Remembering 1965 – Part 34 – Game 7 recap and Sam Mele

Paul Molitor

Paul Molitor

A couple of days ago the Sporting News named Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor as their AL Manager of the Year in a vote from a panel of 27 MLB managers. The Sporting News award is not the “official” vote for AL Manager of the Year but it carries some weight in my eyes because the votes are cast by your peers. Astros skipper A.J. Hinch was the runner-up.

Sam MeleFifty years ago when the Twins won the pennant and advanced to the 1965 World Series, Twins manager Sam Mele won the same award that Molitor won. I am sure that Molitor earned a few dollars more than Mele did in 1965 as his (Mele’s) pay checks totaled about $30,000. Shortly after the 1965 season ended Mele signed a two-year deal for $48,000 a season. Here is a write-up that the Sporting News did on Mele and his award.

Sporting News Oct 23, 1965 P7

Sporting News Oct 23, 1965 P31 (Game 7 recap)

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The “Old Fart” Twins

old fart hatWith all the discussion since the season ended about what to do with free agent outfielder Torii Hunter I thought it might be interesting to see who some of the “old farts” were that put on a Minnesota Twins uniforms over the years.

Torii Hunter 2015Hunter is on the list below because he turned 40 on July 18, 2015 and this kind of search only takes into account your age as of June 30th and Torii turned 40 on July 18, 2015. I heard that the Twins are interested in bring Hunter back but not as a full-time player and Torii has not made up his made as yet what he wants to do. Having said that, Hunter’s 2015 season looks pretty good stat wise on the list below.

Only two players on this list were actually signed by Minnesota to begin their professional careers, and they are Hunter and Jesse Orosco. The others were traded for, purchased, acquired on waivers or signed as free agents. Oddly enough Orosco was a second round selection in the 1978 draft and was traded by the Twins to the Mets as the PTBNL in the Jerry Koosman deal before he made his major league debut and did not pitch for Minnesota until his 24th and final season. Hunter as you all know was the Twins number one draft pick (20th overall) in 1993 and left as a free agent after the 2007 season only to return again in 2015 after stints with the Angels and Tigers.

Jesse Orosco

Jesse Orosco

Rk Name Year Age G PA R H HR RBI SB BA OPS Pos
1 Jesse Orosco 2003 46 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 /*1
2 Steve Carlton 1988 43 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 /*1
3 Joe Niekro 1988 43 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 /*1
4 Joe Niekro 1987 42 19 0 0 0 0 0 0 *1
5 Terry Mulholland 2005 42 49 0 0 0 0 0 0 *1
6 Dave Winfield 1994 42 77 328 35 74 10 43 2 .252 .746 *D/9
7 Steve Carlton 1987 42 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 /*1
8 Dave Winfield 1993 41 143 594 72 148 21 76 2 .271 .767 *D9/H3
9 Pat Borders 2004 41 19 44 3 12 0 5 2 .286 .683 *2/H
10 Terry Mulholland 2004 41 39 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 *1
11 Paul Molitor 1998 41 126 559 75 141 4 69 9 .281 .718 *D/3H
12 Paul Molitor 1997 40 135 597 63 164 10 89 11 .305 .786 *D3/H
13 Elmer Valo 1961 40 33 36 0 5 0 4 0 .156 .469 *H/7
14 Jim Thome 2011 40 71 242 21 50 12 40 0 .243 .827 *DH
15 Al Worthington 1969 40 46 6 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 *1
16 Ruben Sierra 2006 40 14 33 3 5 0 4 0 .179 .487 /*H*D
17 Jim Dwyer 1990 40 37 75 7 12 1 5 0 .190 .558 *H*D/79
18 Torii Hunter 2015 39 139 567 67 125 22 81 2 .240 .702 *9D/H
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Remembering 1965 – Part 33 – Koufax just too tough – Twins lose 2-0

1965 Twins World Series game 7 ticketGame 7 matched Sandy Koufax and Jim Kaat, who traded scoreboard zeroes until the top of the fourth, when Dodger left fielder Lou Johnson lined a homer off the left-field foul pole. Ron Fairly followed with a double, and he scored on Wes Parker‘s single just a moment later. Kaat was lifted by manager Sam Mele and he brought in his closer Al Worthington, who quickly put a stop to the Dodgers scoring spree, but the Dodgers had two big runs on the board and Koufax on the mound. Would a manager bring in his closer in the fourth inning today, I think not. Worthington was followed by Johnny Klippstein, Jim Merritt, and Jim Perry and they each held the Dodgers off the scoreboard. Jim Gilliam made a great play in the fifth to squelch a Twin rally, and Koufax cruised from there, retiring 13 of the next 14 hitters to finish with a World Series-clinching, three-hit shutout.

