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September 30, 2011

Yankees Finish Regular Season at 109-53

by @ 11:20 pm. Filed under 1961 Yankees

Keep in mind, 1961 was the first season teams went 162 games.  With that, 109 was still an impressive number and the Yankees won three straight to close out the game to win.  They finished eight games ahead of a tough luck Tigers team that won 101 games that year.

Mickey Mantle led the team with a 1.135 OPS.  Most of his extra base hits were home runs but he also hit .317 and had 126 walks.  In another year, he would have picked up a fourth MVP.  That went to Roger Maris though, who finished with 61 home runs 141 RBIs on the season.  Elston Howard was the third best hitter with a .936 OPS and Bill Skowron was third best in home runs with 28.

Whitey Ford finished 25-4 with a 3.21 ERA with 209 strikeouts in 283 innings.  Bill Stafford (team best 2.68 ERA) and Ralph Terry (16-3, 3.15 ERA) also had nice seasons.  Luis Arroyo was the primary reliver.  He pitched in 65 games, finished 54, had 29 saves and he threw 119 innings.  What was impressive about Arroyo was that he really only had that one good season.  He also finished 15-5 and he only had 40 wins in his career.  He did make the All Star game as a rookie in 1955 but his finishing numbers weren’t that great.

The Yankees would go on to face the Reds.  We’ll cover the World Series next time.  It would have been great to have had Yankees playoff tickets that year though.

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