1961 Cincinnati Reds

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1961 Cincinnati Reds / Franchise: Cincinnati Reds / BR Team Page

Record: 93-61, Finished 1st in National League (1961 NL)

Won NL Pennant

Managed by Fred Hutchinson

Coaches: Otis Douglas, Reggie Otero, Dick Sisler, Jim Turner and Pete Whisenant

Ballpark: Crosley Field

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1961 Cincinnati Reds were the surprise winner of the National League pennant. They had finished well under .500 in 1960, and the team re-tooled quite a bit over the winter. The team was the high point in Fred Hutchinson's twelve-year career as a major league manager.

The season is chronicled in Jim Brosnan's book, Pennant Race. Brosnan, a relief pitcher with the Reds, kept a diary during the season and turned it into his second book about baseball, following The Long Season. Like its predecessor, it is considered a classic of baseball literature.

Awards and Honors[edit]

World Series[edit]

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Cincinnati Reds (1)
Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Reds – 0, Yankees – 2 October 4 Yankee Stadium 62,397
2 Reds – 6, Yankees – 2 October 5 Yankee Stadium 63,083
3 Yankees – 3, Reds – 2 October 7 Crosley Field 32,589
4 Yankees – 7, Reds – 0 October 8 Crosley Field 32,589
5 Yankees – 13, Reds – 5 October 9 Crosley Field 32,589

Further Reading[edit]


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