1965 Rewind: Game Thirteen


Date:  Sunday, May 2 (Game 1 of doubleheader)

Batting stars:  Harmon Killebrew was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and a walk, driving in three.  Earl Battey was 2-for-4 with a double.  Rich Rollins was 2-for-4 with a run.

Pitching stars:  Jim Kaat pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits and a walk with three strikeouts.  Mel Nelson pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.  Bill Pleis pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and a walk with one strikeout.

Opposition stars:  Tommy John pitched seven shutout innings, allowing seven hits and a walk with four strikeouts.  John Romano was 1-for-3 with a home run, his second.  Ron Hansen was 1-for-4 with a home run.

The game:  Romano homered with two out in the first inning to put the White Sox up 1-0.  Hansen homered with one out in the seventh to make it 2-0.  The Twins threatened in the first, sixth, and seventh, but did not score.  Finally, in the eighth, Killebrew hit a two-run homer to tie the score 2-2.  The White Sox put two on in the eighth and again in the ninth, but failed to score.  Zoilo Versalles led off the tenth with a single, went to second on a bunt, and scored on Killebrew's two-out double to put the Twins in front for the first time.  The White Sox got a two-out single in the bottom of the tenth, but no more.

Of note:  Versalles was 1-for-5 with a run.  Tony Oliva was 1-for-5.  Bob Allison was 0-for-4.

Record:  The win made the Twins 9-4, in first place, a half game ahead of Chicago and Detroit.

4 thoughts on “1965 Rewind: Game Thirteen”

  1. I would imagine it was not uncommon for him to start slow in the HR department given that his home field was in Minnesota. The cold can really knock those fly balls down.

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