1961 Minnesota Twins Replay – July Summary …

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The “replay” Twins would enter July of their first campaign in Minnesota, riding 10 games above their actual W-L record thru the end of June, with 39 wins and 35 losses in the replay, compared to 29 wins and 45 losses in real-life.

July for the real-life Twins was their best month of the season as they went 16-11 in actual play (in April they were 9-6 in actual play).  For the replay Twins, this July would come within 1 game of their actual performance, going 15-12.  As of end of the day, July 31, the replay Twins are now standing 9 games above their actual record at 54-47 (45-56 actual).

A quick look at the replay Twins record vs teams in the AL, shows the Twins handling both the Tigers and Orioles with surprising success.  But the Twins still find themselves in the bottom half of the standings, winning pct wise.  My only guess as to why the Twins have been able to pen the Tigers thus far, in using the actual lineups, the Tigers in ’61 did not always have their strongest going against the Twins.  

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The Twins still have 6 remaining vs each the Tigers and Orioles, so I expect the Twins fortunes may change vs those 2 clubs.

The biggest replay surprise story for this 1961 Twins team thus far, would have to be the pitching of Jack Kralick (BYZ).  Kralick thru the end of July, is riding a 16-4 record.  In 22 starts, he has 175-1/3 IP, 9 CG, a 2.05 ERA and just 10 round-trippers allowed.

Camilo Pascual (BX) has an 11-8 record with a 3.67 ERA and Pedro Ramos (CYZ), who lost 20 in real-life ’61, is also 11-8 with a 3.20 ERA.  Jim Kaat (CY) has not faired as well, currently with a 6-10 record and a 4.80 ERA.  These 4 starters account for 82 of the Twins 101 starts thus far.

Offensively, the Twins are currently slugging and scoring at a better rate (29 more runs) than they did in real-life ’61, through 101 games.  They have hit 138 homers in 101 games played.  In real-life, they hit 167 homers in 161 games.  The Twins are slugging at a rate of .421 compared to .397 actual (full season).  They have scored 489 runs compared to 460 through 101 games.  Harmon Killebrew leads the club with 33 homers (he had 32 at the same point in real-life).  The Twins team batting average (.241) is actually worse off through 101 games, compared to their actual full season BA (.250).

Defensively, the Twins have a .978 fielding pct, compared to their full-season actual .971 pct.

The net result of strong pitching, where through 101 games, a team ERA of 4.00 compared to their actual 4.28 ERA (full season), along with the stronger fielding, means the Twins have given up far fewer runs, 66.  The Twins have allowed 443 runs through their 101 replay games, vs 509 actual runs allowed.

A quick look at the high-lights and low-lights in the July replay …

  • The Twins open July with a loss to the Athletics, who have compiled a 6-5 record over the Twins, thus far.
  • After taking 2 of 3 from the White Sox, the Twins are swept by the Angels in a 2-game series, July 5-6.
  • The Twins lose their 3rd straight, on July 7th, but then go on to win 6 straight, before finally losing again, in the 2nd game of a July 16th double-header with the Indians.
  • The 6th straight win, in the 1st game of the July 16th double-header at Cleveland, was a 16-15 slugfest win over the Indians.  The Twins led 16-3 heading into the bottom of the 7th, when they gave up 10 runs, making the score 16-13, before giving up 2 more runs in the bottom of the 9th.  One of the craziest games I have rolled in my long 40 year history of rolling APBA Baseball games.
  • July 19th, 1st game of double-header vs the LA Angels, Camilo Pascual (BX) ties the ’61 Twins single-game high for strike-outs, with 11 (Kralick also K’d 11 on June 2nd).
  • July 21-23, Twins are swept 3-straight by Cleveland.
  • The Twins close out July by taking 2 of 3 vs the mighty Tigers (Twins swept the series in real-life), ending July with a 7-4 loss.

 

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The month of July:

(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)

Series #27:  Twins at Athletics, June 30, July 1, 2

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Game #75-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 7, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 9, ATHLETICS 3)

Game #76-  Replay Score:  TWINS 2, ATHLETICS 1  –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 8, TWINS 7)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (40-36)  –  Actual (30-46)

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In the Twins 2-1 win over Kansas City, the Twins avoid a sweep, and Billy Martin goes 2 for 5 with his 4th Twins homer.

 

Series #28:  White Sox at Twins, July 3, 4 (2)

white_sox_1960-1975  AT  twins_1961

Game #77-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 2, TWINS 1  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 6)

Game #78-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 6  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 4)

Game #79-  Replay Score:  TWINS 4, WHITE SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 4, WHITE SOX 2)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (42-37)  –  Actual (33-46)

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Bill Tuttle hits his 2nd and 3rd Twins homers in games # 78 and #79 vs Chicago, as the Twins win 7-6 and 4-2, with Tuttle going 4 for 11 in the series.

 

Series #29:  Angels at Twins, July 5, 6

angels_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #80-  Replay Score:  ANGELS 10, TWINS 7  –  (Actual Score:  ANGELS 6, TWINS 2)

Game #81-  Replay Score:  ANGELS 8, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  ANGELS 12, TWINS 11)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (42-39)  –  Actual (33-48)

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The Angels George Thomas, a native of Bloomington, MN, goes 5 for 11 with 2 HR, a triple and 8 RBI vs the Twins in his hometown.

