The 1967 AL Pennant Race – Part 7 – Carew, Tovar, Oliva, Versalles,

After 15 games had been played in the 1967 season the Minnesota Twins found themselves five games under .500 with a 5-10 mark and in last place in the American league 4.5 games behind the high-flying Detroit Tigers when they lost a double-header to the Washington Senators on the months final day. In game 2 of the double-header loss at D.C. Stadium Senators starter Barry Moore held the Twins to just one hit, a single by Cesar Tovar in the sixth inning. The game lasted just two hours as Moore walked two batters and struck out none of the 29 batters he faced.

RF Tony Oliva played for the Twins from 1962-1976

On April 21, Tony Oliva of Minnesota lost a home run due to a base running blunder. Playing in Detroit in the third inning, Cesar Tovar was the runner at first base. Oliva hit the ball out of the park off Denny McLain, but then passed Tovar between first and second. He was credited with a single and one RBI for scoring Tovar. In the ninth inning Oliva hit another home run and this one counted. The Twins ended up losing the game 12-4.

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The Twins were road warriors in April playing 11 of their first 15 games on the road, the good news however; was that a long home stand that would last until mid-May was on the horizon. One of the problems the Twins faced that they needed to remedy was the fact that they were out scored 71-50 in the month of April. The Twins pitching staff was last in the league with a 4.54 ERA and the hitters was last in the league in hitting with a .225 average.

Sporting News AL stats for April 1967

MLB scores and standings as of April 30, 1967

Sam Mele the Minnesota Twins manager at this time back in 1967 just passed away at the age of 95 this past Monday, you can read the story I did on Sam Mele’s passing here.

The rest of the stories that I have done on the 1967 AL pennant race can be found here.


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