Remembering 1965 – Part 13 – Mincher, Bat Day, Bombs in bat racks

After getting shutout 5-0 at Dodger Stadium by California Angels right-hander Fred Newman on June 30th the 1965 Twins find themselves with a 43-28 record and in second place in the ten team American League trailing the first place Cleveland Indians by just half a game. Although the Twins have played the first 3 months at a .606 pace, things are about to get even better for the Twins as they prepare to embark on a nine game winning streak from July 2 until they lose the nite-cap of a twin-bill on July 10th. The Twins take over first place in the AL standings on July 3rd and stay in first place for the rest of the season.

Terry FoxOn June 11th the Twins sweep a double-header from the Detroit Tigers at Tiger Stadium taking both games by a score of 5-4 and Tiger reliever Terry Fox takes the loss in both games. But things could have been much worse as the June 26, 1965 Sporting News tells us in a short story about how Detroit police search the Tigers dugout and bat rack for a bomb during the first game.

Sporting News June 26, 1965 P27

June 20, 1965 – The largest crowd to ever watch the Twins play on the road, 71,245 New York fans watched their beloved Yankees get swept by the Minnesota Twins 6-4 and 7-4 in a doubleheader as the Twins marched towards their first ever World Series.

Don Mincher (courtesy of the Minnesota Twins)

Don Mincher (courtesy of the Minnesota Twins)

The June 26, 1965 Sporting News has a nice article on Don Mincher and his struggles to break into the Minnesota line-up. You can also read about how “Bat Day” got started and learn about Harmon Killebrew‘s first ever home run back on June 24, 1955.

Sporting News June 26, 1965 P11

This entry was posted in Remembering the 1965 season. Bookmark the permalink.