1961 Boston Red Sox season

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1961 Boston Red Sox
Carl Yastrzemski's Rookie Season
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Tom Yawkey
Manager(s) Pinky Higgins
Local television WHDH-TV, Ch. 5
Local radio WHDH-AM 850
(Curt Gowdy, Ned Martin, Art Gleeson)
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The 1961 Boston Red Sox season was the 61st season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished sixth in the American League (AL) with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses, 33 games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees.

Regular season[edit]

Future Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski made his major league debut on Opening Day, April 11. He was considered the heir apparent to Ted Williams,[1] who had retired at the end of 1960.

On June 30, Wilbur Wood made his major league baseball debut with the Red Sox. In a game against the Cleveland Indians, Wood pitched 4 innings, allowed 3 hits, and 2 earned runs. He had 3 strikeouts and allowed 1 walk.[2]

On October 1, in a game against the New York Yankees, Red Sox pitcher Tracy Stallard gave up Roger Maris' 61st home run of the season, breaking Babe Ruth's record for most home runs in a season.

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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1961 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 11–7 11–7 9–9 9–9 13–5 8–10 11–7 9–9–1 14–4
Boston 7–11 9–9 5–13 8–10 10–8 11–7–1 11–7 5–13 10–8
Chicago 7–11 9–9 12–6 6–12 14–4 10–8 9–9–1 6–12 13–5
Cleveland 9–9 13–5 6–12 6–12 8–9 10–8 10–8 4–14 12–6
Detroit 9–9 10–8 12–6 12–6 12–6–1 14–4 11–7 8–10 13–5
Kansas City 5–13 8–10 4–14 9–8 6–12–1 9–9 7–11 4–14 9–9
Los Angeles 10–8 7–11–1 8–10 8–10 4–14 9–9 8–9 6–12 10–8
Minnesota 7–11 7–11 9–9–1 8–10 7–11 11–7 9–8 4–14 8–9
New York 9–9–1 13–5 12–6 14–4 10–8 14–4 12–6 14–4 11–7
Washington 4–14 8–10 5–13 6–12 5–13 9–9 8–10 9–8 7–11


Notable transactions[edit]

Opening Day lineup[edit]

  2 Chuck Schilling 2B
  7 Gary Geiger CF
  6 Vic Wertz 1B
  4 Jackie Jensen RF
  8 Carl Yastrzemski LF
  3 Pete Runnels 3B
22 Russ Nixon C
12 Pumpsie Green SS
27 Bill Monbouquette     P

Roster[edit]

1961 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

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
C Jim Pagliaroni 120 376 91 .242 16 58
1B Pete Runnels 143 360 114 .317 3 38
2B Chuck Schilling 158 646 167 .259 5 62
3B Frank Malzone 151 590 157 .256 14 87
SS Don Buddin 115 339 89 .263 6 42
LF Carl Yastrzemski 148 583 155 .266 11 80
CF Gary Geiger 140 499 116 .232 18 64
RF Jackie Jensen 147 498 131 .263 13 66

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
Vic Wertz 99 317 83 .262 11 60
Carroll Hardy 85 281 74 .263 3 36
Pumpsie Green 88 219 57 .260 6 27
Russ Nixon 87 242 70 .289 1 19
Lou Clinton 17 51 13 .255 0 3
Billy Harrell 37 37 6 .162 0 1
Rip Repulski 15 25 7 .280 0 1
Joe Ginsberg 19 24 6 .250 0 5
Don Gile 8 18 5 .278 1 1

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
Bill Monbouquette 32 236.1 14 14 3.39 161
Gene Conley 33 199.2 11 14 4.91 113
Don Schwall 25 178.2 15 7 3.22 91
Ike Delock 28 156.0 6 9 4.90 80

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
Galen Cisco 17 52.1 2 4 6.71 26
Chet Nichols 26 51.2 3 2 2.09 20
Tom Brewer 10 42.0 3 2 3.43 13
Ted Wills 17 19.2 3 2 5.95 11
Wilbur Wood 6 0 0 0 5.54 7
Tom Borland 1 0 0 0 18.00 0

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
Mike Fornieles 57 9 8 15 4.68 70
Tracy Stallard 43 2 7 2 4.88 109
Billy Muffett 38 3 11 2 5.67 47
Dave Hillman 28 3 2 0 2.77 39
Arnold Earley 33 2 4 7 3.99 44

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League Johnny Pesky
A Johnstown Red Sox Eastern League Eddie Popowski
B Winston-Salem Red Sox Carolina League Elmer Yoter and Matt Sczesny
D Waterloo Hawks Midwest League Matt Sczesny and Bill Slack
D Olean Red Sox New York–Penn League Harold Holland
D Alpine Cowboys Sophomore League Mel Parnell

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 32, World Publications Group, North Dighton, Massachusetts, ISBN 1-57215-412-8
  2. ^ Wilbur Wood page at Baseball-Reference
  3. ^ Joe Ginsberg page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rip Repulski page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007

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