484 30.5
Boston Red Sox 76 86 .469 33
Minnesota Twins 70 90 .438 38
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 .435 38.5
Kansas City Athletics 61 100 .379 47.5
Washington Senators 61 100 .379 47.5

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1961 Chicago White Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; R = Runs scored; H = Hits; 2B = Doubles; 3B = Triples; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in; BB = Base on balls; SO = Strikeouts; AVG = Batting average; SB = Stolen bases

Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Luis Aparicio, SS 156 625 90 170 24 4 6 45 38 33 .272 53
Andy Carey, 3B 56 143 21 38 12 3 0 14 11 24 .266 0
Cam Carreon, C 78 229 32 62 5 1 4 27 21 24 .271 0
Wes Covington, LF,RF 22 59 5 17 1 0 4 15 4 5 .288 0
Sammy Esposito, 3B,SS,2B 63 94 12 16 5 0 1 8 12 21 .170 0
Nellie Fox, 2B 159 606 67 152 11 5 2 51 59 12 .251 2
Joe Ginsberg, C 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 .000 0
Billy Goodman, 3B 41 51 4 13 4 0 1 10 7 6 .255 0
Mike Hershberger, OF 15 55 9 17 3 0 0 5 2 2 .309 1
Jim Landis, CF 140 534 87 151 18 8 22 85 65 71 .283 19
Ted Lepcio, 3B 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 0
Sherm Lollar, C 116 337 38 95 10 1 7 41 37 22 .282 0
Dean Look, LF 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0
J.C. Martin, 1B,3B 110 274 26 63 8 3 5 32 21 31 .230 1
Minnie Miñoso, LF 152 540 91 151 28 3 14 82 67 46 .280 9
Al Pilarcik, CF 47 62 9 11 1 0 1 6 9 5 .177 1
Jim Rivera, PR 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0
Floyd Robinson, RF 132 432 69 134 20 7 11 59 52 32 .310 7
Bob Roselli, C 22 38 2 10 3 0 0 4 0 11 .263 0
Roy Sievers, 1B 141 492 76 145 26 6 27 92 61 62 .295 1
Al Smith, 3B,OF 147 532 88 148 29 4 28 93 56 67 .278 4
Earl Torgeson, 1B 20 15 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 5 .067 0
Player G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SB
Frank Baumann, P 55 61 8 16 2 0 2 10 5 25 .262 1
Warren Hacker, P 42 9 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 .111 0
Ray Herbert, P 21 53 7 12 1 0 2 3 3 8 .226 0
Joe Horlen, P 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .000 0
Russ Kemmerer, P 47 15 1 3 1 0 0 1 2 7 .200 0
Don Larsen, P 25 25 2 8 0 0 1 4 0 5 .320 0
Turk Lown, P 60 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 0
Cal McLish, P 31 54 2 9 1 0 0 5 1 24 .167 0
Gary Peters, P 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .333 0
Billy Pierce, P 39 56 3 8 0 0 0 3 1 11 .143 0
Juan Pizarro, P 40 69 10 17 3 1 0 5 5 19 .246 1
Herb Score, P 8 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 .000 0
Bob Shaw, P 14 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 .000 0
Early Wynn, P 17 37 4 6 0 0 0 2 3 11 .162 0
Team totals
163 5556 765 1475 216 46 138 704 550 612 .265 100

Pitching[edit]

Note: W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; G = Games pitched; GS = Games started; SV = Saves; IP = Innings pitched; H = Hits allowed; R = Runs allowed; ER = Earned runs allowed; HR = Home runs allowed; BB = Walks allowed; K = Strikeouts

Player W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB K
Frank Baumann 10 13 5.61 53 23 3 187.2 249 128 117 22 63 75
Alan Brice 0 1 0.00 3 0 0 3.1 4 2 0 0 3 3
Mike DeGerick 0 0 5.40 1 0 0 1.2 2 1 1 0 1 0
Warren Hacker 3 3 3.77 42 0 8 57.1 62 26 24 8 9 40
Ray Herbert 9 6 4.05 21 20 0 137.2 142 69 62 15 38 50
Joe Horlen 1 3 6.62 5 4 0 17.2 25 15 13 2 13 11
Russ Kemmerer 3 3 4.38 47 2 2 96.2 102 53 47 10 27 35
Don Larsen 7 2 4.12 25 3 2 74.1 64 36 34 5 31 53
Turk Lown 7 5 2.76 59 0 11 101.0 87 37 31 13 38 50
Cal McLish 10 13 4.38 31 27 1 162.1 178 87 79 21 48 80
Gary Peters 0 0 1.74 3 0 1 10.1 10 2 2 0 2 6
Billy Pierce 10 9 3.80 39 28 3 180.0 190 85 76 17 57 106
Juan Pizarro 14 7 3.05 39 25 2 194.2 164 73 66 17 90 188
Herb Score 1 2 6.66 8 5 0 24.1 22 19 18 3 25 14
Bob Shaw 3 4 3.79 14 10 0 71.1 85 40 30 11 25 31
Gerry Staley 0 3 5.00 16 0 0 18.0 17 10 10 3 6 8
Early Wynn 8 2 3.51 17 16 0 110.1 88 43 43 11 47 64
Team totals
86 76 4.06 163 163 33 1448.2 1491 726 653 158 523 814

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA San Diego Padres Pacific Coast League Jimmie Reese, Whitey Wietelmann
and Bill Norman
A Charleston White Sox Sally League Ira Hutchinson
B Lincoln Chiefs Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League George Noga
C Idaho Falls Russets Pioneer League Herman Reich and George Sobek
D Harlan Smokies Appalachian League Frank Parenti and Eddie Lyons
D Daytona Beach Islanders Florida State League Homer Ray Wilson
D Clinton C-Sox Midwest League Dick Kinaman

Harlan affiliation shared with New York Yankees[6]

Notes[edit]

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