1961 Los Angeles Dodgers season

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1961 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio KFI
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
KWKW
René Cárdenas, Jaime Jarrín, Miguel Alonzo
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The 1961 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in second place in the National League with a record of 89–65, four games behind the Cincinnati Reds. 1961 was the fourth season for the Dodgers in Los Angeles. It was also the Dodgers final season of playing their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, since they moved to their new stadium the following season. Also, 1961 was the only year in which the Dodgers shared L.A. Memorial Coliseum with the brand-new Los Angeles Angels of the American League.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On April 17, 1961, Duke Snider hit his 370th career home run, which at the time moved him into 7th place on the all-time career home runs list.[6] Later in the same game, Snider suffered a broken elbow, and he was knocked out for the rest of the season when he was hit by a pitch from Bob Gibson of the Cardinals.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 93 61 -- .604
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 65 4 .578
San Francisco Giants 85 69 8 .552
Milwaukee Braves 83 71 10 .539
St. Louis Cardinals 80 74 13 .519
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 79 18 .487
Chicago Cubs 64 90 29 .416
Philadelphia Phillies 47 107 46 .305

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Opening Day starters
Name Position
Maury Wills Shortstop
Willie Davis Center fielder
Tommy Davis Third baseman
Duke Snider Right fielder
Wally Moon Left fielder
Norm Larker First baseman
Charlie Neal Second baseman
Johnny Roseboro Catcher
Don Drysdale Starting pitcher

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1961 Los Angeles Dodgers
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
SS Wills, MauryMaury Wills 148 613 173 .282 1 31
CF Davis, WillieWillie Davis 128 339 86 .254 12 45

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Snider, DukeDuke Snider 85 233 69 .296 16 56
Hodges, GilGil Hodges 109 215 52 .242 8 31
Sherry, NormNorm Sherry 47 121 31 .256 5 21
Aspromonte, BobBob Aspromonte 47 58 14 .241 0 2
Demeter, DonDon Demeter 15 29 5 .172 1 2

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Drysdale, DonDon Drysdale 40 244 13 10 3.69 182

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Craig, RogerRoger Craig 40 112.2 5 6 6.15 53

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Farrell, TurkTurk Farrell 50 6 6 10 5.06 80

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Stars[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Dodgers American Association Danny Ozark
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Preston Gómez
AA Atlanta Crackers Southern Association Rube Walker
A Greenville Spinners South Atlantic League Roy Hartsfield
B Salem Dodgers Northwest League Stan Wasiak
C Great Falls Electrics Pioneer League Al Ronning
C Reno Silver Sox California League Roy Smalley
D Artesia Dodgers Sophomore League Spider Jorgensen
D Kokomo Dodgers Midwest League Dom Domenichelli
D Orlando Dodgers Florida State League Edward Serrano
D Panama City Fliers Alabama-Florida League George Scherger

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Great Falls, Reno

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