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Twins Top Yanks, 6-4, Before Big Minnesota Crowd

Aug. 13, 1962 - The baseball world still may not take the pennant aspirations of the Twins seriously. But a record crowd of 41,366 turned out tonight in Minnesota to see them battle the Yankees. This support so inspired the Minnesotans that they flattened the New Yorkers, 6-4, in the opener of a 4-game series. Most of the flattening was achieved by the Twins’ top slugger, Harmon Killebrew (pictured). After knocking in the first two Minnesota runs with a pair of singles off the Yankee starter, Jim Bouton, he still found the Twins trailing by one in the last of the eighth. The Killer then came through with the final crusher. With the bases filled, Killebrew cleared them with a double, a low line drive that Tony Kubek almost caught in left field. Kubek had his hands on the ball, but then he stumbled and lost it. Before he could recover the ball, all three runners had scored. After the game, Kubek explained that he had lost the ball in the lights and that it had hit him on the left forearm.


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