Sandy Koufax - World Series MVP

Sandy Koufax – World Series MVP

What more can you say? Some times teams don’t lose the game, the other team wins, I think that was the case here. You have to give credit where credit is due.

If you want to watch game 7 again you can see it on our Twins Audio and Video clips page.

Box score.

Sandy Koufax and the 1965 World Series on a site called Baseball Analysts.

The Twins have to be satisfied with this AL Championship ring instead of a World Series championship ring.

The Twins have to be satisfied with this AL Championship ring instead of a World Series championship ring.

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Remembering 1965 – Part 32 – Twins win 5-1, on to game 7

1965 Twins World Series game 6The Twins come back to tie the Series at 3 games apiece when Mudcat Grant hits and pitches the Twins to a 5-1 win on just two days rest in front of 49,578 delirious fans at the Met. The Mudcat and Bob Allison each hit home runs to power the team to a game 7. Dodger outfielder Ron Fairly hit a home run for the Dodgers only run.

World Series Press Pin

World Series Press Pin

Grant pitched a complete game allowing just six hits and one earned run while striking out five Dodger batters. Claude Osteen known to his teammates as “Gomer,” was the losing pitcher in game 6 after shutting out the Twins in game 3 at Dodger Stadium.

On to game 7 !!!!

I wish I had been.

I wish I had been.

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Dean Chance passes away at the age of 74

Dean Chance It has been reported that Dean Chance died of a heart attack at the age of 74 yesterday in his hometown of Wooster, Ohio. Chance was born in Wooster on June 1, 1941 and went on to attend Northwestern High School in Wayne, Ohio where he became a sports legend. Chance was considered by many to be the best high school pitcher in Ohio history, throwing 17 no-hitters (eight in one season) and posting a 52-1 record in high school, including 32 consecutive victories. The Baltimore Orioles signed Chance out of high school for $30,000. After two season in the Orioles organization the team exposed him to the 196o expansion draft and he was taken by the Washington Senators in the 48th round but his stay as a Senator was short-lived as they traded him to the Los Angeles Angels that same day for Joe Hicks in one of several forced trades by AL President Joe Cronin.

Dean Chance who would go on to become a two-time All-Star and Cy Young winner made his big league debut against the Minnesota Twins on September 14, 1961 at Met Stadium and lost 5-2 to Jim Kaat. Chance pitched well going 7.1 innings allowing 10 hits and 3 earned runs and two strike outs. Dean Chance blossomed the following year for the Angels and was 14-10 with a 2.96 ERA 206 plus innings.

Dean Chance met Bo Belinsky for the first time in spring training in Clearwater, Florida, in 1959. When the Angels selected Belinsky from the Orioles in the Rule 5 Draft on November 27, 1961, and the two subsequently made the Angels in 1962, they became teammates and then roomed together during the 1963 and 1964 seasons. Belinsky and the already married Chance made the rounds in Hollywood, and probably became more famous for their off-the-field exploits than they did on a pitching mound.

After the season 1964 season in which Chance led the American League in wins with 20, ERA with 1.65, 15 complete games, 11 shutouts, and 278.1 innings pitched, Chance was rewarded with the Cy Young Award, at the time given out to only one pitcher in baseball. Chance also finished fifth in MVP voting behind Brooks Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Elston Howard and Tony Oliva. Chance pitched for the Angels from 1961-1966 before the Angels traded him along with shortstop Jackie Hernandez to the Minnesota Twins for 1B Don Mincher, outfielder Jimmie Hall and RHP Pete Cimino in December 1966.

Chance, Dean 3The Twins just missed winning the pennant in 1967 but Dean Chance could not blamed for that as he went 20-14 and had a 2.73 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in a league leading 283.2 innings with a league leading 18 complete games in 39 starts, again league leading. He had two no-hitters that season: a 5-inning perfect game (that’s no longer an official no-hitter) and then a 2-1 no-hitter over Cleveland on August 25th. In 1968 Chance was 14-14 but had a stellar ERA 2.53 and a 0.98 WHIP in 292 innings. The 1969 Twins under Billy Martin won the AL Western Division with 97 wins but Dean Chance was only 5-4 in 15 starts due to a back injury and he missed all of June and July and this was the beginning of the end of Chance’s baseball career. Chance’s only playoff experience took place in game 3 of the 1969 ALCS in a mop-up role when he pitched 2 innings in a 11-2 Orioles win.

