1961 Houston Buffs Roster

American Association (AA) - Class: AAA
Team Record: 73-77
Finished 4th in the AA
Manager: Grady Hatton (0-0), Fred Martin (0-0), Lou Klein (0-0), Harry Craft (0-0)
Affiliation: Chicago Cubs
Location: Houston, Texas
Ballpark: Busch Stadium
Attendance: 120,104, Avg. 1,601
1961 Houston Buffs Statistics

Playoffs - Houston Buffs 4 games, Indianapolis Indians 1
Finals - Louisville Colonels 4 games, Houston Buffs 2

The Houston Buffs of the American Association ended the 1961 season with a record of 73 wins and 77 losses, finishing fourth in the AA.

The Buffs scored 703 runs and allowed 672 runs. Jim McKnight led Houston with 24 home runs, while Bud Zipfel walloped 15 or more, too. Jim McKnight drove in 102 runs. Henry Mitchell paced batters with significant playing time with a .292 average. Al Lary topped the team with 15 wins and a team-best 3.58 ERA, best among pitchers with enough qualifying appearances.

Jim Campbell, J C Hartman, Cholly Naranjo, Mel Wright, Bud Zipfel, Al Schroll, Ben Johnson, Ed Donnelly, Wally Wolf, Ray Noble, Barney Schultz, Gordon Massa, Aaron Pointer, Phil Mudrock, Dave Giusti, Jim McKnight, Tom Hughes, Jim Proctor, Moe Thacker, Dave Gerard, Sammy Drake, Cal Browning, George Freese, Dave Roberts, Al Lary, Pidge Browne, Harvey Branch, Ron Davis and Jim McAnany were all players from the 1961 Houston Buffs who played in the Major Leagues during their careers.

Grady Hatton, Fred Martin, Lou Klein and Harry Craft served as manager.


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Player Bats Throws Birth Date Height Weight Hometown
Phil BordersRRJune 18, 19396'0"185
Harvey BranchRLFebruary 8, 19396'0"175Memphis, TN US
Pidge BrowneLLMarch 21, 19296'1"190Peekskill, NY US
Cal BrowningLLMarch 16, 19385'11"190Burns Flat, OK US
Jack CafferyRLJune 30, 19346'1"175Kingston, ON CA
Jim CampbellRRJune 24, 19376'0"190Palo Alto, CA US
Wayne ConnallyRRAugust 13, 19345'11"155
Ron DavisRROctober 21, 19416'0"175Roanoke Rapids, NC US
Antonio DiazRRJune 13, 19386'0"175La Habana, La Habana CU
Ed DonnellyRRDecember 10, 19326'0"175Allen, MI US
Sammy DrakeSROctober 7, 19345'11"175Little Rock, AR US
Layton DucoteRRNovember 7, 19356'4"195
George FreeseRRSeptember 12, 19266'0"190Wheeling, WV US
Dave GerardRRAugust 6, 19366'2"205New York, NY US
Dave GiustiRRNovember 27, 19395'11"190Seneca Falls, NY US
Bill GriffinRLFebruary 14, 19356'2"180Omaha, NE US
J C HartmanRRApril 15, 19346'0"175Cottonton, AL US
Tom HughesLRSeptember 13, 19346'2"180Ancon, Canal Zone PA
Ben JohnsonRRMay 16, 19316'2"190Greenwood, SC US
Al LaryRRSeptember 26, 19286'3"185Northport, AL US
Boyd LinkerRR5'11"180
Gordon MassaLRSeptember 2, 19356'3"210Cincinnati, OH US
Jim McAnanyRRSeptember 4, 19365'10"196Los Angeles, CA US
Jim McKnightRRJune 1, 19366'1"185Bee Branch, AR US
Henry MitchellRRDecember 17, 19365'11"169Panama, Panama PA
Wallace MixonRROctober 28, 19396'0"180
Phil MudrockRRJanuary 12, 19376'1"190Louisville, CO US
Cholly NaranjoLRNovember 25, 19335'11"165La Habana, La Habana CU
Lenny NealRRDecember 2, 19245'11"185Scio, OR US
Gerry NelsonRRApril 1, 19346'3"200Beaumont, TX US
Ray NobleRRMarch 15, 19195'11"210Central Hatillo, CU
Aaron PointerRRApril 19, 19426'2"185Little Rock, AR US
Jim ProctorRRSeptember 9, 19356'0"165Brandywine, MD US
Dave RobertsLLJune 30, 19336'0"172Panama, Panama PA
Al SchrollRRMarch 22, 19326'2"210New Orleans, LA US
Barney SchultzRRAugust 15, 19266'2"200Beverly, NJ US
Moe ThackerRRMay 21, 19346'3"205Louisville, KY US
Jack WatersRRDecember 6, 19325'11"168
Wally WolfRRJanuary 5, 19426'0"191South Gate, CA US
Mel WrightRRMay 11, 19286'3"210Manila, AR US
Bud ZipfelLRNovember 18, 19386'3"200Belleville, IL US

Average attendance is based upon the number of actual home dates where known (most leagues from 1992 and later). Where the number of home dates is not known, the average is calculated using half the team's total games.




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