1965 Minnesota Twins season

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1965 Minnesota Twins
1965 American League Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Sam Mele
Local television WTCN-TV
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Ray Scott)
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The 1965 Minnesota Twins won the 1965 American League pennant with a 102–60 record. It was the team's first pennant since moving to Minnesota, and the 102 wins was a team record.

Regular season

The Twins spent much of the summer in a race for first with the Baltimore Orioles. On July 1, however, the Twins took first place and kept it, ultimately winning the pennant by seven games.

On September 26 at D.C. Stadium in Washington, D.C. – the city the Twins franchise called home until 1960—the Twins beat the Washington Senators 2–1 to clinch the pennant. Jim Kaat was the winning pitcher.

Six Twins made the All-Star Game, (which was played in the Twins' home park, Metropolitan Stadium). First baseman Harmon Killebrew, shortstop Zoilo Versalles, outfielders Tony Oliva and Jimmie Hall, catcher Earl Battey, and pitcher Mudcat Grant. Overall, 1,463,258 fans attended Twins games, the highest total in the American League.

Offense

Versalles was named AL Most Valuable Player. He also led the team with 126 runs scored, and won a Gold Glove Award for his play at shortstop. Oliva led the AL with a .321 batting average. Killebrew was limited to 113 games by injuries, but still hit 25 HR and 75 RBI.

Pitching

Grant led the league with 21 wins, becoming the first black pitcher in the history of the American League to win 20 games in a season.[1] Kaat won the Gold Glove for pitchers.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Minnesota Twins 102 60 .630 --
Chicago White Sox 95 67 .586 7
Baltimore Orioles 94 68 .580 8
Detroit Tigers 89 73 .549 13
Cleveland Indians 87 75 .537 15
New York Yankees 77 85 .475 25
California Angels 75 87 .463 27
Washington Senators 70 92 .432 32
Boston Red Sox 62 100 .383 40
Kansas City Athletics 59 103 .364 43

Record vs. opponents

1965 American League Records

Sources:

[1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA/
CAL
MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 11–7 9–9 10–8 11–7 11–7 13–5 8–10 13–5 8–10
Boston 7–11 4–14 8–10 6–12 11–7 5–13 1–17 9–9 11–7
Chicago 9–9 14–4 10–8 9–9 13–5 12–6 7–11 8–10 13–5
Cleveland 8–10 10–8 8–10 9–9 9–9 9–9 11–7 12–6 11–7
Detroit 7–11 12–6 9–9 9–9 13–5 10–8 8–10 10–8 11–7
Kansas City 7–11 7–11 5–13 9–9 5–13 5–13 8–10 7–11 6–12
Los Angeles/California 5–13 13–5 6–12 9–9 8–10 13–5 9–9 6–12 6–12
Minnesota 10–8 17–1 11–7 7–11 10–8 10–8 9–9 13–5 15–3
New York 5–13 9–9 10–8 6–12 8–10 11–7 12–6 5–13 11–7
Washington 10–8 7–11 5–13 7–11 7–11 12–6 12–6 3–15 7–11

NOTE: The Los Angeles Angels changed their name to California Angels on September 2, 1965, with the season in progress.


Notable transactions

Roster

1965 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Battey, EarlEarl Battey 131 394 117 .297 6 60
SS Versalles, ZoiloZoilo Versalles 148 522 149 .285 20 86
CF Hall, JimmieJimmie Hall 160 666 182 .273 19 77
RF Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 149 576 185 .321 16 98

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 113 401 108 .269 25 75

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 41 270.1 21 7 3.30 142
Kaat, JimJim Kaat 45 264.1 18 11 2.83 154

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 27 106 6 5 3.40 85
Siebler, DwightDwight Siebler 7 15 0 0 4.20 15

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Worthington, AlAl Worthington 62 10 7 21 2.13 59
Klippstein, JohnnyJohnny Klippstein 56 9 3 5 2.24 59
Fosnow, JerryJerry Fosnow 29 3 3 2 4.44 35
Cimino, PetePete Cimino 1 0 0 0 0.00 0

1965 World Series

Main article: 1965 World Series

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Denver Bears Pacific Coast League Cal Ermer
AA Charlotte Hornets Southern League Al Evans
A Wilson Tobs Carolina League Vern Morgan
A Orlando Twins Florida State League Harry Warner
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Ray Bellino and Pete Appleton
A Thomasville Hi-Toms Western Carolinas League Ralph Rowe
Short-Season A St. Cloud Rox Northern League Jim Rantz
Rookie FRL Twins Florida Rookie League Fred Waters

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: St. Cloud

Notes

  1. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 198, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. Del Unser page at Baseball Reference
  3. Graig Nettles page at Baseball Reference

References

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