1961 St. Louis Cardinals season

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1961 St. Louis Cardinals
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record 80–74 (.519)
League place 5th
Other information
Owner(s) August "Gussie" Busch
Manager(s) Solly Hemus and Johnny Keane
Local television KPLR
(Buddy Blattner, Jerry Gross, Joe Garagiola)
Local radio KMOX
(Harry Caray, Jack Buck, Joe Garagiola)
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The 1961 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 80th season in St. Louis, Missouri and its 70th season in the National League. The Cardinals went 80-74 during the season and finished fifth in the National League. It was the last season before the NL went to a 162-game schedule the following season to adjust for the new ten-team league.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On July 6, with the Cardinals at 33-41, manager Solly Hemus was fired and replaced by Johnny Keane. The team went 47-33 from that point forward.

First baseman Bill White and third baseman Ken Boyer won Gold Gloves this year.

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 St. Louis Cardinals
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

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
Taussig, DonDon Taussig 98 188 54 .287 2 25

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
Cicotte, AlAl Cicotte 29 75 2 6 5.28 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
Anderson, CraigCraig Anderson 25 4 3 1 3.26 21

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA San Juan/Charleston Marlins International League Joe Schultz
AAA Portland Beavers Pacific Coast League Vern Benson and Ray Katt
AA Tulsa Oilers Texas League Whitey Kurowski
A Lancaster Red Roses Eastern League Chase Riddle
C Winnipeg Goldeyes Northern League Grover Resinger and Owen Friend
C Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Owen Friend and Grover Resinger
D Johnson City Cardinals Appalachian League Ed Lyons, George Kissell, Charlie Frey,
Mo Mozzali and Johnny Grodzicki
D Keokuk Cardinals Midwest League Al Unser

San Juan franchise moved to Charleston, May 19, 1961[8]

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