1969 Twins vs 1924 Nationals

This is the third series in a Diamond Mind tournament involving eight of the best teams in franchise history.

Round 1
1965 Twins 4
1987 Twins 2

1933 Nationals 3
2006 Twins 4

1969 Twins
1924 Nationals

1991 Twins
2002 Twins

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

Raw Data

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.

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4 Responses to 1969 Twins vs 1924 Nationals

  1. Beau says:

    Pitching Walter on short rest: was that your idea or the sim manager’s? In DMB, was his status line red?

    Also, how often was Walter turned to a third time before Game 7?

  2. Scot says:

    His line was not red (he threw 97 pitches in Game 4), so he was ready.

    I used a little license to go with Johnson on two days rest in the representative series, but it was not unheard of for an ace to go with short rest in the World Series. In fairness, Bucky Harris gave him three full days between starts in both WS (1924 and 1925), though he did use Johnson out of the bullpen with one day of rest in the ’24 series.

    I’m not sure how many times it happened in the 100 series, and obviously I didn’t think ahead enough to save them all. I did notice that, in a good chunk of the 100 series, Johnson had at least one start where the ’69 Twins got to him for a lot of runs in the early innings, so I’m not sure the short rest was the reason for his struggles in Game 6.

  3. Beau says:

    A few years ago I did a similar tournament using the WhatIfSports engine. I used every Twins team from 1961 to 2002, and seeded them according to record. I played a best of 7 series in each case (though not 100 times, like you’re doing). Guess which team won it all?

    1989. Seriously.

  4. Scot says:

    That’s why I’m going with the 100 simulations. Too many strange things happen in a given best of 7 (see 1987 Twins and 2006 Cardinals).

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