 

Series #30:  Twins at Senators, July 7, 8, 9

twins_1961  AT  senators_1961

Game #82-  Replay Score:  SENATORS 3, TWINS 2  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 3, TWINS 0)

Game #83-  Replay Score:  TWINS 1, SENATORS 0  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 3, TWINS 2)

Game #84-  Replay Score:  TWINS 8, SENATORS 2  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 7, SENATORS 1)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (44-40)  –  Actual (34-50)

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Harmon Killebrew continues to haunt the new Senators, hitting a 6th inning solo HR (his 27th of the season) to break a 0-0 tie, in the Twins 1-0 win in game #83 at Griffith Stadium.  The Twins head into the All-Star Break with a 44-40 record.

 

Series #31:  Twins at Indians, July 13

twins_1961  AT  indians_1961

Game #85-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, INDIANS 4  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 9, INDIANS 6)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (45-40)  –  Actual (35-50)

1961_ted_lepcioVeteran player and utility man, Ted Lepcio, acquired earlier in the summer from the Phillies by the Minnesota Twins (Twins manager, Sam Mele, and Ted were former teammates with the Red Sox), makes his presence known with his 2nd Twins homer, a 3-run blast propelling the Twins to a win over the Indians in game #85.

 

Series #32:  Twins at Tigers, July 14, 15

twins_1961  AT  tigers_1961

Game #86-  Replay Score:  TWINS 3, TIGERS 1  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 5, TIGERS 2)

Game #87-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, TIGERS 1  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 2, TWINS 1)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (47-40)  –  Actual (36-51)

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Earl Battey (1-5-6 power) continues to launch baseballs over the fence at a pace much greater than his actual 1961 pace.  In the 2-game sweep of the Tigers, Battey hit his 18th and 19th homers of the season replay (he hit 17 homers in all of ’61 in real-life).  He is 2nd on the team in homers (Killebrew has 28) and leads the team in batting average at a .336 clip (.302 in actual 1961).

 

Series #33:  Twins at Indians, July 16 (2)

twins_1961  AT  indians_1961

Game #88-  Replay Score:  TWINS 16, INDIANS 15  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 7, TWINS 5)

Game #89-  Replay Score:  INDIANS 9, TWINS 5  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 12, INDIANS 5)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (48-41)  –  Actual (37-52)

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It was difficult to “highlight” one player from this crazy 2-game set between the Twins and Indians.  In game 1 of the July 16th double-header, the Twins were cruising with a 16-3 lead heading into the bottom of the 7th.  The Tribe put up 10 runs in the bottom of the 7th, highlighted by a Johnny Romano grandslam (his 2nd homer of the game).  Cleveland would score 2 more in the bottom of the 9th, falling a run short, losing 16-15.  The Indians avoid the double-header sweep, winning the 2nd game, 9-5.

 

Series #34:  Twins at Angels, July 18, 19 (2)

twins_1961  AT  angels_1961

Game #90-  Replay Score:  ANGELS 7, TWINS 4  –  (Actual Score:  ANGELS 4, TWINS 1)

Game #91-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, ANGELS 1  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 6, ANGELS 0)

Game #92-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, ANGELS 4  –  (Actual Score:  ANGELS 2, TWINS 1)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (50-42)  –  Actual (38-54)

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Camilo Pascual ties the Twins single-game high K total, 11, in game #91.  Jack Kralick also K’d 11 on June 2nd vs Detroit.

 

Series #35:  Indians at Twins, July 21, 22, 23

indians_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #93-  Replay Score:  INDIANS 6, TWINS 4  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 4, INDIANS 3)

Game #94-  Replay Score:  INDIANS 2, TWINS 1  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 4, TWINS 0)

Game #95-  Replay Score:  INDIANS 1, TWINS 0  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 10, INDIANS 0)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (50-45)  –  Actual (40-55)

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The Indians, Barry Latman (CYZ), completes the sweep of the Twins, pitching a CG, 4-hit, shut-out.

 

Series #36:  Senators at Twins, July 25, 26, 27

senators_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #96-  Replay Score:  TWINS 13, SENATORS 3  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 2, TWINS 1)

Game #97-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, SENATORS 2  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 10, SENATORS 9)

Game #98-  Replay Score:  SENATORS 6, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 5, SENATORS 2)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (52-46)  –  Actual (42-56)

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Zoilo Versalles (early in his career, he was referred to as Zorro, from the late 1950’s TV series, “Zorro”, against his wishes) return to the Twins lineup as lead-off man, was welcomed with Zoilo going 5 for 10 in the first 2 games of the series vs Washington, and finished the series going 5 for 14.

 

Series #37:  Twins at Tigers, July 28, 29, 30

twins_1961  AT  tigers_1961

Game #99-  Replay Score:  TWINS 4, TIGERS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 4, TIGERS 3)

Game #100-  Replay Score:  TWINS 3, TIGERS 0  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 5, TIGERS 4)

Game #101-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 7, TWINS 4  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 4, TIGERS 0)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (54-47)  –  Actual (45-56)

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Game #2 of the series and Game #100 of the season, Jim Kaat (coming into the game with a 5-10 record) twirls a CG shut-out of the heavy-hitting Detroit Tigers, winning 3-0.

 

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TWINS Stats thru end of July (click on link to read):

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TWINS month-by-month Summaries (click on link to read):

APRIL (W-L):  6-9  (9-6 Actual)

MAY (W-L):  18-10  (10-18 Actual)

JUNE (W-L):  15-16  (10-21 Actual)

JULY (W-L):  15-12  (16-11 Actual)

 

A heartfelt tribute to Harmon Killebrew on Youtube:

 

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A little NFL trivia, with SuperBowl LII in mind …

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1969 NFL Championship game, played at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN

With SuperBowl LII just 2+ weeks away, and the Minnesota Vikings, still 1 elusive game away from becoming the 1st NFL team to play the SuperBowl on their home turf, it made me think back to when they had the NFL Championship game, when there were still 2 leagues, the NFL and the AFL.

