1961 Game 16: Chicago White Sox (7-6) @ Minnesota Twins (9-6)

Monday May 1, 1961

Twins 6, White Sox 5

The Twins and the White Sox exchanged leads for the first six innings, the White Sox doing it primarily with the long ball, of which they had three in the game. The Twins got a first inning home run by Harmon Killebrew, but remained in the game with RBI’s by Allison, Gardner, and Green. The teams were tied heading into the bottom of the ninth inning.

With one out, Jim Lemon singled off of Turk Lown, the White Sox reliever who had been in the game since the sixth inning. One batter later, Billy Gardner sent the crowd home happy with a double to deep left center. Lemon came all the way from first base to score, and the Twins managed the spilt in the brief series with the White Sox.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  14   10    4    0  .714     -    85   53
New York Yankees                15    9    5    1  .643   1.0    61   57
Minnesota Twins                 16   10    6    0  .625   1.0    68   78
Baltimore Orioles               17    8    8    1  .500   3.0    66   64
Cleveland Indians               16    8    8    0  .500   3.0    70   65
Boston Red Sox                  14    7    7    0  .500   3.0    46   55
Chicago White Sox               14    7    7    0  .500   3.0    65   63
Kansas City Athletics           13    5    8    0  .385   4.5    73   69
Washington Senators             16    5   11    0  .313   6.0    36   55
Los Angeles Angels              13    4    9    0  .308   5.5    40   51

Up next: the Twins host the Yankees in Minnesota for the first time. The three-game series opens with Camilo Pascual vs. Art Ditmar on Tuesday.

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