1961 Game 64: Baltimore Orioles (32-32) @ Minnesota Twins (24-39)

Tuesday June 20, 1961

Twins 5, Orioles 4

Julio Becquer does not seem like a power threat. From 1955 to 1960 he had played with the Senators and hit no more than four home runs in a single season. In limited playing time this year with both the Los Angeles  Angels and with Minnesota, he has hit only one home run prior to Tuesday’s game. So when he came up to lead off the bottom of the ninth in a tie game, one of the last things both teams had to be thinking was that he would end the game with one swing.

It looked at first like it might be another sure victory blown by the Twins. Jack Kralick had pitched very well for eight innings, and behind him the Twins had built a 4-1 lead after eight, in part due to Harmon Killebrew’s 17th home run hit back in the first inning. Things started to unravel for the home team in the ninth, however. Kralick allowed the first two men to reach via singles. After getting the first out, he threw a mistake pitch to rookie Earl Robinson who used the occasion of his first career home run to tie the game in the ninth inning.

Chuck Stobbs came on in relief to retire the Orioles with the score tied at four to set the stage for Becquer’s heroics.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  65   41   23    1  .641     -   346  273
New York Yankees                64   39   24    1  .619   1.5   329  256
Cleveland Indians               65   40   25    0  .615   1.5   318  242
Boston Red Sox                  64   33   30    1  .524   7.5   290  307
Baltimore Orioles               66   32   33    1  .492   9.5   260  279
Chicago White Sox               64   30   34    0  .469  11.0   286  285
Washington Senators             65   30   35    0  .462  11.5   270  294
Kansas City Athletics           62   27   34    1  .443  12.5   283  324
Minnesota Twins                 64   25   39    0  .391  16.0   273  344
Los Angeles Angels              67   23   43    1  .348  19.0   264  315
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