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1961 – Houston Sports Association announces an agreement with Apache Junction, AZ for spring training facilities beginning the following season. Geronimo Park, in the shadow of Superstition Mountain, serves as the spring home of the Colt .45s in their first two seasons and is remembered best for its desolation and rumored curses.

1961 – Houston Sports Association announces an agreement with Apache Junction, AZ for spring training facilities beginning the following season. Geronimo Park, in the shadow of Superstition Mountain, serves as the spring home of the Colt .45s in their first two seasons and is remembered best for its desolation and rumored curses.

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1961 – Outfielders Mike White and Johnny Weekly are selected during the winter supplemental draft. White’s career year is 1964 when he bats .271 in 89 games for the Colts. He makes token appearances in 1963 and 1965, his only other two seasons in the majors.

1961 – Outfielders Mike White and Johnny Weekly are selected during the winter supplemental draft. White’s career year is 1964 when he bats .271 in 89 games for the Colts. He makes token appearances in 1963 and 1965, his only other two seasons in the majors.

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1961 – Mark Bailey is born in Springfield, MO. The switch-hitting catcher bats .223 with 23 homers during parts of five seasons with the Astros (1984-1988) before a mid-season deal sends him to Montreal for utilityman Casey Candaele. Bailey is back with the organization as a coach.

1961 – Mark Bailey is born in Springfield, MO. The switch-hitting catcher bats .223 with 23 homers during parts of five seasons with the Astros (1984-1988) before a mid-season deal sends him to Montreal for utilityman Casey Candaele. Bailey is back with the organization as a coach.

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1961 – Colts purchase righthander Hal Woodeshick from the Detroit Tigers. A starter his first year in Houston, Woodeshick develops into a closer the next two seasons and makes the All-Star team in 1963.

1961 – Colts purchase righthander Hal Woodeshick from the Detroit Tigers. A starter his first year in Houston, Woodeshick develops into a closer the next two seasons and makes the All-Star team in 1963.

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1961 – Colt .45s ink 17-year-old Daniel “Rusty” Staub to a contract, winning a bidding war for the New Orleans schoolboy with a $110,000 signing bonus. It’s the same day that Hurricane Carla smashes into the Texas Gulf Coast with winds over 120-MPH. While striking south of the Houston area, the local winds and rain are enough to inflict damage on Busch Stadium where the Houston Buffs play. The stadium is auctioned and demolished in the coming months, leaving a void for fans of the longtime minor league club.

1961 – Colt .45s ink 17-year-old Daniel “Rusty” Staub to a contract, winning a bidding war for the New Orleans schoolboy with a $110,000 signing bonus. It’s the same day that Hurricane Carla smashes into the Texas Gulf Coast with winds over 120-MPH. While striking south of the Houston area, the local winds and rain are enough to inflict damage on Busch Stadium where the Houston Buffs play. The stadium is auctioned and demolished in the coming months, leaving a void for fans of the longtime minor league club.

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Major League Baseball Season Recap 1961

Major League Baseball Season Recap 1961 World Series – New York Yankees AL over Cincinnati Reds NL 4 games to 1 World Series MVP – Whitey Ford Babe Ruth Award – Whitey Ford Awards – </strong? Major...

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The Braves send veteran minor league 3B Ed Charles, C Joe Azcue and OF Manny Jimenez to the Athletics for Bob Shaw and Lou Klimchock. With Eddie Mathews at 3B, Charles was expendable. He will hit .288 with 17 home runs in 1962, his rookie year.

The Braves send veteran minor league 3B Ed Charles, C Joe Azcue and OF Manny Jimenez to the Athletics for Bob Shaw and Lou Klimchock. With Eddie Mathews at 3B, Charles was expendable. He will hit .288 with 17 home runs in 1962, his rookie year.

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The Mets purchase outfielder Richie Ashburn from the Cubs. The veteran outfielder, who will be the club’s first-ever representative on the National League’s All-Star team, will be given a boat after being named the Most Valuable Player of the last-place team, which unfortunately will sink before he uses it.

The Mets purchase outfielder Richie Ashburn from the Cubs. The veteran outfielder, who will be the club’s first-ever representative on the National League’s All-Star team, will be given a boat after being named the Most Valuable Player of the last-place team, which unfortunately will sink before he uses it.

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1961 – Major league clubs vote to curb bonuses. All first-year players not on major league rosters, except one minor leaguer, can be drafted by any other club for $8,000. Clubs are expected to be unwilling to pay large bonuses for players who will be subject to a draft for just $8,000.

1961 – Major league clubs vote to curb bonuses. All first-year players not on major league rosters, except one minor leaguer, can be drafted by any other club for $8,000. Clubs are expected to be unwilling to pay large bonuses for players who will be subject to a draft for just $8,000.