In December of 1969 the Twins traded Chance,RHP Bob Miller, 3B Graig Nettles, and OF Ted Uhlaender  to the Cleveland Indians for RHP’s Luis Tiant and Stan Williams. Chance was 9-8 for the Indians in 1970 before being sold to the New York Mets in September where he finished the season. The Mets then traded Chance to the Tigers in March of 1971 where he pitched in 31 games going 4-6 with a 3.51 ERA. The Tigers released Chance in October 1971 and the baseball career of Dean Chance was in the books.

Chance was known for getting his sign from the catcher and then turning his back to the batter until he threw the ball, that motion Chance said, shortened his career according to him, he felt he was lucky to last in the majors the 11 years that he did. As good a pitcher as Chance was, hitting was not his forte, he was a terrible hitter, batting a mere .066 in 662 at-bats for his career, striking out 420 times for one of the highest strikeout rates in history. Chance still holds the Minnesota Twins record for most consecutive at bats without a hit, in 1967 between April 19 and July 23 Chance was 0 for 52 with 35 strikeouts.

Dean Chance was tough on the New York Yankees and Mickey Mantle in particular although Mantle did hit .242 off Chance with three home runs. “Every time I see his name on a lineup card, I feel like throwing up” – Mickey Mantle. Mantle once uttered this memorable quote during Chance’s remarkable 1964 season. As sportswriter Phil Pepe wrote that year, “It’s Chance, not CBS, who owns the New York Yankees. Lock, stock and barrel.” Chance pitched 50 innings against the Yankees that year, allowing only 14 hits and one run, a homer by Mantle. In five starts he threw four complete games and three shutouts, going 4-0 with a 0.18 ERA.

After his baseball ended at the age of 30 Dean Chance did not move to a rocking chair, he went into the carnival business where he owned numerous games “where you can win an item off the top shelf” and traveled all over the country. He was a boxing promoter for a while and he started and was still president of the International Boxing Association (IBA) when he died. Chance also invested in real estate, played Gin Rummy on a professional level and attended many sports memorabilia shows. It is ironic to me that he attended so many memorabilia shows because I mailed him numerous baseball cards over the  years asking for his autograph but I never got a single card back, with or without an autograph. The man was one of baseball’s great characters.

Rest in Peace Dean Chance and thank you for all the great memories.

Dean Chance SABR BioProject

Dean Chance Obit – Star Tribune

Los Angeles Times Obit

Dean Chance: baseball, carnies, boxing. He was worthy of a book.

Bo and Dean: A Lifetime of Fun and Friendship

Chance of a lifetime: Area legend was one of a kind

Mis-Management 101: The American League Expansion for 1961

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Remembering 1965 – Part 31 – Twins have backs to the wall after third loss in a row

Dodger Stadium 1965 World Series

Dodger Stadium 1965 World Series

Sandy Koufax

Sandy Koufax

The Minnesota Twins lose game 5 of the World Series to Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers, 7-0 and now find themselves down 3 games to 2. The Dodgers steal four bases including three by Willie Davis who sets a single game World Series record. Koufax who won 26 games during the regular season strikes out 10 Twins batters and faces just 29 hitters, aided by four double plays behind him

Jim KaatTwins starter and 18 game winner Jim Kaat lasted just 2.1 innings giving up four runs and took the loss. Twins hitters didn’t fare much better getting just four hits to go with the five hits they had in each of the two previous games at Dodger Stadium. The Twins return to Minnesota needing to win the next two games to hoist the World Champions banner at Met Stadium. Box score.

1965 World Series game 5

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Remembering 1965 – Part 30 – Dodgers beat Twins 7-2, Series knotted at 2 games apiece

1965 World Series Game 4

Don Drysdale

Don Drysdale

There were 55,920 baseball fans at Dodger Stadium to watch the Dodgers tie the World Series at 2 games each when Don Drysdale turns the tables and beats Mudcat Grant 7-2 in game 4. Drysdale allowed just five hits, two walks and struck out 11 Twins batters enroute to his game four win. The Twins trailed from the first inning on and played bad baseball through-out the game, being charged with two errors and making numerous mental mistakes that the Dodgers took advantage of. Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva both hit home runs in a losing effort. Box score.