The last “NFL Championship Game” would be held for the 1969 NFL season (with the winner advancing to SuperBowl IV, to play the AFL Champion).  The Vikings finished the 1969 season 12-2, and even though the record was good enough to earn them home field for a potential NFL championship game, home field was already predetermined by what division and conference (East or West) you were in, as it alternated each year.  Luckily for the Minnesota Vikings in 1969, it would be their home game, if they won the NFC Central and they advanced to the Championship game.

The Vikings first defeated the Los Angeles Rams at home, to advance to the NFL Championship game.  The Cleveland Browns had defeated the Dallas Cowboys to advance.

On January 4th, 1970, the last “NFL Championship Game” was held, at Metropolitan Stadium, in Bloomington, MN, between the Cleveland Browns and the Minnesota Vikings.  The Vikings would be the last NFL team to play the NFL Championship game at home … will it finally occur again, in SuperBowl LII?

 

 

TCABT-IX: Team Selection begins …

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Team selection for the Neil Ess Memorial – Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament – IX has begun for the Saturday, April 7th date.

I will keep this post updated with the new entrants/teams as they come in.

  1. 1970 TWINS – CHRIS KAUFMAN (MANKATO, MN)
  2. 2017 ASTROS –  JOHN KALOUS (BELLEVILLE, IL)
  3. 1905 GIANTS – GARY BORTHWICK (CRYSTAL, MN)
  4. 1938 YANKEES – DAVE NORLANDER (DULUTH, MN)
  5. 1976 REDS – CRAIG CHRISTIAN (EAU CLAIRE, WI)
  6. 1950 RED SOX – BEN LOFGREN (HAWLEY, MN)
  7. 1987 TIGERS – FRED JOHNSON (COTTAGE GROVE, MN)
  8. 2017 NATIONALS – KEVIN CLUFF (APPLE VALLEY, MN)
  9. 2016 RED SOX – CHRIS SHORES (MINNEAPOLIS, MN)
  10. 1980 EXPOS – SCOTT EGGE (WOODBURY, MN)
  11. 1953 DODGERS – JIM FRAASCH (SAVAGE, MN)
  12. 1955 DODGERS – PHIL GERAFFO (MINNETONKA, MN)
  13. 1969 ORIOLES – ROBERT ELLEY (LONGVIEW, TX)
  14. 1911 GIANTS – BRUCE TYLER (ELK RIVER, MN)
  15. 2016 INDIANS – BOB COLLINS (WOODBURY, MN)
  16. 1993 BLUE JAYS – LEROY ARNOLDI (PRIOR LAKE, MN)
  17. 1941 DODGERS – GREGG NELSON (MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  18. 1972 PIRATES – GARTH ANDERSEN (ANDOVER, MN)
  19. 2001 MARINERS – MARTY LEE (LENEXA, KS)
  20. 1936 YANKEES – JEFF BOEDING (PLATTE CITY, MO)
  21. 2006 PADRES – KURT BERGLAND (WAUKESHA, WI)
  22. 1973 BRAVES – GEORGE ADAMS (LIBERTY, MO)
  23. 1968 TIGERS – DARRELL SHREVE (ST. PAUL, MN)
  24. 1954 INDIANS – PAT MARTIN (BROOKLYN PARK, MN)
  25. 1998 BRAVES – MIKE VITT (LOUISVILLE, KY)
  26. 1978 YANKEES – CLEON PAVLICEK (BLOOMINGTON, MN)
  27. 2006 TWINS – DARRELL SKOGEN (MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  28. 2017 INDIANS – ROB SKOGEN (FOREST LAKE, MN)
  29. 1910 ATHLETICS – STEVE SOLMONSON (MAPLE GROVE, MN)
  30. 1939 YANKEES – PAUL VAN BEEK (WINONA, MN)
  31. ?

 

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1968 APBA Baseball Ad in back of The 1968 Baseball Yearbook Magazine.

1961 Minnesota Twins Replay – June Summary …

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The Twins replay rolls into the month of June, on the heals of an 18-10 May, and 24-19 overall.  But the Twins were not staying put with the current roster either (in real-life, the Twins struggled in May).  The Twins would make their first significant trades and player transactions in the month of June (note, in addition, earlier in May, the Twins had acquired pitcher Ed Palmquist from the Dodgers).

On June 1st, the Twins traded little used Billy Consolo to the Braves for veteran 2B-man, Billy Martin.  Also on June 1st, the Twins traded 3B-man Reno Bertoia and struggling pitcher, Paul Giel to the Athletics for speedy CF/3B, Bill Tuttle.  And on June 2nd, the Twins purchased Julio Becquer from the Phillies.  These newly acquired players would make an immediate impact with significant playing time for the Minnesota Twins.  And on June 14th, the Twins would trade veteran 2B-man Billy Gardner to the Yankees for little used pitcher, Danny McDevitt.  The Twins also signed Ted Lepcio as a free agent.

 

 

Whether or not the trades would mean more wins for the Twins, would remain to be seen as the season played on.  However, the energy and savy experience from a veteran like Billy Martin and speed of a player like Bill Tuttle, would surely change the Twins style of play.

