1961 Game 1: Minnesota Twins (0-0) @ New York Yankees (0-0)

Tuesday April 11, 1961

The buzz following the first game in Minnesota Twins history was all about Pedro Ramos. The Cuban pitcher had been with the franchise since 1955. While he had decent numbers, he hadn’t recorded a winning season since his first full year with the team in 1956.

Ramos dazzled the powerful Yankees with a 3-hit shut out. Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris were a combined 0-for-7 with 3 strikeouts in the game.

The game was locked at zero for the first six innings, with Whitey Ford matching Ramos out-for-out. The Twins finally broke the scoreless tie in the top of the seventh. Bob Allison hit a lead-off home run. Later in the inning, Ramos himself knocked in a couple of insurance runs with a two-run single. The final was a 6-0 Twins’ win.

The praise was high for Ramos after the game.

“He’s even side-arming the left-handed hitters” said Mickey Mantle, a double strikeout victim. “He got me twice on a high, tight fastball.”

“Ramos is changing up better on his curve” said Tony Kubek. “That’s a pitch he hasn’t shown me in previous seasons.”

Up Next: @ Baltimore 4/14

AL Standings:

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Los Angeles Angels               1    1    0    0 1.000     -     7    2
Chicago White Sox                1    1    0    0 1.000     -     4    3
Cleveland Indians                1    1    0    0 1.000     -     9    5
Minnesota Twins                  1    1    0    0 1.000     -     6    0
Kansas City Athletics            1    1    0    0 1.000     -     5    2
Baltimore Orioles                1    0    1    0  .000   1.0     2    7
Boston Red Sox                   1    0    1    0  .000   1.0     2    5
Detroit Tigers                   1    0    1    0  .000   1.0     5    9
New York Yankees                 1    0    1    0  .000   1.0     0    6
Washington Senators              1    0    1    0  .000   1.0     3    4
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