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|1961 in baseball|
|1961 National League|
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 Season summary
- 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||Cincinnati Reds||154||93||61||0||.604||-.-||710 (4.61)||653 (4.24)||0.270||0.324||0.421||3.78||0.977|
|2||Los Angeles Dodgers||154||89||65||0||.578||4.0||735 (4.77)||697 (4.53)||0.262||0.338||0.405||4.04||0.976|
|3||San Francisco Giants||155||85||69||1||.548||8.0||773 (4.99)||655 (4.23)||0.264||0.328||0.423||3.77||0.977|
|4||Milwaukee Braves||155||83||71||1||.535||10.0||712 (4.59)||656 (4.23)||0.258||0.326||0.415||3.89||0.982|
|5||St. Louis Cardinals||155||80||74||1||.516||13.0||703 (4.54)||668 (4.31)||0.271||0.333||0.393||3.74||0.972|
|6||Pittsburgh Pirates||154||75||79||0||.487||18.0||694 (4.51)||675 (4.38)||0.273||0.327||0.410||3.92||0.975|
|7||Chicago Cubs||156||64||90||2||.410||29.0||689 (4.42)||800 (5.13)||0.255||0.323||0.418||4.48||0.970|
|8||Philadelphia Phillies||155||47||107||1||.303||46.0||584 (3.77)||796 (5.14)||0.243||0.306||0.357||4.61||0.976|
 League leaders
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
 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 National League won 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 Danny Murtaugh.
 Award winners
The winner of the league's Most Valuable Player Award, given its Most Valuable Player, was Frank Robinson, an outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds. In the award's voting, he had 219 out of a possible 224 points and 15 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 Billy Williams (willibi01), an outfielder with the Chicago Cubs. In the award's voting, he had 10 out of a possible 16 points and 10 first place votes.
 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.
 Monthly Awards
- Player of the Month Award
 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 National League's Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Baltimore Orioles of the American League by a score of 6 to 2.
 Notable events
 Further Reading