The Finals – 1991 Twins vs 1965 Twins; Game 7

1965 Twins 6, 1991 Twins 4

The 1965 Twins were down three as the crowd stretched for the seventh inning. With just nine outs left, it was looking like they would not win their fourth home game of the series. The bottom of the seventh started with a Harmon Killebrew home run off of Jack Morris, the first run he had allowed. By the time the inning ended, 11 men had batted and six runs had crossed the plate. Tony Oliva hit a two-run double in the inning, and Jimmie Hall knocked in two with his single. The 1991 Twins showed some life in the eighth, but Kirby Puckett’s solo home run was all they could muster off of Jim Kaat and Al Worthington. The 1965 Twins win the series 4-3.

Series MVP: Jimmie Hall .357/.379/.714 2 HR 9 RBI

Diamond Mind Data
In the 100 series that I simulated between the two teams, the 1965 team came out on top 54 times. The most common result was a seven-game victory, and the teams were separated by just ten games overall (300-290).

1965 Twins in 4: 5 1991 Twins in 4: 6
1965 Twins in 5: 13 1991 Twins in 5: 11
1965 Twins in 6: 15 1991 Twins in 6: 14
1965 Twins in 7: 21 1991 Twins in 7: 15

Game 7 Box and play-by-play below the fold.

 7/1/2007, Min91-Min65, Metropolitan Stadium

                       1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9     R  H  E   LOB DP
1991 Twins             0  1  0  1  1  0  0  1  0     4  8  1     7  0
1965 Twins             0  0  0  0  0  0  6  0  x     6  8  2     7  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Gladden           lf  4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .038    2  0  0  0
 Larkin           ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Knoblauch         2b  5  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  .400    1  3  0  0
Puckett           cf  3  1  2  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  .393    4  0  0  0
Mack              rf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  .261    3  0  0  0
Harper            c   4  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .053    1  1  0  0
Hrbek             1b  4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .259    8  2  0  0
Leius             3b  4  2  2  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .455    0  1  1  0
Gagne             ss  4  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250    5  3  0  0
Morris            p   2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  .000    0  3  0  0
 Guthrie          p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
 Willis           p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  1  0  0
 Bush             ph  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .400    0  0  0  0
                     35  4  8  3  1  0  1  1  1  1  0  1  0  0  2         24 14  1  0

Twins                AB  R  H BI  D  T HR BB  K SB CS IW HP SH SF   AVG   PO  A  E PB
Versalles         ss  3  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  1  0  1  0  0  .292    1  4  1  0
Rollins           3b  4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .286    0  2  0  0
Oliva             rf  4  1  2  2  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  .222    3  0  0  0
Hall              cf  4  0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .357    5  0  0  0
Killebrew         1b  3  1  2  1  0  0  1  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  .250   12  2  1  0
Allison           lf  3  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .182    3  0  0  0
Battey            c   4  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .182    1  0  0  1
Kindall           2b  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  .111    0  3  0  0
 Valdespino       ph  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .667    0  0  0  0
 Quilici          2b  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    0  0  0  0
Kaat              p   4  1  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .143    1  3  0  0
 Worthington      p   0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  .000    1  0  0  0
                     31  6  8  5  1  0  1  4  1  0  2  0  2  0  0         27 14  2  1

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Morris           L 0-1           6.2  4  5  1  4  1  97  54   29  1  0  2  1  0  4.05
Guthrie          BS 1            0.0  3  1  1  0  0  12   9    3  0  0  0  0  0 99.00
Willis                           1.1  1  0  0  0  0  22  11    5  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 8.0  8  6  2  4  1 131  74   37  1  0  2  1  0 

Twins                            INN  H  R ER BB  K PCH STR   BF HR IW HP WP DP   ERA
Kaat             W 2-1           8.0  7  4  3  1  1 105  69   34  1  1  0  1  0  5.66
Worthington      S 1             1.0  1  0  0  0  0  16  11    4  0  0  0  0  0  0.00
                                 9.0  8  4  3  1  1 121  80   38  1  1  0  1  0 

