1975 Minnesota Twins season

1975 Minnesota Twins
76–83, fourth in the AL Western Division
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Frank Quilici
Local television WTCN
(Larry Calton, Joe Boyle, Ray Scott)
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Larry Calton)
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The 1975 Minnesota Twins finished 76–83, fourth in the American League West.


Regular season

Having released Harmon Killebrew during the off-season, owner Calvin Griffith devised "Harmon Killebrew Day" as a promotion for the slugger's return with his new club, the Kansas City Royals. On Sunday, May 4, DH Killebrew greeted the crowd of just 14,805 with a first-inning home run. In the fifth inning, Minnesota pitcher Jim Hughes hit Harmon with a pitch.

Only one Twins player made the All-Star Game, second baseman Rod Carew. Only 737,156 fans attended Twins games, the lowest total in the American League.

On August 22, Dave McKay debuted in the majors as the starting third baseman for the Twins. In his first at bat leading off the third inning, he homered off Detroit's Vern Ruhle. Only one other Twin had homered in his first at bat – Rick Renick in 1968. The duo will be joined in history by Gary Gaetti (1981), Andre David (1984) and Eddie Rosario (2015), who homers on the first major-league pitch thrown to him.

Carew won his fifth AL batting title with a .359 average. Three pitchers had double digit wins: Jim Hughes (16–14), Bert Blyleven (15–10), and Dave Goltz (14–14).

Season standings

AL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Oakland Athletics 9864 0.605 54–27 44–37
Kansas City Royals 9171 0.562 7 51–30 40–41
Texas Rangers 7983 0.488 19 39–41 40–42
Minnesota Twins 7683 0.478 20½ 39–43 37–40
Chicago White Sox 7586 0.466 22½ 42–39 33–47
California Angels 7289 0.447 25½ 35–46 37–43

Record vs. opponents

1975 American League Records

Baltimore 9–96–67–410–812–47–514–46–68–104–87–5
Boston 9–96–68–47–1113–57–510–810–211–56–68–4
California 6–66–69–93–96–54–147–58–107–57–119–9
Chicago 4–74–89–97–55–79–98–49–96–69–95–13
Cleveland 8–1011–79–35–712–66–69–93–69–92–105–7
Detroit 4–125–135–67–56–126–67–114–86–126–61–11
Kansas City 5–75–714–49–96–66–67–511–77–511–714–4
Milwaukee 4–148–105–74–89–911–75–72–109–95–76–6
Minnesota 6–62–1010–89–96–38–47–1110–24–86–128–10
New York 10–85–115–76–69–912–65–79–98–46–68–4
Oakland 8–46–611–79–910–26–611–77–512–66–612–6
Texas 5–74–89–913–57–511–14–146–610–84–86–12

Notable transactions


1975 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
CGlenn Borgmann12535273.207233
1BJohnny Briggs8726461.231739
2BRod Carew143535192.3591480
CFDan Ford130440123.2801559

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
Bobby Darwin4816937.219518
Tom Kelly4912723.181111
Sergio Ferrer328120.24702
Luis Gómez897210.13905


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
Bert Blyleven35275.215103.00233
Jim Hughes37249.216143.82130
Dave Goltz3224314143.67128
Eddie Bane428.1312.8614

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
Vic Albury32135674.5372
Ray Corbin1889.2575.1249
Bill Butler2381.2545.9555
Joe Decker1026.1138.548
Mike Pazik519.2048.248

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
Tom Burgmeier4658113.0941
Bill Campbell474653.7976

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Tacoma Twins Pacific Coast League Cal Ermer
AA Orlando Twins Southern League Dick Phillips
A Reno Silver Sox California League Harry Warner
A Wisconsin Rapids Twins Midwest League Johnny Goryl
Rookie Elizabethton Twins Appalachian League Fred Waters


Reno affiliation shared with San Diego Padres



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