1961 San Francisco Giants season

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1961 San Francisco Giants
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
Manager(s) Alvin Dark
Local television KTVU
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
Local radio KSFO
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
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The 1961 San Francisco Giants season involved the third-place team's 85-69 finish, eight games behind the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds. The Giants were managed by Alvin Dark, as they played their home games at Candlestick Park.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Willie Mays had both a three home run game (on June 29) and a four home run game (on April 30)[1] during the 1961 season. Mays became the ninth player, and first Giant, in MLB history to hit four home runs in one game.

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 starters[edit]

Roster[edit]

1961 San Francisco Giants
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
CF Mays, WillieWillie Mays 154 572 176 .308 40 123
RF Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 132 415 120 .289 18 52

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

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

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

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
Bolin, BobbyBobby Bolin 37 2 2 5 3.19 48

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game (first game) All-Star Game (second game)

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Giants Pacific Coast League Red Davis
AA Rio Grande Valley/Victoria Giants Texas League Ray Murray
A Springfield Giants Eastern League Andy Gilbert
B Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Richie Klaus
C Fresno Giants California League Sal Taormina
C Pocatello Bannocks Pioneer League Bert Thiel
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Jodie Phipps
D Quincy Giants Midwest League Buddy Kerr
D El Paso Sun Kings Sophomore League George Genovese
D Belmont Chiefs Western Carolinas League Jim Poole, Whitey Ries
and Max Lanier

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tacoma, Springfield, Quincy

Rio Grande Valley club moved to Victoria, June 10, 1961; Pocatello affiliation shared with Kansas City Athletics[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 258, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1961&t=SFN
  3. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

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