A quick look at the high-lights and low-lights in the June replay …

  • Twins open June with 3 consecutive upset wins over the heavy hitting Tigers, winning 3 of 4 in the series.
  • The Twins drop 3 of 4 in the very next series, vs the Yankees.
  • The long road-trip continues, as the Twins bats are silenced in the 2-game series opener at Baltimore.  Jack Fisher for the O’s, twirls a 2-hit shut-out over the Twins.
  • With a 3-game sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway, the Twins 18-game road-trip comes to an end, going 10-8 during that stretch.  The Twins score a season-high 17 runs in the middle game of the 3-game series.
  • Back home after 18 games on the road, the Twins quickly drop the first 2 of a 3-game set to the lowly Athletics.
  • June 16th, Sam Mele takes over as Twins skipper and is greeted by getting swept by the Chisox, in a 4-game series.
  • With the Orioles in town, Mele get’s his first wins as Twins manager, with a 3-game sweep of Baltimore.  The Twins have the Orioles number thus far in ’61, going 9-3 in their 12 games played thus far.
  • June 23rd, the Yankees make their 2nd trip to Metropolitan Stadium and rock Camilo Pascual for 3 early homers.  The Yankees hit 4 homers in the 10-5 rout of the Twins.  Roger Maris hit 2 of them.  On the losing side, Harmon Killebrew goes 4 for 4, with 2 HRs, a double and 4 RBI.
  • June 29th, Twins trail Boston 11-6 after 6 innings.  Twins tie it with 2 in 7th, 3 in 8th and win the game in the bottom of the 11th, 12-11.  Lenny Green goes 5 for 7, with 5 singles, Killebrew hits his 24th and 25th homers, and Twins pound out a season-high 19 hits.
  • June 30th, Jack Kralick and the Twins lead Kansas City, 3-0 heading into the bottom of the 9th.  Dick Howser hits a 3-run HR to tie the game for the Athletics.  Twins lose in the bottom of the 10th when Hank Bauer hits a pinch-hit triple scoring Haywood Sullivan from 1st.
  • Harmon Killebrew hits 11 homers in the last 13 games of June.  Killer hit 15 homers for all of June, and has 26 homers heading into July.

 

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The month of June:

(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)

Series #18:  Twins at Tigers, June 2, 3, 4 (2)

twins_1961  AT  tigers_1961

Game #44-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, TIGERS 5  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 2, TWINS 0)

Game #45-  Replay Score:  TWINS 3, TIGERS 0  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 2, TWINS 1)

Game #46-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, TIGERS 2  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 10, TWINS 4)

Game #47-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 7, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 9, TWINS 3)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (27-20)  –  Actual (19-28)

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Game #44, Dan Dobbek, gaining a rare starting lineup appearance, playing RF and batting 5th, goes 2 for 5 with a HR and 4 RBI.

 

Series #19:  Twins at Yankees, June 5 (2), 6, 7

twins_1961  AT  yankees_1961

Game #48-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 9, TWINS 2  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 6, TWINS 2)

Game #49-  Replay Score:  TWINS 3, YANKEES 1  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 6, TWINS 1)

Game #50-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 5, TWINS 2  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 7, TWINS 2)

Game #51-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 7, TWINS 5  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 5, TWINS 1)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (28-23)  –  Actual (19-32)

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Cookie Lavagetto and Ralph Houk.  Happier times for Cookie, as his days as Twins first ever manager are numbered.

 

Series #20:  Twins at Orioles, June 8, 10

twins_1961  AT  orioles_1961

Game #52-  Replay Score:  ORIOLES 2, TWINS 0  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 3, ORIOLES 1)

Game #53-  Replay Score:  TWINS 4, ORIOLES 1  –  (Actual Score:  ORIOLES 4, TWINS 3)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (29-24)  –  Actual (20-33)

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Game #52, Jack Fisher twirls 2-hit, CG, shut-out win for the Orioles over the Twins.

 

Series #21:  Twins at Red Sox, June 11 (2), 12

twins_1961  AT  red_sox_1961

Game #54-  Replay Score:  TWINS 5, RED SOX 0  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 8, TWINS 2)

Game #55-  Replay Score:  TWINS 17, RED SOX 6  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 10, RED SOX 5)

Game #56-  Replay Score:  TWINS 8, RED SOX 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 10, TWINS 8)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (32-24)  –  Actual (21-35)

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Bob Allison goes 5 for 10 in the 3-game series at Fenway, with 2 HR, and 8 RBI.

 

Series #22:  Athletics at Twins, June 13, 14, 15

athletics_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #57-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 6, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 8, ATHLETICS 6)

Game #58-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 3, TWINS 2  –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 9, TWINS 2)

Game #59-  Replay Score:  TWINS 12, ATHLETICS 1  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 4, ATHLETICS 3)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (33-26)  –  Actual (23-36)

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Jim Lemon goes 2 for 3, with 2 walks, blasting a 3-run homer and driving in 4 RBI, in the Twins 12-1 win over the Athletics in the rubber game of the series.

 

Series #23:  Twins at White Sox, June 16, 17, 18 (2)

twins_1961  AT  white_sox_1960-1975

Game #60-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 1, TWINS 0  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 1)

Game #61-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 5, TWINS 0  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 5, TWINS 1)

Game #62-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 9, TWINS 8  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 4, TWINS 3)

Game #63-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 6, TWINS 4  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 10, TWINS 7)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (33-30)  –  Actual (24-39)

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Sam Mele, the new Twins skipper, takes over June 16th.  The White Sox earn a 4-game sweep over the Twins.

(Click here, for a recorded interview with Sam Mele, from 2009)

 

Series #24:  Orioles at Twins, June 20, 21, 22

orioles_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #64-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, ORIOLES 2  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 5, ORIOLES 4)

Game #65-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, ORIOLES 0  –  (Actual Score:  ORIOLES 11, TWINS 5)

Game #66-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, ORIOLES 5  –  (Actual Score:  ORIOLES 8, TWINS 2)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (36-30)  –  Actual (25-41)

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The Twins Earl Battey, goes 6 for 6 in the first 2 games of the 3-game sweep of the Orioles.  And the Twins domination of the Orioles in 1961 continues, with the Twins winning 9 of the first 12 meetings between the clubs.

