Today in baseball history: Twins Win!

The Minnesota Twins clinch their first American League Pennant on this date in 1965.

twins v senators - 26 sept 1965 - twins clinch pennant

Jim Kaat gets the win in a 2-1 victory over the Senators. Washington scored its run when Kaat tried to pick Frank Howard off first, (Frank Howard? A threat to steal?) but threw the ball away, I think, and the runner on third scored. The Twins score their two runs on a sacrifice fly (Versalles scoring) and a passed ball (Quilici scoring.)
A little of that Old-Time small-ball.
Kaat went the distance, striking out 10.

A team of destiny.

The 1965 World Series, the Twins vs. the Dodgers, was the first World Series where both teams had losing records the previous year. Oddly enough, this has happened two other times since 1965: in ’87 (Twins vs. the Cardinals), and again in ’91 (Twins vs. the Braves). [This tidbit of information comes via Wikipedia.]

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