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February 24, 2011

1961 Yankees Into – Pitching

by @ 12:22 pm. Filed under 1961 Yankees

The 1961 had it’s share of mashers but the pitching staff was just as good.  Overall, the Yankees finished second in the AL in ERA (3.46) and were in the top half of just about every pitching category.  Whitey Ford was the ace and the Hall of Famer had one of his best seasons that year.  He won the Cy Young and he led the league in wins (25) and innings pitched (283) and he had a career high 209 strikeouts.

After that, Ford had a solid supporting cast but no real standouts.  Bill Stafford pitched 195 innings and he led the rotation with a solid 2.68 ERA.  Ralph Terry went 16-3 over 188 1/3 innings and even Jim Coates, who pitched mostly out of the pen gave the team 141 1/3 quality innings.  The Yankees even employed a closer with Luis Arroyo finishing 54 games.  He led the league that year with 29 saves and his 15 wins were sixth best in the American League.  The next closest AL pitcher in saves was Hoyt Wilhelm with 18.

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