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Remembering 1965 – Part 29 – Osteen shuts out Twins and Battey injured

1965 Dodgers World Series ticket vs Twins

Claude Osteen

Claude Osteen

Claude Osteen shuts out Camilo Pascual and the Twins 4-0 in game 3 of the World Series in Los Angeles but the Twins still lead the series 2 games to one. The Dodgers out hit the Twins 10 to 5 and Osteen a 25-year-old left hander acquired from the Washington Senators as part of the Frank Howard trade the previous off-season pitched a complete game for the win. Did you know that every winning pitcher in the 1965 World Series for the Twins and the Dodgers pitched a complete game?

This was also the game when catcher Earl Battey was injured. An injury he sustained in the seventh inning when he hit his throat against a dugout railing in Chavez Ravine while chasing a foul pop hit by Willie Davis. He left the game, but returned to start every game in the Series. Box score.

Dodgers Down-And Up

Claude Osteen Bio

This site is about baseball and the Minnesota Twins but every now and then I run across a story or a picture that I think is worth sharing that has nothing to do with the great game of baseball. Earlier this year The Atlantic did a piece called “50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1965”. There are 50 wonderful photo’s that you all should see and it will give you a chance to see what life and the world was like in 1965. Those were the good old days?

50 Years Ago: A Look Back at 1965


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Remembering 1965 – Part 28 – Twins beat Koufax, up 2-0 in World Series

1965 World Series pennantIt has started raining shortly after game one ended and rained until nearly game time. The Twins ground crew used flame-throwers and two helicopter’s to help dry the field and prepare it for game two.

1965 Twins World Series ticket

Jim Kaat

Jim Kaat

Under dark skies which required the lights to be on for the entire game the Twins win game 2 of the World Series when Jim Kaat beats Sandy Koufax 5-1 in front of 48,700 delirious fans at the Met. In addition to pitching a complete game, Kaat was one for four with the bat knocking in two runs. Bob Allison makes a fantastic catch sliding across the left field line and to this day this is one of the finest fielding plays ever seen in a World Series. Box score



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Remembering 1965 – Part 27 – Twins whip Dodgers 8-2 at the Met

Mudcat Grant

Mudcat Grant

October 6, 1965 – The Twins play their first World Series game at Metropolitan Stadium with 47,797 fans in the stands against the Los Angeles Dodgers and win the game 8-2 behind the complete game pitching of Mudcat Grant. Grant becomes the first African-American to win a World Series game. In the third inning the Twins scored six times and rookie second baseman Frank Quilici had a double and a single in the same inning in his first World Series game. Don Drysdale took the defeat. Don Mincher and Zoilo Versalles hit round trippers. Sandy Koufax (26-8) refuses to pitch the first game of the World Series against the Twins because game is scheduled on Yom Kippur, the most sacred of the Jewish holidays. Tony Oliva tied a World Series record for most putouts in a nine-inning game in right field (7). Box score

1965-world-series-openingHubert Humphrey, Vice-President of the United States, and a former mayor of Minneapolis threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

1965 Twins World Series game 1

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Remembering 1965 – Part 26 – Oliva, Killebrew, Hall, Lentz, Kindall

The Minnesota Twins are ready to take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1965 World Series. But first here are a couple more Sporting News from back in September 1965.

Sporting News Sep 18, 1965 P7

Sporting News Sep 25, 1965 P13

Sporting News Sep 25, 1965 P22

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According to ELIAS

MLB – Ventura avenges loss to Twins by eliminating them

Yesterday, Yordano Ventura earned his ninth win in his last 10 decisions as the Royals snapped a 1-1 tie with four runs in the seventh inning and went on to defeat the Twins, 5-1, eliminating the Twins from postseason eligibility. Ventura avenged a loss to the Twins on September 7, which had been the only blemish in his last 10 decisions. Jake Arrieta has won his last 11 decisions, but other than him, Ventura stands among eight other active pitchers who have won nine of their last ten.

Trevor Plouffe

Trevor Plouffe

The loss had a bitter tinge for the Twins, who committed two errors on one play during Kansas City’s winning rally. The usually reliable Trevor Plouffe committed one of those miscues, just his 11th error in 140 games at third base this season. Until that play, he was on the verge of breaking the franchise record for the fewest errors in one season by a third baseman playing 140-or-more games; now, at best he will tie Gary Gaetti‘s record of 11 errors in 150 games in 1987.

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Remembering 1965 – Part 25 – “A Pennant for the Twins Cities: The 1965 Minnesota Twins”

A Pennant for the Twin CitiesThe Twins chances for a 2015 wild card spot are “slim and none” as they prepare to play their final two games of 2015 at Target Field. Yes, mathematically they still have a chance but the odds are stacked against them. The Twins have had a wonderful season and stranger things have happened so there is still hope.

