The 1963 Minnesota Twins. Under the direction of manager Sam Mele, 1963 the Minnesota Twins played an unusual 161 games during the regular season. They won 91 games, lost 70 games, and finished in third place behind the pennant winner New York Yankees. Four Twins made the All-Star Game in 1963. They were first baseman Harmon Killebrew, shortstop Zoilo Versalles, outfielder Bob Allison and catcher Earl Battey. Harmon Killebrew led the team (and the American League) with 45 home runs; his 96 RBI was Minnesota's best. Bob Allison hit 35 home runs and drove in 91. Camilo Pascual won 21 games and led the AL with 202 strikeouts. With 33 home runs, Twins rookie Jimmie Hall topped the Boston Red Sox Ted Williams' "true rookie" American League record of 31 homers, set by Williams in 1939. The team's total of 225 home runs was the second-most ever in a season, only trailing the 1961 New York Yankees' 240.