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1961 Houston Buffs

1961 > Class AAA > 1961 American Association
Overall: 73-77
Scored 703 runs, Allowed 672 runs. Pythagorean W-L: 78-72

Affiliation: Chicago Cubs-NL
Manager: Grady Hatton and Fred Martin
Represented: Houston, TX
Ballpark: n/a
Attendance: n/a
Other Years: 1960

Team Batting

Bold indicates they played in the majors or are a HOFer
Rk Name Age G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1 Philip Borders 22 16 31 27 1 8 2 1 0 2 0 4 8 .296 .387 .444 .832 12 0 0 0 0
2 Harvey Branch 22 20 15 14 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 3 .143 .200 .143 .343 2 0 0 0 0
3 Pidge Browne* 32 62 208 180 39 63 14 0 9 36 0 24 19 .350 .425 .578 1.003 104 1 1 2 4
4 Cal Browning* 23 15 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .333 1 0 0 0 0
5 John Caffery 27 5 4 1 .250
6 Jim Campbell 24 88 270 241 32 63 14 2 6 34 1 23 40 .261 .320 .411 .730 99 0 1 5 0
7 Wayne Connally 26 148 587 506 59 130 25 6 2 44 1 64 59 .257 .345 .342 .687 173 5 10 2 4
8 Ron Davis 19 11 31 28 4 5 1 0 1 2 0 3 5 .179 .258 .321 .579 9 0 0 0 0
9 Ed Donnelly 28 48 22 17 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 7 .235 .263 .235 .498 4 0 3 1 0
10 Sammy Drake# 26 83 309 261 37 80 12 4 10 45 6 47 35 .307 .411 .498 .909 130 0 0 1 6
11 Layton Ducote 26 42 150 136 18 26 6 1 5 22 0 11 39 .191 .257 .360 .617 49 1 2 0 0
12 George Freese 34 58 99 86 11 27 2 0 6 18 0 12 10 .314 .394 .547 .940 47 0 0 1 5
13 Dave Gerard 24 48 47 37 2 5 0 0 0 2 0 3 14 .135 .200 .135 .335 5 0 7 0 0
14 Dave Giusti 21 4 6 1 .167
15 Bill Griffin 26 27 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 .250 .250 .250 .500 1 0 0 0 0
16 J C Hartman 27 144 633 599 64 155 19 3 6 53 7 20 50 .259 .283 .331 .613 198 1 10 3 1
17 Tom Hughes* 26 7 8 3 .375
18 Ben Johnson 30 29 48 39 3 8 2 0 0 5 0 6 12 .205 .311 .256 .568 10 0 3 0 0
19 Al Lary 32 46 86 76 6 8 0 0 0 4 1 7 21 .105 .181 .105 .286 8 0 3 0 0
20 Gordon Massa* 25 31 97 82 7 15 5 0 1 10 0 11 12 .183 .284 .280 .565 23 1 2 1 1
21 Jim McAnany 24 80 242 223 29 71 10 2 8 39 0 17 33 .318 .364 .489 .852 109 0 0 2 0
22 Jim McKnight 25 152 643 562 97 159 36 4 24 102 1 61 45 .283 .355 .489 .844 275 6 6 8 4
23 Henry Mitchell 24 134 557 493 84 144 37 5 14 75 7 54 137 .292 .367 .473 .840 233 6 1 3 3
24 Wallace Mixon 21 19 37 30 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 13 .167 .265 .167 .431 5 0 3 0 0
25 Phil Mudrock 24 33 44 42 2 6 1 0 0 1 0 1 19 .143 .163 .167 .329 7 0 1 0 0
26 Cholly Naranjo* 26 6 6 3 .500
27 Lenny Neal 36 15 44 41 0 4 2 0 0 4 0 2 8 .098 .136 .146 .283 6 0 0 1 0
28 Gerry Nelson 27 30 58 53 4 6 1 0 1 2 0 1 22 .113 .130 .189 .318 10 0 4 0 0
29 Ray Noble 42 5 4 1 0 0 0 .250 .250 1
30 Aaron Pointer 19 4 8 3 0 0 0 .375 .375 3
31 Jim Proctor 25 9 6 3 .500
32 Dave Roberts* 28 41 147 130 20 27 5 1 3 21 0 13 26 .208 .281 .331 .612 43 1 1 2 2
33 Al Schroll 29 8 7 2 .286
34 Barney Schultz 34 24 11 10 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 .300 .300 .300 .600 3 0 1 0 0
35 Moe Thacker 27 55 212 190 13 47 10 0 1 23 0 18 49 .247 .311 .316 .627 60 0 3 1 1
36 John Waters 29 147 597 549 81 147 25 5 12 47 5 40 66 .268 .315 .397 .712 218 0 3 5 2
37 Wally Wolf 19 3 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 0
38 Mel Wright 33 6 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 0
39 Bud Zipfel* 22 101 445 378 75 118 18 4 21 62 2 65 71 .312 .413 .548 .961 207 1 0 1 10
39 Players 26.2 152 5715 5088 703 1356 249 38 131 659 32 521 844 .267 .332 .408 .740 2074 104 66 40 42
* - bats left-handed, # - bats both, else - bats right, ? - unknown, for minors bold indicates they appeared in majors
Only players for whom we have stats are shown. See roster for more complete team list.

