The 1965 Minnesota Twins. Wow! What a year! The Minnesota Twins experienced their first taste of success in 1965 winning the A.L. Pennant with a record of 102 wins and 60 losses. They battled most of the year with the Baltimore Orioles but once they gained the lead they took control and ended up winning the pennant by seven games. Zoilo Versalles was named the AL Most Valuable Player and also won a Gold Glove Award for his play at shortstop. Tony Oliva led the American League in hitting once again with a .321 batting average. Harmon Killebrew was limited to 113 games by injuries, but still hit 25 HR and 75 RBI. Jim Grant won 21 games for the Twins and became the first black pitcher in Major League history to win 20 games in a season.
The Twins met the Los Angeles Dodgers in the World Series and unfortunately lost their bid at a world championship by losing Game Seven 2-0 to the Dodgers and the shutout pitching of Sandy Koufax.