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1961 Chicago Cubs season

1961 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Wrigley Field (since 1916)
  • Chicago, Illinois (since 1871)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Philip K. Wrigley
    Manager(s) Harry Craft, Vedie Himsl, Lou Klein, El Tappe
    Local television WGN-TV
    (Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd)
    Local radio WGN
    (Jack Quinlan, Lou Boudreau)
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    The 1961 Chicago Cubs season was the 89th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 86th in the National League and the 46th at Wrigley Field. In the first season under their College of Coaches, the Cubs finished seventh in the National League with a record of 64–90, 29 games behind the Cincinnati Reds.

    Offseason

    • January 12, 1961: Billy Cowan was signed as an amateur free agent by the Cubs.[1]

    Regular season

    The College of Coaches

    This season marked the introduction of the so-called "College of Coaches", a system instituted by owner Philip K. Wrigley after input from El Tappe. Under this system, the Cubs would have no single manager, but instead would have a rotating series of eight coaches, with one managing the team while others served as either assistant coaches or minor league field personnel.

    Four different men served as manager during 1961: Tappe, who served the most games in the position and had a record of 42–54; Harry Craft, who had a record of 7–9; Vedie Himsl, who had a record of 10–21; and Lou Klein, who was brought on board in midseason and had a record of 5–6. Other coaches in the system during the season were Charlie Grimm – the team's manager in 1960Bobby Adams, Dick Cole, Ripper Collins, Goldie Holt, Fred Martin and Verlon Walker. The team improved to 64–90, four games better than their 1960 record, although none of the four managers posted a winning record individually. The experiment would be carried over into the 1962 season.

    Season standings

    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

    Roster

    1961 Chicago Cubs
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Head Coach

    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
    LF Williams, BillyBilly Williams 146 529 147 .278 25 86

    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
    Taylor, SammySammy Taylor 89 235 56 .238 8 23
    Will, BobBob Will 86 113 29 .257 0 8
    Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 15 50 13 .260 2 6
    Roach, MelMel Roach 23 39 5 .128 0 1
    Murphy, DannyDanny Murphy 4 13 5 .385 2 3
    McAnany, JimJim McAnany 11 10 3 .300 0 0

    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
    Cardwell, DonDon Cardwell 39 259.1 15 14 3.82 156
    Ellsworth, DickDick Ellsworth 37 186.2 10 11 3.86 91
    Curtis, JackJack Curtis 31 180.1 10 13 4.89 57

    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
    Anderson, BobBob Anderson 57 152 7 10 4.26 96
    Drott, DickDick Drott 35 98 1 4 4.22 48
    Brewer, JimJim Brewer 36 86.2 1 7 5.82 57

    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
    Elston, DonDon Elston 58 6 7 8 5.59 59
    Burwell, DickDick Burwell 2 0 0 0 9.00 0

    Farm system

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    Level Team League Manager

    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: San Antonio

    Notes

    References