Min: Bush batted for Willis in the 9th
     Larkin batted for Gladden in the 9th
Min: Valdespino batted for Kindall in the 7th
     Quilici inserted at 2b in the 8th

GWRBI: Oliva
Temperature: 80, Sky: clear, Wind: left to right at 11 MPH.
Score O Rnr BS  Event
----- - --- --  -----

**************  Top of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 00  Gladden flied out to center (X)
 0-0  1 --- 11  Knoblauch lined a single down the right field line (BFX)
 0-0  1 1-- 00  Puckett grounded out to third, Knoblauch to second (>X)
 0-0  2 -2- 30  Mack was walked intentionally (IIII)
 0-0  2 12- 11  Knoblauch to third, Mack to second, Harper to first on an
                  error by the shortstop Versalles (BFX)
 0-0  2 123 02  Hrbek grounded out to second (CFX)

**************  Bottom of the 1st inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 31  Versalles walked (BFBBB)
 0-0  0 1-- 01  Versalles was caught stealing second after being picked
                  off first by Morris (Fb1)
 0-0  1 --- 11  Rollins grounded out to the mound (Fb1.BX)
 0-0  2 --- 22  Oliva reached on an infield single to short (CBFBX)
 0-0  2 1-- 00  Oliva was caught stealing second (>C)

**************  Top of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 0-0  0 --- 11  Leius lined a single to shallow right (BCX)
 0-0  0 1-- 02  Gagne singled down the right field line and shallow,
                  Leius to third (CCX)
 0-0  0 1-3 11  Kaat threw a wild pitch, Leius scored, Gagne to second
                  (BSB)
 1-0  0 -2- 31  Morris bunted into an out to third, Gagne out at third,
                  Morris to first (BSB.BbXb)
 1-0  1 1-- 11  Gladden flied out to right (BFX)
 1-0  2 1-- 01  Knoblauch popped out to left (CX)

**************  Bottom of the 2nd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 00  Hall grounded out to short (X)
 1-0  1 --- 31  Killebrew walked (BFBBB)
 1-0  1 1-- 22  Allison grounded to second, forcing Killebrew at second,
                  Allison to first (BCBCFX)
 1-0  2 1-- 10  Battey lined a single between first and second, Allison
                  to third (1BX)
 1-0  2 1-3 01  Kindall was hit by a pitch, Battey to second (SH)
 1-0  2 123 11  Kaat flied out to left (SBX)

**************  Top of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 02  Puckett grounded a single between third and short (FFX)
 1-0  0 1-- 12  Mack grounded out to short, Puckett to second (BCFFX)
 1-0  1 -2- 10  Harper flied out to right (BX)
 1-0  2 -2- 12  Hrbek struck out (BCFFC)

**************  Bottom of the 3rd inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 01  Versalles flied out to right (CX)
 1-0  1 --- 01  Rollins grounded out to third (CX)
 1-0  2 --- 20  Oliva flied out to center (BBX)

**************  Top of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 1-0  0 --- 10  Leius grounded a double down the third base line (BX)
 1-0  0 -2- 00  Gagne grounded out to first, Leius to third (X)
 1-0  1 --3 00  Morris hit a sacrifice fly to center, Leius scored (X)
 2-0  2 --- 10  Gladden grounded out to the mound (BX)

**************  Bottom of the 4th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 00  Hall flied out to right (X)
 2-0  1 --- 22  Killebrew struck out (FBBFC)
 2-0  2 --- 31  Allison lined out to center (SBBBX)

**************  Top of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 2-0  0 --- 00  Knoblauch to first on an error by the first baseman
                  Killebrew (X)
 2-0  0 1-- 00  Knoblauch stole second (>S)
 2-0  0 -2- 22  Battey allowed a passed ball, Knoblauch to third
                  (>S.FFBBB)
 2-0  0 --3 32  Puckett hit a sacrifice fly to center, Knoblauch scored
                  (>S.FFBBB.FX)
 3-0  1 --- 01  Mack grounded out to second (SX)
 3-0  2 --- 01  Harper flied out to left (CX)

