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1965 Minnesota Twins
American League Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1965 Information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Sam Mele
Local television WTCN-TV
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Ray Scott)

The 1965 Minnesota Twins won the 1965 American League Pennant with a 102-60 record. 1,463,258 fans attended Twins games, the highest total in the American League.

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Regular season

The Twins set a team record with 102 wins. On September 26 at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., the Twins beat the Washington Senators 2-1 to clinch their first ever American League Pennant. Jim Kaat was the winning pitcher.

Six Twins made the All-Star Game (played at Metropolitan Stadium): first baseman Harmon Killebrew, shortstop Zoilo Versalles, outfielders Tony Oliva and Jimmie Hall, catcher Earl Battey, and pitcher Mudcat Grant. Zoilo Versalles was named AL Most Valuable Player. Mudcat Grant became the first black pitcher in the history of the American League to win 20 games in a season.[1]

Tony Oliva led the AL with a .321 average and Zoilo Versalles led with 126 runs. Harmon Killebrew was limited to 113 games by injuries, but still hit 25 HR and 75 RBI. Mudcat Grant won a AL best 21 games. Shortstop Zoilo Versalles and pitcher Jim Kaat won Gold Gloves.

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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

Notable transactions

Roster

1965 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
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

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

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

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

Postseason

Awards and honors

  • Zoilo Versalles, Shortstop, American League MVP
  • Sam Mele, Associated Press AL Manager of the Year

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

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

External links

Preceded by
New York Yankees
1964
American League Champions
1965
Succeeded by
Baltimore Orioles
1966

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