Sunday June 18, 1961
All this losing is starting to catch up with the Twins.
In the midst of the nightcap of a White Sox-Minnesota double-header, a fight suddenly flared in the dugout of the Twins to the shocked amazement of 22,644 spectators.
Camilo Pascual and Bob Allison were the scrappers and only quick intervention by their fellow players undoubtedly spared the spilling of blood.
As is usually the case, one of the peacemakers was the only one hurt. Coach Clyde McCollough was struck in the stomach by a bat Pascual was wielding. And McCullough just recently had an ulcer operation.
The fight started because of an incident on the field. Bob Allison, who was playing first base, shouted at Pascual after a foul ball saying that he needed to hold Minnie Minoso closer to first base. Pascual waved his glove at Allison and yelled for him to mind his own business. On the next pitch Minoso got a big jump off of Pascual and stole second base.
The two then had words on the way to the dugout.
Allison shoved Pascual back into the steel upright post of the dugout and the Cuban squirmed away, leaped onto the front of the dugout and grabbed a bat. The 175-pound pitcher understandably wanted no part of the 220-pound ex-footballer in hand-to-hand combat. He threw the bat at Allison but it struck Coach Clyde McCullough.
The two went after each other again and had to be separated by teammates. It was a sign of the frustration of a season that had started so promising but was now so disappointing.
The frustration may have, in large part, been stirred by the first game. The Twins entered the bottom of the ninth inning with a 3-1 lead. With one out and a man on first, Billy Goodman hit a home run to tie the game. Two batters later, Nellie Fox ended the game with a solo shot off of Pedro Ramos who had come on in relief. It was the major-league leading 20th home run allowed by Ramos.
Team Name G W L T PCT GB RS RA Detroit Tigers 64 40 23 1 .635 - 341 269 Cleveland Indians 64 40 24 0 .625 0.5 315 237 New York Yankees 62 38 23 1 .623 1.0 320 250 Boston Red Sox 63 32 30 1 .516 7.5 279 299 Baltimore Orioles 65 32 32 1 .500 8.5 256 274 Washington Senators 64 30 34 0 .469 10.5 266 289 Chicago White Sox 63 29 34 0 .460 11.0 281 282 Kansas City Athletics 60 26 33 1 .441 12.0 277 315 Minnesota Twins 63 24 39 0 .381 16.0 268 340 Los Angeles Angels 66 23 42 1 .354 18.0 256 304