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The following are the baseball events of the year 1961 throughout the world.  

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Headline Event of the YearEdit

ChampionsEdit

Major League BaseballEdit

Other championsEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Norm Cash DET .361 Roberto Clemente PIT .351
HR Roger Maris NYY 61 Orlando Cepeda SFG 46
RBI Roger Maris NYY 142 Orlando Cepeda SFG 142
Wins Whitey Ford NYY 25 Warren Spahn MLB &
Joey Jay CIN
25
ERA Dick Donovan WSH 2.40 Warren Spahn MLB 3.02
Ks Camilo Pascual MIN 221 Sandy Koufax LAD 269

Major League Baseball final standingsEdit

American League final standingsEdit

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st New York Yankees 109   53 .673     --
2nd Detroit Tigers 101   61 .623   8.0
3rd Baltimore Orioles 95   67 .586   14.0
4th Chicago White Sox 86   76 .531   23.0
5th Cleveland Indians 78   83 .484   30.5
6th Boston Red Sox 76   86 .469   33.0
7th Minnesota Twins 70   90 .438   38.0
8th Los Angeles Angels 70   91 .435   38.5
9th Washington Senators 61   100 .379   47.5
10th Kansas City Athletics 61   100 .379   47.5

National League final standingsEdit

Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Cincinnati Reds 93   61 .604     --
2nd Los Angeles Dodgers 89   65 .578   4.0
3rd San Francisco Giants 85   69 .552   8.0
4th Milwaukee Braves 83   71 .539   10.0
5th St. Louis Cardinals 80   74 .519   13.0
6th Pittsburgh Pirates 75   79 .487   18.0
7th Chicago Cubs 64   90 .416   29.0
8th Philadelphia Phillies 47   107 .305   46.0

EventsEdit

BirthsEdit

DeathsEdit

  • January 5 - Fred Luderus, 75, Phillies first baseman of the 1910s, captain of the 1915 NL champions
  • January 8 - Schoolboy Rowe, 50, 3-time All-Star pitcher who won 158 games, mainly with the Tigers and Phillies (1st to appear in All-star Game for both leagues).
  • January 30 - Aaron Ward, 64, second baseman on the Yankees' first World Championship team in 1923
  • February 16 - Dazzy Vance, 69, Hall of Fame pitcher who led the NL in strikeouts seven years in a row and won the 1924 MVP award
  • April 23 - Jack Barry, 73, shortstop in the Athletics' "$100,000 infield", coach since 1921 at Holy Cross, where he won the 1952 College World Series and posted the highest career winning percentage (.806) in collegiate history
  • April 28 - Tommy Connolly, 90, Hall of Fame umpire from 1898 to 1931 who worked the first American League game ever, as well as the first contests at Comiskey Park, Shibe Park, Fenway Park, and Yankee Stadium
  • June 18 - Eddie Gaedel, 36, 3'7" player who made one appearance for the 1951 Browns in a stunt promotion
  • July 17 - Ty Cobb, 74, Hall of Fame center fielder widely recognized during his lifetime as one of the greatest players in the sport's history, and holder of more records than any other player including highest lifetime batting average (.366) and most career hits (4,189), runs (2,246), steals (892), games (3,034) and at bats (11,434). Cobb is credited with 11 batting titles.
  • July 17 - Ed Reulbach, 78, pitcher who starred for the Cubs from 1905 to 1913, winning 182 career games
  • July 18 - Hod Eller, 67, pitcher for the Reds from 1917-1921, including a 1919 World Series game which saw him strike out 6 in a row
  • August 3 - Thomas Edward Downey, 77, played from 1909 to 1915 for the Reds, Phillies, Cubs, and Bisons.
  • September 9 - Jesse Barnes, 69, pitcher who won 152 games for the Braves, Giants and Dodgers, including a no-hitter
  • September 9 - Rube Oldring, 77, outfielder who played mainly for the Athletics, including 4 pennant winners
  • December 15 - Dummy Hoy, 99, center fielder who scored over 100 runs nine times, and the game's most accomplished deaf player; he threw out the first ball of the World Series' third game on October 7

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