1961 Season News

New York's newly crowned single-season home run champion Roger Maris beat out Yankee teammate Mickey Mantle by four votes for the AL MVP.

On September 15th, the New York Yankees also broke the all-time home run record (for a team) with two-hundred twenty-three round-trippers. The combined franchise mark had been previously held by the 1947 New York Giants and the 1956 Cincinnati Reds.

On September 15th, LA Dodgers ace Sandy Koufax sat down ten Milwaukee Braves bringing his season total to two-hundred forty-three — a NL record for left-handed pitchers.

The San Francisco Giants set a new precedent for Major League salaries after signing Willie Mays to an $85,000 contract — the highest in the history of professional baseball.
1961 American League
Team Record GB
New York Yankees 109-53 -
Detroit Tigers 101-61 8.0
Baltimore Orioles 95-67 14.0
Chicago White Sox 86-76 23.0
Cleveland Indians 78-83 30.5
Boston Red Sox 76-86 33.0
Minnesota Twins 70-90 38.0
Los Angeles Angels 70-91 38.5
Washington Senators 61-100 47.5
Kansas City Athletics 61-100 47.5
1961 National League
Team Record GB
Cincinnati Reds 93-61 -
Los Angeles Dodgers 89-65 4.0
San Francisco Giants 85-69 8.0
Milwaukee Braves 83-71 10.0
St. Louis Cardinals 80-74 13.0
Pittsburgh Pirates 75-79 18.0
Chicago Cubs 64-90 29.0
Philadelphia Phillies 47-107 46.0
American League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
New York Yankees 109 53 0.673 827 5.10 612 3.78 240 137 0.263 0.328 0.442 3.46 542 866 0.980 180
Detroit Tigers 101 61 0.623 841 5.19 671 4.14 180 170 0.266 0.346 0.421 3.55 469 836 0.976 147
Baltimore Orioles 95 67 0.586 691 4.27 588 3.63 149 109 0.254 0.326 0.390 3.22 617 926 0.980 173
Chicago White Sox 86 76 0.531 765 4.72 726 4.48 138 158 0.265 0.332 0.395 4.06 498 814 0.980 138
Cleveland Indians 78 83 0.484 737 4.58 752 4.67 150 178 0.266 0.325 0.406 4.15 599 801 0.977 142
Boston Red Sox 76 86 0.469 729 4.50 792 4.89 112 167 0.254 0.333 0.374 4.29 679 831 0.977 140
Minnesota Twins 70 90 0.438 707 4.42 778 4.86 167 163 0.250 0.324 0.397 4.28 570 914 0.971 150
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 0.435 744 4.62 784 4.87 189 180 0.245 0.330 0.398 4.31 713 973 0.969 154
Washington Senators 61 100 0.379 618 3.84 776 4.82 119 131 0.244 0.315 0.367 4.23 586 666 0.975 171
Kansas City Athletics 61 100 0.379 683 4.24 863 5.36 90 141 0.247 0.320 0.354 4.74 629 703 0.972 160
National League Team Stats
Team W L PCT RS RS/G RA RA/G HR HRA AVG OBP SLG ERA BBA SOA FPCT DP
Cincinnati Reds 93 61 0.604 710 4.61 653 4.24 158 147 0.270 0.324 0.421 3.78 500 829 0.977 124
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 65 0.578 735 4.77 697 4.53 157 167 0.262 0.338 0.405 4.04 544 1105 0.976 162
San Francisco Giants 85 69 0.552 773 5.02 655 4.25 183 152 0.264 0.328 0.423 3.77 502 924 0.977 126
Milwaukee Braves 83 71 0.539 712 4.62 656 4.26 188 153 0.258 0.326 0.415 3.89 493 652 0.982 152
St. Louis Cardinals 80 74 0.519 703 4.56 668 4.34 103 136 0.271 0.333 0.393 3.74 570 823 0.972 165
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 79 0.487 694 4.51 675 4.38 128 121 0.273 0.327 0.410 3.92 400 759 0.975 189
Chicago Cubs 64 90 0.416 689 4.47 800 5.19 176 165 0.255 0.323 0.418 4.48 465 755 0.970 175
Philadelphia Phillies 47 107 0.305 584 3.79 796 5.17 103 155 0.243 0.306 0.357 4.61 521 775 0.976 179