1961 Washington Senators season

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1961 Washington Senators
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Elwood Richard Quesada
Manager(s)Mickey Vernon
Local televisionWTOP
Local radioWTOP
(Dan Daniels, John MacLean)
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1961 Washington Senators
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Elwood Richard Quesada
Manager(s)Mickey Vernon
Local televisionWTOP
Local radioWTOP
(Dan Daniels, John MacLean)
     Next season

The 1961 Washington Senators season was a season in American baseball. The team was in its inaugural season, having been established as a replacement for the previous franchise of the same name, which relocated to the Twin Cities of Minnesota following the 1960 season, becoming the Minnesota Twins. The Senators finished in a tie for ninth place in the American League with a record of 61 wins and 100 losses, 47½ games behind the World Champion New York Yankees. It was also the team's only season at Griffith Stadium before moving their games to D.C. Stadium for the following season.

Offseason[edit]

The Senators, along with the Los Angeles Angels, were the first ever American League expansion teams. Both teams participated in Major League Baseball's first ever expansion draft. The Senators used their first pick in the 1960 Major League Baseball expansion draft to select pitcher Bobby Shantz from the New York Yankees (while the Angels picked Eli Grba). Grba wound up playing two-plus seasons for Los Angeles before returning to the minor leagues. However, Shantz never played for the Senators, as he was traded just two days later to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Harry Bright, Bennie Daniels, and R. C. Stevens,[1] all of whom played for the Senators in 1961.

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

As an expansion team, the Senators were not expected to do well. They finished tied for last in the league with the Kansas City Athletics. They also finished 9 games behind their expansion brethren, the Angels. One bright spot was pitcher Dick Donovan, who led the American League in earned run average and WHIP, making the All-Star team and finishing 17th in league MVP voting.

Season standings[edit]

American LeagueWLPct.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

Opening Day lineup[edit]

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Roster[edit]

1961 Washington Senators
Roster
PitchersCatchers

Infielders

OutfieldersManager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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

PosPlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
SSVeal, CootCoot Veal6921844.20208

Other batters[edit]

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

PlayerGABHAvg.HRRBI
King, JimJim King11026371.2701146
Bright, HarryHarry Bright7218344.240421

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

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

PlayerGIPWLERASO

Other pitchers[edit]

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

PlayerGIPWLERASO
Burnside, PetePete Burnside33113.1494.5356
Bouldin, CarlCarl Bouldin23.10116.202

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

PlayerGWLSVERASO

Farm system[edit]

LevelTeamLeagueManager
DPensacola AngelsAlabama-Florida LeagueArchie Wilson
DMiddlesboro SenatorsAppalachian LeagueLew Morton

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Middlesboro

References[edit]

External links[edit]