1964 Minnesota Twins season

1964 Minnesota Twins
79–83, sixth place finish
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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After winning 91 games the previous two seasons, the 1964 Minnesota Twins slumped to 79–83, a disappointing tie for sixth with the Cleveland Indians in the American League, 20 games behind the AL champion New York Yankees.


Regular season

On May 2, in Kansas City, Missouri, Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall and Harmon Killebrew hit consecutive 11th-inning home runs, to tie a major league record first set by the Milwaukee Braves in 1961 and duplicated by the Cleveland Indians in 1963. The Twins finished the year with 221 homers, their second-best total ever.

On July 15, new Twin Mudcat Grant allowed thirteen singles and a walk in facing the Washington Senators. None would score, and Grant gets a shutout, 6-0.

Five Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Bob Allison, outfielders Harmon Killebrew, Jimmie Hall and Tony Oliva and pitcher Camilo Pascual.

Tony Oliva became the first black player in the history of the American League to win the AL Rookie of the Year award.[2] He led the major leagues in hits (217), extra base hits and total bases. He led the American League in batting average (.323), runs scored (109) and doubles.

Six Twins hit 20 or more home runs: Harmon Killebrew (49 HR, 111 RBI), Tony Oliva (32 HR, 96 RBI, 109 runs), Bob Allison (32 HR, 86 RBI), Jimmie Hall (25 HR, 75 RBI), Don Mincher (23 HR, 56 RBI), and Zoilo Versalles (20 HR, 94 runs).

Jim Kaat led the Twins with 17 wins and won his third Gold Glove; Camilo Pascual again led the Twins in strikeouts with 213.[3]

1,207,514 fans attended Twins games, the third highest total in the American League.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees9963.611--
Chicago White Sox9864.6051
Baltimore Orioles9765.5992
Detroit Tigers8577.52514
Los Angeles Angels8280.50617
Cleveland Indians7983.48820
Minnesota Twins7983.48820
Boston Red Sox7290.44427
Washington Senators62100.38337
Kansas City Athletics57105.35242

Record vs. opponents

1964 American League Records

Baltimore 11–710–88–1011–713–5–111–710–810–813–5
Boston 7–114–149–95–1312–69–95–139–912–6
Chicago 8–1014–412–611–716–210–89–96–1212–6
Cleveland 10–89–96–1211–710–89–910–8–13–15–111–7
Detroit 7–1113–57–117–1111–710–811–78–10–111–7
Kansas City 5–13–16–122–168–107–116–129–96–128–10
Los Angeles 7–119–98–109–98–1012–612–67–1110–8
Minnesota 8–1013–59–98–10–17–119–96–128–1011–7
New York 8–109–912–615–3–110–8–112–611–710–812–6
Washington 5–136–126–127–117–1110–88–107–116–12

Notable transactions

  • June 6, 1964: Andy Kosco was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[4]
  • June 24, 1964: Rod Carew was signed as an amateur free agent by the Twins.[5]


1964 Minnesota Twins
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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
CEarl Battey131405110.2721252
1BBob Allison149492141.2873286
2BBernie Allen7424352.214620
3BRich Rollins148596161.2701268
SSZoilo Versalles160659171.2592064
LFHarmon Killebrew158577156.27049111
CFJimmie Hall149510144.2822575
RFTony Oliva161672217.3233294

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
Don Mincher12028768.2372356
Jim Snyder267111.15519
Vic Power194510.22201


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
Camilo Pascual36267.115123.30213
Jim Kaat3624317113.22171
Dick Stigman321906154.03159
Mudcat Grant261661192.8275
Dave Boswell423.1204.2425

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
Gerry Arrigo41105.2743.8496

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
Al Worthington4156141.3759
Bill Pleis474143.9142
Johnny Klippstein330421.9739
Bill Dailey141208.226
Dwight Siebler90004.9110
Bill Fischer90107.362
Jerry Fosnow701010.979
Gary Dotter30002.086

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Atlanta Crackers International League Jack McKeon and Pete Appleton
AA Charlotte Hornets Southern League Al Evans
A Wilson Tobs Carolina League Ralph Rowe
A Orlando Twins Florida State League Harry Warner
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Joe Christian
A Bismarck-Mandan Pards Northern League Vern Morgan
Rookie Melbourne Twins Cocoa Rookie League Fred Waters



  1. Rudy May at Baseball Reference
  2. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 199, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. "Minnesota Twins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  4. Andy Kosco at Baseball Reference
  5. Rod Carew at Baseball Reference


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