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1961 San Francisco Giants season

1961 San Francisco Giants
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Candlestick Park (since 1960)
  • San Francisco, California (since 1958)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
    Manager(s) Alvin Dark
    Local television KTVU
    (Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
    Local radio KSFO
    (Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
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    The 1961 San Francisco Giants season was the Giants' 79th year in Major League Baseball, their 4th year in San Francisco since their move from New York following the 1957 season, and their second at Candlestick Park. The team finished in third place in the National League with an 85-69 record, eight games behind the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds. The Giants were managed by Alvin Dark.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    Willie Mays had both a three home run game (on June 29) and a four home run game (on April 30)[1] during the 1961 season. Mays became the ninth player, and first Giant, in MLB history to hit four home runs in one game.

    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

    Opening Day starters

    Roster

    1961 San Francisco Giants
    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
    CF Mays, WillieWillie Mays 154 572 176 .308 40 123
    RF Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 132 415 120 .289 18 52

    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

    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

    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
    Bolin, BobbyBobby Bolin 37 2 2 5 3.19 48

    Awards and honors

    All-Star Game (first game) All-Star Game (second game)

    Farm system

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    LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tacoma, Springfield, Quincy

    Rio Grande Valley club moved to Victoria, June 10, 1961; Pocatello affiliation shared with Kansas City Athletics[3]

    Notes

    1. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 258, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
    2. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/teamstats/roster.php?y=1961&t=SFN
    3. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

    References