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1961 Boston Red Sox season

1961 Boston Red Sox
Carl Yastrzemski's Rookie Season
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Fenway Park (since 1912)
  • Boston, Massachusetts (since 1901)
  • 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 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

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    Notes

    1. ^ The Boston Red Sox, Milton Cole and Jim Kaplan, p. 32, World Publications Group, North Dighton, MA, 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, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

    References