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1961 Milwaukee Braves season

1961 Milwaukee Braves
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Milwaukee County Stadium (since 1953)
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (since 1953)
  • Results
    Record 83–71 (.539)
    League place 4th
    Other information
    Owner(s) Louis R. Perini
    Manager(s) Chuck Dressen, Birdie Tebbetts
    Local television none
    Local radio WEMP
    (Earl Gillespie, Blaine Walsh)
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    The Milwaukee Braves' 1961 season saw the team win 83 games and lose 71, good for fourth place in the final National League standings, ten games short of the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    On April 28, Warren Spahn threw a no-hitter against the San Francisco Giants.

    On June 8, against the Cincinnati Reds, four consecutive Braves batters hit home runs off pitchers Jim Maloney (two) and Marshall Bridges (two more) in the seventh inning. The batters who accomplished this feat were Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Frank Thomas. Oddly, both Adcock and Thomas were former players for the Reds.

    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

    Managerial turnover

    Chuck Dressen, 66, was fired September 4, 1961, less than a month shy of finishing his second year as the Braves' manager. The club was 71–58 (.558) and in third place, seven games in arrears of the front-running Cincinnati Reds, when the change was announced. The Braves were 159–124 (.562) under Dressen's command. His successor was executive vice president Birdie Tebbetts, 48, a former Cincinnati manager, who came down from the Milwaukee front office to take the reins; Tebbetts was signed through the

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    Roster

    1961 Milwaukee Braves
    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
    1B Adcock, JoeJoe Adcock 152 562 160 .285 35 108
    3B Mathews, EddieEddie Mathews 152 572 175 .306 32 91
    LF Thomas, FrankFrank Thomas 124 423 120 .284 25 67
    CF Aaron, HankHank Aaron 155 603 197 .327 34 120
    RF Maye, LeeLee Maye 110 373 101 .271 14 41

    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
    White, SammySammy White 21 63 14 .222 0 5
    Boyd, BobBob Boyd 36 41 10 .244 0 3
    Roach, MelMel Roach 13 36 6 .167 1 6
    Covington, WesWes Covington 9 21 4 .190 0 0
    Martin, BillyBilly Martin 6 6 0 .000 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
    Burdette, LewLew Burdette 40 272.1 18 11 4.00 92
    Spahn, WarrenWarren Spahn 38 262.2 21 13 3.02 115
    Buhl, BobBob Buhl 32 188.1 9 10 4.11 77
    Hendley, BobBob Hendley 19 97 5 7 3.90 44

    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
    Cloninger, TonyTony Cloninger 19 84 7 2 5.25 51

    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
    Drabowsky, MoeMoe Drabowsky 16 0 2 2 4.62 5
    Piché, RonRon Piché 12 2 2 1 3.47 16
    Antonelli, JohnnyJohnny Antonelli 9 1 0 0 7.59 8
    MacKenzie, KenKen MacKenzie 5 0 1 0 5.14 5
    Brunet, GeorgeGeorge Brunet 5 0 0 0 5.40 0
    Olivo, Chi-ChiChi-Chi Olivo 3 0 0 0 18.00 1

    Awards and honors

    League leaders

    Farm system

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