Team Pitching

Bold indicates they played in the majors or are a HOFer
Rk Name Age W L W-L% ERA G GS GF CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB IBB SO HBP BK WP BF WHIP H9 HR9 BB9 SO9 SO/W
1 Harvey Branch* 22 3 4 .429 4.18 15 6 1 1 56.0 64 29 26 5 26 1 38 1 0 2 1.607 10.3 0.8 4.2 6.1 1.46
2 Cal Browning* 23 1 0 1.000 2.88 15 1 0 0 25.0 22 9 8 1 13 3 17 1 0 0 1.400 7.9 0.4 4.7 6.1 1.31
3 John Caffery* 27 1 3 .250 4.76 5 2 17.0 18 10 9 3 10 0 1.647 9.5 1.6 5.3
4 Antonio Diaz 23 0 0 3 0 5.0 0
5 Ed Donnelly 28 4 4 .500 3.36 48 1 0 0 83.0 68 37 31 7 33 2 56 1 0 3 1.217 7.4 0.8 3.6 6.1 1.70
6 Dave Gerard 24 11 9 .550 3.79 48 18 4 1 145.0 136 75 61 6 71 6 82 4 0 7 1.428 8.4 0.4 4.4 5.1 1.15
7 Dave Giusti 21 2 0 1.000 3.00 3 2 18.0 23 6 6 1 3 0 1.444 11.5 0.5 1.5
8 Bill Griffin* 26 2 2 .500 2.08 27 0 0 0 39.0 31 12 9 3 16 2 20 0 0 3 1.205 7.2 0.7 3.7 4.6 1.25
9 Tom Hughes 26 0 1 .000 5.00 6 2 18.0 26 10 10 2 8 0 1.889 13.0 1.0 4.0
10 Ben Johnson 30 6 10 .375 4.05 29 21 7 1 140.0 139 75 63 11 39 1 87 4 0 6 1.271 8.9 0.7 2.5 5.6 2.23
11 Al Lary 32 15 9 .625 3.58 37 32 12 2 231.0 217 102 92 27 72 9 149 0 0 7 1.251 8.5 1.1 2.8 5.8 2.07
12 Boyd Linker 28 0 0 1 0 1.0 0
13 Gordon Massa 25 0 0 2 0
14 Wallace Mixon 21 5 6 .455 4.16 19 15 2 2 93.0 89 51 43 5 40 1 42 1 0 4 1.387 8.6 0.5 3.9 4.1 1.05
15 Phil Mudrock 24 6 11 .353 5.81 32 18 1 1 127.0 154 88 82 14 67 7 76 2 2 10 1.740 10.9 1.0 4.7 5.4 1.13
16 Cholly Naranjo 26 1 1 .500 3.32 6 0 19.0 18 11 7 7 5 0 1.211 8.5 3.3 2.4
17 Gerry Nelson 27 9 8 .529 3.91 29 23 7 1 159.0 160 82 69 12 46 2 60 3 1 2 1.296 9.1 0.7 2.6 3.4 1.30
18 Jim Proctor 25 0 4 .000 4.32 6 4 25.0 27 12 12 2 9 0 1.440 9.7 0.7 3.2
19 Al Schroll 29 1 2 .333 5.82 8 6 1 0 34.0 38 23 22 6 11 0 22 1 0 2 1.441 10.1 1.6 2.9 5.8 2.00
20 Barney Schultz 34 6 1 .857 2.76 24 0 0 0 49.0 37 16 15 6 17 1 40 0 1 0 1.102 6.8 1.1 3.1 7.3 2.35
21 Wally Wolf 19 0 1 .000 10.50 3 1 6.0 8 9 7 0 6 0 2.333 12.0 0.0 9.0
22 Mel Wright 33 0 1 .000 3.75 6 0 12.0 11 6 5 1 1 0 1.000 8.2 0.8 0.8
22 Players 26.8 73 77 .487 4.02 152 152 116 36 10 1305.1 1304 672 583 120 497 39 751 25 4 48 5588 1.380 9.0 0.8 3.4 5.2 1.51
* - throws left-handed, # - throws both, else - throws right, ? - unknown, for minors bold indicates they appeared in majors

