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1961 Awards
 MVP
 In 1961, Hill Valley outfielder Mickey Mantle joined former Peoria Chief Ted Kluszewski as the only repeat winner of the AARBL MVP award.  Playing for the league's top team, Mantle led the Lightning Bolts to their 4th straight championship.  Mantle was a dominant force for Hill Valley and was largely responsible for the bolts' league record 112 wins.  Mantle was a nightmare for opposing pitchers all year long as he compiled a .301 batting average, with a league best 59 home runs and a league best 160 RBI.  In the voting, Mantle received 11 of the 12 first place votes, and easily bested slugging first baseman Jim Gentile of the Peoria Chief's for the AARBL's top award.
1961 AARBL MVP Mickey Mantle
1961 AARBL MVP
Mickey Mantle
Hill Valley Lightning Bolts

AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.301
.664
.408
162
572
146*
172
23
4
59*
160*
107
134
0
0
14
3
0
* Denotes led league
 Cy Young
Looking to put a stranglehold on the award, for the third time in team history, the Wilmington Hornets have a Cy Young award winner.  Following in the team tradition of great pitching established by Billy Pierce and Dick Donovan before him, Bob Purkey was "lights out" as he led the Hornets to their second World Series appearance in team history.  Purkey finished the season with a 21-6 record, and a 2.86 E.R.A. were both were good for the number two spot in the league, and his  .778 winning percentage was good for the top spot.  Purkey also threw seven complete games, and a shutout.  In the Cy Young Award voting, Purkey garnered nine of the twelve first place votes as he easily bested Hill Valley reliever Hoyt Wilhelm for the award.
1961 AARBL Cy Young Bob Purkey
1961 AARBL Cy Young Award Winner
Bob Purkey
Wilmington Hornets
E.R.A.
W
L
PCT.
G
GS
CG
SH
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
2.86
21
6
.778*
36
34
7
3
1
258.1
227
99
82
26
53
122
* Denotes led league

 Babe Ruth
For the first time since the 1957 season, the AARBL's MVP has also taken home the coveted Babe Ruth award, which is awarded each season to the AARBL's best offensive player.  Mickey Mantle of the Hill Valley Lightning Bolts collected eight of the twelve first place votes as he joined Ted Kluszewski (3) and Ernie Banks (2) as the only repeat winners of the award. The Hill Valley outfielder clubbed a league leading 59 home runs, and knocked in a league leading 160 runs, as he compiled a .301 batting average, and an impressive a .664 slugging percentage while leading a fearsome Bolts attack to a league record 112 wins, and 4th straight championship.  In the voting, Mantle totaled 50 points, besting Norm Cash of the Carolina Grays, who hit a league best .360 with 43 HRs, and 125 RBIs, by 14 points.
1961 AARBL Babe Ruth Award Winner Mickey Mantle
1961 AARBL Babe Ruth Award
Mickey Mantle
Hill Valley Lightning Bolts
AVG.
SLG.
OBP.
GM
AB
R
H
2B
3B
HR
RBI
BB
SO
HB
SH
DP
SB
CS
.301
.664
.408
162
572
146*
172
23
4
59*
160*
107
134
0
0
14
3
0
* Denotes led league

 Rolaids Reliever
The 1961 AARBL season saw Hoyt Wilhelm of the Hill Valley Lightning bolts reclaim the Rolaids Reliever award he won during the league's inaugural 1954 season.  Pitching for the league champs, Wilhelm had plenty of opportunities to preserve Hill Valley victories, something he did with regularity throughout the 1961 season.  Wilhelm accumulated 139 Rolaids Relief points and a league best 45 saves and .918 save percentage.  Wilhelm also compiled a  9-3 record with a 1.87 E.R.A. to anchor the Hill Valley bullpen.  Stu Miller of the Wilmington Hornets was Wilhelm's primary competition for the award, but finished a distant second to Wilhelm with 102 Rolaids Relief points.
1961 Rolaids Reliever Hoyt Wilhelm
1961 AARBL Rolaids Relief Man
Hoyt Wilhelm
Hill Valley Lightning Bolts
E.R.A.
W
L
PCT.
G
GS
CG
SH
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
1.87
9
3
.750
69
0
0
0
45*
106.1
59
23
18
3
42
63
* Denotes led league

 Rookie of the Year
For the third straight season, the AARBL's Rookie of the Year Award belongs to a pitcher.  This year's recipient is Jim Archer of the Peoria Chiefs.  Drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 1961 rookie entry draft to bolster Peoria's veteran staff, Archer was better than expected, as he compiled an 18-6 record in 32 starts for the Chiefs, which was good for an impressive .750 winning percentage.  In the Rookie of the Year voting, Archer received 5 of the 12 first place votes, as he won a tight race over Wilmington shortstop Dick Howser for the award.
1961 Rookie of the Year Jim Archer
1961 AARBL Rookie of the Year
Jim Archer
Peoria Chiefs
E.R.A.
W
L
PCT.
G
GS
CG
SH
SV
IP
H
R
ER
HR
BB
K
3.76
18
6
.750
32
32
3
1
0
215.1
247
99
90
17
50
114
* Denotes led league

