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Mark Salas blocked the heck outta that plate.  
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1965 Minnesota Twins: The First 100-Win Team

The Minnesota Twins, 101 wins, and the 2019 season will be one that many of us will tell stories about to our children, grandchildren, and maybe even great grand-children if we are lucky or young enough. We will tell them about Bombas and Nelson Cruz naps. There may also be some sour-faced remarks about the New York Yankees.
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Twins fans before me, in an era before I was thought of (I was born the year of the Twins first World Series), would have spoken in a similar way we will about 2019 of the 1965 club. That season the Twins broke the 100 win mark for the first time on their way to 102 wins and a World Series appearance. Those were the days where there was no such thing as a playoff outside of the World Series so the Twins had to win the American League outright to make it to the championship.

While 2019 era fans will have names like Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Jose Berrios, Taylor Rogers and others roll off our tongues. Fans who were around for 1965 would speak in similar tones of players like Zoilo Versalles, Bob Allison, Jim Kaat, Tony Oliva, and Harmon Killebrew. Looking back on that year, it was a pretty exciting group and we are only scratching the surface in our list here.

In the organization's fifth season after moving to Minnesota from Washington, the Twins as they were led by their manager Sam Mele sent six players to the All-Star game. The six included Harmon Killebrew, Zoilo Versalles, Tony Oliva, Jimmie Hall, Earl Battey, and Mudcat Grant. The All-Stars didn’t have to travel far as the game was played in the Twins home ballpark, Metropolitan Stadium.

This era of Twins baseball and specifically this ‘65 team has always been an interesting group to me personally. Now, since we do not have any live baseball to follow, it seemed as good a time as any to spend "social distancing" reading up on this historic group.

It also feels to be a team we overlook as we mention the great teams of 1987 and 1991. The ‘65 team did miss out on that coveted ring which is the obvious reason they aren’t rattled off as often. From the point of dominating a league they deserve serious attention even half a century later.

I hope you join me along this journey as I hope to continue to uncover fun bits of information about this team. Even maybe draw some connections between this 100-win club and the one we watched take the field this past season.

Of course your favorite facts and memories about this team are always welcome. Maybe you even have something you are curious about that we could explore together. My hope is that as it is turning out to be for me, that the 1965 Twins may be able to fill part of the baseball void that the 2020 version can’t right now due to events bigger than baseball.

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Cool of the Evening is a really good book on the 1965 Twins for anyone looking for some reading material.

 

https://www.amazon.c...85062960&sr=8-1

 

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Nine of twelve
Mar 24 2020 11:14 AM

Veering a bit off topic, the 1965 ASG is mentioned. When the ASG was at Target Field in 2014 Reusse wrote a column about the 1965 game, opining that the NL team may have been the best baseball team ever assembled. To back that up, he pointed out that the NL outfield reserves were Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Billy Williams, and Johnny Callison. Not to take anything away from Callison, but picture telling Clemente, Robinson, and Williams that they have to watch the start of the game from the bench because they're not good enough. (Mays, Aaron and Stargell batted 1-2-3.)

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Nate Palmer
Mar 24 2020 11:37 AM

 

Veering a bit off topic, the 1965 ASG is mentioned. When the ASG was at Target Field in 2014 Reusse wrote a column about the 1965 game, opining that the NL team may have been the best baseball team ever assembled. To back that up, he pointed out that the NL outfield reserves were Roberto Clemente, Frank Robinson, Billy Williams, and Johnny Callison. Not to take anything away from Callison, but picture telling Clemente, Robinson, and Williams that they have to watch the start of the game from the bench because they're not good enough. (Mays, Aaron and Stargell batted 1-2-3.)

And if my Googling abilities aren't failing me, that manager would be eventual Twins manager Gene Mauch. At that time was managing the Phillies. 

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I was privileged to be at that game as an 11-year-old in 1965, sitting in the sun down the left-field line.

 

That was a truly amazing NL team with Mays, Aaron, Clemente, Robinson, Banks, etc. Among the NL stars who didn't make the team were Curt Flood and Lou Brock! And of course they had Koufax, Drysdale, Gibson (not Kyle), and Marichal to throw the ball. 

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Nine of twelve
Mar 24 2020 03:44 PM

 

I was privileged to be at that game as an 11-year-old in 1965, sitting in the sun down the left-field line.

 

I was a 9-year-old sitting in the sun down the right field line. And in October I was a 9-year-old sitting down the left field line on a wet day for Game 2. I would have seen Allison's catch straight ahead of my seat but everyone around me stood up.

To say that All-Star game came as the Twins were riding a wave of popularity and excitement would be an understatement. In the final game before the break, Killebrew had walked-off the Yankees to open up a 5-game lead (over Baltimore). Then, Killebrew hit a 2-run HR in the bottom of the 5th to tie the All-Star game. (Killebrew had the highest WPA on either side in that game.) The 1965 all-star game was a huge deal in out-state Minnesota...everyone was watching the game, the Minnesota team being the talk of baseball for the first time ever...and to see one of the first nationally-televised games in Minnesota. It's one of the first baseball games I can remember seeing on TV (having grown up in northern Minnesota).

 

Fwiw...the outfield reserves for the AL included Tony Oliva, Carl Yastrzemski, Mickey Mantle, Al Kaline. However, I think there were some injuries involved there.

 

Btw...that game is available in it's entirely on YouTube. Jack Buck and Joe Garagiola on the call. It's really poor video quality, but still pretty cool. (Go to 1:11:30 for the Killebrew blast, full at-bat. I get the over-all improvement over 50 years in terms of training and development. But...honestly...how far would Killebrew have hit 2019 baseballs? Just unbelievable power at just under 6 feet and maybe 200-210 in his prime.)

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theBOMisthebomb
Mar 24 2020 04:58 PM
The 1965 team is the greatest regular season Twins team. Losing a World Series game 7 to a legendary Dodgers team is the only obstacle keeping the 1965 Twins from leading the conversation as the greatest Twins team ever.
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I was born October of that season. Hopefully I wasn't the cause/curse of the loss to the Dodgers, lol. My father, who I often mention, was an instant Twins fan when they moved to Minnesota and remembers that team, and its stars, well. I became a fan at about 5yo, taking in a double header with my dad's little league team along, and slowly learning the game from that age on from his transistor radio while he worked around the house, or listening in the car. My greatest regret as a Twins fan is that while I know some of the names, and others that followed like Hisle and Bostock, etc, those early days didn't etch themselves greater in my memory at the time. My memory is pretty darn good from about the mj d 70's on, however.

I was in the rightfield bleachers.

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stringer bell
Mar 24 2020 08:12 PM

I was eleven years old in '65. Zoilo Versales was the MVP and had a career year. Much credit for Zoilo's emergence was given to new coach Billy Martin. During the World Series, I was in sixth grade and was allowed to watch the games during lunch. Instant replay was in it's infancy. I remember watching Allison's great catch and then instants later seeing the replay--the old janitor (a German immigrant) yelled "he did it again!" 

 

My recollection is that the Twins '65 group was outstanding on both sides of the ball--Grant Perry, Kaat, Pascual and Boswell formed a really good rotation. Al Worthington and Johnny Klippstein anchored the bullpen. Bench players such as Don Mincher stepped up (Killebrew was injured). things didn't connect the last half of the decade despite having Harmon and Tony-O along with Carew starting in '67.

I often wonder if the series might have turned out differently had Pascual not run into arm problems. And even though Harmon had a good series, he too was not at full strength after the elbow dislocation. If's and buts....

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