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The 1961 MLB Expansion Draft was held by Major League Baseball on October 10, 1961 to fill the rosters of the New York Mets and the Houston Colt .45s. The Mets and the Colts (later renamed the Astros) were the new franchises which would enter the league in the 1962 season. The pool of players out of which they could select was limited to the existing National League ballclubs.

Due to the poor performance of the Mets and Colt .45s after two seasons, another draft was held for the teams. The other existing National League clubs made four players from their 40-man roster available at $30,000 apiece. Only eight players could be selected between the two clubs.

1961 Draft

Houston Colt. 45s New York Mets
# Player Position Previous team # Player Position Previous team
Regular Phase, $75,000 per player
1 Eddie Bressoud Infielder San Francisco Giants 2 Hobie Landrith Catcher San Francisco Giants
3 Bob Aspromonte infielder Los Angeles Dodgers 4 Elio Chacón infielder Cincinnati Reds
5 Bob Lillis infielder St. Louis Cardinals 6 Roger Craig pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers
7 Dick Drott pitcher Chicago Cubs 8 Gus Bell outfielder Cincinnati Reds
9 Al Heist outfielder Chicago Cubs 10 Joe Christopher outfielder Pittsburgh Pirates
11 Roman Mejias outfielder Pittsburgh Pirates 12 Félix Mantilla infielder Milwaukee Braves
13 George Williams infielder Philadelphia Phillies 14 Gil Hodges first baseman Los Angeles Dodgers
15 Jesse Hickman pitcher Philadelphia Phillies 16 Craig Anderson pitcher St. Louis Cardinals
17 Merritt Ranew catcher Milwaukee Braves 18 Ray Daviault pitcher San Francisco Giants
19 Don Taussig outfielder St. Louis Cardinals 20 John DeMerit outfielder Milwaukee Braves
21 Bobby Shantz pitcher Pittsburgh Pirates 22 Al Jackson pitcher Pittsburgh Pirates
23 Norm Larker first baseman Los Angeles Dodgers 24 Sammy Drake infielder Chicago Cubs
25 Sam Jones pitcher San Francisco Giants 26 Chris Cannizzaro catcher St. Louis Cardinals
27 Paul Roof pitcher Milwaukee Braves 28 Choo Choo Coleman catcher Philadelphia Phillies
29 Ken Johnson pitcher Cincinnati Reds 30 Ed Bouchee first baseman Chicago Cubs
31 Dick Gernert first baseman Cincinnati Reds 32 Bobby Gene Smith outfielder Philadelphia Phillies
Regular Phase, $50,000 per player
33 Ed Olivares infielder St. Louis Cardinals 34 Sherman Jones pitcher Cincinnati Reds
35 Jim Umbricht pitcher Pittsburgh Pirates 36 Jim Hickman outfielder St. Louis Cardinals
37 Jim Golden pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers
Premium Phase, $125,000 per player
38 Joe Amalfitano infielder San Francisco Giants 39 Jay Hook pitcher Cincinnati Reds
40 Turk Farrell pitcher Los Angeles Dodgers 41 Bob Miller pitcher St. Louis Cardinals
42 Hal Smith catcher Pittsburgh Pirates 43 Don Zimmer infielder Chicago Cubs
44 Al Spangler outfielder Milwaukee Braves 45 Lee Walls IF/OF Philadelphia Phillies

1963 Draft

Houston Colt. 45s New York Mets
Player Position Previous team Player Position Previous team
Claude Raymond pitcher Milwaukee Braves Jack Fisher pitcher San Francisco Giants




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