1962 Minnesota Twins
First winning season in Minnesota
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Calvin Griffith (majority owner, with Thelma Griffith Haynes)
General manager(s)Calvin Griffith
Manager(s)Sam Mele
Local televisionWTCN-TV
Local radio830 WCCO AM
(Ray Scott, Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall)
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The 1962 Minnesota Twins improved to 91–71, finishing second in the American League, five games short of the World Champion New York Yankees. 1,433,116 fans attended Twins games, the second highest total in the American League.

Offseason

Regular season

Statistically, many members of the Twins had seasons in which they led the American League. Harmon Killebrew hit 48 home runs and drove in 126, leading the AL in both categories. Bob Allison hit 29 home runs, drove in 102 runs, and led the Twins in runs scored with 102. Camilo Pascual became the Twins' first 20-game winner and led the AL with 206 strikeouts.

On July 18, at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota, two Twins made major league history by hitting grand slam home runs in the same inning. In the first inning -- off Cleveland Indians pitcher Barry Latman -- Bob Allison homered to clear the loaded bases. Indians pitcher Jim Perry subsequently replaced Latman, and Harmon Killebrew greeted him by driving in Bill Tuttle, Vic Power and Rich Rollins. Minnesota scored eleven runs in their half of the first inning.

Four Twins made the All-Star Game. The selections were third baseman Rich Rollins, catcher Earl Battey and pitchers Jim Kaat and Camilo Pascual.

On August 26, Jack Kralick threw the first no-hitter in Minnesota Twins history. The Twins beat the Kansas City Athletics by a score of 1–0.[3]

First baseman Vic Power won his fifth Gold Glove, catcher Earl Battey won his 3rd, and Jim Kaat won his first.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 96 66 0.593 50–30 46–36
Minnesota Twins 91 71 0.562 5 45–36 46–35
Los Angeles Angels 86 76 0.531 10 40–41 46–35
Detroit Tigers 85 76 0.528 10½ 49–33 36–43
Chicago White Sox 85 77 0.525 11 43–38 42–39
Cleveland Indians 80 82 0.494 16 43–38 37–44
Baltimore Orioles 77 85 0.475 19 44–38 33–47
Boston Red Sox 76 84 0.475 19 39–40 37–44
Kansas City Athletics 72 90 0.444 24 39–42 33–48
Washington Senators 60 101 0.373 35½ 27–53 33–48


Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CHW CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 8–10 9–9 11–7 2–16 10–8 8–10 6–12 11–7 12–6
Boston 10–8 8–10 7–11 11–6 10–8 6–12 10–8 6–12 8–9
Chicago 9–9 10–8 12–6 9–9 9–9 10–8 8–10 8–10 10–8
Cleveland 7–11 11–7 6–12 10–8 11–7 9–9 6–12 11–7 9–9
Detroit 16–2 6–11 9–9 8–10 12–6 11–7 5–13 7–11 11–7
Kansas City 8–10 8–10 9–9 7–11 6–12 6–12 8–10 5–13 15–3
Los Angeles 10–8 12–6 8–10 9–9 7–11 12–6 9–9 8–10 11–7
Minnesota 12–6 8–10 10–8 12–6 13–5 10–8 9–9 7–11 10–8–1
New York 7–11 12–6 10–8 7–11 11–7 13–5 10–8 11–7 15–3
Washington 6–12 9–8 8–10 9–9 7–11 3–15 7–11 8–10–1 3–15


Notable transactions

Roster

1962 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Player stats

= Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

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 Earl Battey 148 522 146 .280 11 57
1B Vic Power 144 611 177 .290 16 63
2B Bernie Allen 159 573 154 .269 12 64
3B Rich Rollins 159 624 186 .298 16 96
SS Zoilo Versalles 160 568 137 .241 17 67
LF Harmon Killebrew 155 552 134 .243 48 126
CF Lenny Green 158 619 168 .271 14 63
RF Bob Allison 149 519 138 .266 29 102

Other batters

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
Don Mincher 86 121 29 .240 9 29
Bill Tuttle 110 123 26 .211 1 13
George Banks 63 103 26 .252 4 15
Jerry Zimmerman 34 62 17 .274 0 7
Hal Naragon 24 35 8 .229 0 3
Johnny Goryl 37 26 5 .192 2 2
Marty Martínez 37 18 3 .167 0 3
Jim Lemon 12 17 3 .176 1 5
Jim Snyder 12 10 1 .100 0 1
Tony Oliva 9 9 4 .444 0 3

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jim Kaat 39 269.0 18 14 3.14 173
Camilo Pascual 34 257.2 20 11 3.32 206
Jack Kralick 39 242.2 12 11 3.86 139
Don Lee 9 52.0 3 3 4.50 28

Other pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Dick Stigman 40 142.2 12 5 3.66 116
Joe Bonikowski 30 99.2 5 7 3.88 45
Rubén Gómez 6 19.1 1 1 4.66 8
Jackie Collum 8 15.1 0 2 11.15 5
Jim Donohue 6 10.1 0 1 6.97 3
Jim Manning 5 7.0 0 0 5.14 3

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ray Moore 49 8 3 9 4.73 58
Lee Stange 44 4 3 3 4.45 70
Georges Maranda 32 1 3 0 4.46 36
Bill Pleis 21 2 5 3 4.40 31
Frank Sullivan 21 4 1 5 3.24 10
Ted Sadowski 19 1 1 0 5.03 15
Jim Roland 1 0 0 0 0.00 1
Gerry Arrigo 1 0 0 0 18.00 1

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Vancouver Mounties Pacific Coast League Jack McKeon
A Charlotte Hornets Sally League Spencer "Red" Robbins
B Wilson Tobs Carolina League Harry Warner
C Bismarck-Mandan Pards Northern League Vern Morgan
D Fort Walton Beach Jets Alabama–Florida League Ralph Rowe
D Wytheville Twins Appalachian League Red Norwood
D Erie Sailors New York–Penn League Frank Franchi

References

  1. ^ Georges Maranda at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ "Joe Foy Stats".
  3. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p. 144, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  4. ^ Pedro Ramos at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Billy Martin at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Jackie Collum at Baseball Reference