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1963 Minnesota Twins season

1963 Minnesota Twins
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Metropolitan Stadium (since 1961)
  • Bloomington, Minnesota (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
    Manager(s) Sam Mele
    Local television WTCN-TV
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Ray Scott)
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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

    • November 5, 1962: Rudy May was signed as an amateur free agent by the Twins.[1]
    • November 26, 1962: Rich Reese was drafted by the Twins from the Detroit Tigers in the 1962 first-year draft.[2]
    • November 26, 1962: Joe Foy was drafted by the Boston Red Sox from the Minnesota Twins in the 1962 minor league draft.[3]
    • January 21, 1963: Rubén Gómez was released by the Twins.[4]

    Regular season

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

    Harmon Killebrew again led the team with 45 home runs and 96 RBI. Bob Allison hit 35 home runs and drove in 91. Camilo Pascual won 21 games and led the AL with 202 strikeouts.

    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
    New York Yankees 104 57 .646 --
    Chicago White Sox 94 68 .580 10.5
    Minnesota Twins 91 70 .565 13
    Baltimore Orioles 86 76 .531 18.5
    Cleveland Indians 79 83 .488 25.5
    Detroit Tigers 79 83 .488 25.5
    Boston Red Sox 76 85 .472 28
    Kansas City Athletics 73 89 .451 31.5
    Los Angeles Angels 70 91 .435 34
    Washington Senators 56 106 .346 48.5

    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 Battey, EarlEarl Battey 147 508 145 .285 26 84
    3B Rollins, RichRich Rollins 136 531 163 .307 16 61
    SS Versalles, ZoiloZoilo Versalles 159 621 162 .261 10 54
    LF Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 142 515 133 .258 45 96
    RF Allison, BobBob 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
    Bécquer, JulioJulio 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
    Pascual, CamiloCamilo Pascual 31 248.1 21 9 2.46 202
    Stigman, DickDick Stigman 33 241 15 15 3.25 193
    Kaat, JimJim Kaat 31 178.1 10 10 4.19 105

    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
    Siebler, DwightDwight Siebler 7 38.2 2 1 2.79 22
    Arrigo, GerryGerry 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
    Dailey, BillBill Dailey 66 6 3 21 1.99 72
    Fornieles, MikeMike Fornieles 11 1 1 0 4.76 7
    Dotter, GaryGary Dotter 2 0 0 0 0.00 2

    Farm system

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