On November 30, 1961 — The BBWAA selects Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams (.278, 25, 86) as the 1961 National League Rookie of the Year. The Cubs outfielder is named on ten of the 16 ballots cast by the writers with the runner-up, Braves catcher Joe Torre, receiving five votes from the writers. Milwaukee Braves catcher Joe Torre and Cubs southpaw Jack Curtis also receive consideration for the honor. Torre and Williams will later both become teammates in the Hall of Fame.



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