 

Series #25:  Yankees at Twins, June 23, 24, 25

yankees_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #67-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 10, TWINS 5  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 4, YANKEES 0)

Game #68-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 6, TWINS 0  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 10, TWINS 7)

Game #69-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, YANKEES 1  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 8, TWINS 4)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (37-32)  –  Actual (26-43)

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Jack Kralick’s pitching is one of the main reasons for the Twins being 5 games over .500 at this point in the season.  With a CG, 6-1 win over the Yankees, Kralick improves to 12-3 on the season, with a 1.92 ERA in 122 IP and 15 starts.

 

Series #26:  Red Sox at Twins, June 27 (2), 28, 29

red_sox_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #70-  Replay Score:  TWINS 8, RED SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 6, RED SOX 5)

Game #71-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 6, TWINS 5  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 6. RED SOX 3)

Game #72-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 6, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 6, TWINS 2)

Game #73-  Replay Score:  TWINS 12, RED SOX 11  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 9, TWINS 5)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (39-34)  –  Actual (28-45)

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Harmon Killebrew goes 7 for 18 in 4-game series vs Boston, with 5 HR, 10 RBI.

 

Series #27:  Twins at Athletics, June 30, July 1, 2

twins_1961  AT  athletics_1961

Game #74-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 4, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 8, ATHLETICS 2)

TWINS (end of June) RECORD:  Replay (39-35)  –  Actual (29-45)

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June closes on a sour note, with the 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Athletics (the 1st of a 3-game series continuing into July).

The Twins finish 15-16 for the month of June, but are running 10 wins ahead of their actual 1961 record.

Note:  A quick run comparison at the end of June, has the Twins scoring 359 runs (vs 322 actual) and allowing 330 runs (vs 406 actual).  One thing I have noticed is the Twins are not making nearly as many errors as they should be, and have not been giving up as many unearned runs as expected.  Their team ERA thru 73 games is 4.23, compared to their actual full-season team ERA of 4.28, which is almost right on.

TWINS end of JUNE BATTING STATS

TWINS end of JUNE PITCHING STATS

TWINS end of JUNE FIELDING STATS

TWINS month-by-month Summaries (click on link to read):

APRIL (W-L):  6-9 (9-6 Actual)

MAY (W-L):  18-10 (10-18 Actual)

JUNE (W-L):  15-16 (10-21 Actual)

 

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Earl Battey is first Minnesota Twins player to appear on the cover of the monthly Baseball Digest (June, 1961)

1961 Minnesota Twins Replay – May Summary …

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After the Twins opened their first April, playing 11 games on the road and just 4 games at home, May would bring 21 home games, and just 7 road games.

The month would see several interesting high-lights and low-lights in the replay …

  • May 2nd, the Twins pound out 15 hits in a 10-4 shellacking of the visiting Yankees.
  • May 9th, Jim Gentile of the Baltimore Orioles belts 3 HR with 7 RBI, in 11-3 drubbing of the Twins.
  • May 10th, the Twins are 1-hit by Dick Hall of the Orioles, but Earl Battey’s solo-blast in the bottom of the 5th give the Twins a 1-0 win, with a 4-hit shut-out pitched by Jack Kralick.
  • May 14th, Twins begin 10-game win-streak with win over the Angels.
  • May 23rd, Twins win their 10th straight, defeating the Tigers.
  • May 24th, the Tigers rout the Twins 20-0, as Twins 10-game win-streak comes to an end.  The Tigers homer 7 times, at least 1 per inning from the 2nd thru the 7th, and score at least 1 run all 9 innings.  This marks the first time the Twins were shut-out this season.
  • May 27th, Dale Long of the Washington Senators hits a 1-out, walk-off, Grand Slam in the bottom of the 9th, to lift the Senators over the Twins, 7-6.

Read the May 15, 1961 Sports Illustrated article on Twins Manager, Cookie Lavagetto …

 

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The month of May:

(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)

Series #7:  White Sox at Twins, April 30, May 1

white_sox_1960-1975  AT  twins_1961

Game #16-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 5, TWINS 4  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 6, WHITE SOX 5)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (6-10)  –  Actual (10-6)

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Series #8:  Yankees at Twins, May 2, 3, 4

yankees_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #17-  Replay Score:  TWINS 10, YANKEES 4  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 6, TWINS 4)

Game #18-  Replay Score:  TWINS 5, YANKEES 1  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 7, TWINS 3)

Game #19-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 4, TWINS 2  –  (Actual Score:  YANKEES 5, TWINS 2)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (8-11)  –  Actual (10-9)

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May 3rd, Pedro Ramos twirls a CG win for the Twins over the Yankees.

 

Series #9:  Red Sox at Twins, May 5, 7

red_sox_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #20-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 4, TWINS 1  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 5, RED SOX 1)

Game #21-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 6, TWINS 2  –  (Actual Score:  RED SOX 11, TWINS 9)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (8-13)  –  Actual (11-10)

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Red Sox hurler, Tom Brewer walks 7, but allows just 2 hits thru 8 IP, in a 4-1 victory over the Twins.

 

Series #10:  Orioles at Twins, May 9, 10, 11

orioles_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #22-  Replay Score:  ORIOLES 11, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  ORIOLES 13, TWINS 5)

Game #23-  Replay Score:  TWINS 1, ORIOLES 0  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 10, ORIOLES 6)

Game #24-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, ORIOLES 6  –  (Actual Score:  ORIOLES 8, TWINS 7)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (10-14)  –  Actual (12-12)

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Jim Gentile blasts 3 HR with 7 RBI and 4 runs scored in the 11-3 win over the Twins.

