Minnesota Twins

Known as the Washington Senators, 1901-60


Ballparks of the Twins
American League Park (1901-1903); National Park (1904-10); Griffith Stadium (1911-60); Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981); Metrodome (1982-2009); Target Field (2010-present).


Brown type indicates league leader. Italic type indicates team record. * - World Series champion. # - American League champion. w - Western Division champion. c - Central Division champion. ! - Wild Card entrant.

Year
W
L
PCT
GB
Pos.
BA
R
HR
SB
ERA
Best Hitter
Best Pitcher
Attendance
1901 61 72 .459 20.5 6 .269 682 33 127 4.09 John Farrell Casey Patten 161,661
1902 61 75 .449 22 6 .283 707 47 121 4.36 Ed Delahanty Al Orth 188,158
1903 43 94 .314 47.5 8 .231 437 17 131 3.82 Kip Selbach Watty Lee 128,878
1904 38 113 .252 55.5 8 .227 437 10 150 3.62 Jake Stahl Casey Patten 131,744
1905 64 87 .424 29.5 7 .224 559 22 169 2.87 Jake Stahl Tom Hughes 252,027
1906 55 95 .367 .37.5 7 .238 519 26 233 3.25 John Anderson Casey Patten 129,903
1907 49 102 .325 43.5 8 .243 506 12 223 3.11 Bob Ganley Cy Falkenberg 221,929
1908 67 85 .441 22.5 7 .235 479 8 170 2.34 Bob Ganley Bill Burns 264,252
1909 42 110 .276 56 8 .223 380 9 136 3.04 Bob Unglaub Walter Johnson 205,199

“He knows where his pitch goes, because if he didn’t there would be dead bodies scattered over Idaho.”
—Telegram to the Washington Senators regarding a young Walter Johnson


1910 66 85 .437 36.5 7 .236 501 9 192 2.46 Clyde Milan Walter Johnson 254,591
1911 64 90 .416 38.5 7 .258 624 16 215 3.52 Clyde Milan Walter Johnson 244,884
1912 91 61 .599 14 2 .256 699 20 273 2.70 Clyde Milan Walter Johnson 350,663
1913 90 64 .584 6.5 2 .252 596 19 287 2.73 Clyde Milan Walter Johnson 325,831
1914 81 73 .526 19 3 .244 572 18 220 2.54 Clyde Milan Walter Johnson 243,888
1915 85 68 .556 17 4 .244 569 12 186 2.31 Clyde Milan Walter Johnson 167,332
1916 76 77 .497 14.5 7 .242 536 12 185 2.66 Eddie Foster Walter Johnson 177,265
1917 74 79 .484 25.5 5 .241 544 4 166 2.75 Sam Rice Walter Johnson 89,682
1918 72 56 .563 4 3 .256 461 4 137 2.14 Clyde Milan Walter Johnson 182,122
1919 56 84 .400 32 7 .260 533 24 142 3.01 Sam Rice Walter Johnson 234,096
1920 68 84 .447 29 6 .291 723 36 160 4.17 Sam Rice Tom Zachary 359,260
1921 80 73 .523 18 4 .277 704 42 112 3.97 Sam Rice George Mogridge 456,069
1922 69 85 .448 25 6 .268 650 45 97 3.81 Sam Rice Tom Zachary 458,552
1923 75 78 .490 23.5 4 .274 720 26 102 3.98 Sam Rice Allen Russell 357,406
1924 92 62 .597 --- #*1 .294 755 22 116 3.34 Goose Goslin Walter Johnson 584,310
1925 96 55 .636 --- #1 .303 829 56 135 3.70 Goose Goslin Stan Coveleski 817,199
1926 81 69 .540 8 4 .292 802 43 117 4.34 Goose Goslin Stan Coveleski 551,580
1927 85 69 .552 25 3 .287 782 29 133 3.97 Goose Goslin Hod Lisenbee 528,976
1928 75 79 .487 26 4 .284 718 40 108 3.88 Goose Goslin Garland Broxton 378,501
1929 71 81 .467 34 5 .276 730 48 89 4.34 Sam Rice Firpo Marberry 355,506

Who's on the Mount Rushmore of the Minnesota Twins?
Rod Carew > Perennial batting champ who gave life to otherwise mundane Twins of the 1970s
Clark Griffith > Pitcher, manager and owner of the Senators through his death in 1955; oversaw D.C.’s only world title in 1924
Walter Johnson > Arguably the modern era’s best pitcher; 417 wins, all with Senators, remain the most since 1900
Kirby Puckett > Dazzling All-Star with bat and glove; postseason hero during Twins’ 1987/1991 championship seasons


