1961 Baltimore Orioles
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record95–67 (.586)
League place3rd
Other information
Owner(s)Jerold Hoffberger
General manager(s)Lee MacPhail
Manager(s)Paul Richards, Lum Harris
Local televisionWJZ-TV
Local radioWBAL (AM)
(Bob Murphy, Herb Carneal)
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The 1961 Baltimore Orioles season involved the Orioles finishing 3rd in the American League with a record of 95 wins and 67 losses, 14 games behind the AL and World Series champion New York Yankees. The team was managed by Paul Richards and Lum Harris, and played their home games at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium.

Offseason

Regular season

Roger Maris of the Yankees hit his 59th and 60th home runs of the season against the Orioles, tying what was at the time Babe Ruth's single-season record. The 59th was hit on September 20 at Memorial Stadium,[6] and the 60th was hit on September 26 at Yankee Stadium.

Opening Day starters

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 109 53 0.673 65–16 44–37
Detroit Tigers 101 61 0.623 8 50–31 51–30
Baltimore Orioles 95 67 0.586 14 48–33 47–34
Chicago White Sox 86 76 0.531 23 53–28 33–48
Cleveland Indians 78 83 0.484 30½ 40–41 38–42
Boston Red Sox 76 86 0.469 33 50–31 26–55
Minnesota Twins 70 90 0.438 38 36–44 34–46
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 0.435 38½ 46–36 24–55
Kansas City Athletics 61 100 0.379 47½ 33–47 28–53
Washington Senators 61 100 0.379 47½ 33–46 28–54


Record vs. opponents

1961 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CHW CLE DET KC LAA MIN NY WSH
Baltimore 11–7 11–7 9–9 9–9 13–5 8–10 11–7 9–9–1 14–4
Boston 7–11 9–9 5–13 8–10 10–8 11–7–1 11–7 5–13 10–8
Chicago 7–11 9–9 12–6 6–12 14–4 10–8 9–9–1 6–12 13–5
Cleveland 9–9 13–5 6–12 6–12 8–9 10–8 10–8 4–14 12–6
Detroit 9–9 10–8 12–6 12–6 12–6–1 14–4 11–7 8–10 13–5
Kansas City 5–13 8–10 4–14 9–8 6–12–1 9–9 7–11 4–14 9–9
Los Angeles 10–8 7–11–1 8–10 8–10 4–14 9–9 8–9 6–12 10–8
Minnesota 7–11 7–11 9–9–1 8–10 7–11 11–7 9–8 4–14 8–9
New York 9–9–1 13–5 12–6 14–4 10–8 14–4 12–6 14–4 11–7
Washington 4–14 8–10 5–13 6–12 5–13 9–9 8–10 9–8 7–11


Notable transactions

Roster

1961 Baltimore Orioles
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
C Gus Triandos 115 397 97 .244 17 63
1B Jim Gentile 148 486 147 .302 46 141
2B Jerry Adair 133 386 102 .264 9 37
3B Brooks Robinson 163 668 192 .287 7 61
SS Ron Hansen 155 533 132 .248 12 51
LF Dick Williams 103 310 64 .206 8 24
CF Jackie Brandt 139 516 153 .297 16 72
RF Whitey Herzog 113 323 94 .291 5 35

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
Russ Snyder 115 312 91 .292 1 13
Marv Breeding 90 244 51 .209 1 16
Earl Robinson 96 222 59 .266 8 30
Dave Philley 99 144 36 .250 1 23
Hank Foiles 43 124 34 .274 6 19
Marv Throneberry 56 96 20 .208 5 11
Jim Busby 75 89 23 .258 0 6
Gene Stephens 32 58 11 .190 0 2
Charley Lau 17 47 8 .170 1 4
Clint Courtney 22 45 12 .267 0 4
Walt Dropo 14 27 7 .259 1 2
Boog Powell 4 13 1 .077 0 1
Barry Shetrone 3 7 1 .143 0 1
Frank Zupo 5 4 2 .500 0 0
Chuck Essegian 1 1 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
Steve Barber 37 248.1 18 12 3.33 150
Chuck Estrada 33 212 15 9 3.69 160
Jack Fisher 36 196 10 13 3.90 118
Milt Pappas 26 177.2 13 9 3.04 89
Hal Brown 27 166.2 10 6 3.19 61

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
Billy Hoeft 35 138 7 4 2.02 100
Dick Hall 29 122.1 7 5 3.09 92

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
Hoyt Wilhelm 51 9 7 18 2.30 87
Wes Stock 35 5 0 3 3.01 47
Dick Hyde 15 1 2 0 5.57 15
Gordon Jones 3 0 0 1 5.40 4
Jim Lehew 2 0 0 0 0.00 0
John Papa 2 0 0 0 18.00 3

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Rochester Red Wings International League Clyde King
AA Little Rock Travelers Southern Association Fred Hatfield
AA Victoria/Ardmore Rosebuds Texas League George Staller
B Tri-City Braves Northwest League Whitey McDowell and Billy DeMars
B Fox Cities Foxes Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Earl Weaver
C Stockton Ports California League Harry Dunlop
C Aberdeen Pheasants Northern League Lou Fitzgerald
D Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League Dee Phillips, Walter Youse,
Joe Cusick and Bud Bates
D Leesburg Orioles Florida State League Billy DeMars, Cal Ripken Sr.
and Ray Scarborough

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Aberdeen
Victoria club moved to Ardmore, May 27, 1961

Notes

References