1964 Minnesota Twins season

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1964 Minnesota Twins
79-83, sixth place finish
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
Manager(s) Sam Mele
Local television WTCN-TV
Local radio 830 WCCO AM
(Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Ray Scott)
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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.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

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]

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). Tony Oliva also led the team with 109 runs scored, and was named Rookie of the Year.

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

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

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB
New York Yankees 99 63 .611 --
Chicago White Sox 98 64 .605 1
Baltimore Orioles 97 65 .599 2
Detroit Tigers 85 77 .525 14
Los Angeles Angels 82 80 .506 17
Cleveland Indians 79 83 .488 20
Minnesota Twins 79 83 .488 20
Boston Red Sox 72 90 .444 27
Washington Senators 62 100 .383 37
Kansas City Athletics 57 105 .352 42

Notable transactions[edit]

  • June 6, 1964: Andy Kosco was signed as a free agent by the Twins.[3]
  • June 24, 1964: Rod Carew was signed as an amateur free agent by the Twins.[4]

Roster[edit]

1964 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Battey, EarlEarl Battey 131 405 110 .272 12 52
1B Allison, BobBob Allison 149 492 141 .287 32 86
2B Allen, BernieBernie Allen 74 243 52 .214 6 20
3B Rollins, RichRich Rollins 148 596 161 .270 12 68
SS Versalles, ZoiloZoilo Versalles 160 659 171 .259 20 64
LF Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 158 577 156 .270 49 111
CF Hall, JimmieJimmie Hall 149 510 144 .282 25 75
RF Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 161 672 217 .323 32 94

Other batters[edit]

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
Mincher, DonDon Mincher 120 287 68 .237 23 56
Snyder, JimJim Snyder 26 71 11 .155 1 9
Power, VicVic Power 19 45 10 .222 0 1

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 36 267.1 15 12 3.30 213
Kaat, JimJim Kaat 36 243 17 11 3.22 171
Stigman, DickDick Stigman 32 190 6 15 4.03 159
Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 26 166 11 9 2.82 75
Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 4 23.1 2 0 4.24 25

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Arrigo, GerryGerry Arrigo 41 105.2 7 4 3.84 96

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Worthington, AlAl Worthington 41 5 6 14 1.37 59
Pleis, BillBill Pleis 47 4 1 4 3.91 42
Klippstein, JohnnyJohnny Klippstein 33 0 4 2 1.97 39
Dailey, BillBill Dailey 14 1 2 0 8.22 6
Siebler, DwightDwight Siebler 9 0 0 0 4.91 10
Fischer, BillBill Fischer 9 0 1 0 7.36 2
Fosnow, JerryJerry Fosnow 7 0 1 0 10.97 9
Dotter, GaryGary Dotter 3 0 0 0 2.08 6

Farm system[edit]

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

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Melbourne

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Rudy May page 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, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  3. ^ Andy Kosco page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Rod Carew page at Baseball Reference

References[edit]