1961 Game 60: Chicago White Sox (26-33) @ Minnesota Twins (23-36)

Friday June 16, 1961

Twins 6, White Sox 1

Lefty Danny McDevitt started the season with the Yankees. Though some saw him as a valuable pitcher in the Bronx, others predicted he wouldn’t last until July despite the fact that he had signed a $40,000 contract prior to the season. Sure enough, before the trade deadline the Yankees sent the left-handed pitcher to the Twins in exchange for Billy Gardner. At the time, McDevitt was 1-2 for the Yankees with a 7.62 ERA in eight games.

McDevitt’s debut with the Twins was a short one. He faced eight batters – walked three of them and hit another two with a pitch in just over an inning of work. When he got the hook in the second inning, the game was tied at one.

Pedro Ramos came in and held the White Sox in check for the rest of the game. That’s when the Twins’ bats came alive.

Jim Lemon (4) and Harmon Killebrew (16) each homered as the Twins slowly but surely built a lead on the White Sox. The final was 6-1, a welcome blowout for a team that has had trouble scoring over the last month. It was the first time the Twins have won back-to-back games since May 19 and 20.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Cleveland Indians               61   39   22    0  .639     -   307  224
Detroit Tigers                  62   39   22    1  .639     -   329  250
New York Yankees                60   37   22    1  .627   1.0   301  238
Baltimore Orioles               62   30   31    1  .492   9.0   243  266
Washington Senators             61   30   31    0  .492   9.0   244  264
Boston Red Sox                  60   29   30    1  .492   9.0   254  277
Kansas City Athletics           58   26   31    1  .456  11.0   274  307
Chicago White Sox               60   26   34    0  .433  12.5   262  271
Minnesota Twins                 60   24   36    0  .400  14.5   257  321
Los Angeles Angels              64   21   42    1  .333  19.0   248  301
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