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1961 Minnesota Twins Roster

On October 26, 1960, Minnesota baseball fans learned that Calvin Griffith was given permission by Major League Baseball to move his fledging Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 baseball season. Metropolitan Stadium was covered in snow when the now dubbed 'Minnesota Twins' caravan came to town to prepare for an April opening, but skies were bright and clear as the Twins began their first season in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. The former Senators team was a powerhouse, featuring hitters Harmon Killebrew and Jim Lemon, 1959 Rookie-of-the-Year Bob Allison, and premiere pitchers Camilo Pascual and lefty Jim Kaat. But Griffith was also known for stocking his team and the minors with aging veterans hoping for one last shot at big league glory. The Twins drew a then amazing 1,256,723 fans in 1961, and Griffith enjoyed the spoils of TV revenue triple of what he experienced in Washington D.C. Killebrew and Pascual represented the team at the All-Star Game, and Earl Battey earned a Gold Glove as catcher. Cookie Lavagetto was fired mid-season after a dismal start and replaced by coach Sam Mele, who inspired new confidence in the Minnesota Twins. Note: 'Down on the Farm' includes some players on-the-team or involved in transactions from the previous season's Washington Senators roster -- interesting who could've been Twins!
Harmon
Killebrew
G: 
 150
AVG: 
.288
HR: 
 46
Camilo
Pascual
W-L: 
 15 - 16
K's: 
 221
ERA: 
 3.46
Earl
Battey
G: 
 133
AVG: 
.302
HR: 
 17
Billy
Martin
G: 
 6
AVG: 
.000
HR: 
 0
Bill
Tuttle
G: 
 25
AVG: 
.262
HR: 
 0
Zoilo
Versalles
G: 
 129
AVG: 
.280
HR: 
 7
Jim
Lemon
G: 
 129
AVG: 
.258
HR: 
 14
Lenny
Green
G: 
 156
AVG: 
.285
HR: 
 9
Bob
Allison
G: 
 159
AVG: 
.245
HR: 
 29
CP
Ray
Moore
W-L: 
 4 - 4
K's: 
 45
ERA: 
 3.67
Manager
Sam
Mele
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bench Players

Don
Mincher
G: 
 35
AVG: 
.188
HR: 
 5
Pete
Whisenant
G: 
 10
AVG: 
.000
HR: 
 0
Joe
Altobelli
G: 
 41
AVG: 
.221
HR: 
 3
Reno
Bertoia
G: 
 35
AVG: 
.212
HR: 
 1
Elmer
Valo
G: 
 33
AVG: 
.156
HR: 
 0
Dan
Dobbek
G: 
 72
AVG: 
.168
HR: 
 4
Billy
Consolo
G: 
 11
AVG: 
.000
HR: 
 0
Billy
Gardner
G: 
 45
AVG: 
.234
HR: 
 1
Ron
Henry
G: 
 20
AVG: 
.143
HR: 
 0
Jose
Valdivielso
G: 
 76
AVG: 
.195
HR: 
 1
Jake
Jacobs
G: 
 4
AVG: 
.250
HR: 
 0
Ted
Lepcio
G: 
 5
AVG: 
.000
HR: 
 0
Julio
Becquer
G: 
 11
AVG: 
.000
HR: 
 0
Jim
Snyder
G: 
 3
AVG: 
.000
HR: 
 0
Rich
Rollins
G: 
 13
AVG: 
.294
HR: 
 0
Hal
Naragon
G: 
 57
AVG: 
.302
HR: 
 2

 

 

Starting Pitchers

Pedro
Ramos
W-L: 
 11 - 20
K's: 
 174
ERA: 
 3.95
Jim
Kaat
W-L: 
 9 - 17
K's: 
 122
ERA: 
 3.90
Don
Lee
W-L: 
 3 - 6
K's: 
 65
ERA: 
 3.52
Jack
Kralick
W-L: 
 13 - 11
K's: 
 137
ERA: 
 3.61

 

Relief Pitchers

Fred
Bruckbauer
W-L: 
 0 - 0
K's: 
 0
ERA: 
 0.00
Bert
Cueto
W-L: 
 1 - 3
K's: 
 5
ERA: 
 7.17
Paul
Giel
W-L: 
 1 - 0
K's: 
 14
ERA: 
 9.78
Lee
Stange
W-L: 
 1 - 0
K's: 
 10
ERA: 
 2.92
Gary
Dotter
W-L: 
 0 - 0
K's: 
 2
ERA: 
 9.00
Danny
McDevitt
W-L: 
 1 - 2
K's: 
 8
ERA: 
 7.62
Bill
Pleis
W-L: 
 4 - 2
K's: 
 32
ERA: 
 4.95
Al
Schroll
W-L: 
 4 - 4
K's: 
 24
ERA: 
 5.22
Ed
Palmquist
W-L: 
 0 - 1
K's: 
 5
ERA: 
 6.23
Chuck
Stobbs
W-L: 
 2 - 3
K's: 
 17
ERA: 
 7.46
Ted
Sadowski
W-L: 
 0 - 2
K's: 
 12
ERA: 
 6.82
Gerry
Arrigo
W-L: 
 0 - 1
K's: 
 6
ERA: 
 10.24
Julio
Becquer
W-L: 
 0 - 0
K's: 
 0
ERA: 
 20.25

 

Other Manager

Cookie
Lavagetto

 

Coaches

Floyd
Baker
Clyde
McCullough
Ed
Lopat
George
Lentz

 

Personnel

Calvin
Griffith
Metropolitan
Stadium
Joe
Haynes
Don
Cassidy
Halsey
Hall
Billy
Robertson
Jimmy
Robertson
Ray
Crump
Bob
Casey
Howard
Fox
Tom
Mee
Tony
Giuliani
Ray
Scott
George
Brophy
Jesse
Flores
Tom
Oliver
Packy
Rogers
Marv
Olson
Pete
Appleton
Sherry
Robertson
Thelma
Griffith Hayes
Ossie
Bluege
Bob
Wolff
Al
Evans
 
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