 

Series #11:  Angels at Twins, May 12, 13, 14

angels_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #25-  Replay Score:  TWINS 8, ANGELS 6  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 5, ANGELS 4)

Game #26-  Replay Score:  ANGELS 8, TWINS 6  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 13, ANGELS 6)

Game #27-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, ANGELS 2  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 4, ANGELS 3)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (12-15)  –  Actual (15-12)

building_the_1961_angelsAn interesting SABR read: Creating the 1961 Los Angeles Angels in 120 Days

 

Series #12:  Twins at White Sox, May 15, 16

twins_1961  AT  white_sox_1960-1975

Game #28-  Replay Score:  TWINS 3, WHITE SOX 2  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 5, WHITE SOX 0)

Game #29-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 1  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 5, TWINS 4)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (14-15)  –  Actual (16-13)

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Series #13:  Athletics at Twins, May 18, 19, 20

athletics_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #30-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, ATHLETICS 2  –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 4, TWINS 3)

Game #31-  Replay Score:  TWINS 3, ATHLETICS 1  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 11, ATHLETICS 1)

*Game #32-  Replay Score:  TWINS 9, ATHLETICS 2  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 2, ATHLETICS 0)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (17-15)  –  Actual (18-14)

*Note, the Twins replay win-streak reaches 6.

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A young Harm Killebrew blasts his 7th homer of the season in a 9-2 win over KC.

 

Series #14:  Indians at Twins, May 21 (2), 22

indians_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #33-  Replay Score:  TWINS 8, INDIANS 6  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 9, TWINS 0)

Game #34-  Replay Score:  TWINS 1, INDIANS 0  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 2, TWINS 0)

*Game #35-  Replay Score:  TWINS 5, INDIANS 3  –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 7, TWINS 5)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (20-15)  –  Actual (18-17)

*Note, the Twins replay win-streak reaches 9.

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Game 2, of May 21st double-header, Don Lee pitches CG, 1-0 shut-out for his 1st win of 1961.

 

Series #15:  Tigers at Twins, May 23, 24, 25

tigers_1961  AT  twins_1961

*Game #36-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, TIGERS 4  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 5, TWINS 2)

**Game #37-  Replay Score:  TIGERS 20, TWINS 0  –  (Actual Score:  TIGERS 5, TWINS 4)

Game #38-  Replay Score:  TWINS 10, TIGERS 8  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 7, TIGERS 6)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (22-16)  –  Actual (19-19)

*Note, the Twins replay win-streak reaches 10.

**Note, the Tigers end the Twins win-streak at 10.  The Tigers scored at least 1 run each inning and blasted 7 homers.

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Detroit’s Bill Bruton goes 4 for 5, with 2 HR and 4 RBI in the 20-0 rout of the Twins.

 

Series #16:  Twins at Senators, May 26, 27, 28

twins_1961  AT  senators_1961

Game #39-  Replay Score:  TWINS 7, SENATORS 6  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 4, TWINS 3)

*Game #40-  Replay Score:  SENATORS 7, TWINS 6  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 14, TWINS 4)

Game #41-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, SENATORS 2  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 6, TWINS 4)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (24-17)  –  Actual (19-22)

*Note, Game #40 ended with a walk-off Grand Slam by Dale Long for a Senators 7-6 win over the Twins.

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“Killer” at Griffith Stadium, 1961.  Replay wise, Harmon would homer twice in this 3 game series, his first return to Griffith Stadium.

 

Series #17:  Twins at Indians, May 30 (2)

twins_1961  AT  indians_1961

Game #42-  Replay Score: INDIANS 6, TWINS 5   –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 4, TWINS 3)

Game #43-  Replay Score: INDIANS 4, TWINS 2   –  (Actual Score:  INDIANS 7, TWINS 5)

TWINS (end of May) RECORD:  Replay (24-19)  –  Actual (19-24)

grant_mudcat_1961_topps

The Indians, Mudcat Grant, earns the win in game 2 of the May 30th double-header.

May ends with 2 losses to the Cleveland Indians, but the Twins close out a very successful May, going 18-10 for the month, including a 10-game win-streak.

Note:  A quick run comparison at the end of May, has the Twins scoring 205 runs (vs 197 actual) and allowing 198 runs (vs 227 actual).

TWINS end of MAY BATTING STATS

TWINS end of MAY PITCHING STATS

TWINS end of MAY FIELDING STATS

TWINS month-by-month Summaries (click on link to read):

APRIL:  6-9 (9-6 Actual)

MAY:  18-10 (10-18 Actual)

 

Metropolitan Stadium C.1961

A nice sketch of Metropolitan Stadium as it appeared in 1961, shortly after early construction of 1st level of stands down first base foul line.

Regional APBA Baseball Tourney Announcement: TCABT-IX

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The Neil Ess Memorial Twin Cities APBA Baseball Tournament – IX, will take place Saturday, April 7th, 2018.  The usual location, Darrell Skogen’s home in Maple Grove, MN.

TCABT-IX

  • Date:  Saturday, April 7th, 2018
  • Location:  Darrel Skogen’s home in Maple Grove, MN
    • 9575 Glacier Lane, Maple Grove, MN 55369
  • Time:  8:15am till finish (plan on around 6:00pm)
  • Team selection:  Begins Saturday, January 6th at 12:00am (just after midnight on Friday)

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30 APBA fans took part in TCABT-VIII last October.

