1961 World Series

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1961 World Series Program


The 1961 World Series matched the New York Yankees (109–53) against the Cincinnati Reds (93–61), with the Yankees winning in five games to earn their ninteenth championship in their last 39 seasons. After the summer-long Roger Maris/Mickey Mantle pursuit of Babe Ruth's season home run record, the Series proved anti-climactic as the Yanks subdued the Reds easily.

This World Series was surrounded by Cold War political puns pitting the "Reds" against the "Yanks". But the louder buzz concerned the "M&M" boys, Maris and Mantle, who spent the summer chasing the ghost of Babe Ruth and his 60 home run season of 1927. An injury to Mantle in September halted his bid to break the record, and he eventually wound up with 54. The less popular Maris stayed healthy and broke the record, with 61 dingers, getting the record-breaker on the last day of the season. Due to the expansion of the American League to ten teams, this marked the first year played under the new 162-game schedule. Because it took Maris eight extra games to break Ruth's record (Ruth played under the old 154-game schedule) commissioner Ford Frick took it upon himself to place an asterisk next to Roger Maris' name in the record books. The asterisk was later struck from the record book.

The was the first year the Yankees were under the leadership of Ralph Houk, who succeeded Casey Stengel as manager. The Yankees, who won the American League pennant easily—eight games better than the Detroit Tigers—set a record for most home runs in a season with 240. Along with Maris and Mantle, four other Yankees, Yogi Berra, Elston Howard, Bill Skowron, and Johnny Blanchard, all hit over 20. The pitching staff was led by southpaw Whitey Ford (25–4, 3.21), and reliable righties, Ralph Terry, and Bill Stafford. The defense was air-tight with Bobby Richardson at second, Tony Kubek at short, and Clete Boyer at third.

The Reds, skippered by Fred Hutchinson, finished four games better than the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League and boasted four, 20-plus home run hitters of their own; Frank Robinson (37, 124, .323), Gordy Coleman, Gene Freese, and Wally Post. The second-base, shortstop, and catcher positions were platooned while Vada Pinson led the league in hits with 208, finishing second in batting with a .343 average. 21-game winner Joey Jay (21–10, 3.53) led the staff along with dependable Jim O'Toole, and Bob Purkey.

The Most Valuable Player Award was given to Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees who appeared in two games, won two games, and had an earned run average of 0.00. Ford left the sixth inning of Game 4 due to an injured ankle. Ford set the record for consecutive scoreless innings during World Series play with thirty-three and a third (33.1), when, during the third inning he passed the previous record holder, Babe Ruth, who had pitched twenty-nine and two-thirds (29.2) consecutive scoreless innings for the Boston Red Sox in 1916 and 1918.

The Hall of Fame players in the 1961 World Series were Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle and Frank Robinson.

1961 World Series-Game 1

Date Oct. 4th, 1961
Location Yankee Stadium
Attendance 62,397

1961 World Series Game 1-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
New York 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x 2 6 0

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1961 World Series Game 1-Box Score

Cincinnati Reds 0, New York Yankees 2

Cincinnati Reds New York Yankees
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Blasingame 2b 3 0 0 0 Richardson 2b 4 0 3 0
Lynch ph 1 0 0 0 Kubek ss 3 0 0 0
Kasko ss 4 0 1 0 Maris cf,rf 4 0 0 0
Pinson cf 4 0 0 0 Howard c 4 1 1 1
Robinson lf 2 0 0 0 Skowron 1b 3 1 1 1
Post rf 3 0 1 0 Berra lf 2 0 0 0
Freese 3b 3 0 0 0 Lopez rf 2 0 0 0
Coleman 1b 3 0 0 0 Blanchard ph 1 0 0 0
Johnson c 2 0 0 0 Reed cf 0 0 0 0
Cardenas ph 1 0 0 0 Boyer 3b 3 0 1 0
Zimmerman c 0 0 0 0 Ford p 3 0 0 0
O'Toole p 2 0 0 0 - - - - -
Gernert ph 1 0 0 0 - - - - -
Brosnan p 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
Total 29 0 2 0 Total 29 2 6 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
New York 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 x 2 6 0
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
O'Toole L(0-1) 7.0 6 2 2 4 2
Brosnan 1.0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 8.0 6 2 2 5 3
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Ford W(1-0) 9.0 2 0 0 1 6
Total 9.0 2 0 0 1 6

E–None. DP–Cincinnati 1. U–Ed Runge (AL), Jocko Conlan (NL), Frank Umont (AL), Augie Donatelli (NL), Bob Stewart (AL), Shag Crawford (NL). T–2:11. A–62,397.