Team Fielding--By Pos

Bold indicates they played in the majors or are a HOFer

C

Name G CG PO A E DP Fld% RF/G PB SB CS CS% lgCS% PO
Jim Campbell 70 324 27 13 3 .964 5.01 7
Moe Thacker 53 288 26 6 4 .981 5.92 5
Gordon Massa 27 136 21 1 3 .994 5.81 1
Lenny Neal 15 57 2 3 2 .952 3.93 0

1B

Name G CG PO A E DP Fld% RF/G lgCS% PO
Bud Zipfel 101 983 55 21 111 .980 10.28
Pidge Browne 45 389 33 3 48 .993 9.38

2B

Name G CG PO A E DP Fld% RF/G lgCS% PO
Wayne Connally 148 324 454 25 130 .969 5.26
Jim McKnight 14 30 31 6 6 .910 4.36

3B

Name G CG PO A E DP Fld% RF/G lgCS% PO
Jim McKnight 130 106 223 15 26 .956 2.53
Sammy Drake 22 16 41 7 6 .891 2.59
George Freese 11 4 14 1 3 .947 1.64

SS

Name G CG PO A E DP Fld% RF/G lgCS% PO
J C Hartman 140 254 470 28 100 .963 5.17
Jim McKnight 14 21 44 4 9 .942 4.64

OF

Name G CG PO A E DP Fld% RF/G lgCS% PO
John Waters 141 325 17 12 3 .966 2.43
Henry Mitchell 130 221 11 5 0 .979 1.78
Sammy Drake 56 72 2 1 1 .987 1.32
Jim McAnany 52 76 2 3 0 .963 1.50
Dave Roberts 36 63 1 3 0 .955 1.78
Layton Ducote 35 51 4 1 1 .982 1.57
Ron Davis 10 9 1 0 0 1.000 1.00

P

Name G CG PO A E DP Fld% RF/G lgCS% PO
Ed Donnelly 48 1 14 1 3 .938 0.31
Dave Gerard 48 12 35 2 2 .959 0.98
Al Lary 37 11 38 0 2 1.000 1.32
Phil Mudrock 32 8 24 0 2 1.000 1.00
Ben Johnson 29 13 21 0 2 1.000 1.17
Gerry Nelson 29 12 30 0 2 1.000 1.45
Bill Griffin 27 0 12 0 1 1.000 0.44
Barney Schultz 24 1 7 1 2 .889 0.33
Wallace Mixon 19 4 12 0 1 1.000 0.84
Harvey Branch 15 1 15 0 0 1.000 1.07
Cal Browning 15 1 2 0 0 1.000 0.20