1930 94 60 .610 8 2 .302 892 57 101 3.96 Joe Cronin Bump Hadley 614,474
1931 92 62 .597 16 3 .285 843 49 72 3.76 Joe Cronin Lloyd Brown 492,657
1932 93 61 .604 14 3 .284 840 61 70 4.16 Heinie Manush General Crowder 371,396
1933 99 53 .651 --- #1 .287 850 60 65 3.82 Joe Cronin Earl Whitehill 437,533
1934 66 86 .434 34 7 .278 729 51 47 4.68 Heinie Manush Bobby Burke 330,074
1935 67 86 .438 27 6 .285 823 32 54 5.25 Buddy Myer Earl Whitehill 255,011
1936 82 71 .536 20 4 .295 889 62 104 4.58 John Stone Pete Appleton 379,525
1937 73 80 .477 28.5 6 .279 757 47 61 4.58 John Stone Wes Ferrell 397,799
1938 75 76 .497 23.5 5 .293 814 85 65 4.94 Buddy Myer Dutch Leonard 522,694
1939 65 87 .428 41.5 6 .278 702 44 94 4.60 Buddy Lewis Dutch Leonard 339,257
1940 64 90 .416 26 7 .271 665 52 94 4.59 Buddy Lewis Dutch Leonard 381,241
1941 70 84 .455 31 T-6 .272 728 52 79 4.35 Cecil Travis Dutch Leonard 415,663
1942 62 89 .411 39.5 7 .258 653 40 98 4.58 Stan Spence Alex Carrasquel 403,493
1943 84 69 .549 13.5 2 .254 666 47 142 3.18 George Case Mickey Haefner 574,694
1944 64 90 .416 25 8 .261 592 33 127 3.49 Stan Spence Johnny Niggeling 525,235
1945 87 67 .565 1.5 2 .258 622 27 110 2.92 Joe Kuhel Roger Wolff 652,660
1946 76 78 .494 28 4 .260 608 60 51 3.74 Mickey Vernon Mickey Haefner 1,027,216
1947 64 90 .416 33 7 .241 496 42 53 3.97 Stan Spence Walt Masterson 850,758
1948 56 97 .366 40 7 .244 578 31 76 4.55 Eddie Yost Ray Scarborough 795,254
1949 50 104 .325 47 8 .254 584 81 46 5.10 Eddie Robinson Ray Scarborough 770,745

“For the Washington Senators, the worst time of the year is the baseball season.”
—Sportswriter Roger Kahn


1950 67 87 .435 31 5 .260 690 76 42 4.66 Eddie Yost Bob Kuzava 699,697
1951 62 92 .403 36 7 .263 672 54 45 4.49 Eddie Yost Connie Marrero 695,167
1952 78 76 .506 17 5 .239 598 50 48 3.37 Jackie Jensen Bob Porterfield 699,457
1953 76 76 .500 23.5 5 .263 687 69 65 3.66 Mickey Vernon Bob Porterfield 595,594
1954 66 88 .429 45 6 .246 632 81 37 3.84 Mickey Vernon Johnny Schmitz 503,542
1955 53 101 .344 43 8 .248 598 80 25 4.62 Roy Sievers Johnny Schmitz 425,238
1956 59 95 .383 38 7 .250 652 112 37 5.33 Roy Sievers Chuck Stobbs 431,647
1957 55 99 .357 43 8 .244 603 111 13 4.85 Roy Sievers Tex Clevenger 457,079
1958 61 93 .396 31 8 .240 553 121 22 4.53 Roy Sievers Dick Hyde 475,288
1959 63 91 .409 31 8 .237 619 163 51 4.01 Harmon Killebrew Camilo Pascual 615,372
1960 73 81 .474 24 5 .244 672 147 52 3.77 Jim Lemon Chuck Estrada 743,404
1961 70 90 .438 38 7 .250 707 167 47 4.28 Harmon Killebrew Camilo Pascual 1,256,723
1962 91 71 .562 5 2 .260 798 185 33 3.89 Harmon Killebrew Jim Kaat 1,433,116
1963 91 70 .565 13 3 .255 767 225 32 3.28 Bob Allison Camilo Pascual 1,406,652
1964 79 83 .488 20 T-6 .252 737 221 46 3.58 Tony Oliva Jim Kaat 1,207,514
1965 102 60 .630 --- #1 .254 774 150 92 3.14 Tony Oliva Mudcat Grant 1,463,258
1966 89 73 .549 9 2 .249 663 144 67 3.13 Harmon Killebrew Jim Kaat 1,259,374
1967 91 71 .562 1 T-2 .240 671 131 55 3.14 Harmon Killebrew Dean Chance 1,483,547
1968 79 83 .488 24 7 .237 562 105 98 2.89 Cesar Tovar Dean Chance 1,143,257
1969 97 65 .599 --- w 1 .268 790 163 115 3.24 Harmon Killebrew Jim Perry 1,349,328