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The Colts obtain pitchers Bob Bruce and Manny Montejo from Detroit for pitcher “Toothpick” Sam Jones

1961 – The Colts obtain pitchers Bob Bruce and Manny Montejo from Detroit for pitcher “Toothpick” Sam Jones. Bruce compiles a 42-58 record and a 3.78 ERA in five seasons for Houston. Picked in the expansion draft from San Francisco, Jones, a two-time All-Star, pitches only spot duty in his remaining three big league seasons. 

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The Philadelphia Phillies send pitcher John Buzhardt and infielder Charley Smith to the Chicago White Sox for first baseman Roy Sievers. The Sievers trade is announced by the Sox after the Joe Cunningham trade, as they don’t want to appear to need a first baseman.

The Philadelphia Phillies send pitcher John Buzhardt and infielder Charley Smith to the Chicago White Sox for first baseman Roy Sievers. The Sievers trade is announced by the Sox after the Joe Cunningham trade, as they don’t want to appear to need a first baseman.

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Eddie Bressoud, Houston’s first official draft selection, is traded to Boston for shortstop Don Buddin. Buddin would bat .163 in 40 games before being sold to Detroit. Bressoud, claimed from the Giants, comes alive for the Red Sox and becomes an All-Star by 1964.

1961 – Eddie Bressoud, Houston’s first official draft selection, is traded to Boston for shortstop Don Buddin. Buddin would bat .163 in 40 games before being sold to Detroit. Bressoud, claimed from the Giants, comes alive for the Red Sox and becomes an All-Star by 1964.

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The circular New York Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gatto, is unveiled. The design, which represents all five boroughs with various symbols, is blue and orange, the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants, the franchises which left the “Big Apple” and moved to the West Coast leaving New York without a National League representative.

The circular New York Mets logo, designed by sports cartoonist Ray Gatto, is unveiled. The design, which represents all five boroughs with various symbols, is blue and orange, the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants, the franchises which left the “Big Apple” and moved to the West Coast leaving New York without a National League representative.

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The Mets unveil the franchise’s new logo selected from over 500 entries submitted in the expansion team’s $1000 design contest. Sports cartoonist Ray Gatto’s winning entry, which displays a skyline representing all five boroughs with various iconic symbols, is a blue and orange, the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants, the clubs which left the Big Apple and moved to the West Coast, leaving New York without a National League representative.

The Mets unveil the franchise’s new logo selected from over 500 entries submitted in the expansion team’s $1000 design contest. Sports cartoonist Ray Gatto’s winning entry, which displays a skyline representing all five boroughs with various iconic symbols, is a blue and orange, the team colors of the Dodgers and Giants, the clubs which left the Big Apple and moved to the West Coast, leaving New York without a National League representative.

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For the second consecutive year, New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris is named American League Most Valuable Player

1961 – For the second consecutive year, New York Yankees outfielder Roger Maris is named American League Most Valuable Player. The new single-season home run record holder with 61 edges his teammate Mickey Mantle by four points, 202-198. Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles finishes third with 157 points.

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John Fetzer, a passionate fan of the game, becomes the lone owner of the Tigers when he buys out the estate of Fred Knorr. After the 1983 season, the media mogul will sell the team to pizza entrepreneur Tom Monaghan.

John Fetzer, a passionate fan of the game, becomes the lone owner of the Tigers when he buys out the estate of Fred Knorr. After the 1983 season, the media mogul will sell the team to pizza entrepreneur Tom Monaghan.

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John Fetzer, a passionate fan of the game, becomes the lone owner of the Tigers when he buys out the estate of Fred Knorr. After the 1983 season, the media mogul will sell the team to pizza entrepreneur Tom Monaghan.

John Fetzer, a passionate fan of the game, becomes the lone owner of the Tigers when he buys out the estate of Fred Knorr. After the 1983 season, the media mogul will sell the team to pizza entrepreneur Tom Monaghan.

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The Rheingold Brewery, in addition to purchasing 100,000 tickets to the new National League’s team games, agrees to pay six million dollars for the radio and television rights to 126 Mets games per year for five years. The deal, the largest of its kind, is approximately double the cost of the franchise and all its first-season players.

The Rheingold Brewery, in addition to purchasing 100,000 tickets to the new National League’s team games, agrees to pay six million dollars for the radio and television rights to 126 Mets games per year for five years. The deal, the largest of its kind, is approximately double the cost of the franchise and all its first-season players.

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With only one Cy Young Award given for the two leagues Whitey Ford, wins the honor ahead of Warren Spahn

1961 – With only one Cy Young Award given for the two leagues, Whitey Ford, the American League leader in wins (25) and innings pitched (283), wins the honor ahead of Warren Spahn, who led the National League in wins (21) and ERA (3.02). In one of the closest votes in Award history, future Hall of Famers Ford and Spahn total nine and six points respectively.

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1961 – A federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama laws against integrated playing fields are illegal, eliminating the last barrier against integration in the Southern Association. The circuit will choose to disband rather than abide the ruling and will be replaced in 1964 by the integrated Southern League.

