1961 Minnesota Twins Replay – May Summary …

TWINS_PROGRAM_1961

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)

pedro_ramos_peters_meats

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)

brewer_tom_1961_topps

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)

gentile_jim_1961_topps

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)

1961_white_sox_scorecard

 

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.

killebrew_1961

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.

1961_don_lee_photo

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.

bill_bruton_1961_topps

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.

long_dale_1961_topps

1961_harmon-killebrew_at_griffith_stadium

“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.

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2 thoughts on “1961 Minnesota Twins Replay – May Summary …

    1. I can not take any credit for the better than actual record thru the end of May. As you well know, teams get hot and teams get cold in these replays. Since I am using the actual as-played lineups, there really is not much I am doing any different that Lavagetto and now Mele, who takes over on June 16th. The dice have just been hotter for the Twins, and those things tend to even out over the 162 game season. I expect my 1961 Twins will finish close to their actual 70-90 record. We will see how it plays out! Thanks, as always, for following along!

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