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1967 Minnesota Twins season

1967 Minnesota Twins
91–71, second in the American League
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Metropolitan Stadium (since 1961)
  • Bloomington, Minnesota (since 1961)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Calvin Griffith
    Manager(s) Sam Mele and Cal Ermer
    Local television WTCN-TV
    Local radio 830 WCCO AM
    (Herb Carneal, Halsey Hall, Merle Harmon)
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    The 1967 Minnesota Twins finished 91–73, tied for second in the American League with the Detroit Tigers. The Twins had a one-game lead with two games remaining, but lost both games to the Boston Red Sox in the season's final days. 1,483,547 fans attended Twins games, the second highest total in the American League.

    Offseason

    Regular season

    With a second place finish in 1966, the Twins appeared poised to contend in 1967. However, at the end of May, they were in sixth place (in a ten team league), with 20 wins and 22 losses.[2] One week later, owner Calvin Griffith fired manager Sam Mele, who had guided the club to a pennant in 1965. He was replaced by Cal Ermer, who had been managing the Twins AAA farm club in Denver.[3]

    The Twins continued to play .500 ball until late June, when Minnesota reeled off an eight-game winning streak. At the all star break, they had risen to third place, two and one half games behind the league leading Chicago White Sox.

    Five Twins made the All-Star Game: first baseman Harmon Killebrew, who led the team with 44 HR and 113 RBI; second baseman Rod Carew, the AL Rookie of the Year; outfielder Tony Oliva; catcher Earl Battey, and pitcher Dean Chance, a 20-game winner in 1967. Pitcher Jim Kaat won his sixth Gold Glove Award.

    After a brief slump in late July, the Twins began the month of August by winning 15 of 20 games, including a three game sweep of the White Sox, which put them in first place on August 13. From that point on, they remained in first place, or never more than two games out of it.

    On September 14, outfielder Walt Bond died of leukemia. Bond had been diagnosed with the disease several years earlier, but it had gone into remission.[4] He started the season with the Twins and played in 10 games before being removed from the active roster. His final game was on May 7.

    With one day left in the regular season, Minnesota was tied for first place with the Boston Red Sox, with the Detroit Tigers just a half game behind them. The two first place teams were scheduled to play one another in Fenway Park, while the Tigers were to meet the California Angels in a doubleheader. Dean Chance threw five scoreless innings and the Twins scored unearned runs in the first and third inning to take a 2–0 lead. However, in the sixth inning, things fell apart for the Twins as the Red Sox took advantage of four consecutive singles, two wild pitches, and an error to score five runs.[5] Minnesota mustered only one more run, and lost the game and their chance for a second league championship in three years. The Tigers won their first game, but lost their second, and Boston earned the American League pennant.

    Season standings

    American League W L Pct. GB
    Boston Red Sox 92 70 .568
    Detroit Tigers 91 71 .562 1
    Minnesota Twins 91 71 .562 1
    Chicago White Sox 89 73 .549 3
    California Angels 84 77 .522
    Baltimore Orioles 76 85 .472 15½
    Washington Senators 76 85 .472 15½
    Cleveland Indians 75 87 .463 17
    New York Yankees 72 90 .444 20
    Kansas City Athletics 62 99 .385 29½

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1967 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 Zimmerman, JerryJerry Zimmerman 104 234 39 .167 1 12
    1B Killebrew, HarmonHarmon Killebrew 163 547 147 .269 44 113
    2B Carew, RodRod Carew 137 514 150 .292 8 51
    SS Versalles, ZoiloZoilo Versalles 160 581 116 .200 6 50
    3B Rollins, RichRich Rollins 109 339 83 .245 6 39
    LF Allison, BobBob Allison 153 496 128 .258 24 75
    CF Uhlaender, TedTed Uhlaender 133 415 107 .258 6 49
    RF Oliva, TonyTony Oliva 146 557 161 .289 17 83

    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
    Tovar, CésarCésar Tovar 164 649 173 .267 6 47
    Nixon, RussRuss Nixon 74 170 40 .235 1 22
    Battey, EarlEarl Battey 48 109 18 .165 0 8
    Reese, RichRich Reese 95 101 25 .248 4 20
    Valdespino, SandySandy Valdespino 99 97 16 .165 1 3
    Clark, RonRon Clark 20 60 10 .167 2 11
    Hernández, JackieJackie Hernández 29 28 4 .143 0 3
    Bond, WaltWalt Bond 10 16 5 .313 1 5
    Kelly, PatPat Kelly 8 1 0 .000 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
    Chance, DeanDean Chance 41 283.2 20 14 2.73 220
    Kaat, JimJim Kaat 42 263.1 16 13 3.04 211
    Merritt, JimJim Merritt 37 227.2 13 7 2.53 161
    Boswell, DaveDave Boswell 37 222.2 14 12 3.27 204

    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
    Perry, JimJim Perry 37 130.2 8 7 3.03 94
    Grant, MudcatMudcat Grant 27 95.1 5 6 4.72 50

    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
    Worthington, AlAl Worthington 59 8 9 16 2.84 80
    Kline, RonRon Kline 54 7 1 5 3.77 36
    Siebler, DwightDwight Siebler 2 0 0 0 3.00 0
    Nelson, MelMel Nelson 1 0 0 0 54.00 0

    Farm system

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