1961 Cleveland Indians season

1961 Cleveland Indians
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) William R. Daley
General manager(s) Frank Lane, Gabe Paul
Manager(s) Jimmy Dykes
Local television WJW-TV
Local radio WERE (1300)
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The 1961 Cleveland Indians season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the newly expanded 10-team American League with a record of 78–83, 30½ games behind the New York Yankees. Although the 1961 season ended up being a disappointment, the Indians had a brief flurry of pennant fever early in the 1961 season. After starting 12-13, the Indians started to streak, going 22-4 over their next 26 games to reach a record of 34-17 (were 38-20 after 58 games). However the Indians cooled off afterwards and were quickly knocked out of first place, as they went 44-66 the rest of the year. For the 2nd year in a row, the Indians had held first place in June, only to slump to a losing record. This would happen again in 1962 as well (47-34 start in early July).

Offseason

Regular season

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees10953.673--
Detroit Tigers10161.6238
Baltimore Orioles9567.58614
Chicago White Sox8676.53123
Cleveland Indians7883.48430.5
Boston Red Sox7686.46933
Minnesota Twins7090.43838
Los Angeles Angels7091.43538.5
Kansas City Athletics61100.37947.5
Washington Senators61100.37947.5

Record vs. opponents

1961 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 11–711–79–99–913–58–1011–79–9–114–4
Boston 7–119–95–138–1010–811–7–111–75–1310–8
Chicago 7–119–912–66–1214–410–89–9–16–1213–5
Cleveland 9–913–56–126–128–910–810–84–1412–6
Detroit 9–910–812–612–612–6–114–411–78–1013–5
Kansas City 5–138–104–149–86–12–19–97–114–149–9
Los Angeles 10–87–11–18–108–104–149–98–96–1210–8
Minnesota 7–117–119–9–18–107–1111–79–84–148–9
New York 9–9–113–512–614–410–814–412–614–411–7
Washington 4–148–105–136–125–139–98–109–87–11

Notable transactions

Roster

1961 Cleveland Indians
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
CFJimmy Piersall121484156.322640

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
Bob Nieman396523.354210
Joe Morgan4102.20000

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
Johnny Antonelli1148046.5623

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
Bob Allen483233.7542

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League Herman Franks and Freddie Fitzsimmons
A Reading Indians Eastern League Ray Mueller
B Burlington Indians Carolina League Bill Herring and Walt Novick
D Selma Cloverleafs Alabama–Florida League Walt Novick and Joe Morlan
D Dubuque Packers Midwest League Pinky May

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Selma[7]

Notes

References

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