Team Roster

Bold indicates they played in the majors
Name Age B T Ht Wt DoB Birthplace
Philip Borders 22 R R 6' 0.0" 185 Jun 18, 1939
Harvey Branch 22 R L 6' 0.0" 175 Feb 8, 1939 Memphis, TN, US
Pidge Browne 32 L L 6' 1.0" 190 Mar 21, 1929 Peekskill, NY, US
Cal Browning 23 L L 5' 11.0" 190 Mar 16, 1938 Burns Flat, OK, US
John Caffery 27 R L 6' 1.0" 175 Jun 30, 1934 Kingston, ON, CA
Jim Campbell 24 R R 6' 0.0" 190 Jun 24, 1937 Palo Alto, CA, US
Wayne Connally 26 R R 5' 11.0" 155 Aug 13, 1934
Ron Davis 19 R R 6' 0.0" 175 Oct 21, 1941 Roanoke Rapids, NC, US
Antonio Diaz 23 R R 6' 0.0" 175 Jun 13, 1938 La Habana, La Habana, CU
Ed Donnelly 28 R R 6' 0.0" 175 Dec 10, 1932 Allen, MI, US
Sammy Drake 26 S R 5' 11.0" 175 Oct 7, 1934 Little Rock, AR, US
Layton Ducote 26 R R 6' 4.0" 195 1935
George Freese 34 R R 6' 0.0" 190 Sep 12, 1926 Wheeling, WV, US
Dave Gerard 24 R R 6' 2.0" 205 Aug 6, 1936 New York, NY, US
Dave Giusti 21 R R 5' 11.0" 190 Nov 27, 1939 Seneca Falls, NY, US
Bill Griffin 26 R L 6' 2.0" 180 Feb 14, 1935 Omaha, NE, US
J C Hartman 27 R R 6' 0.0" 175 Apr 15, 1934 Cottonton, AL, US
Tom Hughes 26 L R 6' 2.0" 180 Sep 13, 1934 Ancon, Canal Zone, PA
Ben Johnson 30 R R 6' 2.0" 190 May 15, 1931 Greenwood, SC, US
Al Lary 32 R R 6' 3.0" 185 Sep 26, 1928 Northport, AL, US
Boyd Linker 28 R R 5' 11.0" 180 1933
Gordon Massa 25 L R 6' 3.0" 210 Sep 2, 1935 Cincinnati, OH, US
Jim McAnany 24 R R 5' 10.0" 196 Sep 4, 1936 Los Angeles, CA, US
Jim McKnight 25 R R 6' 1.0" 185 Jun 1, 1936 Bee Branch, AR, US
Henry Mitchell 24 R R 5' 11.0" 169 Dec 17, 1936 Panama, Panama, PA
Wallace Mixon 21 R R 6' 0.0" 180 Oct 28, 1939
Phil Mudrock 24 R R 6' 1.0" 190 Jan 12, 1937 Louisville, CO, US
Cholly Naranjo 26 L R 5' 11.0" 165 Nov 25, 1934 La Habana, La Habana, CU
Lenny Neal 36 R R 5' 11.0" 185 Dec 2, 1924 Scio, OR, US
Gerry Nelson 27 R R 6' 3.0" 200 Apr 1, 1934 Beaumont, TX, US
Ray Noble 42 R R 5' 11.0" 210 Mar 15, 1919 Central Hatillo, CU
Aaron Pointer 19 R R 6' 2.0" 185 Apr 19, 1942 Little Rock, AR, US
Jim Proctor 25 R R 6' 0.0" 165 Sep 9, 1935 Brandywine, MD, US
Dave Roberts 28 L L 6' 0.0" 172 Jun 30, 1933 Panama, Panama, PA
Al Schroll 29 R R 6' 2.0" 210 Mar 22, 1932 New Orleans, LA, US
Barney Schultz 34 R R 6' 2.0" 200 Aug 15, 1926 Beverly, NJ, US
Moe Thacker 27 R R 6' 3.0" 205 May 21, 1934 Louisville, KY, US
John Waters 29 R R 5' 11.0" 168 1932
Wally Wolf 19 R R 6' 0.0" 191 Jan 5, 1942 South Gate, CA, US
Mel Wright 33 R R 6' 3.0" 210 May 11, 1928 Manila, AR, US
Bud Zipfel 22 L R 6' 3.0" 200 Nov 18, 1938 Belleville, IL, US

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