 MVP Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Mantle
Hill Valley
11
0
0
55
Gentile
Peoria
1
7
4
30
Cash
Carolina
0
3
4
13
Mathews
Wilmington
0
1
1
4
Aaron
Kansas City
0
1
0
3
Stuart
Wilmington
0
0
2
2
Purkey
Wilmington
0
0
1
1
 Cy Young Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Purkey
Wilmington
9
3
0
54
Wilhelm
Hill Valley
2
4
3
25
Williams
Hill Valley
1
2
5
16
Hobbie
Hill Valley
0
3
0
9
Koufax
Carolina
0
0
2
2
Miller
Wilmington
0
0
1
1
Cardwell
Wilmington
0
0
1
1

 Babe Ruth Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Mantle
Hill Valley
8
3
1
50
Cash
Carolina
3
6
3
36
Gentile
Peoria
1
3
7
21
Colavito
Oneonta
0
0
1
1

 R.O.Y. Voting
Player
Team
1st
2nd
3rd
Total
Archer
Peoria
5
2
0
31
Howser
Wilmington
3
3
0
24
M. Alou
Carolina
3
0
1
16
Cardenas
Mt. Pleasant
0
3
0
9
J. Torre
Carolina
1
1
0
8
Wills
Oneonta
0
0
6
6
Williams
Potomac
0
2
0
6
Gibbon
Peoria
0
1
0
3
Blanchard
Hill Valley
0
0
3
3
Fox
Carolina
0
0
1
1
Robinson
Des Moines
0
0
1
1

Strat-O-Matic Awards
Strat-O-Matic Report

Strat-O-Matic Report





AWARDS VOTING FOR 1961 AA Retro League                         Date: 10/16/1961
 
MVP AWARD                               CY YOUNG AWARD
M.Mantle(HLV) 417                       H.Wilhelm(HLV) 128
J.Gentile(PEO) 357                      S.Miller(WIL) 89
R.Maris(HLV) 200                        S.Williams(HLV) 45
E.Mathews(WIL) 129                      B.Purkey(WIL) 18
W.Mays(PEO) 95                          J.Pizarro(HLV) 8
 
ALL-STAR SELECTIONS BY POSITION
C  E.Battey(PEO) 1,257,330              E.Howard(DES) 1,114,877
1B J.Gentile(PEO) 3,161,779             N.Cash(CAR) 2,928,085
2B J.Lumpe(ONT) 1,316,219               F.Bolling(KCA) 1,238,593
3B E.Mathews(WIL) 2,227,816             K.Boyer(HLV) 1,958,668
SS W.Held(DES) 1,758,967                D.Howser(WIL) 1,269,476
LF R.Colavito(ONT) 2,380,061            F.Thomas(PIT) 1,287,090
CF M.Mantle(HLV) 3,882,253              H.Aaron(KCA) 2,491,356
RF R.Maris(HLV) 2,222,893               R.Clemente(MTP) 1,962,282
Pi H.Wilhelm(HLV) 3,726,963             S.Miller(WIL) 2,467,403
   B.Purkey(WIL) 2,116,877              S.Williams(HLV) 2,063,084
   J.Pizarro(HLV) 1,681,758             D.Cardwell(WIL) 1,486,151
   G.Hobbie(HLV) 1,453,948              L.Arroyo(HLV) 1,440,405
   T.Lown(ONT) 1,370,923                S.Koufax(CAR) 1,318,876
   M.Grant(ONT) 1,306,029               J.O'Toole(KCA) 1,190,668
 
GOLD GLOVE SELECTIONS BY POSITION
WINNER                                  RUNNER UP
P  W.Spahn(DES)                         M.Pappas(CAR) 
C  E.Howard(DES)                        E.Battey(PEO) 
1B O.Cepeda(DES)                        J.Gentile(PEO) 
2B C.Schilling(HLV)                     F.Bolling(KCA) 
3B B.Robinson(NOB)                      J.Davenport(CAR) 
SS L.Aparicio(HLV)                      M.Wills(ONT) 
OF J.Piersall(NOB)                      W.Mays(PEO) 
OF J.Landis(ONT)                        R.Clemente(MTP) 
OF M.Mantle(HLV)                        B.Bruton(ACD) 
 
SILVER SLUGGER SELECTIONS BY POSITION
WINNER                                  RUNNER UP
C  E.Battey(PEO)                        E.Howard(DES) 
1B J.Gentile(PEO)                       N.Cash(CAR) 
2B F.Bolling(KCA)                       J.Lumpe(ONT) 
3B E.Mathews(WIL)                       K.Boyer(HLV) 
SS W.Held(DES)                          E.Banks(ONT) 
LF R.Colavito(ONT)                      F.Thomas(PIT) 
CF M.Mantle(HLV)                        H.Aaron(KCA) 
RF R.Maris(HLV)                         R.Clemente(MTP) 
 
ROLAIDS FIREMAN RELIEF AWARD            MANAGER OF THE YEAR
H.Wilhelm(HLV) 139                      Denton Edwards(HLV) 
S.Miller(WIL) 102                       Bob Bush(WIL) 
T.Lown(ONT) 80                          Michael Tricarico(PEO) 
B.Henry(NOB) 68                         Charlie Goldie(DES) 
R.Face(PEO) 65                          Eric Melton(ONT)