1961 Los Angeles Dodgers season

1961 Los Angeles Dodgers
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Walter O'Malley, James & Dearie Mulvey
General manager(s) Buzzie Bavasi
Manager(s) Walter Alston
Local television KTTV (11)
Local radio KFI
Vin Scully, Jerry Doggett
René Cárdenas, Jaime Jarrín, Miguel Alonzo
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The 1961 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in second place in the National League with a record of 89–65, four games behind the Cincinnati Reds. 1961 was the fourth season for the Dodgers in Los Angeles. It was also the Dodgers final season of playing their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, since they moved to their new stadium the following season.


Regular season

On April 17, 1961, Duke Snider hit his 370th career home run, which at the time moved him into 7th place on the all-time career home runs list.[6] Later in the same game, Snider suffered a broken elbow, and he was knocked out for the rest of the season when he was hit by a pitch from Bob Gibson of the Cardinals.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 9361 0.604 47–30 46–31
Los Angeles Dodgers 8965 0.578 4 45–32 44–33
San Francisco Giants 8569 0.552 8 45–32 40–37
Milwaukee Braves 8371 0.539 10 45–32 38–39
St. Louis Cardinals 8074 0.519 13 48–29 32–45
Pittsburgh Pirates 7579 0.487 18 38–39 37–40
Chicago Cubs 6490 0.416 29 40–37 24–53
Philadelphia Phillies 47107 0.305 46 22–55 25–52

Record vs. opponents

1961 National League Records

Chicago 12–107–159–13–113–911–115–177–15–1
Cincinnati 10–1212–1015–719–311–1112–1014–8
Los Angeles 15–710–1212–1017–513–910–1212–10
Milwaukee 13–9–17–1510–1216–612–1011–1114–8
Philadelphia 9–133–195–176–167–158–14–19–13
Pittsburgh 11–1111–119–1310–1215–710–129–13
San Francisco 17–510–1212–1011–1114–8–112–109–13
St. Louis 15–7–18–1410–128–1413–913–913–9

Opening Day lineup

Opening Day starters
Maury WillsShortstop
Willie DavisCenter fielder
Tommy DavisThird baseman
Duke SniderRight fielder
Wally MoonLeft fielder
Norm LarkerFirst baseman
Charlie NealSecond baseman
Johnny RoseboroCatcher
Don DrysdaleStarting pitcher

Notable transactions


1961 Los Angeles Dodgers
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats


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
SSMaury Wills148613173.282131
CFWillie Davis12833986.2541245

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
Duke Snider8523369.2961656
Gil Hodges10921552.242831
Norm Sherry4712131.256521
Bob Aspromonte475814.24102
Don Demeter15295.17212


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
Don Drysdale4024413103.69182

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
Roger Craig40112.2566.1553

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
Turk Farrell5066105.0680

Awards and honors


Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Omaha Dodgers American Association Danny Ozark
AAA Spokane Indians Pacific Coast League Preston Gómez
AA Atlanta Crackers Southern Association Rube Walker
A Greenville Spinners South Atlantic League Roy Hartsfield
B Salem Dodgers Northwest League Stan Wasiak
C Great Falls Electrics Pioneer League Al Ronning
C Reno Silver Sox California League Roy Smalley
D Artesia Dodgers Sophomore League Spider Jorgensen
D Kokomo Dodgers Midwest League Dom Domenichelli
D Orlando Dodgers Florida State League Edward Serrano
D Panama City Fliers Alabama–Florida League George Scherger



  1. Ray Semproch at Baseball-Reference
  2. Earl Robinson at Baseball-Reference
  3. Danny McDevitt Archived April 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. at Baseball-Reference
  4. Joe Pignatano at Baseball-Reference
  5. Ed Rakow at Baseball-Reference
  6. Duke Snider at The Baseball Page
  7. Charley Smith at Baseball-Reference
  8. Art Fowler at Baseball-Reference
  9. Bob Lillis at Baseball-Reference
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