But 50 years ago the 1965 Minnesota Twins were playing their final game of the season at their home park (Metropolitan Stadium) too and they would go on to beat the California Angels 3-2 to post win number 102, the most ever wins in the Senators/Twins franchise history. Just a few days later this great team would take on the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1965 World Series.

A new book about that team and its players has just hit the market and if you are a fan of Minnesota Twins baseball you have to get your hands on that book. I have my book on order and can’t wait to start reading it. The book is called “A Pennant for the Twins Cities: The 1965 Minnesota Twins” and the author is Gregory H. Wolf.

Here is a portion of how the book is described on “Included are the life and baseball stories of all 35 roster players, the coaches, and manager of the 1965 Twins, plus team owner Calvin Griffith; broadcasters Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, and Ray Scott; and sportswriters Dick Gordon and Max Nichols. A comprehensive summary of the regular season, as well as meticulous essays highlighting important games and the All-Star Game played in Minnesota, an overview of the 1965 Dodgers, and thorough summaries the World Series games are included. Chapters about how the Griffith family built its pennant winner, the fate of the Twins after 1965, Metropolitan Stadium, and the 1965 season “by the numbers” round out the book. Members of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) researched and wrote all of the biographies and essays in this book“.

I am proud to say that I played a small part in this book by contributing the BIO on Twins catcher John Sevcik and as I said earlier, I can’t wait to get my hands on this book to read the rest of the story. The is definitely a book that you want on your book shelf and it will make a great gift for any Minnesota Twins fan.

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Twins top Indians with two runs in the ninth

The Minnesota Twins scored two runs in the ninth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and register a 4-2 win over the Indians in Cleveland last night. Minnesota has now scored 40 runs in the ninth inning on the road this season, which is the second highest total for any American League team behind the Houston Astros (43).

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According to ELIAS

Six scoreless innings for Gibson

Kyle Gibson 2015Kyle Gibson pitched six shutouts innings in game one of a scheduled double-header as the Twins beat the Indians. Gibson is 3-5 in his 14 starts since the All-Star break. He has not allowed a run in 19.1 innings pitched in his three wins, compared to 48 runs allowed (47 earned) in 61.2 innings pitched in his 11 other starts (6.86 ERA).

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Remembering 1965 – Part 24 – 100 wins

100 winsThe Minnesota Twins beat the Hank Bauer managed Baltimore Orioles 3-2 at Memorial Stadium and post win number 100 for the only time in franchise history in a 2 hour and 7 minute game. The Twins trailed 2 to 1 going into the 8th inning but Bob Allison hits a two run home run in the top of the eighth inning and the Twins are up 3-2. The Orioles however; were not going to go down without a fight, they load the bases with no one out against Twins starter Mudcat Grant on a walk, a single and a Frank Quilici error and Twins manager Sam Mele brings in Jim Merritt who induces pinch-hitter Bob Johnson to hit into a RF-C double play. Mele then pulls Merritt and brings in 37 year-old reliever Johnny Klippstein to face pinch-hitter Norm Siebern. Klippstein gets Siebern to fly out to center field to earn the save and the Twins put victory 100 into the books.

Box score

The Twins go on to win 102 games in 1965, the most in franchise history. The most games that the Washington Senators ever won was 99 in 1933 when they finished first but lost the World Series 4 games to 1 to the New York Giants.

1965 twins 50th anniversary banner

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If only Sano had arrived earlier

Miguel Sanol 2015Miguel Sano drove in the first run of the Twins’ win in Cleveland last night, giving him 51 RBIs this season. Sano, who made his major-league debut on July 2, is the second rookie in major-league history to drive in more than 50 runs in a season without having any before July. The other player to do that was Josh Phelps, with 58 RBI for Toronto in 2002.

Sports Illustrated did a nice piece on Miguel Sano earlier this month that you can view here.

The story of how the Twins landed top prospect Miguel Sano 

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According to ELIAS

Santana is as good as ever

Ervin Santana 2015


Ervin Santana, who allowed only one run in seven innings to beat the Tigers on Sunday, is 5-0 with a 1.47 ERA over his last six starts for the Minnesota Twins. Santana has posted such a low ERA over a span of six starts in only one other season of his 11-year major-league career. That was in 2011, when Santana produced ERAs of 1.09 and 1.24 for the Angels during two overlapping spans of six starts from July to August.Escobar’s two long hits key Minnesota win

Eduardo Escobar 2015Eduardo Escobar tripled and homered in the Twins’ 6-2 win at Detroit on Saturday. The only other Minnesota shortstop in the last 10 years to hit a triple and a home run in the same game was Escobar himself, last August 22, also against the Tigers.

