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1961 Washington Senators season

1961 Washington Senators
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Griffith Stadium (since 1961)
  • Washington D.C. (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Elwood Richard Quesada
    Manager(s) Mickey Vernon
    Local television WTOP
    Local radio WTOP
    (Dan Daniels, John MacLean)
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    The 1961 Washington Senators season was a season in American baseball. The team was in its inaugural season, having been established as a replacement for the previous franchise of the same name, which relocated to the Twin Cities of Minnesota following the 1960 season, becoming the Minnesota Twins. The Senators finished in a tie for ninth place in the American League with a record of 61 wins and 100 losses, 47½ games behind the World Champion New York Yankees. It was also the team's only season at Griffith Stadium before moving their games to D.C. Stadium for the following season.

    Offseason

    The Senators, along with the Los Angeles Angels, were the first ever American League expansion teams. Both teams participated in Major League Baseball's first ever expansion draft. The Senators used their first pick in the 1960 Major League Baseball expansion draft to select pitcher Bobby Shantz from the New York Yankees (while the Angels picked Eli Grba). Grba wound up playing two-plus seasons for Los Angeles before returning to the minor leagues. However, Shantz never played for the Senators, as he was traded just two days later to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Harry Bright, Bennie Daniels, and R. C. Stevens,[1] all of whom played for the Senators in 1961.

    Notable transactions

    Regular season

    As an expansion team, the Senators were not expected to do well. They finished tied for last in the league with the Kansas City Athletics. They also finished 9 games behind their expansion brethren, the Angels. One bright spot was pitcher Dick Donovan, who led the American League in earned run average and WHIP, making the All-Star team and finishing 17th in league MVP voting.

    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

    Opening Day lineup

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    Roster

    1961 Washington Senators
    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
    SS Veal, CootCoot Veal 69 218 44 .202 0 8

    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
    King, JimJim King 110 263 71 .270 11 46
    Bright, HarryHarry Bright 72 183 44 .240 4 21

    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
    Burnside, PetePete Burnside 33 113.1 4 9 4.53 56
    Bouldin, CarlCarl Bouldin 2 3.1 0 1 16.20 2

    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

    Farm system

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    References

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