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1961 American League Most Valuable Player Award

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The winner of the 1961 American League Most Valuable Player Award was Roger Maris of the New York Yankees.

[edit] Award Voting

† indicates playoff team
Player Team Points Points Share (Max Points) First Votes AB R H HR RBI SB BB SO AVG OBP SLG W - L SV IP H HR BB SO ERA
Roger Maris New York Yankees 202 0.721 (280) 7 590 132 159 61 142 0 94 67 0.269 0.372 0.620 Did not pitch
Mickey Mantle New York Yankees 198 0.707 (280) 6 514 132 163 54 128 12 126 112 0.317 0.448 0.687 Did not pitch
Jim Gentile Baltimore Orioles 157 0.561 (280) 5 486 96 147 46 141 1 96 106 0.302 0.423 0.646 Did not pitch
Norm Cash Detroit Tigers 151 0.539 (280) 1 535 119 193 41 132 11 124 85 0.361 0.487 0.662 Did not pitch
Whitey Ford New York Yankees 102 0.364 (280) 0 96 11 17 0 10 0 12 17 0.177 0.266 0.188 25 - 4 0 283.0 242 23 92 209 3.21
Luis Arroyo New York Yankees 95 0.339 (280) 1 25 2 7 0 0 0 0 4 0.280 0.280 0.360 15 - 5 29 119.0 83 5 49 87 2.19
Frank Lary Detroit Tigers 53 0.189 (280) 0 108 13 25 1 5 0 3 27 0.231 0.259 0.278 23 - 9 0 275.1 252 24 66 146 3.24
Rocky Colavito Detroit Tigers 51 0.182 (280) 0 583 129 169 45 140 1 113 75 0.290 0.402 0.580 Did not pitch
Al Kaline Detroit Tigers 35 0.125 (280) 0 586 116 190 19 82 14 66 42 0.324 0.393 0.515 Did not pitch
Elston Howard New York Yankees 30 0.107 (280) 0 446 64 155 21 77 0 28 65 0.348 0.387 0.549 Did not pitch
Harmon Killebrew Minnesota Twins 29 0.104 (280) 0 541 94 156 46 122 1 107 109 0.288 0.405 0.606 Did not pitch
Luis Aparicio Chicago White Sox 16 0.057 (280) 0 625 90 170 6 45 53 38 33 0.272 0.313 0.352 Did not pitch
Jim Piersall Cleveland Indians 10 0.036 (280) 0 484 81 156 6 40 8 43 46 0.322 0.378 0.442 Did not pitch
Don Schwall Boston Red Sox 7 0.025 (280) 0 61 5 11 0 6 0 1 10 0.180 0.194 0.213 15 - 7 0 178.2 167 8 110 91 3.22
Steve Barber Baltimore Orioles 7 0.025 (280) 0 80 6 13 2 6 0 5 42 0.163 0.221 0.250 18 - 12 1 248.1 194 13 130 150 3.33
Norm Siebern Kansas City Athletics 7 0.025 (280) 0 560 68 166 18 98 2 82 91 0.296 0.384 0.475 Did not pitch
Dick Donovan Washington Senators 5 0.018 (280) 0 56 6 10 1 7 0 6 23 0.179 0.258 0.250 10 - 10 0 168.2 138 10 35 62 2.40
Bubba Phillips Cleveland Indians 5 0.018 (280) 0 546 64 144 18 72 1 29 61 0.264 0.305 0.408 Did not pitch
Chuck Schilling Boston Red Sox 4 0.014 (280) 0 646 87 167 5 62 7 78 77 0.259 0.340 0.327 Did not pitch
Brooks Robinson Baltimore Orioles 4 0.014 (280) 0 668 89 192 7 61 1 47 57 0.287 0.334 0.397 Did not pitch
Tom Morgan Los Angeles Angels 3 0.011 (280) 0 12 1 1 0 0 0 1 4 0.083 0.154 0.083 8 - 2 10 91.2 74 7 17 39 2.36
Al Smith Chicago White Sox 3 0.011 (280) 0 532 88 148 28 93 4 56 67 0.278 0.348 0.506 Did not pitch
Yogi Berra New York Yankees 2 0.007 (280) 0 395 62 107 22 61 2 35 28 0.271 0.330 0.466 Did not pitch
Hoyt Wilhelm Baltimore Orioles 1 0.004 (280) 0 20 1 1 0 2 0 2 10 0.050 0.136 0.050 9 - 7 18 109.2 89 5 41 87 2.30
Bobby Richardson New York Yankees 1 0.004 (280) 0 662 80 173 3 49 9 30 23 0.261 0.295 0.316 Did not pitch
Lee Thomas Los Angeles Angels 1 0.004 (280) 0 450 77 128 24 70 0 47 74 0.284 0.353 0.491 Did not pitch
Johnny Romano Cleveland Indians 1 0.004 (280) 0 509 76 152 21 80 0 61 60 0.299 0.377 0.483 Did not pitch
Lee Thomas New York Yankees 1 0.004 (280) 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.500 0.500 0.500 Did not pitch
Preceded by
1960
Most Valuable Player Award
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1961
Succeeded by
1962
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