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1961 Cincinnati Reds season

1961 Cincinnati Reds
1961 National League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Crosley Field (since 1934)
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (since 1882)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Bill DeWitt
    Manager(s) Fred Hutchinson
    Local television WLW
    (Ed Kennedy, Frank McCormick)
    Local radio WKRC
    (Waite Hoyt, Jack Moran)
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    The 1961 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Reds winning the National League pennant with a record of 93–61, four games over the runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers, but losing the World Series in five games to the New York Yankees. The Reds were managed by Fred Hutchinson, and played their home games at Crosley Field. The Reds were also the last team to win the National League in the 154-game schedule era, before going to a 162-game schedule a year later.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    On June 8, Frank Thomas of the Milwaukee Braves was the fourth of four consecutive batters who hit home runs against the Reds. Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron hit the first two home runs off pitcher Jim Maloney, and Marshall Bridges gave up the last two to Joe Adcock and Thomas. This was the first time that this feat had been accomplished in major league history.

    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

    Roster

    1961 Cincinnati Reds
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    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 Zimmerman, JerryJerry Zimmerman 76 204 42 .206 0 10
    CF Pinson, VadaVada Pinson 154 607 208 .343 16 87
    RF Robinson, FrankFrank Robinson 153 545 176 .323 37 124

    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
    Cárdenas, LeoLeo Cárdenas 74 198 61 .308 5 24
    Edwards, JohnnyJohnny Edwards 52 145 27 .186 2 14
    Chacón, ElioElio Chacón 61 132 35 .265 2 5

    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
    Hunt, KenKen Hunt 29 136.1 9 10 3.96 75
    Johnson, KenKen Johnson 15 83 6 2 3.25 42

    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
    Maloney, JimJim Maloney 27 94.2 6 7 4.37 57
    Hook, JayJay Hook 22 62.2 1 3 7.76 36

    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
    Brosnan, JimJim Brosnan 53 10 4 16 3.04 40
    Henry, BillBill Henry 47 2 1 16 2.19 53
    Jones, ShermanSherman Jones 24 1 1 2 4.42 32
    Bridges, MarshallMarshall Bridges 13 0 1 0 7.84 17

    1961 World Series

    Main article: 1961 World Series
    AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Cincinnati Reds (1)
    Game Score Date Location Attendance
    1 Reds – 0, Yankees – 2 October 4 Yankee Stadium 62,397
    2 Reds – 6, Yankees – 2 October 5 Yankee Stadium 63,083
    3 Yankees – 3, Reds – 2 October 7 Crosley Field 32,589
    4 Yankees – 7, Reds – 0 October 8 Crosley Field 32,589
    5 Yankees – 13, Reds – 5 October 9 Crosley Field 32,589

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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