10/02/2004 4:21 PM ET
Twins postseason history
Minnesota won World Series in '87, '91
By Kristen Aiken / MLB.com
1965 -- Dodgers over the Twins in the World Series, 4-3
In only its sixth season as a franchise, Minnesota made its World Series debut and stretched the series to seven games against the Dodgers, who were armed with '65 Triple Crown winner Sandy Koufax. The Twins caught the Dodgers off-guard in Games 1 and 2, but dropped the next three before knotting the series with a Game 6 win. Koufax threw a shutout in Game 7 to beat the Twins, 2-0, as the Dodgers won their second championship in three years.
1969 -- Orioles over the Twins in the ALCS, 3-0
In a year that saw the Twins' Harmon Killebrew win the American League MVP award, Minnesota and the Orioles took part in the first ALCS to be played. The Twins dropped two tough one-run games, 4-3 and 1-0, to start off the series, and the Twins' postseason was all but over. Baltimore tore to an 11-2 victory in the finale, going on to lose the World Series to the New York Mets, four games to one.
1970 -- Orioles over the Twins in the ALCS, 3-0
For the second straight year, the Twins were swept by the Orioles in the ALCS, this time by a much wider margin. The Twins were outscored, 27-10, in the series by an Orioles lineup that went on to win the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds, 4-1. Killebrew led the Twins' offense with two homers and four RBIs in 11 at-bats.
1987 -- Twins over the Cardinals in the World Series, 4-3
After routing the Detroit Tigers, 4-1, in the ALCS, the Twins won a dramatic seven-game World Series for their first championship in franchise history. In the first Fall Classic to be held indoors (at the Metrodome), the Twins won Games 1 and 2 (10-1, 8-4) but struggled in the next three (3-1, 7-2, 4-2). Game 6 at the Dome was the turning point for Minnesota, which was just one loss from elimination. After 4 1/2 innings, the Cardinals had built a 5-2 lead, but Kirby Puckett, Gary Gaetti and Don Baylor rallied the Twins for a 5-5 tie. Kent Hrbek later nailed a grand slam that capped a Minnesota 11-5 triumph. Frank Viola got the win in Game 7 for Minnesota's first title.
1991 -- Twins over the Braves in the World Series, 4-3
After topping the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-1, in the ALCS, the Twins battled with the Braves for their second World Series title in seven games. After finishing in last place in their divisions in 1990, the Twins and Braves both rebounded to the top of their respective leagues for a trip to the Fall Classic. Following the pattern of the '87 Series, the Twins won the first two games and dropped the next three before swinging the momentum their way in an important Game 6. Puckett's 11th-inning walk-off homer in Game 6 sent the Twins to a Game 7 that would be dominated by Jack Morris' 1-0 shutout, giving the Twins their second World Series title.
2002 -- Angels over the Twins in the ALCS, 4-1
Although the Twins made it to the ALCS, the big story was the journey to get there. Minnesota staved off the Oakland Athletics for an ALDS upset after being on the verge of elimination. In the decisive Game 5, the Twins put up a three-run ninth take a 5-1 lead. But the A's came back with three runs of their own before Eddie Guardado forced the final out and the Twins won the deciding game of the series, 5-4. Minnesota went on to lose the ALCS, 4-1, to the eventual World Series champion Angels.
2003 -- Yankees over the Twins in the ALDS, 3-1
Making the postseason for the second straight year, the Twins got off to a good start against the Yankees with a 3-1 win in the series opener against Mike Mussina. That was all they could muster in the series, however, as the Yankees came back to sweep the remaining games of the series and eventually go on to the World Series, where they lost, 4-2, to the Florida Marlins.
Kristen Aiken is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.