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This Day in Twins History – September 27

There are lots of cool events that occurred on September 27 in Minnesota Twins history. Stop by our Today in Twins History page daily to learn about the Twins wonderful history and bring back those great memories. Have fun!

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Remembering 1965 – Part 23 – Twins clinch the pennant

1965 Twins clinch pennat on September 26

September 26, 1965 – The Minnesota Twins beat the Washington Senators 2-1 at D.C. Stadium and clinch their first American League pennant with their 99th victory of the season. It is a bit ironic that the Twins win the pennant in Washington since they themselves were the Washington Senators before moving to Minnesota after the 1960 season.

1965 Twins celebrationTwins pitcher Jim Kaat pitched a complete game and struck out 10 while allowing one run (0 earned) on eight hits to earn his 17th win of the season. The Twins scored their two runs on a passed ball and a Sac fly. Senators pitcher Pete Richert also pitched a complete game allowing only three hits but end up the hard luck loser for the Gil Hodges managed Senators. Box score.

1965 Minnesota Twins win the Pennant (40 minute video)



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Congratulations to Pete Mackanin on being named as Phillies skipper

Pete MackaninFormer Twins infielder and baseball lifer Pete Mackanin has been named as the manager of the Philadelphia Phillies for 2016 and a team option for 2017. Mackanin served as the Phillies interim manager since June and has also been an interim manager for the Pirates and the Reds but this will be his first full-time gig as a big league skipper.

“The Phillies are pleased that Pete has accepted the position of manager for the 2016 season,” team president (and former Twins GM) Andy MacPhail said in a statement. “We believe that Pete is the best fit for the role. Since assuming the interim manager position in June, Pete has developed an excellent rapport with our players and has also connected well with the media and our fans. Equally as important is his eagerness to take on the challenge of rebuilding the team and further developing our players. We look forward to his contributions.”

Mackanin, PeteMackanin was a fourth round selection by the Washington Senators in 1969 and  played in 548 games in the majors from 1973 to 1981 with the Rangers, Expos, Phillies and Twins. The Twins acquired Mackanin from the Phillies on December 7, 1979 for pitcher Paul Thormodsgard. Mackanin played in 185 games in a Twins uniform hitting .252 before leaving the team as a free agent after the 1981 season. Mackanin did not play in the majors again after leaving Minnesota. Mackanin’s tie to Minnesota Twins history is that he hit the last Twins home run in Met Stadium and also scored the last Twins run there.

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Ervin evoking memories of Johan

Ervin Santana 2015Ervin Santana came through again for the Twins on Tuesday night, holding the Indians to one run over seven innings and earning well-deserved credit for Minnesota’s 3-1 victory. Santana is now 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA over his last five starts, with 39 strikeouts in 36 innings. Source: ELIAS

We will never know what the Twins record might have been had Santana pitched for the Twins all year long. The old what if ………..

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Duffey wins his fourth straight decision

Tyler Duffey 2015Tyler Duffey pitched seven scoreless innings and was the pitcher of decision in the Twins’ 8-1 victory over the Angels. Duffey absorbed a loss to the Blue Jays in his major-league debut on August 5, when he allowed two homers and six runs in a two-inning start. But he is 4-0 with a 2.06 ERA in seven starts since then, while allowing only one home run in 43.2 innings. Source: ELIAS

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Did you know?

Grey beardsOf the 15 remaining active Major Leaguers who were drafted in 1997 or earlier, four (LaTroy Hawkins, Torii Hunter, A.J. Pierzynski and Michael Cuddyer) were selected by the Minnesota Twins as Joel Sherman of the New York Post points out. That doesn’t include Kyle Lohse, who was drafted in 1996 by the Cubs but played his first several big-league seasons with Minnesota.

Joel Sherman article in New York Post

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Max Kepler deserves call-up in 2015

Max Kepler

Max Kepler

Twins 1B/OF Max Kepler deserves to be called up by the Minnesota Twins as soon as the Chattanooga Lookouts playoff run is completed. The 22 year-old Kepler is having a huge breakout season in his sixth year of pro ball. Kepler started the season playing a handful of games at Ft. Myers due to an injury but quickly was sent to Chattanooga where he has been a hitting machine and was selected as the Southern League MVP which is a league loaded with top prospects.

