1961 Minnesota Twins season
|1961 Minnesota Twins|
|First season in Minnesota|
|Major League affiliations|
|Manager(s)||Cookie Lavagetto and Sam Mele|
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(Bob Wolff, Halsey Hall, Ray Scott)
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In 1961 the Twins finished the season with a record of 70–90, good for seventh in the American League, which had expanded from 8 to 10 teams during the 1960–61 offseason. It was the franchise's first season in Minnesota after 60 seasons in Washington, D.C. The Twins played their home games at Metropolitan Stadium.
After 60 seasons in Washington, the Senators franchise moved to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area – or, more precisely, Bloomington, Minnesota – in 1961. In honor of the cities' nickname, "The Twin Cities", the franchise changed the team's name to the Twins. As one of the conditions to allow the team to move, there would be a new Senators franchise in Washington in 1961, an expansion team that joined the league along with the Los Angeles Angels.
The move to Minnesota immediately paid dividends at the turnstiles, where they drew 1,256,723 fans, the third highest total in the American League. The previous year in Washington, the Senators drew just 743,404 fans, worst in the league. However, the team's record went in the other direction, as they dropped from 73–81 and fifth place in 1960 to 70–90 and seventh place under the new 162-game AL schedule.
|New York Yankees||109||53||.673||--|
|Chicago White Sox||86||76||.531||23|
|Boston Red Sox||76||86||.469||33|
|Los Angeles Angels||70||91||.435||38.5|
|Kansas City Athletics||61||100||.379||47.5|
- December 14, 1960: Faye Throneberry was drafted from the Twins by the Los Angeles Angels in the 1960 MLB expansion draft.
- Prior to 1961 season: Jackie Collum was acquired by the Twins from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- June 1, 1961: Billy Consolo was traded by the Twins to the Milwaukee Braves for Billy Martin.
- June 1, 1961: Reno Bertoia, Paul Giel and a player to be named later were traded by the Twins to the Kansas City Athletics for Bill Tuttle and a player to be named later. The Athletics completed the deal by returning Paul Giel to the Twins in exchange for cash on June 10.
|1961 Minnesota Twins|
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Starters by position
Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|C||Battey, EarlEarl Battey||133||460||139||.302||17||55|
|1B||Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew||150||541||156||.288||46||122|
|2B||Martin, BillyBilly Martin||108||374||92||.246||6||36|
|CF||Green, LennyLenny Green||156||600||171||.285||9||50|
|RF||Allison, BobBob Allison||159||556||136||.245||29||105|
Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in
|Valdivielso, JoséJosé Valdivielso||76||149||29||.195||1||9|
|Bertoia, RenoReno Bertoia||39||104||22||.212||1||8|
|Henry, RonRon Henry||20||28||4||.143||0||3|
|Consolo, BillyBilly Consolo||11||5||0||.000||0||0|
Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts