1965 Minnesota Twins season

1965 Minnesota Twins
1965 American League Champions
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 1965 Minnesota Twins won the 1965 American League pennant with a 102–60 record. It was the team's first pennant since moving to Minnesota, and the 102 wins was a team record.

Regular season

On April 27, in addition to being the game's winning pitcher, Camilo Pascual hit a grand slam in the first inning – the second of his career. The Detroit Tigers' Dizzy Trout is the only pitcher to have done that before.

The Twins spent much of the summer in a race for first with the Baltimore Orioles. On July 1, however, the Twins took first place and kept it, ultimately winning the pennant by seven games.

Six Twins made the All-Star Game, (which was played in the Twins' home park, Metropolitan Stadium). First baseman Harmon Killebrew, shortstop Zoilo Versalles, outfielders Tony Oliva and Jimmie Hall, catcher Earl Battey, and pitcher Mudcat Grant all appeared in the game.

On September 26 at D.C. Stadium in Washington, D.C. – the city the Twins franchise called home until 1960 — the Twins beat the Washington Senators 2–1 to clinch the pennant. Jim Kaat was the winning pitcher.

Overall, 1,463,258 fans attended Twins games, the highest total in the American League. During the season, the Twins played in front of their largest crowd ever (71,245 at Yankee Stadium on June 20) and their smallest crowd ever (547 at home, September 20).[1]


Versalles was named AL Most Valuable Player. He also led the team with 126 runs scored, and won a Gold Glove Award for his play at shortstop. Oliva led the AL with a .321 batting average. Killebrew was limited to 113 games by injuries, but still hit 25 HR and 75 RBI.


Grant led the league with 21 wins, becoming the first black pitcher in the history of the American League to win 20 games in a season.[2] Kaat won the Gold Glove for pitchers.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Minnesota Twins10260.630--
Chicago White Sox9567.5867
Baltimore Orioles9468.5808
Detroit Tigers8973.54913
Cleveland Indians8775.53715
New York Yankees7785.47525
California Angels7587.46327
Washington Senators7092.43232
Boston Red Sox62100.38340
Kansas City Athletics59103.36443

Record vs. opponents

1965 American League Records

Baltimore 11–79–910–811–711–713–58–1013–58–10
Boston 7–114–148–106–1211–75–131–179–911–7
Chicago 9–914–410–89–913–512–67–118–1013–5
Cleveland 8–1010–88–109–99–99–911–712–611–7
Detroit 7–1112–69–99–913–510–88–1010–811–7
Kansas City 7–117–115–139–95–135–138–107–116–12
Los Angeles/California 5–1313–56–129–98–1013–59–96–126–12
Minnesota 10–817–111–77–1110–810–89–913–515–3
New York 5–139–910–86–128–1011–712–65–1311–7
Washington 10–87–115–137–117–1112–612–63–157–11

NOTE: The Los Angeles Angels changed their name to California Angels on September 2, 1965, with the season in progress.

Notable transactions


1965 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
CEarl Battey131394117.297660
1BDon Mincher12834687.2512265
2BJerry Kindall12534267.196636
3BRich Rollins140469117.249532
SSZoilo Versalles148522149.2852086
LFBob Allison135438102.2332378
CFJimmie Hall160666182.2731977
RFTony Oliva149576185.3211698

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
Harmon Killebrew113401108.2692575
Sandy Valdespino10824564.261122
Joe Nossek8717037.218216
Jerry Zimmerman8315433.214111
Frank Quilici5614931.20807
Andy Kosco235513.23616


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
Mudcat Grant41270.12173.30142
Jim Kaat45264.118112.83154
Jim Perry36167.21272.6388
Camilo Pascual27156933.3596

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
Dave Boswell27106653.4085
Dwight Siebler715004.2015
Dick Stigman334244.3770

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 Worthington62107212.1359
Johnny Klippstein569352.2459
Jerry Fosnow293324.4435
Pete Cimino10000.000

1965 World Series

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Denver Bears Pacific Coast League Cal Ermer
AA Charlotte Hornets Southern League Al Evans
A Wilson Tobs Carolina League Vern Morgan
A Orlando Twins Florida State League Harry Warner
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Ray Bellino and Pete Appleton
A Thomasville Hi-Toms Western Carolinas League Ralph Rowe
A-Short Season St. Cloud Rox Northern League Jim Rantz
Rookie FRL Twins Florida Rookie League Fred Waters



  1. "Minnesota Twins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  2. Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 198, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. Del Unser at Baseball Reference
  4. Graig Nettles at Baseball Reference


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