Bushers Book
1970 98 64 .605 --- w 1 .262 744 153 57 3.23 Harmon Killebrew Jim Perry 1,261,887
1971 74 86 .463 265.5 5 .260 654 116 66 3.81 Tony Oliva Bert Blyleven 940,858
1972 77 77 .500 15.5 3 .244 537 93 53 2.84 Harmon Killebrew Bert Blyleven 797,901
1973 81 81 .500 13 3 .270 738 120 87 3.77 Rod Carew Bert Blyleven 907,499
1974 82 80 .506 8 3 .272 673 111 74 3.64 Rod Carew Bert Blyleven 662,401
1975 76 83 .478 20.5 4 .271 724 121 81 4.05 Rod Carew Bert Blyleven 737,156
1976 85 77 .525 5 3 .274 743 81 146 3.69 Rod Carew Bill Campbell 715,394
1977 84 77 .522 17.5 4 .282 867 123 105 4.36 Rod Carew Dave Goltz 1,162,727
1978 73 89 .451 19 4 .267 666 82 99 3.69 Rod Carew Dave Goltz 787,878
1979 82 80 .506 6 4 .278 764 112 66 4.13 Roy Smalley Jerry Koosman 1,070,521
1980 77 84 .478 19.5 3 .265 670 99 62 3.93 John Castino Doug Corbett 769,206
1981 41 68 .376 23 7/5 .240 378 47 34 3.98 John Castino Pete Redfern 469,090
1982 60 102 .370 33 7 .257 657 148 38 4.72 Gary Ward Bobby Castillo 921,186
1983 70 92 .432 29 T-5 .261 709 141 44 4.66 Kent Hrbek Ken Schrom 858,939
1984 81 81 .500 3 T-2 .265 673 114 39 3.85 Kent Hrbek Frank Viola 1,598,692
1985 77 85 .475 14 T-4 .264 705 141 68 4.48 Kent Hrbek Frank Viola 1,651,814
1986 71 91 .438 21 6 .261 741 196 81 4.77 Kirby Puckett Bert Blyleven 1,255,453
1987 85 77 .525 --- #*w 1 .261 786 196 113 4.63 Kirby Puckett Frank Viola 2,081,976
1988 91 71 .562 13 2 .274 759 151 107 3.93 Kirby Puckett Frank Viola 3,030,672
1989 80 82 .494 19 5 .276 740 117 111 4.28 Kirby Puckett Allan Anderson 2,277,438
1990 74 88 .457 29 7 .265 666 100 96 4.12 Kirby Puckett Rick Aguilera 1,751,584
1991 95 67 .586 --- #*w 1 .280 776 140 107 3.69 Chili Davis Scott Erickson 2,293,842
1992 90 72 .556 6 2 .277 747 104 123 3.70 Kirby Puckett John Smiley 2,382,428

“It’s the weirdest place I’ve ever seen. It’s like being inside the Goodyear blimp.”
—Pitcher DeWayne Buice on the Minneapolis Metrodome, home to the Twins from 1982-2009


