1961 San Francisco Giants season

1961 San Francisco Giants season

The 1961 San Francisco Giants season involved the third-place team's 85-69 finish, eight games behind the NL Champion Cincinnati Reds. The Giants were managed by Alvin Dark, as they played their home games at Candlestick Park.

Offseason

Regular season

Willie Mays had both a three home run game (on June 29) and a four home run game (on April 30)[1] during the 1961 season. Mays became the ninth player, and first Giant, in MLB history to hit four home runs in one game.

Season standings

National League W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 93 61 -- .604
Los Angeles Dodgers 89 65 4 .578
San Francisco Giants 85 69 8 .552
Milwaukee Braves 83 71 10 .539
St. Louis Cardinals 80 74 13 .519
Pittsburgh Pirates 75 79 18 .487
Chicago Cubs 64 90 29 .416
Philadelphia Phillies 47 107 46 .305

Opening Day starters

Roster

1961 San Francisco Giants
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CF Mays, WillieWillie Mays 154 572 176 .308 40 123
RF Alou, FelipeFelipe Alou 132 415 120 .289 18 52

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bolin, BobbyBobby Bolin 37 2 2 5 3.19 48

Awards and honors

All-Star Game (first game) All-Star Game (second game)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Giants Pacific Coast League Red Davis
AA Rio Grande Valley/Victoria Giants Texas League Ray Murray
A Springfield Giants Eastern League Andy Gilbert
B Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Richie Klaus
C Fresno Giants California League Sal Taormina
C Pocatello Bannocks Pioneer League Bert Thiel
D Salem Rebels Appalachian League Jodie Phipps
D Quincy Giants Midwest League Buddy Kerr
D El Paso Sun Kings Sophomore League George Genovese
D Belmont Chiefs Western Carolinas League Jim Poole, Whitey Ries
and Max Lanier

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Tacoma, Springfield, Quincy

Rio Grande Valley club moved to Victoria, June 10, 1961; Pocatello affiliation shared with Kansas City Athletics[3]

Notes

References

  • 1961 San Francisco Giants team page at Baseball Reference
  • 1961 San Francisco Giants team page at Baseball Almanac