1961 Game 75: Minnesota Twins (29-45) @ Kansas City Athletics (29-43)

Saturday July 1, 1961

Twins 9, A’s 3

Prior to Saturday’s game in Kansas City, Harmon Killebrew had hit just one career grand slam. It came in Kansas City in 1956.

Killebrew hit his second career grand slam (23rd home run of the season) five years later in the same place. It came in the form of insurance runs in the ninth inning. The Twins were already leading the game 5-2 thanks to a good pitching performance by Jim Kaat and 10 team hits collected against Kansas City starter Bob Shaw, including Earl Battey’s fifth home run of the season.

Kaat allowed three runs in the game, but only one was earned. The A’s scored two run in the first inning with the help of a couple of Twins’ fielding errors.

Team Name                        G    W    L    T   PCT    GB    RS   RA
Detroit Tigers                  76   49   26    1  .653     -   421  332
New York Yankees                74   46   27    1  .630   2.0   389  302
Cleveland Indians               77   44   33    0  .571   6.0   368  320
Baltimore Orioles               77   40   36    1  .526   9.5   333  332
Chicago White Sox               76   39   37    0  .513  10.5   374  341
Boston Red Sox                  76   38   37    1  .507  11.0   339  370
Washington Senators             76   33   43    0  .434  16.5   314  352
Minnesota Twins                 75   30   45    0  .400  19.0   331  409
Kansas City Athletics           74   29   44    1  .397  19.0   325  394
Los Angeles Angels              77   28   48    1  .368  21.5   321  363
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