1993 71 91 .438 23 T-5 .264 693 121 83 4.71 Kirby Puckett Rick Aguilera 2,048,673
1994 53 60 .469 14 4 .276 594 103 94 5.68 Kirby Puckett Kevin Tapani 1,398,565
1995 56 88 .389 44 5 .279 703 120 105 5.76 Chuck Knoblauch Brad Radke 1,057,667
1996 78 84 .481 21.5 4 .288 877 118 143 5.30 Chuck Knoblauch Frank Rodriguez 1,437,352
1997 68 94 .420 18,5 4 .270 772 132 151 5.02 Chuck Knoblauch Brad Radke 1,411,064
1998 70 92 .432 19 4 .266 734 115 112 4.76 Matt Lawton Brad Radke 1,165,976
1999 63 97 .394 33 5 .264 686 105 118 5.02 Marty Cordova Brad Radke 1,202,829
2000 69 93 .426 26 5 .270 748 116 90 5.15 Matt Lawton Brad Radke 1,000,760
2001 85 77 .525 6 2 .272 771 164 146 4.51 Corey Koskie Joe Mays 1,782,929
2002 94 67 .584 --- c 1 .272 768 167 79 4.12 Torii Hunter Eddie Guardado 1,924,473
2003 90 72 .556 --- c 1 .277 801 155 94 4.41 Corey Koskie Eddie Guardado 1,946,011
2004 92 70 .568 --- c 1 .266 780 191 116 4.03 Lew Ford Johan Santana 1,911,490
2005 83 79 .512 16 3 .259 688 134 102 3.71 Joe Mauer Johan Santana 2,034,243
2006 96 66 .593 --- c 1 .287 801 143 101 3.95 Justin Morneau Johan Santana 2,285,018
2007 79 83 .488 17 3 .264 718 118 112 4.15 Torii Hunter Joe Nathan 2,296,383
2008 88 75 .540 1 2 .279 829 111 102 4.16 Justin Morneau Scott Baker 2,302,431
2009 87 76 .534 --- c 1 .274 817 172 85 4.50 Joe Mauer Joe Nathan 2,416,237
2010 94 68 .580 --- c 1 .273 781 142 68 3.93 Delmon Young Carl Pavano 3,223,640
2011 63 99 .389 32 5 .247 619 103 92 4.58 Michael Cuddyer Scott Baker 3,168,116
2012 66 96 .407 22 5 .260 701 131 135 4.77 Josh Willingham Scott Diamond 2,776,354
2013 66 96 .407 27 4 .242 614 151 52 4.55 Joe Mauer Glen Perkins 2,477,644
2014 70 92 .432 20 5 .254 715 128 99 4.57 Brian Dozier Phil Hughes 2,250,606
2015 83 79 .512 12 2 .247 696 156 70 4.07 Brian Dozier Kyle Gibson 2,220,054
2016 59 103 .364 35.5 5 .251 722 200 91 5.08 Brian Dozier Ervin Santana 1,963,912

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Highlights of the Twins' History on This Great Game:

1924 baseball history1924: A Couple Bad Hops Better The Washington Senators' one and only championship comes courtesy of a pebble in front of third base.


1933 baseball history1933: Making Little Napoleon Proud After winning their last pennant in Washington, the Senators match up against a New York Giants team under the stewardship of Bill Terry, in his first full year at the helm after the retirement of the legendary John McGraw.


1965 baseball history1965: The Fall of the Yankee Empire Less than five years after moving from Washington, the Twins take advantage of the void at the top of the AL left by the decaying New York Yankees and grab their first pennant in 32 years.


1987 baseball history1987: Dome Sweet Dome The young and feisty Twins lose 50 games away from home, but thank God for the Metrodome.


1991 baseball history1991: From Worst to First Out of nowhere, the Twins and Atlanta Braves leap to the top and put on one of the most memorable World Series.


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The Twins by the Decade


1900s The franchise was born as the Washington Senators and quickly set the tone for the futility it would frequently endure in the Nation’s Capitol—averaging 53 wins and 93 losses throughout its first decade and not placing any higher than sixth in the eight-team American League. The scene was so bad that Ed Delahanty, the team’s one true (yet troubled) hitting star of the decade, fled the Senators and fell (or jumped) to his death from a train bridge over the Niagara River in 1903.


1910s If ever a franchise was put back up on its feet by a pitcher, it was Walter Johnson for the Senators in the 1910s. The Big Train won 265 games, 74 by shutout, and led the AL in strikeouts every year but once during the decade; his presence on the mound turned a mediocre team into chronic contenders. With Johnson, the Senators enjoyed their first-ever winning season in 1912 and five times finished in the first division. Johnson’s arm made up for an anemic offense that was otherwise energized by the fleet speed of Clyde Milan.


