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1965 Minnesota Twins Roster

The American League was dominated by the New York Yankees for two decades, with only the Chicago White Sox in 1959 and the Cleveland Indians in 1948 and 1954 winning the pennant. Then came the 1965 Minnesota Twins, setting the league attendance record with 1,463,268 fans, as well as hosting the All-Star Game at Met Stadium. Earl Battey was the starting catcher for the mid-season classic, and joining him were Jim Grant, Jimmie Hall, Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva and Zoilo Versalles, who was named Most Valuable Player of the American League. Oliva was the league batting champ (.321) and Grant led the league in victories with 21. Jim Kaat won another Gold Glove, as did Versalles, but it was winning the division, despite major injuries to players Killebrew, Battey, Oliva and Pascual, that excited the Twins Cities. The National League came to town, led by Los Angeles Dodger hurlers Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. The Twins beat the dynamic duo in the first two games, but it took all seven before Los Angeles emerged victorious with a 2-0, 3-hit finale by Koufax to end the Twins baseball season.
Don
Mincher
G: 
 128
AVG: 
.251
HR: 
 22
Mudcat
Grant
W-L: 
 21 - 7
K's: 
 142
ERA: 
 3.30
Earl
Battey
G: 
 131
AVG: 
.297
HR: 
 6
Jerry
Kindall
G: 
 125
AVG: 
.196
HR: 
 6
Rich
Rollins
G: 
 140
AVG: 
.249
HR: 
 5
Zoilo
Versalles
G: 
 160
AVG: 
.273
HR: 
 19
Bob
Allison
G: 
 135
AVG: 
.233
HR: 
 23
Jimmie
Hall
G: 
 148
AVG: 
.285
HR: 
 20
Tony
Oliva
G: 
 149
AVG: 
.321
HR: 
 16
CP
Al
Worthington
W-L: 
 10 - 7
K's: 
 59
ERA: 
 2.13
Manager
Sam
Mele
 
 
 
 
 
 

Bench Players

Harmon
Killebrew
G: 
 113
AVG: 
.269
HR: 
 25
Sandy
Valdespino
G: 
 108
AVG: 
.261
HR: 
 1
Joe
Nossek
G: 
 87
AVG: 
.218
HR: 
 2
Jerry
Zimmerman
G: 
 83
AVG: 
.214
HR: 
 1
Frank
Quilici
G: 
 56
AVG: 
.208
HR: 
 0
Andy
Kosco
G: 
 23
AVG: 
.236
HR: 
 1
Frank
Kostro
G: 
 20
AVG: 
.161
HR: 
 0
Bernie
Allen
G: 
 19
AVG: 
.231
HR: 
 0
Cesar
Tovar
G: 
 18
AVG: 
.200
HR: 
 0
Rich
Reese
G: 
 14
AVG: 
.286
HR: 
 0
Ted
Uhlaender
G: 
 13
AVG: 
.182
HR: 
 0
John
Sevcik
G: 
 12
AVG: 
.063
HR: 
 0

 

 

Starting Pitchers

Jim
Kaat
W-L: 
 18 - 11
K's: 
 154
ERA: 
 2.83
Jim
Perry
W-L: 
 12 - 7
K's: 
 88
ERA: 
 2.63
Camilo
Pascual
W-L: 
 9 - 3
K's: 
 96
ERA: 
 3.35
Dave
Boswell
W-L: 
 6 - 5
K's: 
 85
ERA: 
 3.40
Jim
Merritt
W-L: 
 5 - 4
K's: 
 61
ERA: 
 3.17
Dick
Stigman
W-L: 
 4 - 2
K's: 
 70
ERA: 
 4.37

 

Relief Pitchers

Johnny
Klippstein
W-L: 
 9 - 3
K's: 
 59
ERA: 
 2.24
Bill
Pleis
W-L: 
 4 - 4
K's: 
 33
ERA: 
 2.98
Jerry
Fosnow
W-L: 
 3 - 3
K's: 
 35
ERA: 
 4.44
Garry
Roggenburk
W-L: 
 1 - 0
K's: 
 6
ERA: 
 3.43
Mel
Nelson
W-L: 
 0 - 4
K's: 
 31
ERA: 
 4.12
Dwight
Siebler
W-L: 
 0 - 0
K's: 
 15
ERA: 
 4.20
Pete
Cimino
W-L: 
 0 - 0
K's: 
 0
ERA: 
 0.00

 

 

Coaches

Hal
Naragon
Johnny
Sain
Jim
Lemon
Billy
Martin
George
Lentz

 

Personnel

Calvin
Griffith
Metropolitan
Stadium
Joe
Haynes
Don
Cassidy
Herb
Carneal
Halsey
Hall
Billy
Robertson
Jimmy
Robertson
Ray
Crump
Randy
Merriman
Bob
Casey
Jim
Rantz
Tom
Mee
Tony
Giuliani
Howard
Fox
Ray
Scott
George
Brophy
Carlos
Pascual
Jesse
Flores
Ed
Stevens
Tom
Oliver
Packy
Rogers
Marv
Olson
Pete
Coscarart
Pete
Appleton
Sherry
Robertson
Thelma
Griffith Hayes
Ossie
Bluege
 
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