1961 Game 67: New York Yankees (41-24) @ Minnesota Twins (25-41)

Friday June 23, 1961

Twins 4, Yankees 0

Calvin Griffith could not reach Cookie Lavagetto all day. The Twins’ manager was out fishing with his 12-year-old son Ernie. Lavagetto did not find out he had been fired until he reported to the ballpark for the evening game against the New York Yankees.

He had high hopes for the team out of spring training, but the pitching staff did not perform as well as Lavagetto had expected. A string in which his team lost 21 of 24 games certainly didn’t help, but the reason Lavagetto was fired probably had more to do with his differences of opinion with Griffith. The hard feelings probably dated before Lavagetto’s “vacation” in early June, but that may be were the relationship became damaged beyond repair. Whatever the reason, the Sam Mele era offically began with a win over the Yankees.

Camilo Pascual dominated the powerful Yankee lineup, allowing just six hits, one for extra bases, in his nine-inning shut out. Harmon Killebrew knocked in all four Twins’ runs, including two on his 20th home run of the year.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  67   43   23    1  .652     -   367  284
New York Yankees                67   41   25    1  .621   2.0   342  266
Cleveland Indians               68   40   28    0  .588   4.0   329  283
Boston Red Sox                  67   35   31    1  .530   8.0   299  318
Baltimore Orioles               69   35   33    1  .515   9.0   287  292
Chicago White Sox               67   33   34    0  .493  10.5   316  292
Washington Senators             67   30   37    0  .448  13.5   277  304
Kansas City Athletics           65   27   37    1  .422  15.0   293  342
Minnesota Twins                 67   26   41    0  .388  17.5   284  363
Los Angeles Angels              70   24   45    1  .348  20.5   277  327
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