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1961 World Series-Game 2

Date Oct. 5th, 1961
Location Yankee Stadium
Attendance 63,083

1961 World Series Game 2-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 6 9 0
New York 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 3

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1961 World Series Game 2-Box Score

Cincinnati Reds 6, New York Yankees 2

Cincinnati Reds New York Yankees
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Chacon 2b 4 1 1 0 Richardson 2b 4 0 1 0
Kasko ss 5 0 1 0 Kubek ss 4 0 1 0
Pinson cf 5 0 1 0 Maris cf 3 1 0 0
Robinson lf 4 2 0 0 Berra lf 4 1 2 2
Coleman 1b 5 1 2 2 Blanchard rf 4 0 0 0
Post rf 4 2 2 0 Howard c 3 0 0 0
Freese 3b 2 0 0 0 Skowron 1b 3 0 0 0
Edwards c 4 0 2 2 Boyer 3b 2 0 0 0
Jay p 4 0 0 0 Terry p 2 0 0 0
- - - - - Lopez ph 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Arroyo p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Gardner ph 1 0 0 0
Total 37 6 9 4 Total 30 2 4 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 2 0 6 9 0
New York 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 3
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
Jay W(1-0) 9.0 4 2 2 6 6
Total 9.0 4 2 2 6 6
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Terry L(0-1) 7.0 6 4 2 2 7
Arroyo 2.0 3 2 1 2 1
Total 9.0 9 6 3 4 8

E–Berra (1), Boyer (1), Arroyo (1). DP–Cincinnati 2. PB–Howard (1). 2B–Cincinnati Post (1,off Terry); Edwards (1,off Arroyo); Pinson (1,off Arroyo). HR–Cincinnati Coleman (1,4th inning off Terry 1 on, 1 out), New York Berra (1,4th inning off Jay 1 on, 0 out). IBB–Freese 2 (2,by Terry,by Arroyo). IBB–Terry (1,Freese); Arroyo (1,Freese). U–Jocko Conlan (NL), Frank Umont (AL), Augie Donatelli (NL), Ed Runge (AL), Bob Stewart (AL), Shag Crawford (NL). T–2:43. A–63,083.


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1961 World Series-Game 3

Date Oct. 7th, 1961
Location Crosley Field
Attendance 32,589
First Pitch Dummy Hoy

1961 World Series Game 3-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 6 1
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0

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1961 World Series Game 3-Box Score

New York Yankees 3, Cincinnati Reds 2

New York Yankees Cincinnati Reds
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Richardson 2b 4 0 1 0 Chacon 2b 3 1 1 0
Kubek ss 4 1 1 0 Lynch ph 0 0 0 0
Maris rf 4 1 1 1 Blasingame pr,2b 0 0 0 0
Mantle cf 4 0 0 0 Bell ph 1 0 0 0
Reed cf 0 0 0 0 Kasko ss 4 0 2 1
Berra lf 3 0 1 1 Pinson cf 4 0 0 0
Howard c 4 0 1 0 Robinson rf 4 0 1 1
Skowron 1b 3 0 0 0 Coleman 1b 4 0 2 0
Boyer 3b 3 0 0 0 Post lf 4 0 0 0
Stafford p 2 0 0 0 Freese 3b 3 0 0 0
Daley p 0 0 0 0 Edwards c 3 1 1 0
Blanchard ph 1 1 1 1 Cardenas ph 1 0 1 0
Arroyo p 0 0 0 0 Purkey p 3 0 0 0
- - - - - Gernert ph 1 0 0 0
Total 32 3 6 3 Total 35 2 8 2
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 6 1
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 8 0
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Stafford 6.2 7 2 2 2 5
Daley 0.1 0 0 0 0 0
Arroyo W(1-0) 2.0 1 0 0 0 2
Total 9.0 8 2 2 2 7
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
Purkey L(0-1) 9.0 6 3 2 1 3
Total 9.0 6 3 2 1 3

E–Stafford (1). DP–Cincinnati 1. PB–Edwards (1). 2B–New York Howard (1,off Purkey), Cincinnati Robinson (1,off Stafford); Edwards (2,off Stafford); Cardenas (1,off Arroyo). HR–New York Blanchard (1,8th inning off Purkey 0 on, 2 out); Maris (1,9th inning off Purkey 0 on, 0 out). IBB–Lynch (1,by Stafford). SB–Richardson (1,2nd base off Purkey/Edwards). IBB–Stafford (1,Lynch). U–Frank Umont (AL), Augie Donatelli (NL), Ed Runge (AL), Jocko Conlan (NL), Bob Stewart (AL), Shag Crawford (NL). T–2:15. A–32,589.


