1961 In Major League Baseball
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1) The Los Angeles Angels play the first game
in franchise history, defeating a strong Baltimore Orioles team,
7–2 on April 11. Eli Grba pitches a complete game.
Who for the Angels, hits two home
runs in the game?
- Ray Virally
- Ted Sizemore
- Ted Kluszewski
- Earl McCain
2) The Minnesota Twins play their very first
home game in franchise history losing 5–3 on April 21.
Who did the Twins play?
- Kansas City Royals
- Washington Senators
- Oakland Athletics
- Boston Red Sox
3) On May 8, 1961, the New York's expansion
National League club announces that the team nickname will be
"Mets," a natural shortening of the corporate name ("New York
Metropolitan Baseball Club, Inc.")
4) Before a small crowd at Yankee Stadium, New
York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris smacks a 2–0 pitch into right
field for his 61st home run of the season (a record that would
last until Mark McGwire broke it in 1998).
When did he hit the 61st home run?
- Sept 25
- Sept 30
- October 1
- October 3
5) On July 17, 1961, Ty Cobb, 74, Hall of Fame
center fielder widely recognized during his lifetime as the
greatest player in the sport's history, and holder of more records
than any other player including highest lifetime batting average
(.367) and most career hits (4,191), runs (2,245), steals (892),
games (3,033) and at bats (11,429).
What was his career OPS average?
6) September 26, 1961, the Cincinnati Reds
clinch their first National League pennant since 1940. Home runs
by OF Frank Robinson and pinch hitter Jerry Lynch (a tie breaker
in the 8th inning) give the Reds an 8–3 win over the Chicago Cubs
at Wrigley Field.
7) On, October 9, in Game Five of the World
Series, Johnny Blanchard and Héctor López spark a five-run first
inning and 13–5 win for the New York Yankees over the Cincinnati
Reds. Blanchard and López hit home runs, and López drives in five
runs. Bud Daley's long relief effort wraps up the Series, as the
manager becomes the third rookie manager to guide a World Series
winner. Whitey Ford is named the Series MVP.
Who was the Yankee manager?
- Mike Birkbeck
- Glenn Davis
- Mike Kingery
- Ralph Houk
8) Roger Maris was the American League Most
Valuable Player. Orlando Cepeda was the National League Most
9) Norm Cash lead the American League hitting
.361. Roberto Clemente lead the American League hitting .351.
Cash’s OPS was 1.148.
was Clemente’s OPS?
10) What Major League
pitcher did NOT win 25 games in 1961?
- Sandy Koufax
- Whitey Ford
- Warren Spahn
- Joey Jay