I know the Twins are in the chase for a wildcard spot but they need to call Kepler up to Minnesota where he can get a taste of big league life and be rewarded for his play this season. I know that first base and the outfield are crowded at Target Field but Kepler has earned his shot at putting on a Twins uniform and showing fans here in Minnesota another of their highly regarded prospects. Don’t let me down Mr. Ryan!

Kepler homers twice to even SL Final

Chattanooga Lookouts Even Southern League Championship Series

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This Day in Twins History – September 19, 2002

Mike RyanSeptember 19, 2002 – Twins rookie outfielder Mike Ryan gets 2 hits in the first inning of his major league debut in Comerica Park against the Detroit Tigers. In what was a nine-run first inning for Minnesota, Ryan singled in his first two big league at-bats, and drove in two runs. But the glow of the feat was short-lived when his hits and Minnesota’s 9-0 lead were wiped out when rain forced the game to be called before the top of the third inning. In his official debut the next day Ryan goes 0 for 4.

This is the kind of situation where a player could play in a major league game and if his career ended at that point he would never go down in baseball history as having played in a big league game, this doesn’t seem right to me. You have to wonder how many other times this has happened. You could tell your grand kids you played in the majors and their might be no proof.

Don’t forget to check out our Today in Twins History page daily to learn more about Twins history.


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The Twins longest games in terms of innings played

The Minnesota Twins have played a lot of games in the 55 years that they have called Minnesota home but only 33 of those games have gone 15 innings or longer. In those 33 games they have a 17-16 record. The three longest games that have lasted 20 inning or more have all been played at home, either at the Met or the Metrodome. I am sure you got your money’s worth if you attended any of those games.

The Twins longest road game was at Yankee Stadium back in 1976 and this might shock you I know but the Twins lost 5-4 on a walk-off single by Mickey Rivers. Just hearing the name Mickey Rivers brings back all kinds of memories, what a character he was.

Twins longest games by innings played

(The right-hand column tell you how long the game lasted in terms of minutes)

Rk Date Opp Rslt IP H R d I might ER BB SO HR UER Pit BF AB min.
1 1993-08-31 CLE W 5-4 22.0 16 4 2 7 8 0 2 288 85 76 377
2 1972-05-12 MIL L 3-4 22.0 13 4 4 8 13 0 0 86 76 347
3 1967-08-09 WSA L 7-9 20.0 14 9 9 6 16 2 0 79 69 340
4 1976-08-25 NYY L 4-5 18.2 16 5 5 7 5 1 0 73 64 326
5 2004-08-08 OAK L 5-6 18.0 16 6 6 3 13 0 0 251 71 67 297
6 1969-09-06 OAK W 8-6 18.0 16 6 2 6 12 1 4 78 69 317
7 1969-07-19 SEP W 11-7 18.0 20 7 6 4 9 1 1 82 76 341
8 1967-07-26 (2) NYY W 3-2 18.0 10 2 2 2 7 0 0 65 62 264
9 1976-08-28 CLE L 3-4 16.2 13 4 4 2 6 0 0 62 59 295
10 1969-04-09 KCR L 3-4 16.2 11 4 3 9 8 0 1 64 54 272
11 1995-05-07 CLE L 9-10 16.1 26 10 8 8 9 3 2 322 82 71 396
12 2009-07-03 DET L 9-11 16.0 17 11 11 2 12 2 0 218 69 63 307
13 2005-08-16 CHW W 9-4 16.0 12 4 4 4 12 1 0 204 63 58 309
14 1986-06-11 TEX L 2-6 16.0 16 6 6 8 7 1 0 66 57 272
15 1977-09-17 TEX L 4-5 16.0 12 5 3 6 10 2 2 65 55 312
16 1969-07-25 CLE W 4-2 16.0 8 2 2 2 14 1 0 57 55 266
17 1982-04-20 OAK L 3-4 15.2 14 4 4 6 10 0 0 66 57 303
18 1975-07-12 NYY L 7-8 15.2 18 8 8 7 7 1 0 70 61 311
19 2012-06-17 MIL W 5-4 15.0 15 4 4 5 7 1 0 250 66 61 290
20 2004-06-10 NYM W 3-2 15.0 8 2 2 5 13 1 0 231 59 51 246
21 2004-05-04 SEA L 3-4 15.0 13 4 4 7 14 1 0 245 65 55 288
22 2004-04-06 CLE W 7-6 15.0 12 6 6 4 10 1 0 223 59 55 300
23 2002-06-10 ATL W 6-5 15.0 11 5 5 5 6 1 0 209 58 52 263
24 1999-05-21 OAK W 2-1 15.0 8 1 1 8 9 0 0 225 59 51 295
25 1992-07-04 BAL W 3-2 15.0 12 2 2 8 8 0 0 250 64 54 280
26 1980-08-28 TOR W 7-5 15.0 13 5 5 7 9 1 0 60 51 264
27 1980-06-20 CLE L 3-4 15.0 14 4 4 8 6 1 0 63 55 268
28 1974-09-10 CHW W 8-7 15.0 19 7 6 1 9 1 1 62 60 247
29 1973-06-06 (1) CLE W 7-3 15.0 10 3 1 8 8 1 2 66 56 254
30 1972-06-06 BAL W 5-4 15.0 11 4 3 9 14 0 1 63 53 265
31 1972-05-13 MIL W 5-4 15.0 10 4 4 2 12 2 0 54 50 216
32 1964-09-29 KCA L 6-7 15.0 10 7 7 8 13 3 0 61 53 290
33 1961-05-22 CLE L 5-7 15.0 17 7 7 3 7 2 0 63 58 248
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Remebering 1965 – Part 22 – Versalles, World Series tickets, Mele

