SPB-60: 1961 Season              Status: Week 23


Current League Champion

SPB1-1960 Champion



The Black Cats won their third straight SPB-60 title with a 5 game victory. Manager Rick has named his entire bullpen as his MVP. Kralick, Staley, Robinson, Henry, Face and Newcombe combined for 11.2 innings, 5 hits and no runs

SPB-60 League Officers


Mike See


Terry Baxter


Mike See

Beat Writer

Rich Applegate

SPB-60 News that's fit to print

August 28, 2021

1961 New manager

Special Announcement” – I think everyone is now aware of the passing of our dear friend Bill Lanke. While this is a sad day for our family of SPB leagues, I am happy to say that we have a very strong and capable replacement to take the helm of Bill’s old team in the person of SPB Veteran Mike Murphy. Mike will be renaming the team the Toledo Rockets and relocating them the cavernous Griffith Stadium to the slightly more friendlier confines of Memorial Stadium (Both of these changes have been made on this database). Thank you to Mike for taking on this franchise under these difficult circumstances and please join me in welcoming Mike to our great league!

July 4, 2021

1961 Pre-Season prognosis

Thanks to John Ungashick for penning his yearly Pre-Season prognosis for each team, along with his divisional predictions, which usually are quite accurate. Enjoy!

December 18, 2020

1961 League Notes

An early Christmas Present for each of you. The Official Files for the upcoming 1961 season have been emailed out. Everything is ready to go, including removal of any position rating for players over 400 PA and 4 game or less, ALL uncarded players have been added, the week to week schedule for weekly play is ready (thx to John T for his help on that), the Draft Modules have been added and ALL traded picks have been reflected along with ALL current trades.

**WE WILL BE USING THE NEW DMB12** that comes out next week for the 1961 season, so all of you will need to make sure to get that from Diamond Mind. Once everyone has it, I will convert these files to Version 12 and begin only sending in that Format. Please try to have it purchase no later than January 10th as the Rule 5 draft will begin the following week and I’ll be sending the files for that in V12.

November 21, 2020

1961 Ballpark Changes *Updated 12Jan21

Terry Baxter is shifting from Connie Mack Stadium to the friendlier Confines of (AL) Wrigley Field – The one from the TV Show HR Derby.

Second, Don Rahn is vacating Memorial Stadium, to move into the new Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis. He is also renaming his team to the New York Mets.

Thirdly, the Wabash Six are leaving Griffith Stadium for Candlestick Park.

Lastly, the Riverside Robbers are leaving KC Municipal Stadium for Connie Mack Stadium. This Leaves (4) Stadiums available to teams (Comiskey Park, Memorial Stadium, KC Municipal Stadium and Forbes Field)

November 21, 2020

1961 Important Changes and League Notes

Click on the text file HERE in to see the latest and greatest from SPB-60 Commissioner Mike See.

October 25, 2020

1961 Draft lottery results

Number was:

1-2-0. Here is the result…

1. Mound City Saints (Rich Applegate) – 56 Wins (4 Chances)
2. East Kenosha Lakers (Dave Lauer) – 67 Wins - (2 Chances)
3. Raleigh Tarheels (Steve Lehman) – 62* Wins (3 Chances)
4. Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull) – 70 Wins (1 Chance)

Congrats to Rich Applegate on landing the top pick of 1961. Dave’s prediction of 4th is WAY wrong……: )

Some pretty darn good players could top this draft….Yaz, Brock, Fregosi, Freehan and Boog just to name a few. With no expansion, should be quite interesting…..

October 25, 2020

1960 end of year reports

This will be the last season in SPB 60 that we will be posting thses. So, for the last time the 1960 OVERUSAGE and USE OR LOSE reports.

October 25, 2020

1961 Regular season finished

The regular season for SPB-60 1960 is now complete. Congrats to all of us on another well played season.

Congrats go out to Rick Ryan’s Beard Black Cats (who will be attempting to win their 3rd consecutive SPB-60 World Series Title) for their National League Pennant…and in the AL, my own Louisiana Lightning, who arrived a year earlier than expected, for their first AL Pennant since the 1957 season.

The database attached contains the World Series Schedule (2 days off between Red season and World Series) and will be played sometime in the next few weeks as time permits.