Any MLB team from 1901 to 2017 is eligible, except for the following previous TCABT champions:

  • 1927 YANKEES
  • 1954 GIANTS
  • 1902 PIRATES
  • 1937 YANKEES
  • 2011 RANGERS
  • 1930 CARDINALS
  • 1930 YANKEES
  • 1929 ATHLETICS

Email your top 3 team selections to Jim Fraasch at “jwfraasch@mchsi.com” starting after midnight on Friday (Saturday AM), January 6th.  Teams are awarded on a first entry received basis.  If your team has already been selected before you turned in your entry, you would then be given choice #2 or #3 on your list, etc.

Team selection period concludes at the end of the day, Friday, March 16th.

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Some tournament rules include:

  • 22 man roster
  • DH must be used
  • 4-man rotation in division play (to be a starting pitcher, pitcher must have made at least 10 starts in actual season)
  • 3-man rotation during the “best-of-three” bracket play, with the rotation starting over for the beginning of each series.
  • 8 teams qualify for the “best-of-three” bracket play.
  • For a player to be in the starting lineup, he must have had at least 100 PA during the actual season.
  • For a non-pitcher to be on the roster, he must have had at least 25 PA during the actual season.
  • Basic game, using all advanced rules (we utilize only the latest Basic Game booklet, printed in 2013).
  • We also use the APBA Journal Error Distribution Card and Unusual Play Card.
  • We also have our own Bases Empty Error Re-roll card for Fielding One infielders (2B, SS, 3B)
  • No injuries extend past the current game (players are only injured for the remainder of the game, as is the case with Ejections)
  • No rain-outs, re-roll dice using Unusual Play Card a 2nd time.

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TCABT-VIII Champion, Alec Otto (1929 Athletics) on left with runner-up, Terry Borthwick (2015 Blue Jays) on right.

For the 2nd time, we will be offering a tourney t-shirt for purchase through CustomInk.

Here is the graphic for the tshirt, representing our upcoming 2018 tournaments, TCABT-IX and TCABT-X (note cost will be about $14):

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1961 Minnesota Twins Replay – April Summary …

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The 1960 Washington Senators closed out their existence in D.C., and moved to the Twin Cities of Minnesota.  Minneapolis and St. Paul would welcome the Twins and the team would play their games equal distance from both cities, on the prairie by the major airport in Bloomington, MN.

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(Above): The original grading of Metropolitan Stadium, circa 1955.  – Note, yes, this is where the Mall of America stands today (Below).

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A view of the Mall of America, from the same angle/direction, as the grading picture of the Metropolitan Stadium construction above.

Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington had opened as the home to the Minneapolis Millers from 1956 to 1960, but the town and the state yearned for their first attempt at big league baseball.

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Millers manager, Eddie Stanky, argues to no avail vs the Wichita Braves, with a packed house at Metropolitan Stadium in the later 1950’s.

Calvin Griffith, looking for new means of better revenue streams, focused his efforts on moving his Senators club out of Washington, D.C.  Calvin realized his wish when the American League OK’d the move of the Senators to the Twin Cities, and granting Washington D.C. a new expansion franchise, along with the Los Angeles Angels.

Some silent footage from the Twins first “Spring Training” in Orlando, FL:

Some of the Twins players you see:  Jim Lemon in street clothes talking to Bob Allison in uniform and Earl Battey on the left in uniform;  #17 Camilo Pascual;  #3 Harmon Killebrew;  #2 Zoilo Versalles;  #18 Paul Giel;  Mgr. Cookie Lavagetto (kneeling by post);  #21 Ray Moore;  At end of video, sitting in street clothes, Chuck Stobbs and Jim Lemon.

I have played APBA Baseball since 1978, and I have always had the desire to replay every Minnesota Twins season, using APBA.  I had attempted solo-team replays before, but never using the actual as-played lineups for a solo-team replay.  Today, with the advantages of the historical online boxscores, and with APBA Game Co. printing every card for a player that appeared in a given season, it is the right time if you are into as-played actual lineup replays.

Hopefully within this blog post, I will capture the excitement and fun of reliving this first Minnesota Twins season, one month at a time.  This 1961 Twins team is nothing special, especially if you are not a Twins fan.  However, it is the first season that MLB was played in Minnesota.  And Harmon Killebrew made his lasting impression in that inaugural 1961 season blasting 46 homeruns while driving in 122 runs.

For a closer look at each player, their 1961 Topps cards (note the last few cards in the rotation are players who were traded to the Twins during the ’61 season):

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I am using the APBA Basic Game, using the 2013 version of the Basic Game booklet.  I am also using BallStat and BallScore to track my stats.  I enter each game into BallScore after I complete a game, scoring the old fashioned way, on paper.  The 1961 APBA Baseball Season set I am using was the last printing of the Basic Game cards, and included every player who played that season, printed in 2013.  I am using all advanced rules, along with the Error Distribution Card and Unusual Play Card from the old APBA Journal.

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The 1961 Twins opened the season with former Brooklyn Dodger, Harry “Cookie” Lavagetto as their skipper.  However, he would only last until June 15th, with Sam Mele taking over as manager on June 16th.  The Twins with Lavagetto had endured a 13 game losing streak, and about a week later, Lavagetto not only was the first Twins manager, but also the first Twins manager to be fired.

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Call it the Sports Illustrated “jynx”, with the SI cover date of May 15th, Mgr. Cookie Lavagetto, in the next 31 Twins games after May 15th, would go 7-24 and lose his job after a win on June 15th.

With APBA Baseball and 1961 at my fingertips, I am magically on the top step of the Twins home dugout, calling the shots …

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Home dugout, Metropolitan Stadium, during construction, circa 1956.

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I will breakdown each month of the replay, starting with April.  Future blog posts will be for each subsequent month.

(click on game scores below for either the REPLAY boxscore or the ACTUAL boxscore)

Season Opening Series:  Twins at Yankees, April 11

twins_1961 AT yankees_1961

Game #1-  Replay Score:  YANKEES 7, TWINS 5  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 6, YANKEES 0)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (0-1)  –  Actual (1-0)

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Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio take in the 1961 Yankee opener.