**************  Bottom of the 5th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 00  Battey grounded out to second (X)
 3-0  1 --- 01  Kindall grounded out to the mound (SX)
 3-0  2 --- 00  Kaat grounded out to short (X)

**************  Top of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 31  Hrbek grounded out to short (BBCBX)
 3-0  1 --- 11  Leius grounded out to second (BCX)
 3-0  2 --- 31  Gagne popped out to center (BBBSX)

**************  Bottom of the 6th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 11  Versalles grounded out to second (CBX)
 3-0  1 --- 21  Rollins lined a single to right center (CBBX)
 3-0  1 1-- 21  Oliva flied out to left (BCBX)
 3-0  2 1-- 21  Morris threw a wild pitch, Rollins to second (BBCB)
 3-0  2 -2- 31  Hall popped out to right (BBCB.X)

**************  Top of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 22  Morris grounded out to short (SCFBBX)
 3-0  1 --- 20  Gladden grounded out to short (BBX)
 3-0  2 --- 31  Knoblauch grounded out to the mound (BFBBX)

**************  Bottom of the 7th inning, Twins batting
 3-0  0 --- 01  Killebrew homered deep down the left-field line (CX)
 3-1  0 --- 32  Allison walked (BCBSFBB)
 3-1  0 1-- 00  Battey popped out to short (1>X)
                Valdespino pinch hitting for Kindall
 3-1  1 1-- 32  Valdespino walked, Allison to second (BCBFB>F>B)
 3-1  1 12- 01  Kaat bunted into an out to first, forcing Allison at
                  third, Valdespino to second, Kaat to first (FbXb)
 3-1  2 12- 12  Versalles was hit by a pitch, Valdespino to third, Kaat
                  to second (BFFH)
 3-1  2 123 20  Valdespino scored, Kaat to third, Versalles to second,
                  Rollins to first on an error by the third baseman Leius
                  (BBX)
                Guthrie now pitching
 3-2  2 123 12  Oliva lined a double down the right field line, Kaat
                  scored, Versalles scored, Rollins to third (CBSFFX)
 3-4  2 -23 22  Hall lined a single to shallow center, Rollins scored,
                  Oliva scored (CBFBX)
 3-6  2 1-- 00  Killebrew lined a single to shallow left, Hall to second
                  (11X)
                Willis now pitching
 3-6  2 12- 21  Allison grounded to short, forcing Killebrew at second
                  (BCBX)

**************  Top of the 8th inning, Twins batting
                Quilici now playing second base
 3-6  0 --- 00  Puckett homered deep to right center (X)
 4-6  0 --- 11  Mack flied out to center (BCX)
 4-6  1 --- 01  Harper grounded out to the mound (FX)
 4-6  2 --- 12  Hrbek lined a single to shallow center (FFBX)
 4-6  2 1-- 11  Leius flied out to left (BCX)

**************  Bottom of the 8th inning, Twins batting
 4-6  0 --- 22  Battey grounded out to the mound (BSBSX)
 4-6  1 --- 21  Quilici lined out to center (CBBX)
 4-6  2 --- 20  Kaat lined a single to shallow right (BBX)
 4-6  2 1-- 32  Versalles flied out to center (BBBCF>X)

**************  Top of the 9th inning, Twins batting
                Worthington now pitching
 4-6  0 --- 22  Gagne lined a single to shallow center (CSBBX)
                Bush pinch hitting for Willis
 4-6  0 1-- 32  Bush grounded out to first, Gagne to second (BCBBSX)
                Larkin pinch hitting for Gladden
 4-6  1 -2- 01  Larkin flied out to right (SX)
 4-6  2 -2- 02  Knoblauch popped out to first (CFX)
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