1961 – A federal judge rules that Birmingham, Alabama laws against integrated playing fields are illegal, eliminating the last barrier against integration in the Southern Association. The circuit will choose to disband rather than abide the ruling and will be replaced in 1964 by the integrated Southern League.

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Three thousand spectators witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony for the $18,000,000 Municipal Stadium in the Queen’s Flushing Meadow Park. The future home of the Mets, as well as the NFL’s Titans, is expected to ready for Opening Day in 1963, will be known as Shea Stadium in honor of Bill Shea, the lawyer who helped to bring back the National League to the Big Apple.

Three thousand spectators witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony for the $18,000,000 Municipal Stadium in the Queen’s Flushing Meadow Park. The future home of the Mets, as well as the NFL’s Titans, is expected to ready for Opening Day in 1963, will be known as Shea Stadium in honor of Bill Shea, the lawyer who helped to bring back the National League to the Big Apple.

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The Mets sign their first player with major league experience when the team inks free-agent Ted Lepico. The 32 year-old middle infielder, who compiled .245 batting average playing with five teams during his ten-year career, will be cut by the expansion team during spring training.

The Mets sign their first player with major league experience when the team inks free-agent Ted Lepico. The 32 year-old middle infielder, who compiled .245 batting average playing with five teams during his ten-year career, will be cut by the expansion team during spring training.

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The Yankees purchase Robin Roberts from the Philadelphia. The right-hander, who compiled a 234-199 record in 14 seasons with the Phillies, will be released in May without having appeared in a regular-season game for the Bronx Bombers.

The Yankees purchase Robin Roberts from the Philadelphia. The right-hander, who compiled a 234-199 record in 14 seasons with the Phillies, will be released in May without having appeared in a regular-season game for the Bronx Bombers.

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1961 – An All-Star exhibition game is held at Busch Stadium (formerly Buff Stadium) in Houston as a prelude to major league play the next year. 5,600 fans turn out to see the National Leaguers triumph, 6-1, over the American League squad. Bill White of St. Louis rips a home run. Bob Aspromonte, one of the newly-drafted Houston players, also gets into the game.

1961 – An All-Star exhibition game is held at Busch Stadium (formerly Buff Stadium) in Houston as a prelude to major league play the next year. 5,600 fans turn out to see the National Leaguers triumph, 6-1, over the American League squad. Bill White of St. Louis rips a home run. Bob Aspromonte, one of the newly-drafted Houston players, also gets into the game.

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The Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets choose in the first National League expansion draft

1961 – The Houston Colt .45s and the New York Mets choose in the first National League expansion draft. Among the Colt selections are Bob Aspromonte and Dick Farrell (both from L.A.), Hal Smith and Roman Mejias (Pit.), Ken Johnson (Cin.), Al Spangler(Mil.) and Bob Lillis (St.L.). Houston’s first pick is infielder Eddie Bressoud but he is traded before the inaugural season begins.

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With the help of a pair of five-run innings at Crosley Field, the Yankees win the World Series, beating the Reds in Game 5, 13-5. Johnny Blanchard, a reserve player who will collect ten hits in 29 at-bats in five Fall Classics, hits two home runs and bats .400 en route to the Bronx Bombers’ 19th World Championship.

With the help of a pair of five-run innings at Crosley Field, the Yankees win the World Series, beating the Reds in Game 5, 13-5. Johnny Blanchard, a reserve player who will collect ten hits in 29 at-bats in five Fall Classics, hits two home runs and bats .400 en route to the Bronx Bombers’ 19th World Championship.

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1961 – The New York Yankees’ Whitey Ford sets a World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings by extending his streak to 32 innings in a 7 – 0 triumph over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4. The mark had previously been held by Babe Ruth.

1961 – The New York Yankees’ Whitey Ford sets a World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings by extending his streak to 32 innings in a 7 – 0 triumph over the Cincinnati Reds in Game 4. The mark had previously been held by Babe Ruth.

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The Yankees win Game 3 of the World Series, beating the hometown Reds at Crosley Field, 3-2. The decisive blow is Roger Maris’ home run leading off in the top of the ninth inning off Cincinnati starter Bob Purkey.

The Yankees win Game 3 of the World Series, beating the hometown Reds at Crosley Field, 3-2. The decisive blow is Roger Maris’ home run leading off in the top of the ninth inning off Cincinnati starter Bob Purkey.

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1961 – Whitey Ford’s third straight World Series shutout, with home runs by Elston Howard and Bill Skowron, gives the Yankees a 2 – 0 win in Game 1 of the 1961 World Series against Cincinnati at Yankee Stadium.

1961 – Whitey Ford’s third straight World Series shutout, with home runs by Elston Howard and Bill Skowron, gives the Yankees a 2 – 0 win in Game 1 of the 1961 World Series against Cincinnati at Yankee Stadium.

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