September 2 – Left Fielder Bob Allison strikes out five times in a 5-4 loss to the Tigers at Met Stadium. Allison is the only Twins batter to strike out five time in a nine inning game. Sandy Valdespino (1967), Bobby Darwin (1972), and Roy Smalley (1976) all struck out five times in extra inning games. Box score

September 14 – The Twins beat the Kansas City Athletics managed by Haywood Sullivan 4-3 at Met Stadium. Three KC pitchers walk eight Twins batters including five intentional walks, Tony Oliva (2), Don Mincher, Earl Battey and Jerry Kindall. Box score

As of September 15 the first place Twins are 94-54 after 148 games and 10 games up on the second place Baltimore Orioles and riding an eight game winning streak. Even though the Twins are just days away from clinching the AL pennant, their last two home games at the Met against the Kansas City Athletics have drawn a total of 19,105 fans.

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According to ELIAS

Escobar has found his power stroke

Eduardo Escobar 2015Eduardo Escobar homered in the Twins’ win over the White Sox last night, giving him seven homers in his last 22 games, dating back to August 20. Escobar had hit only 13 homers in 346 games in the major-leagues before his current hot stretch began.

Hunter’s been on target lately

Torii Hunter 2015Torii Hunter drove in his 70th run of the season in the first inning of the Twins win over the Tigers yesterday. Hunter and Adrian Gonzalez are the only major-league players to drive in at least 70 runs in each season since 2006, although Miguel Cabrera and Robinson Cano could soon join that group.

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According to ELIAS – David Ortiz hits number 500

David Ortiz joins 500 home run club

Ortiz, David 2015David Ortiz hit two home runs – the 499th and 500th of his major-league career – to lead the Red Sox to victory over the Rays at Tropicana Field yesterday. Ortiz became the 27th player in major-league history to hit 500 homers, and he’s the second of that group to hit his 499th and 500th home run in a single game. Albert Pujols did that on April 22, 2014 at Nationals Park, and just as Ortiz did on Saturday, Pujols hit his 499th in the top of the first inning and his 500th in the top of the fifth.

Ortiz is the fourth player to hit career home run #500 while wearing a Red Sox uniform, and like the previous three, Ortiz hit his milestone homer in a road game. The previous players to do so for Boston are Jimmie Foxx (at Philadelphia in 1940), Ted Williams (at Cleveland in 1960), and Manny Ramirez (at Baltimore in 2008).

David Ortiz David as David Arias 2Ortiz was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners as a free agent on November 28, 1992 and was traded to the Minnesota Twins as the PTBNL on September 13, 1996 to complete an earlier trade made on August 29, 1996 when the Twins sent Dave Hollins to Seattle. At the time David Ortiz was known as David Arias.Ortiz who became well-known as “Big Papi” spent six years in Minnesota playing in 455 games while hitting for a .266 average.

Ortiz had 1,693 plate appearances while in a Twins uniform and hit his first 58 of his 500 home runs as a Minnesota Twin. The Twins released the big first baseman on December 16, 2002 and Ortiz was signed by the Boston Red Sox as a free agent on January 22, 2003 and the rest is history. Why did the Twins release him you ask? The Twins said he couldn’t play first base, was too much of a pull hitter and couldn’t hit to right field…….

Congratulations to David Ortiz from Twins Trivia!

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