1961 Major League Baseball expansion draft

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1961 MLB expansion draft
General information
Teams
Date(s) October 10, 1961
Picks
First selections
Overall selections 45 (plus two selections in 1963)

The 1961 MLB Expansion Draft was held by Major League Baseball on October 10, 1961 to fill the rosters of the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45s. The Mets and the Colt .45s (later renamed the Astros) were the new franchises which would enter the league in the 1962 season. The pool of players out of which they could select was limited to the existing National League ballclubs.[1]

Due to the poor performance of the Mets and Colt .45s after two seasons, another draft was held for the teams. The other existing National League clubs made four players from their 40-man roster available at $30,000 apiece. Only eight players could be selected between the two clubs.[2]

1961 Draft[edit]

Regular Phase, $75,000 per player
Pick Player Position Selected by Previous team
1 Eddie Bressoud IF Houston Colt .45s San Francisco Giants
2 Hobie Landrith C New York Mets San Francisco Giants
3 Bob Aspromonte IF Houston Colt .45s Los Angeles Dodgers
4 Elio Chacón IF New York Mets Cincinnati Reds
5 Bob Lillis IF Houston Colt .45s St. Louis Cardinals
6 Roger Craig P New York Mets Los Angeles Dodgers
7 Dick Drott P Houston Colt .45s Chicago Cubs
8 Gus Bell OF New York Mets Cincinnati Reds
9 Al Heist OF Houston Colt .45s Chicago Cubs
10 Joe Christopher OF New York Mets Pittsburgh Pirates
11 Román Mejías OF Houston Colt .45s Pittsburgh Pirates
12 Félix Mantilla IF New York Mets Milwaukee Braves
13 George Williams IF Houston Colt .45s Philadelphia Phillies
14 Gil Hodges 1B New York Mets Los Angeles Dodgers
15 Jesse Hickman P Houston Colt .45s Philadelphia Phillies
16 Craig Anderson P New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals
17 Merritt Ranew C Houston Colt .45s Milwaukee Braves
18 Ray Daviault P New York Mets San Francisco Giants
19 Don Taussig OF Houston Colt .45s St. Louis Cardinals
20 John DeMerit OF New York Mets Milwaukee Braves
21 Bobby Shantz P Houston Colt .45s Pittsburgh Pirates
22 Al Jackson P New York Mets Pittsburgh Pirates
23 Norm Larker 1B Houston Colt .45s Los Angeles Dodgers
24 Sammy Drake IF New York Mets Chicago Cubs
25 Sam Jones P Houston Colt .45s San Francisco Giants
26 Chris Cannizzaro C New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals
27 Paul Roof P Houston Colt .45s Milwaukee Braves
28 Choo-Choo Coleman C New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies
29 Ken Johnson P Houston Colt .45s Cincinnati Reds
30 Ed Bouchee 1B New York Mets Chicago Cubs
31 Dick Gernert 1B Houston Colt .45s Cincinnati Reds
32 Bob Smith OF New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies
Regular Phase, $50,000 per player
Pick Player Position Selected by Previous team
33 Ed Olivares IF Houston Colt .45s St. Louis Cardinals
34 Sherman Jones P New York Mets Cincinnati Reds
35 Jim Umbricht P Houston Colt .45s Pittsburgh Pirates
36 Jim Hickman OF New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals
37 Jim Golden P Houston Colt .45s Los Angeles Dodgers
Premium Phase, $125,000 per player
Pick Player Position Selected by Previous team
38 Joe Amalfitano IF Houston Colt .45s San Francisco Giants
39 Jay Hook P New York Mets Cincinnati Reds
40 Turk Farrell P Houston Colt .45s Los Angeles Dodgers
41 Bob Miller P New York Mets St. Louis Cardinals
42 Hal Smith C Houston Colt .45s Pittsburgh Pirates
43 Don Zimmer IF New York Mets Chicago Cubs
44 Al Spangler OF Houston Colt .45s Milwaukee Braves
45 Lee Walls IF/OF New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies

1963 Draft[edit]

Player Position Selected by Previous team
Claude Raymond P Houston Colt. 45s Milwaukee Braves
Jack Fisher P New York Mets San Francisco Giants

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