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1961 World Series-Game 4

Date Oct. 8th, 1961
Location Crosley Field
Attendance 32,589

1961 World Series Game 4-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 7 11 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1

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1961 World Series Game 4-Box Score

New York Yankees 7, Cincinnati Reds 0

New York Yankees Cincinnati Reds
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Richardson 2b 5 1 3 0 Chacon 2b 4 0 1 0
Kubek ss 5 0 1 1 Kasko ss 4 0 1 0
Maris rf,cf 3 2 0 0 Pinson cf 4 0 0 0
Mantle cf 2 0 1 0 Robinson rf 1 0 0 0
Lopez pr,rf 3 1 1 2 Post lf 4 0 1 0
Howard c 4 1 1 0 Freese 3b 4 0 0 0
Berra lf 2 1 0 0 Coleman 1b 4 0 0 0
Skowron 1b 3 0 3 1 Johnson c 2 0 2 0
Boyer 3b 4 0 1 2 Bell ph 1 0 0 0
Ford p 2 1 0 0 Zimmerman c 0 0 0 0
Coates p 1 0 0 0 O'Toole p 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Gernert ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Brosnan p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Lynch ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Henry p 0 0 0 0
Total 34 7 11 6 Total 31 0 5 0
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 1 1 2 3 0 0 7 11 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Ford W(2-0) 5.0 4 0 0 0 1
Coates SV(1) 4.0 1 0 0 1 2
Total 9.0 5 0 0 1 3
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
O'Toole L(0-2) 5.0 5 2 2 3 2
Brosnan 3.0 6 5 5 3 3
Henry 1.0 0 0 0 0 2
Total 9.0 11 7 7 6 7

E–Pinson (1). DP–New York 1, Cincinnati 3. IBB–Berra 2 (2,by Brosnan 2); Maris (1,by Brosnan). HBP–Robinson 2 (2,by Ford,by Coates). WP–Brosnan (1). HBP–Ford (1,Robinson); Coates (1,Robinson). IBB–Brosnan 3 (3,Berra 2,Maris). U–Augie Donatelli (NL), Ed Runge (AL), Jocko Conlan (NL), Frank Umont (AL), Bob Stewart (AL), Shag Crawford (NL). T–2:27. A–32,589.


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1961 World Series-Game 5

Date Oct. 9th, 1961
Location Crosley Field
Attendance 32,589

1961 World Series Game 5-Line Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 5 1 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 13 15 1
Cincinnati 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 11 3

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1961 World Series Game 5-Box Score

New York Yankees 13, Cincinnati Reds 5

New York Yankees Cincinnati Reds
Player ab r h rbi Player ab r h rbi
Richardson 2b 6 1 1 0 Blasingame 2b 4 1 1 0
Kubek ss 6 2 2 0 Chacon ph 1 0 0 0
Maris cf,rf 5 0 1 1 Kasko ss 5 1 2 0
Blanchard rf 4 3 3 2 Pinson cf 5 0 1 0
Reed cf 0 0 0 0 Robinson rf 4 1 2 3
Howard c 5 3 2 0 Coleman 1b 4 1 1 0
Skowron 1b 5 2 2 3 Post lf 3 1 2 2
Lopez lf 4 2 2 5 Freese 3b 4 0 1 0
Boyer 3b 3 0 2 1 Edwards c 4 0 1 0
Terry p 1 0 0 0 Jay p 0 0 0 0
Daley p 1 0 0 1 Maloney p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Johnson p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Bell ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Henry p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Jones p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Gernert ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Purkey p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Cardenas ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Brosnan p 0 0 0 0
- - - - - Lynch ph 1 0 0 0
- - - - - Hunt p 0 0 0 0
Total 40 13 15 13 Total 38 5 11 5
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 5 1 0 5 0 2 0 0 0 13 15 1
Cincinnati 0 0 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 5 11 3
New York Yankees IP H R ER BB SO
Terry 2.1 6 3 3 0 0
Daley W(1-0) 6.2 5 2 0 0 3
Total 9.0 11 5 3 0 3
Cincinnati Reds IP H R ER BB SO
Jay L(1-1) 0.2 4 4 4 0 0
Maloney 0.2 4 2 2 1 1
Johnson 0.2 0 0 0 0 0
Henry 1.1 4 5 5 2 1
Jones 0.2 0 0 0 0 0
Purkey 2.0 0 2 0 2 2
Brosnan 2.0 3 0 0 0 1
Hunt 1.0 0 0 0 1 1
Total 9.0 15 13 11 6 6

E–Daley (1), Kasko (1), Coleman (1), Purkey (1). 2B–New York Howard (3,off Jay); Boyer (2,off Maloney); Maris (1,off Maloney); Blanchard (1,off Henry), Cincinnati Freese (1,off Daley); Robinson (2,off Daley). 3B–New York Lopez (1,off Maloney). HR–New York Blanchard (2,1st inning off Jay 1 on, 2 out); Lopez (1,4th inning off Henry 2 on, 1 out), Cincinnati Robinson (1,3rd inning off Terry 2 on, 1 out); Post (1,5th inning off Daley 1 on, 2 out). SH–Terry (1,off Henry); Lopez (1,off Purkey); Daley (1,off Brosnan). SF–Daley (1,off Purkey). IBB–Howard (1,by Henry); Boyer (1,by Purkey). HBP–Post (1,by Daley). WP–Brosnan (2). HBP–Daley (1,Post). IBB–Henry (1,Howard); Purkey (1,Boyer). U–Ed Runge (AL), Jocko Conlan (NL), Frank Umont (AL), Augie Donatelli (NL), Bob Stewart (AL), Shag Crawford (NL). T–3:05. A–32,589.


