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1961 Boston Red Sox season

 

1961 Boston Red Sox season

The 1961 Boston Red Sox season involved the Red Sox finishing sixth in the American League with a record of 76 wins and 86 losses, 33 games behind the AL and World Series Champion New York Yankees.

Regular season

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

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

Notable transactions

Opening Day lineup

  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

1961 Boston Red Sox
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Pagliaroni, JimJim Pagliaroni 120 376 91 .242 16 58
1B Runnels, PetePete Runnels 143 360 114 .317 3 38
2B Schilling, ChuckChuck Schilling 158 646 167 .259 5 62
LF Yastrzemski, CarlCarl Yastrzemski 148 583 155 .266 11 80

Other batters

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

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Brewer, TomTom Brewer 10 42 3 2 3.43 13

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Stallard, TracyTracy Stallard 43 132.2 2 7 4.88 109
Cisco, GalenGalen Cisco 17 52.1 2 4 6.71 26

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Wood, WilburWilbur Wood 6 0 0 0 5.54 7
Borland, TomTom Borland 1 0 0 0 18.00 0

Farm system

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
[5]

Notes

References

  • 1961 Boston Red Sox team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1961 Boston Red Sox season at baseball-almanac.com
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