Minnesota Twins: Ranking the Top 10 Teams in Franchise History
By Otto Johnson
2. 1965 Minnesota Twins (102-60)
The Twins team with the best record in franchise history had the most talent up and down the roster of any team in the league. Led by MVP Zoilo Versailles and six All-Stars (Versailles, Harmon Killebrew, Earl Battey, Mudcat Grant, Jimmy Hall, and Tony Oliva), the team crushed the rest of the AL all season.
The Twins had a very strong lineup for the time period, finishing fourth in batting average and second in home runs. The star power of the Twins’ big names helped get a lot more fans interested in the team, which had only been in Minnesota for four years. The starting pitchers for the squad were fantastic, as Grant, Jim Kaat, Jim Perry, and Camilo Pascual all won over 60% of their games and had ERAs under 3.35.
When the World Series arrived, the Twins had the misfortune of lining up against the Sandy Koufax-led Los Angeles Dodgers. The Twins fought hard, pushing the series to seven games, but Koufax pitched a nine-inning shutout, and the Twins lost 2-0.
The team may have lost the World Series, but it won more games than any other in team history, hosted an All-Star Game that featured six Twins, took Sandy Koufax and the Dodgers to seven games and endeared Minnesota fans to the franchise. Still, it wasn’t enough to land the #1 spot.