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New York Yankees Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos GM AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Luis Arroyo p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Yogi Berra of 4 11 3 0 0 1 2 3 .273 5 1 0
Johnny Blanchard of 4 10 4 1 0 2 4 3 .400 2 0 0
Clete Boyer 3b 5 15 4 2 0 0 0 3 .267 4 0 0
Jim Coates p 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Bud Daley p 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 0 0 0
Whitey Ford p 2 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 1 0 0
Billy Gardner ph 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Elston Howard c 5 20 5 3 0 1 5 1 .250 2 3 0
Tony Kubek ss 5 22 5 0 0 0 3 1 .227 1 4 0
Hector Lopez of 4 9 3 0 1 1 3 7 .333 2 3 0
Mickey Mantle of 2 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 0 2 0
Roger Maris of 5 19 2 1 0 1 4 2 .105 4 6 0
Jack Reed of 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Bobby Richardson 2b 5 23 9 1 0 0 2 0 .391 0 0 1
Bill Skowron 1b 5 17 6 0 0 1 3 5 .353 4 4 0
Bill Stafford p 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Ralph Terry p 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 165 42 8 1 7 27 26 .255 25 25 1



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New York Yankees Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Luis Arroyo 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 4.0 2.25 4 3 1 2
Jim Coates 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 4.0 0.00 1 2 0 1
Bud Daley 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 7.0 0.00 5 3 0 0
Whitey Ford 2 0 2 2 1 0 1 14.0 0.00 6 7 0 1
Bill Stafford 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6.2 2.70 7 5 2 2
Ralph Terry 0 1 2 2 0 0 0 9.1 4.82 12 7 5 2
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 4 1 10 5 1 1 1 45.0 1.60 35 27 8 8

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Cincinnati Reds Team Hitting Stats

Players Name Pos G AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Gus Bell ph 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Don Blasingame 2b 3 7 1 0 0 0 1 0 .143 0 3 0
Jim Brosnan p 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Leo Cardenas ph 3 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .333 0 1 0
Elio Chacon 2b 4 12 3 0 0 0 2 0 .250 1 2 0
Gordy Coleman 1b 5 20 5 0 0 1 2 2 .250 0 1 0
Johnny Edwards c 3 11 4 2 0 0 1 2 .364 0 0 0
Gene Freese 3b 5 16 1 1 0 0 0 0 .063 3 4 0
Dick Gernert ph 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Bill Henry p 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Ken Hunt p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Joey Jay p 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 2 0
Darrell Johnson c 2 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 .500 0 0 0
Ken Johnson p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Sherman Jones p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Eddie Kasko ss 5 22 7 0 0 0 1 1 .318 0 2 0
Jerry Lynch ph 4 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 1 0
Jim Maloney p 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
Jim O'Toole p 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 1 0
Vada Pinson of 5 22 2 1 0 0 0 0 .091 0 1 0
Wally Post of 5 18 6 1 0 1 3 2 .333 0 1 0
Bob Purkey p 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 3 0
Frank Robinson of 5 15 3 2 0 1 3 4 .200 3 4 0
Jerry Zimmerman c 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0
AB H 2B 3B HR R RBI Avg BB SO SB
Total 170 35 8 0 3 13 11 .206 8 27 0

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Cincinnati Reds Team Pitching Stats

Players Name W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Jim Brosnan 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 6.0 7.50 9 5 5 4
Bill Henry 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2.1 19.29 4 3 5 2
Ken Hunt 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.0 0.00 0 1 0 1
Joey Jay 1 1 2 2 1 0 0 9.2 5.59 9 6 6 6
Ken Johnson 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.00 0 0 0 0
Sherman Jones 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 0.00 0 0 0 0
Jim Maloney 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0.2 27.00 3 1 2 1
Jim O'Toole 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 12.0 3.00 11 4 4 7
Bob Purkey 0 1 2 1 2 0 0 11.0 1.64 6 5 2 3
W L G GS CG S SH IP ERA H SO ER BB
Total 1 4 15 5 2 0 0 44.0 4.91 42 25 24 24

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