1963 Minnesota Twins
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 1963 Minnesota Twins finished 91–70, third in the American League. 1,406,652 fans attended Twins games, the highest total in the American League.

Offseason

Regular season

Four Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Harmon Killebrew, shortstop Zoilo Versalles, outfielder Bob Allison and catcher Earl Battey.

On August 29, the Twins played two games at Washington. The club struck for eight home runs in the first game (to tie an American League record) and four more in the nightcap, for an even dozen on the day.

On September 21, the Twins played two games at Boston's Fenway Park. Slugger Harmon Killebrew connected for three home runs in the first game and another in the nightcap. His four-homer double-header tied an AL record.

Harmon Killebrew again led the team (and the American League) with 45 home runs; his 96 RBI was Minnesota's best. Bob Allison hit 35 home runs and drove in 91. Camilo Pascual won 21 games and led the AL with 202 strikeouts.

With 33 home runs, Twins rookie Jimmie Hall topped the Boston Red Sox Ted Williams' "true rookie" American League record of 31 homers, set by Williams in 1939. The team's total of 225 home runs was the second-most ever in a season, only trailing the 1961 New York Yankees' 240.[5]

Three Twins won Gold Gloves: first baseman Vic Power won his sixth, shortstop Zoilo Versalles won his first, and Jim Kaat won his second.

Season standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Yankees 104 57 0.646 58–22 46–35
Chicago White Sox 94 68 0.580 10½ 49–33 45–35
Minnesota Twins 91 70 0.565 13 48–33 43–37
Baltimore Orioles 86 76 0.531 18½ 48–33 38–43
Cleveland Indians 79 83 0.488 25½ 41–40 38–43
Detroit Tigers 79 83 0.488 25½ 47–34 32–49
Boston Red Sox 76 85 0.472 28 44–36 32–49
Kansas City Athletics 73 89 0.451 31½ 36–45 37–44
Los Angeles Angels 70 91 0.435 34 39–42 31–49
Washington Senators 56 106 0.346 48½ 31–49 25–57


Record vs. opponents

1963 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET KC LAA MIN NYY WSH
Baltimore 7–11 7–11 10–8 13–5 9–9 9–9 9–9 7–11 15–3
Boston 11–7 8–10 10–8 9–9 7–11 9–8 7–11 6–12 9–9
Chicago 11–7 10–8 11–7 11–7 12–6 10–8 8–10 8–10 13–5
Cleveland 8–10 8–10 7–11 10–8 11–7 10–8 5–13 7–11 13–5
Detroit 5–13 9–9 7–11 8–10 13–5 12–6 8–10 8–10 9–9
Kansas City 9–9 11–7 6–12 7–11 5–13 10–8 9–9 6–12 10–8
Los Angeles 9–9 8–9 8–10 8–10 6–12 8–10 9–9 5–13 9–9
Minnesota 9–9 11–7 10–8 13–5 10–8 9–9 9–9 6–11 14–4
New York 11–7 12–6 10–8 11–7 10–8 12–6 13–5 11–6 14–4
Washington 3–15 9–9 5–13 5–13 9–9 8–10 9–9 4–14 4–14


Notable transactions

Roster

1963 Minnesota Twins
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

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 147 508 145 .285 26 84
1B Vic Power 138 541 146 .270 10 52
2B Bernie Allen 139 421 101 .240 9 43
3B Rich Rollins 136 531 163 .307 16 61
SS Zoilo Versalles 159 621 162 .261 10 54
LF Harmon Killebrew 142 515 133 .258 45 96
CF Jimmie Hall 156 497 129 .260 33 80
RF Bob Allison 148 527 143 .271 35 91

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
Lenny Green 145 280 67 .239 4 27
Don Mincher 82 225 58 .258 17 42
Johnny Goryl 64 150 43 .287 9 24
George Banks 25 71 11 .155 3 8
Jerry Zimmerman 39 56 13 .232 0 3
Vic Wertz 35 44 6 .136 3 7
Wally Post 21 47 9 .191 2 6
Paul Ratliff 10 21 4 .190 1 3
Jim Lemon 7 17 2 .118 0 1
Jay Ward 9 15 1 .067 0 2
Tony Oliva 7 7 3 .429 0 1
Bill Tuttle 4 3 0 .000 0 0
Julio Bécquer 1 0 0 ---- 0 0

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
Camilo Pascual 31 248.1 21 9 2.46 202
Dick Stigman 33 241 15 15 3.25 193
Jim Kaat 31 178.1 10 10 4.19 105
Jim Perry 35 168.1 9 9 3.74 65
Lee Stange 32 164.2 12 5 2.62 100
Jack Kralick 5 25.2 1 4 3.86 13

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
Jim Roland 10 49 4 1 2.57 34
Dwight Siebler 7 38.2 2 1 2.79 22
Gerry Arrigo 5 15.2 1 2 2.87 13

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
Bill Dailey 66 6 3 21 1.99 72
Bill Pleis 36 6 2 0 4.37 37
Garry Roggenburk 36 2 4 4 2.16 24
Ray Moore 31 1 3 2 6.98 38
Mike Fornieles 11 1 1 0 4.76 7
Fred Lasher 11 0 0 0 4.76 10
Frank Sullivan 10 0 1 1 5.73 2
Don Williams 3 0 0 0 10.38 2
Gary Dotter 2 0 0 0 0.00 2

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Dallas-Fort Worth Rangers Pacific Coast League Jack McKeon
AA Charlotte Hornets Sally League Al Evans
A Wilson Tobs Carolina League Ralph Rowe
A Orlando Twins Florida State League Harry Warner
A Erie Sailors New York–Penn League Frank Franchi
A Bismarck-Mandan Pards Northern League Vern Morgan
Rookie Wytheville Twins Appalachian League Red Norwood

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Wilson

Notes

  1. ^ Rudy May at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Rich Reese at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/foyjo01.shtml
  4. ^ Rubén Gómez at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ "Minnesota Twins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 18, 2016.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Bill Tuttle at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Dwight Siebler at Baseball Reference

References