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1961 Minnesota Twins
First season in Minnesota
Major league affiliations
Location
1961 Information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Cookie Lavagetto and Sam Mele
Local television WTCN-TV
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Bob Wolff, Halsey Hall, Ray Scott)

After 60 seasons in Washington, the Senators franchise moved to Minnesota in 1961 and changed the team's name to the Twins. The Twins were 70-90, seventh in the American League, which had expanded from 8 to 10 teams during the 1960-1961 offseason. 1,256,723 fans attended Twins games, the third highest total in the American League. Two Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Harmon Killebrew and pitcher Camilo Pascual. Pedro Ramos was the first pitcher to lead the American League in losses for four years in a row.[1] The Twins played their first of 21 seasons of home games at Metropolitan Stadium.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

Harmon Killebrew led the team with 46 home runs, 122 runs batted in, and 94 runs scored. Camilo Pascual led the Twins with 15 wins and a 3.46 ERA. Catcher Earl Battey won his 2nd Gold Glove Award.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 109 53 .673 --
Detroit Tigers 101 61 .623 8
Baltimore Orioles 95 67 .623 14
Chicago White Sox 86 76 .531 23
Cleveland Indians 78 83 .484 30.5
Boston Red Sox 76 86 .469 33
Minnesota Twins 70 90 .438 38
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 .435 38.5
Kansas City Athletics 61 100 .379 47.5
Washington Senators 61 100 .379 47.5

Notable transactions

Roster

1961 Minnesota Twins roster
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 133 460 139 .302 17 55
1B Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 150 541 156 .288 46 122

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
Valdivielso, JoséJosé Valdivielso 76 149 29 .195 1 9
Henry, RonRon Henry 20 28 4 .143 0 3

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
Ramos, PedroPedro Ramos 42 264.1 11 20 3.95 174
Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 35 252.1 15 16 3.46 221

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
Arrigo, GerryGerry Arrigo 7 9.2 0 1 10.24 6

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
Moore, RayRay Moore 46 4 4 14 3.67 45

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Syracuse Chiefs International League Gene Verble and Frank Verdi
AA Nashville Vols Southern Association Spencer "Red" Robbins
A Charlotte Hornets Sally League Ellis Clary
B Wilson Tobs Carolina League Jack McKeon
D Fort Walton Beach Jets Alabama-Florida League Vern Morgan
D Wytheville Twins Appalachian League Red Norwood
D Erie Sailors New York-Penn League Harry Warner

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Wilson

Notes

  1. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.348, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  2. ^ Faye Throneberry page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Jackie Collum page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Billy Martin page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Bill Tuttle page at Baseball Reference

References

  • Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, N.C.: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0963718983. 

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