 

Series #2:  Twins at Orioles, April 14, 15, 16 (2)

twins_1961 AT orioles_1961

Game #2-  Replay Score:  ORIOLES 6, TWINS 5  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 3, ORIOLES 2)

Game #3-  Replay Score:  TWINS 4, ORIOLES 0  –  (Actual Score:  ORIOLES 8, TWINS 0)

Game #4-  Replay Score:  TWINS 9, ORIOLES 0  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 10, ORIOLES 5)

Game #5-  Replay Score:  TWINS 4, ORIOLES 1  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 6, ORIOLES 4)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (3-2)  –  Actual (4-1)

Killebrew Injured April 15, 1961

Harmon Killebrew is helped off the field after injuring his hamstring in just the 3rd game of the season.  Killebrew does not return to the Twins lineup until April 29th.

 

Series #3:  Twins at Red Sox, April 18

twins_1961  AT  red_sox_1961

Game #6-  Replay Score:  RED SOX 5, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 3, RED SOX 2)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (3-3)  –  Actual (5-1)

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Series #4:  Senators at Twins, April 21, 22, 23

senators_1961  AT  twins_1961

Game #7-  Replay Score:  TWINS 2, SENATORS 1  –  (Actual Score:  SENATORS 5, TWINS 3)

Game #8-  Replay Score:  SENATORS 9, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 5, SENATORS 4)

Game #9-  Replay Score:  TWINS 2, SENATORS 1  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 1, SENATORS 0)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (5-4)  –  Actual (7-2)

1961_home_opener_scoreboard

The Met Stadium scoreboard into the 9th inning of the Twins first ever Home Opener.

 

Series #5:  Twins at Athletics, April 24, 25

twins_1961  AT  athletics_1961

Game #10-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 6, TWINS 5  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 10, ATHLETICS 6)

Game #11-  Replay Score:  ATHLETICS 10, TWINS 9  –  (Actual Score:  ATHLETICS 20, TWINS 2)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (5-6)  –  Actual (8-3)

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The A’s Lou klimchock goes 2 for 5 with a HR and 4 RBI in 10-9 Athletic win over Twins.

 

Series #6:  Twins at Angels, April 27, 28, 29

twins_1961  AT  angels_1961

Game #12-  Replay Score:  ANGELS 5, TWINS 3  –  (Actual Score:  TWINS 4, ANGELS 2)

Game #13-  Replay Score:  TWINS 6, ANGELS 3  –  (Actual Score:  ANGELS 6, TWINS 5)

Game #14-  Replay Score:  ANGELS 9, TWINS 2  –  (Actual Score:  ANGELS 4, TWINS 1)

TWINS RECORD:  Replay (6-8)  –  Actual (9-5)

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Angel hurler, Ken McBride, pitches a CG win over the Twins, winning 9-2, while striking out 10.

 

Series #7:  White Sox at Twins, April 30, May 1

white_sox_1960-1975  AT  twins_1961

Game #15-  Replay Score:  WHITE SOX 4, TWINS 2  –  (Actual Score:  WHITE SOX 5, TWINS 3)

TWINS APRIL RECORD:  Replay (6-9)  –  Actual (9-6)

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White Sox catcher, Cam Carreon goes 3 for 4, with a HR and 2 RBI in 4-2 win over Twins.

April ends with the loss to the White Sox.

Note:  A quick run comparison for April has the Twins scoring 63 runs (vs 62 actual) and allowing 67 (vs 73 actual).

As I complete this post, the replay is well into May.  I plan to post May results in a few weeks.

TWINS end of APRIL BATTING STATS

TWINS end of APRIL PITCHING STATS

TWINS end of APRIL FIELDING STATS

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Metropolitan Stadium, circa 1961.

April’s replay high-lights and low-lights included:

  • The first ever game for the Twins.  Yankee Stadium on April 11th, 1961.  Whitey Ford and the Yankees proved to be too much for Pedro Ramos and the Twins, as Mickey Mantle clouts a HR with the Yankees putting up 5 runs in the later innings.  New York prevails 7-5.
  • April 15th, after losing their first 2 games of the young season, the Twins won their first game in franchise history on a 1-hitter, CG shut-out by Chuck Stobbs (DZ), over the Baltimore Orioles.  The 1 Orioles hit was a Gus Triandos single in the 2nd inning.
  • April 16th, 1st game of a double-header, the Twins, with Pedro Ramos (CYZ) on the hill, pitch their 2nd CG, 1-hit, shut-out, back-to-back.  The 1 Orioles hit came as a 2-out, bottom of the 7th double by Jim Gentile.
  • April 21st, vs the expansion Washington Senators, the Twins win their first ever home game, 2-1.  Pinch-hitter, Dan Dobbek. singles home the winning run in the bottom of the 9th with 1 out.
  • April 24th and 25th making their first trip to Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, the Twins see 2 late inning leads turn into 2 heart-breaking losses.  Game 10 of the season, the Twins had just taken a 5-3 lead in the top of the 10th, but KC ties the game with 2 in the bottom of the 10th.  In the bottom of the 11th, KC wins the game in walk-off fashion, a 1-out run-scoring PH single by Lou Klimchock.  Game 11 of the season, has the Twins sporting a 9-6 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th.  Lou Klimchock ties the game with a 3-run blast off of Twins closer, Ray Moore.  With 1 out, the A’s get 2 more base runners and Bill Tuttle hits into a game-winning fielder’s choice when the Twins fail to turn the DP.

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1961 Minnesota Twins Uniform