Official major league statistics do not always disclose the reasons a team finished where it did—or the real value of a ballplayer to his club. Here is a more meaningful report on the 1961 season

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EFFECTIVE TEAM PITCHING
The Reds had the widest margin (20 points) in the National League between their own batting average (.270) and their opponents' BA. Result: a pennant for the Reds in 1961.

OPPONENTS'
AT BATS

OPPONENTS'
HITS

OPPONENTS'
BA

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Francisco (.264)

5,255

1,306

.249

Cincinnati (.270)

5,194

1,300

.250

Los Angeles (.262)

5,259

1,346

.256

St. Louis (.271)

5,204

1,334

.256

Milwaukee (.258)

5,260

1,357

.258

Philadelphia (.243)

5,311

1,452

.273

Pittsburgh (.273)

5,259

1,442

.274

Chicago (.255)

5,390

1,492

.277

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Baltimore (.254)

5,397

1,226

.227

New York (.263)

5,388

1,288

.239

Detroit (.2663)

5,569

1,404

.252

Los Angeles (.245)

5,478

1,391

.254

Minnesota (.250)

5,517

1,415

.256

Cleveland (.2661)

5,529

1,426

.258

Washington (.244)

5,399

1,405

.260

Boston (.254)

5,535

1,472

.266

Chicago (.265)

5,573

1,491

.268

Kansas City (.247)

5,519

1,519

.275

EFFECTIVE TEAM SCORING
The Orioles had the most effective pitching staff in the American League, but their poor team-scoring average (next to last in the league) nullified any chance for the pennant.

RUNNERS
ON BASE

RUNNERS
SCORED

PERCENTAGE
SCORING

NATIONAL LEAGUE

San Francisco

1,915

773

.404

Cincinnati

1,866

710

.380

Los Angeles

1,977

735

.372

Milwaukee

1,933

712

.368

Pittsburgh

1,903

694

.365

St. Louis

1,963

703

.358

Chicago

1,935

689

.356

Philadelphia

1,786

584

.327

AMERICAN LEAGUE

New York

2,039

827

.406

Detroit

2,192

841

.384

Chicago

2,082

765

.367

Cleveland

2,013

737

.366

Los Angeles

2,042

744

.364

Minnesota

1,983

707

.357

Boston

2,077

729

.351

Kansas City

1,947

683

.351

Baltimore

1,997

691

.346

Washington

1,886

618

.328

EXTRA-BASE POWER
A number of the NL high-percentage batters also ranked high in extra-base power. In the AL, power was rarely synonymous with a high batting average—Roger Maris (.269), for instance.

TOTAL
HITS

EXTRA-BASE
HITS

PERCENTAGE

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Stuart, Pirates (.301)

160

71

.444

Robinson, Reds (.323)

176

76

.432

Cepeda, Giants (.311)

182

78

.429

Altman, Cubs (.303)

157

67

.427

Mays, Giants (.308)

176

75

.426

Aaron, Braves (.327)

197

83

.421

Demeter, Phillies (.251)

103

43

.417

Banks, Cubs (.278)

142

55

.387

Musial, Cardinals (.288)

107

41

.383

Coleman, Reds (.287)

149

57

.383

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Maris, Yankees (.269)

159

81

.509

Gentile, Orioles (.302)

147

73

.497

Killebrew, Twins (.288)

156

73

.468

Hunt, Angels (.255)

122

57

.467

Mantle, Yankees (.317)

163

76

.466

Colavito, Tigers (.290)

169

77

.456

Smith, White Sox (.278)

148

61

.412

Sievers, White Sox (.295)

145

59

.407

Kirkland, Indians (.259)

136

54

.397

Allison, Twins (.245)

136

53

.390

BEST AT GETTING ON BASE
Norm Cash's amazing on-base percentage (nearly once every two times at bat) is further emphasized by the fact that four players—Clemente, Pinson, Boyer, Aaron—had more hits.

