1961 Milwaukee Braves season

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1961 Milwaukee Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 83–71 (.539)
League place 4th
Other information
Owner(s) Louis R. Perini
Manager(s) Chuck Dressen, Birdie Tebbetts
Local television none
Local radio WEMP
(Earl Gillespie, Blaine Walsh)
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The Milwaukee Braves' 1961 season saw the team win 83 games and lose 71, good for fourth place in the final National League standings, ten games short of the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On April 28, Warren Spahn threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants.

On June 8, against the Cincinnati Reds, four consecutive Braves batters hit home runs off pitchers Jim Maloney (two) and Marshall Bridges (two more) in the seventh inning. The batters who accomplished this feat were Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas. Oddly, both Adcock and Thomas were former players for the Reds.

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

Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1961 Milwaukee Braves
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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
1B Adcock, JoeJoe Adcock 152 562 160 .285 35 108
3B Mathews, EddieEddie Mathews 152 572 175 .306 32 91
LF Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 124 423 120 .284 25 67
CF Aaron, HankHank Aaron 155 603 197 .327 34 120
RF Maye, LeeLee Maye 110 373 101 .271 14 41

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
White, SammySammy White 21 63 14 .222 0 5
Boyd, BobBob Boyd 36 41 10 .244 0 3
Roach, MelMel Roach 13 36 6 .167 1 6
Covington, WesWes Covington 9 21 4 .190 0 0
Martin, BillyBilly Martin 6 6 0 .000 0 0

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
Burdette, LewLew Burdette 40 272.1 18 11 4.00 92
Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn 38 262.2 21 13 3.02 115
Buhl, BobBob Buhl 32 188.1 9 10 4.11 77
Hendley, BobBob Hendley 19 97 5 7 3.90 44

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
Cloninger, TonyTony Cloninger 19 84 7 2 5.25 51

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
Drabowsky, MoeMoe Drabowsky 16 0 2 2 4.62 5
Piché, RonRon Piché 12 2 2 1 3.47 16
Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli 9 1 0 0 7.59 8
MacKenzie, KenKen MacKenzie 5 0 1 0 5.14 5
Brunet, GeorgeGeorge Brunet 5 0 0 0 5.40 0
Olivo, Chi-ChiChi-Chi Olivo 3 0 0 0 18.00 1

Awards and honors[edit]

League leaders[edit]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Louisville Colonels American Association Ben Geraghty
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Billy Hitchcock
AA Austin Senators Texas League Bill Adair
B Cedar Rapids Braves Illinois-Indiana-Iowa League Jimmy Brown
B Yakima Bears Northwest League Buddy Hicks
C Eau Claire Braves Northern League Jim Fanning
C Boise Braves Pioneer League Gordon Maltzberger
D Palatka Azaleas Florida State League Mike Fandozzi
D Quad Cities Braves Midwest League Alex Monchak
D Wellsville Braves New York-Penn League Bill Steinecke
D Newton-Conover Twins Western Carolinas League Joe Abernethy

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Louisville

Notes[edit]

References[edit]