1968 Minnesota Twins season

1968 Minnesota Twins
79–83, seventh in the American League
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Cal Ermer
Local television WTCN-TV
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Merle Harmon)
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The 1968 Minnesota Twins season was a season in American baseball. The team finished 79–83, seventh in the American League.

Offseason

Regular season

Leadoff batter César Tovar sparked the offense, finishing second in the AL with 167 hits and third with 89 runs. Tony Oliva was third in the AL with a .289 batting average. Harmon Killebrew had 17 HR and 40 RBI at the All-Star break, but was injured in the game and missed the second half of the season.

It took until their eighth season for the Twins to get no-hit and then it happened profoundly, as their first opposing no-hitter was the perfect game thrown by Oakland's Jim "Catfish" Hunter on May 8 in Oakland. Hunter struck out eleven, and drove in three of his team's four runs.

A first for the Twins: on July 11, Rick Renick played his first-ever major league game, at shortstop. In his first big-league at bat, he homered. The run came off Detroit Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich. Renick is the first Twins player to accomplish the feat, later to be joined in history by Dave McKay (1975), Gary Gaetti (1981) and Andre David (1984). They all were then joined in 2015 by Eddie Rosario, who hit a homer not only in his first at bat, but on the first major-league pitch thrown to him.

Three Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Harmon Killebrew, second baseman Rod Carew, and outfielder Tony Oliva.

On September 22, utility player César Tovar played all nine positions, an inning each, against the Oakland Athletics. Duplicating the feat that Bert Campaneris had performed three years prior, Tovar topped Campy by starting as pitcher and allowing no hits or runs, for a 0.00 earned run average. In the inning, the first man to face Tovar was Campaneris, who fouled out. Tovar then struck out slugger Reggie Jackson.[2]

Four Twins won 10 or more games: Dean Chance (16–16), Jim Kaat (14–12) Jim Merritt (12–16), Dave Boswell (10–13). Pitcher Jim Kaat won his seventh Gold Glove. Al Worthington led the American League with 18 saves.

1,143,257 fans attended Twins games, the fourth highest total in the American League.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB
Detroit Tigers10359.636
Baltimore Orioles9171.56212
Cleveland Indians8675.53416½
Boston Red Sox8676.53117
New York Yankees8379.51220
Oakland Athletics8280.50621
Minnesota Twins7983.48824
California Angels6795.41436
Chicago White Sox6795.41436
Washington Senators6596.40437½

Record vs. opponents

1968 American League Records

Sources:
Team BAL BOS CAL CWS CLE DET MIN NYY OAK WSH
Baltimore 9–910–811–77–118–1010–813–59–914–4
Boston 9–99–914–410–86–129–910–88–1011–7
California 8–109–98–107–115–137–116–125–1312–6
Chicago 7–114–1410–85–135–1310–86–1210–810–8
Cleveland 11–78–1011–713–56–1214–410–8–16–127–10
Detroit 10–812–613–513–512–610–810–8–113–5–110–8
Minnesota 8–109–911–78–104–148–1012–68–1011–7
New York 5–138–1012–612–68–10–18–10–16–1210–814–4
Oakland 9–910–813–58–1012–65–13–110–88–107–11
Washington 4–147–116–128–1010–78–107–114–1411–7

Roster

1968 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

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
1BHarmon Killebrew10029562.2101740
3BCésar Tovar157613167.272647
LFBob Allison145469116.2472252
RFTony Oliva128470136.2891868

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

Pitching

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
Dean Chance4329216162.53234
Dave Boswell3419010133.32143

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
Ron Perranoski668763.1065
Al Worthington5445182.7157

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Denver Bears Pacific Coast League Johnny Goryl and Billy Martin
AA Charlotte Hornets Southern League Harry Warner
A Wilson Tobs Carolina League Vern Morgan
A Orlando Twins Florida State League Ralph Rowe
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Ray Bellino and Tom Umphlett
A-Short Season Auburn Twins New York–Penn League Boyd Coffie
A-Short Season St. Cloud Rox Northern League Carroll Hardy
Rookie GCL Twins Gulf Coast League Fred Waters

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Orlando, St. Cloud

Notes

  1. Eric Soderholm at Baseball-Reference
  2. "Minnesota Twins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 21, 2016.

References

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