The Use Or Lose/Overusage Reports are finished and will be out shortly, as well as the 1961 Lottery.

Remember…we will NOT be expanding in 1961 (only 1962) and our new rules and weekly play will go into play in 1961 (including 27 man protected rosters).

Some great performances in the 1961 season.

We had TRIPLE CROWN winners in BOTH LEAGUES!!!

Willie Mays won the Triple Crown in the NL, batting .334, 51 HR and 143 RB!’s for Newark! He also added 30 stolen bases on top of that!

Roger Maris won the Triple Crown in the AL smashing 46 HR, with a .323 BA and 130 RBI’s for Joliet, setting up for 1961

Obviously, there are your 2 league MVP’s.

On the Pitching side…your Cy Young Winners and Rolaids Relief Award Winners were…

In the AL, the Lightning’s Don Drysdale wins the Cy Young Award and was the leagues only 20 game winner (20-6), with a sparkling 1.69 ERA with 208 strikeouts.

The Lightning’s Lindy McDaniel took home the Rolaids Relief Man Award, with a league leading 39 saves.

In the NL, it was a little tougher, but the Cy Young goes to Beard’s Bob Friend, who went 17-9 with a 2.40 ERA with 187 K’s.

Beard’s Roy Face took home the Rolaids Relief Man Award, with a league leading 31 saves.

Trading will not begin until AFTER the 1960 World Series in completed.

Thanks again to all for a fine season.

September 26, 2020

1961 Change in Statisticians

Beginning with the 1961 season, Mike will be taking over as league Stat with weekly play, and at this time, I would like to thank Rich Applegate for the many years of being our league statistician. Rich makes so many great contributions to our family of leagues, and being league stat is not an easy task. He has done an amazing job. Thank you Rich for your many years of service to our league.

April 30, 2020

1960 Pre-Season Prognosis

Thanks to John Ungashick, he has provided us with a well written pre-season prognosis, which gives insight into each team as we enter the 1960 season. Thanks John!

March 28, 2020

1960 Stadium Changes

Wabash Six (Bill Lanke) is vacating Griffith Stadium to move to the new, cold and windy Candlestick Park.

Steve Brunner is moving out of Comiskey Park into Yankee Stadium.

That leaves Griffith and Comiskey Park as your two available parks for 1960.

January 21, 2020

1960 Call for Protected rosters

It is now time to start the processing of cutting down those rosters in preparation for the Rule 5 draft. This cutdowns will be due back to me by Saturday Feb 8, 2020, so that we can begin the draft via email the next day or two after that. So you have almost 3 weeks to make deals.

Here are the cutdown numbers for each team

19 Players
Beard Black Cats (Ryan)
Massillon Tigers (Ungashick)
Joliet Jakes (Baxter)
Asbury Argonauts (Brunner)

20 Players
Newark Bears (DeZarlo)
Frankfort Frigates (Plunkitt)
East Kenosha Lakers (Lauer)
Wabash Six (Lanke)
Schenectady Patriots (Rahn)
Riverside Robbers (Turnbull)

21 Players
New Bedford Ahabs ( Williams)
Mound City Saints (Applegate)
Louisiana Lightning (See)
Raleigh Tarheels (Lehman)

Please send an MP with you unprotected players farmed along with the breakdown listed in an email for backup. Remember, uncarded players do not have to be protected.

Also, as a reminder….at the conclusion of the upcoming 1960 season, we will be having our first ever cutdown for the new way we are doing expansion. Please keep this in mind when making trades and deciding who you will keep.

October 28, 2019

1960 Stadium Changes

The Riverside Robbers (John Turnbull) vacate Yankee Stadium for the more cozy confines of KC Municipal Stadium.

The Joliet Jakes (Terry Baxter) has vacated the brand new, cold, chilly and windy Candlestick Park for the more cozy confines of Connie Mack Stadium (And Maris and Mantle are thanking him).

That leaves Yankee Stadium and Candlestick Park as your (2) available ball parks for 1960. First come first served.


July 2021

Season Starts

December 2021

Season ends

Historical Information

Established: 2008
Starting Season: 1948
Seasons: 13
Games: 14014
Trades: 441

Page last updated
November 24, 2021