1920s Just as the Senators were finally starting to bulk up on serious hitting talent—with Goose Goslin, Sam Rice and Joe Judge emerging as a collective offensive force—Johnson lost his dominant edge. But at mid-decade, he enjoyed a brief renaissance at the twilight of his career, giving the Senators balanced strength that led them to their first two pennants in 1924-25—and their first and only World Series triumph in Washington, tipping the New York Giants in 1924. Clark Griffith, who had come on board as the Senators’ manager in 1912, took over as owner in 1920—initiating a 65-year family rule of the franchise.


1930s The Senators started the decade strong, thanks to the sharp hitting and strong leadership of shortstop Joe Cronin; the winning years climaxed with an AL flag in 1933. But Cronin was dealt away amid numerous controversies a year later, and the team fell into a long stretch of dormancy despite the best efforts of hitters Cecil Travis, Buddy Myer, Buddy Lewis and knuckleball pitcher Dutch Leonard.


1940s World War II gave the Senators hope in the standings, as the ever-changing redistribution of power among teams losing star players to military service worked in Washington’s favor with two winning seasons and a second-place finish in 1945; that, in turn, gave Senator fans hope for the long run as Griffith Stadium attracted over a million fans for the first and only time in 1946. The two winning wartime seasons would, in fact, be the last two the Senators would enjoy before their move to Minnesota.


1950s The Senators evolved into a running joke as the losses mounted with abundance; Washington was described as “first in war, first in peace and last in the American League,” and Broadway made the team infamous with Damn Yankees, the tale of a long-suffering Senator fan who sells his soul to the devil to get Washington the pennant. Though starved for wins, Senator fans at least were fed a bigger portion of home runs as Griffith Stadium’s distant fences were at long last brought in—making boomers of Roy Sievers and a young Harmon Killebrew.


1960s Frustrated with progress on and off the field, the Griffith family moved the Senators to Minnesota in 1961 where they were renamed the Twins. Almost instantly, fortunes shot up at the gate as well as the standings, as the Twins finally benefitted from intensive scouting in pre-communist Cuba that produced stars in hitters Tony Oliva, Zoilo Versalles, Cesar Tovar and pitcher Camilo Pascual. Along with a powerful Killebrew launching one homer after another, the Twins in 1965 secured their first pennant in 32 years, won the first AL West title in 1969 and finished second three other times.


1970s The Twins regressed into a middle-of-the-pack rut, a virtual no-name outfit with the exception of workhorse ace Bert Blyleven and the wondrous Rod Carew, who collected six batting titles during the decade. But both future Hall of Famers stormed out of Minnesota after becoming infuriated with the cheapskate (and, in Carew’s view, racist) mechanizations of owner Calvin Griffith, who was quickly losing the faith of the Twin Cities fan base as well—as attendance at aging, thoroughly unromantic Metropolitan Stadium grew stagnant.


1980s The fabric-roofed Metrodome brought the Twins out of the cold but attracted harsh attention for its impure qualities as a baseball facility; 102 losses in the team’s first year there didn’t help endear the facility to the locals. They welcomed one change in 1985 when Griffith sold the team—and two years later, the Twins and their fans would come to embrace the Metrodome as an improved team led by future Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett and ace southpaw Frank Viola surged at home (while flopping on the road) and scored a major World Series upset of the St. Louis Cardinals, giving Minnesota its first world title.


1990s The Twins began the decade hiccupping into last place—and came storming back a year later, becoming the first team ever to hoist the World Series trophy a season after finishing in the basement. Lean times set in afterward, with Puckett forced to retire in 1996 from partial vision loss, with prime free agents beyond the low-budget Twins’ grasp, and with the team’s failure to retain those who had become stars, such as speedy infielder Chuck Knoblauch. Minnesota finished the decade with seven straight losing records.


2000s Continued resistance to a new, publicly funded ballpark led MLB to threaten disbanding the Twins through contraction, but legal challenges and an impressive run of sustained on-field success tabled the idea; approval to finally build Target Field shattered it. Under the stewardship of manager Ron Gardenhire, a range of All-Star talent that included catcher Joe Mauer, slugger Justin Morneau, pitching ace Johan Santana and tough-as-nails closer Joe Nathan helped the Twins capture five divisional titles through the decade.


2010s Target Field opened in 2010 to sold-out crowds, and the Twins responded with yet another divisional title—and yet another early postseason exit. From there, the air would quickly let itself out of the balloon of overachievement, as the Twins sunk into a decidedly losing period salvaged only by the new ballpark and the presence of Mauer—but a sackful of highly touted young prospects (headlined by Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano) give promise to better times ahead.


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