Royals 8, Twins 3
With the score tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Freddie Patek knocked a two-run double down the left field foul line off of Twins reliever Bill Butler.
Freddie Patek KC 0.23
Al Fitzmorris KC 0.17
Cookie Rojas KC 0.16
Bill Butler MIN -0.28
John Mayberry KC -0.19
Glenn Borgmann MIN -0.16
Of course I am aware that Harmon Killebrew spent his final season with the Kansas City Royals, but it is still somewhat odd to pick a random Twins game and find him in the opposing lineup. This was Killer’s first game against the Twins. He struck out in his first plate appearance against his former team. In the game, Killebrew was 1-for-4.
It was back in December of 1974 that Calvin Griffith had called Killebrew into his office. Harmon said he expected that to be the meeting where he signed his contract for the 1975 season. Instead, the team’s all-time homerun leader was offered a choice, accept an off-the-field position with the team, or be granted permission to speak with other teams. Killebrew thought he still had some baseball left, and worked out a deal with the Kansas City Royals.
Over the course of the 1975 season, Killebrew appeared in 11 games against the Twins. His slash line was .250/.447/.500/.947 with a double and two home runs.
This was the first of a three-game series, and the home opener for the Royals. The Twins were coming off a 2-1 start in Texas, but were ultimately swept by the Royals.
In a note next to this game’s boxscore in The Sporting News, it was reported that Twins’ trainer Dick Martin intended to continue the team’s running program throughout the season. He had the backing of manager Frank Quilici and Dr. Harvey O’Phelen, the team’s physician. Apparently some players had been complaining, but Martin stuck to his guns, saying that no player on the Twins was going to get winded running from first to third.