TIMES AT PLATE

REACHED
BASE

ON-BASE
PERCENTAGE

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Moon, Dodgers (.328)

561

242

.431

Robinson, Reds (.323)

636

257

.404

Mathews, Braves (.306)

672

270

.402

Boyer, Cardinals (.329)

663

263

.397

Mays, Giants (.308)

659

259

.393

Clemente, Pirates (.351)

614

239

.389

Hoak, Pirates (.298)

586

226

.386

Aaron, Braves (.327)

671

255

.380

Pinson, Reds (.343)

659

248

.376

Santo, Cubs (.284)

655

237

.362

Cepeda, Giants (.311)

636

230

.362

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Cash, Tigers (.361)

672

326

.485

Mantle, Yankees (.317)

646

289

.447

Gentile, Orioles (.302)

601

254

.423

Pearson, Angels (.288)

535

222

.415

Killebrew, Twins (.288)

656

266

.405

Colavito, Tigers (.290)

708

284

.401

Kalinc, Tigers (.324)

665

260

.391

Siebern, Athletics (.296)

649

249

.384

Sievers, White Sox (.295)

563

212

.377

Romano, Indians (.299)

580

218

.376

EFFECTIVE PITCHERS
No single Giant pitcher was particularly stingy when it came to giving up hits, yet the Giants' pitching staff overall was the most effective in the NL (lowest opponents' batting average).

OPPONENTS'
AT BATS

OPPONENTS'
HITS

OPPONENTS'
BA

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Koufax, Dodgers (18-13)

954

212

.222

Jay, Reds (21-10)

918

217

.236

Sadecki, Cardinals (14-10)

824

196

.238

Gibson, Cardinals (13-12)

778

186

.239

O'Toole, Reds (19-9)

953

229

.240

Williams, Dodgers (15-12)

879

213

.242

Spahn, Braves (21-13)

970

236

.243

Cardwell, Cubs (15-14)

988

243

.246

Willey, Braves (6-12)

595

147

.247

Broglio, Cardinals (9-12)

669

166

.248

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Estrada, Orioles (15-9)

768

159

.207

Pappas, Orioles (13-9)

643

134

.208

Pascual, Twins (15-16)

946

205

.217

Barber, Orioles (18-12)

891

194

.218

Donovan, Senators (10-10)

617

138

.224

Pizarro, White Sox (14-7)

726

164

.226

Grant, Indians (15-9)

912

207

.227

Bunning, Tigers (17-11)

1,104

232

.229

Ford, Yankees (25-4)

1,056

242

.229

Stafford, Yankees (14-9)

724

168

.232

Terry, Yankees (16-3)

697

162

.232

EFFECTIVE BASE STEALING
Although Maury Wills and Vada Pinson stole the most bases, it was Frank Robinson who compiled the best percentage (of those who had 15 or more attempts) in the National League.

ATTEMPTS

STOLEN BASES

PERCENTAGE

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Robinson, Reds

25

22

.880

Gonzalez, Phillies

20

15

.750

F. Alou, Giants

15

11

.733

Javier, Cardinals

15

11

.733

W. Davis, Dodgers

17

12

.706

Wills, Dodgers

50

35

.700

Aaron, Braves

30

21

.700

Pinson, Reds

33

23

.697

Taylor, Phillies

16

11

.688

Mays, Giants

27

18

.667

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Kaline, Tigers

15

14

.933

Hinton, Senators

27

22

.815

Howser, Athletics

46

37

.804

Aparicio, White Sox

66

53

.803

Geiger, Red Sox

20

16

.800

Landis, White Sox

24

19

.792

Bruton, Tigers

28

22

.786

Wood, Tigers

39

30

.769

O'Connell, Senators

20

15

.750

Keough, Senators

17

12

.706

BEST AGAINST FIRST DIVISION
Despite so-so overall records, McDaniel, Gibbon, Duren and Lown were at their best against first-division teams. Big winners Jay and O'Toole capitalized on second-division teams.

SEASON
RECORD

FIRST-DIVISION
RECORD

PERCENTAGE
WINS

NATIONAL LEAGUE

McDaniel, Cardinals

10-6

9-3

.900

Gibbon, Pirates

13-10

10-5

.769

Haddix, Pirates

10-6

6-3

.600

Jackson, Cardinals

14-11

8-7

.571

Marichal, Giants

13-10

7-5

.538

Brosnan, Reds

10-4

5-0

.500

McCormick, Giants

13-16

6-8

.462

Miller, Giants

14-5

6-1

.429

O'Toole, Reds

19-9

8-4

.421

Jay, Reds

21-10

8-4

.381

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Duren, Angels

6-13

5-6

.833

Lown, White Sox

7-5

5-1

.714

Ramos, Twins

11-20

7-14

.636

Walker, Athletics

8-14

5-10

.625

Schwall, Red Sox

15-7

9-3

.600

Regan, Tigers

10-7

6-3

.600

Perry, Indians

10-17

6-10

.600

Monbouquette, Red Sox

14-14

8-8

.571

Lary, Tigers

23-9

13-3

.565

Terry, Yankees

16-3

9-1

.563

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)