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The 1961 season of the American League was the sixty-first season of the league.

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[edit] Season summary

[edit] Standings

Bold indicates league champion, Italics indicates World Series champion
Rank Team G W L T WPCT GB RS (RS/G) RA (RA/G) AVG OBP SLG ERA FPCT
1 New York Yankees 163 109 53 1 .669 -.- 827 (5.07) 612 (3.75) 0.263 0.328 0.442 3.46 0.980
2 Detroit Tigers 163 101 61 1 .620 8.0 841 (5.16) 671 (4.12) 0.266 0.346 0.421 3.55 0.976
3 Baltimore Orioles 163 95 67 1 .583 14.0 691 (4.24) 588 (3.61) 0.254 0.326 0.390 3.22 0.980
4 Chicago White Sox 163 86 76 1 .528 23.0 765 (4.69) 726 (4.45) 0.265 0.332 0.395 4.06 0.980
5 Cleveland Indians 161 78 83 0 .484 30.5 737 (4.58) 752 (4.67) 0.266 0.325 0.406 4.15 0.977
6 Boston Red Sox 163 76 86 1 .466 33.0 729 (4.47) 792 (4.86) 0.254 0.333 0.374 4.29 0.977
7 Minnesota Twins 161 70 90 1 .435 38.0 707 (4.39) 778 (4.83) 0.250 0.324 0.397 4.28 0.971
8 Los Angeles Angels 162 70 91 1 .432 38.5 744 (4.59) 784 (4.84) 0.245 0.330 0.398 4.31 0.969
9 Washington Senators 161 61 100 0 .379 35.5 618 (3.84) 776 (4.82) 0.244 0.315 0.367 4.23 0.975
10 Kansas City Athletics 162 61 100 1 .377 47.5 683 (4.22) 863 (5.33) 0.247 0.320 0.354 4.74 0.972

[edit] League leaders

Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record

[edit] Batting

Statistic Leader Team Number
Games Played Rocky Colavito
Brooks Robinson
Detroit Tigers
Baltimore Orioles
163
At Bats Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 668
Runs Scored Mickey Mantle
Roger Maris
New York Yankees
New York Yankees
132
Hits Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 193
Doubles Al Kaline Detroit Tigers 41
Triples Jake Wood Detroit Tigers 14
Home Runs Roger Maris New York Yankees 61
Total Bases Roger Maris New York Yankees 366
Runs Batted In Roger Maris New York Yankees 142
Stolen Bases Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox 53
Caught Stealing Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox 13
Walks Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 126
Intentional Base-on-Balls Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 19
Hit by Pitch Minnie Minoso Chicago White Sox 16
Strikeouts Jake Wood Detroit Tigers 141
Sacrifice Hits Nellie Fox
Danny O'Connell
Chicago White Sox
Washington Senators
15
Sacrifice Flies Minnie Minoso
Leo Posada
Vic Power
Chicago White Sox
Kansas City Athletics
Cleveland Indians
12
Grounded into Double Plays Gene Green Washington Senators 26
Batting Average Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 0.361
On-Base Percentage Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 0.487
Slugging Percentage Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 0.687
On-Base plus Slugging Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 1.149
On-Base plus Slugging Plus Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 206

[edit] Pitching

Statistic Leader Team Number
Wins Whitey Ford New York Yankees 25
Losses Pedro Ramos Minnesota Twins 20
Win-Loss Percentage Whitey Ford New York Yankees 0.862
Appearances Luis Arroyo New York Yankees 65
Games Started Whitey Ford New York Yankees 39
Complete Games Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 22
Shutouts Steve Barber
Camilo Pascual
Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins
8
Games Finished Luis Arroyo New York Yankees 54
Saves Luis Arroyo New York Yankees 29
Innings Pitched Whitey Ford New York Yankees 283.0
Batters Faced Whitey Ford New York Yankees 1159
Hits Allowed Pedro Ramos Minnesota Twins 265
Home Runs Allowed Pedro Ramos Minnesota Twins 39
Base-on-Balls Allowed Chuck Estrada Baltimore Orioles 132
Intentional Base-on-Balls Eli Grba Los Angeles Angels 10
Hit Batsmen Jim Kaat Minnesota Twins 11
Strikeouts Camilo Pascual Minnesota Twins 221
Wild Pitches Jack Fisher
Jim Kaat
Johnny Klippstein
Baltimore Orioles
Minnesota Twins
Washington Senators
10
Balks Jim Archer Kansas City Athletics 4
Runs Allowed Pedro Ramos Minnesota Twins 134
Earned Runs Allowed Frank Baumann
Jim Perry
Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians
117
Earned Run Average Dick Donovan Washington Senators 2.40
Walks plus Hits
per Inning Pitched
Dick Donovan Washington Senators 1.026

[edit] All-Star Game

The 1961 season featured two All-Star Games. In the first game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA on Tuesday, July 11, 1961, the American League lost by a score of 5 to 4 in 10 innings. The second game at Fenway Park in Boston, MA on Monday, July 31, 1961 ended in a 1-1 tie after 9 innings when it was called due to rain. For both games, the league's manager was Paul Richards.

[edit] Postseason

In the World Series, the American League champion New York Yankees defeated the National League's Cincinnati Reds, 4 games to 1.

[edit] Award winners

The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Roger Maris, an outfielder with the New York Yankees. In the award's voting, he had 202 out of a possible 280 points and 7 first place votes.

The winner of the Cy Young Award, given to the best pitcher in Major League Baseball irrespective of league, was Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees (AL). In the award's voting, he had 9 out of a possible 18 points and 9 first place votes.

The winner of the league's Rookie of the Year Award, given its best rookie player, was Don Schwall, a pitcher with the Boston Red Sox. In the award's voting, he had 7 out of a possible 20 points and 7 first place votes.

[edit] Gold Gloves

The following players won the Gold Glove Award, given to the league's best fielders as voted upon by sportswriters, at their respective position.

Position Player Team
P Frank Lary Detroit Tigers
C Earl Battey Minnesota Twins
1B Vic Power Cleveland Indians
2B Bobby Richardson New York Yankees
3B Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles
SS Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox
OF Jimmy Piersall Cleveland Indians
Jim Landis Chicago White Sox
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers

[edit] Hall of Fame Game

The twentieth annual Hall of Fame Game was played on July 24 at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown, NY near the National Baseball Hall of Fame. In the game, the American League's Baltimore Orioles lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers of the National League by a score of 6 to 2.

[edit] Notable events

[edit] Further Reading

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