1962 Minnesota Twins season

1962 Minnesota Twins
First winning season in Minnesota
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Sam Mele
Local television WTCN-TV
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Ray Scott, Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall)
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The 1962 Minnesota Twins improved to 91–71, finishing second in the American League, five games short of the World Champion New York Yankees. 1,433,116 fans attended Twins games, the second highest total in the American League.


Regular season

Statistically, many members of the Twins had seasons in which they led the American League. Harmon Killebrew hit 48 home runs and drove in 126, leading the AL in both categories. Bob Allison hit 29 home runs, drove in 102 runs, and led the Twins in runs scored with 102. Camilo Pascual became the Twins' first 20-game winner and led the AL with 206 strikeouts.

On July 18, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, two Twins made major league history by hitting grand slam home runs in the same inning. In the first inning -- off Cleveland Indians pitcher Barry Latman -- Bob Allison homered to clear the loaded bases. Indians pitcher Jim Perry subsequently replaced Latman, and Harmon Killebrew greeted him by driving in Bill Tuttle, Vic Power and Rich Rollins. Minnesota scored eleven runs in their half of the first inning.

Four Twins made the All-Star Game. The selections were third baseman Rich Rollins, catcher Earl Battey and pitchers Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual.

On August 26, Jack Kralick threw the first no-hitter in Minnesota Twins history. The Twins beat the Kansas City Athletics by a score of 1–0.[3]

First baseman Vic Power won his fifth Gold Glove, catcher Earl Battey won his 3rd, and Jim Kaat won his first.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees9666.593--
Minnesota Twins9171.5625
Los Angeles Angels8576.53110
Detroit Tigers8576.52810.5
Chicago White Sox8577.52511
Cleveland Indians8082.49416
Baltimore Orioles7785.47519
Boston Red Sox7684.47519
Kansas City Athletics7290.44424
Washington Senators60101.37335.5

Record vs. opponents

1962 American League Records

Baltimore 8–109–911–72–1610–88–106–1211–712–6
Boston 10–88–107–1111–610–86–1210–86–128–9
Chicago 9–910–812–69–99–910–88–108–1010–8
Cleveland 7–1111–76–1210–811–79–96–1211–79–9
Detroit 16–26–119–98–1012–611–75–137–1111–7
Kansas City 8–108–109–97–116–126–128–105–1315–3
Los Angeles 10–812–68–109–97–1112–69–98–1011–7
Minnesota 12–68–1010–812–613–510–89–97–1110–8–1
New York 7–1112–610–87–1111–713–510–811–715–3
Washington 6–129–88–109–97–113–157–118–10–13–15

Notable transactions


1962 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Player stats

= Indicates team leader


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
3BRich Rollins159624186.2981696
SSZoilo Versalles160568137.2411767
LFHarmon Killebrew155552134.24348126
RFBob Allison149519138.26629102

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


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
Jim Kaat3926918143.14173
Camilo Pascual34257.220113.32206

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

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
Ray Moore498394.7358
Gerry Arrigo100018.001

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Jack McKeon
A Charlotte Hornets Sally League Spencer "Red" Robbins
B Wilson Tobs Carolina League Harry Warner
C Bismarck-Mandan Pards Northern League Vern Morgan
D Fort Walton Beach Jets Alabama–Florida League Ralph Rowe
D Wytheville Twins Appalachian League Red Norwood
D Erie Sailors New York–Penn League Frank Franchi


  1. Georges Maranda at Baseball Reference
  2. https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/foyjo01.shtml
  3. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 144, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. Pedro Ramos at Baseball Reference
  5. Billy Martin at Baseball Reference
  6. Jackie Collum at Baseball Reference

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