This is the third series in a Diamond Mind tournament involving eight of the best teams in franchise history.
1965 Twins 4
1987 Twins 2
Game 1 @ Met Stadium
Walter Johnson allowed three runs and 11 hits over nine innings, but it was enough for his team to earn a 4-3 victory. Muddy Ruel hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning; and Roger Peckinpaugh singled home the game-winner in the top of the eighth. Graig Nettles homered of of Johnson for the ’69 Twins. Jim Perry went eight innings and allowed all of the Washington runs in the losing effort. 1924 Nationals lead 1-0.
Game 2 @ Met Stadium
The ’69 bats exploded for nine runs in the first four innings, mostly off of starter George Mogridge. After a Goose Goslin first inning home run spotted the Nats a 2-0 lead, the Twins went to work. Tovar, Cardenas, and Allison each had three RBI in the game (including home runs for Tovar and Allision), and Dave Boswell went eight innings to get credit for a win in the ’69 Twins’ 11-4 victory. Series tied 1-1.
Game 3 @ Griffith Stadium
Jim Kaat out dueled fellow lefty Tom Zachary in a 3-2 Twins’ victory. Bob Allison went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored. Kaat struck out six in his complete game, two run nine hit performance. 1969 Twins lead 2-1.
Game 4 @ Griffith Stadium
The Nats scored three runs in the sixth, and it turned out to be more than enough. Walter Johnson allowed just three hits in a complete game shut out of the Twins. Ossie Bluege knocked in two runs for Washington. Johnson needed only 97 pitches to retire the Twins. Series tied 2-2.
Game 5 @ Griffith Stadium
Fresh off of being shut out, the 1969 Twins once again got to George Mogridge early, scoring four off of the lefty in the first inning. No Twins homered, but seven different batters had at least one RBI, including the pitcher Dave Boswell, in the 9-1 Twins victory. Johnny Roseboro went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. 1969 Twins lead 3-2.
Game 6 @ Met Stadium
Manager Bucky Harris turned to Walter Johnson on short rest, but a tired ace wasn’t enough for the Nats to win the game and force a seventh game. Jim Kaat allowed just two hits in six innings pitched, and was pulled by Billy Martin when the team had a 6-0 lead. Tony Oliva went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, and Rich Reese added two RBI of his own in the 6-0 victory. 1969 Twins win 4-2.
Series MVP: Bob Allison .636/.618/1.182 1 HR 5 RBI
The 1969 Twins won 54 out of the 100 series simulated. A six game win for the Twins was the most common outcome. When the 1924 Nationals won, it was usually in seven games.
1969 Twins in 4: 5 1924 Nationals in 4: 7
1969 Twins in 5: 12 1924 Nationals in 5: 12
1969 Twins in 6: 23 1924 Nationals in 6: 6
1969 Twins in 7: 14 1924 Nationals in 7: 21
In terms of overall record, the ’69 Twins had a 274-248 advantage.