Minnesota Twins: 5 best corner infield pairs in Twins history

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No. 3– 1964 Corner Infield

Bob Allison and Rich Rollins

Here again, it is the 1965 Twins that we would naturally want to write about, but this 1964 pair in the middle infield did historically well for the club. Collectively, the team in 1964 went 79-83 and finished sixth in the  American League.

Bob Allison also spent time in the outfield but was the Twins primary first baseman for the season. Allison turned in a number of good seasons and in 1964 he hit .287/.404/.553 with 32 home runs and 27 doubles. The rest of the league recognized his efforts and Allison was selected for his third and final All-Star team and received some MVP consideration as well.

On the left side of the infield was Rich Rollins manning third base. Rollins hit .270/.334/.406 and added 12 home runs, 25 doubles, and a league-leading 10 triples. In what just feels like an odd translation of ability, while Rollins showed a knack for triples in ’64 he never showcased the ability to be a regular base stealer only recording two in that same season.

1964 wasn’t Rollins best season according to WAR coming in at 2.9 WAR. It wasn’t Allison’s best season either as the season before when he played primarily as an outfielder was with a 7.4 WAR. Allison’s 6.4 WAR in 1964 was the fourth-best WAR by a corner infielder in Twins history. That puts the pair at a combined 9.3 WAR and third on our list of all-time corner infield duos.