1961 San Francisco Giants season

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1961 San Francisco Giants
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Horace Stoneham
General manager(s) Chub Feeney
Manager(s) Alvin Dark
Local television KTVU
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons)
Local radio KSFO
(Russ Hodges, Lon Simmons, Bill King)
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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 Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 93 61 0.604 47–30 46–31
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 65 0.578 4 45–32 44–33
San Francisco Giants 85 69 0.552 8 45–32 40–37
Milwaukee Braves 83 71 0.539 10 45–32 38–39
St. Louis Cardinals 80 74 0.519 13 48–29 32–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 79 0.487 18 38–39 37–40
Chicago Cubs 64 90 0.416 29 40–37 24–53
Philadelphia Phillies 47 107 0.305 46 22–55 25–52


Record vs. opponents

1961 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team CHC CIN LAD MIL PHI PIT SF STL
Chicago 12–10 7–15 9–13–1 13–9 11–11 5–17 7–15–1
Cincinnati 10–12 12–10 15–7 19–3 11–11 12–10 14–8
Los Angeles 15–7 10–12 12–10 17–5 13–9 10–12 12–10
Milwaukee 13–9–1 7–15 10–12 16–6 12–10 11–11 14–8
Philadelphia 9–13 3–19 5–17 6–16 7–15 8–14–1 9–13
Pittsburgh 11–11 11–11 9–13 10–12 15–7 10–12 9–13
San Francisco 17–5 10–12 12–10 11–11 14–8–1 12–10 9–13
St. Louis 15–7–1 8–14 10–12 8–14 13–9 13–9 13–9


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 Willie Mays 154 572 176 .308 40 123
RF Felipe 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
Bobby Bolin 37 2 2 5 3.19 48

Awards and honors

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

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Giants Pacific Coast League Red Davis
AA Rio Grande Valley/Victoria Giants Texas League Ray Murray
A Springfield Giants Eastern League Andy Gilbert
B Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Richie Klaus
C Fresno Giants California League Sal Taormina
C Pocatello Bannocks Pioneer League Bert Thiel
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Jodie Phipps
D Quincy Giants Midwest League Buddy Kerr
D El Paso Sun Kings Sophomore League George Genovese
D Belmont Chiefs Western Carolinas League Jim Poole, Whitey Ries
and Max Lanier

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, 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, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007

References

  • 1961 San Francisco Giants at Baseball Reference
  • 1961 San Francisco Giants at Baseball Almanac
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