Zoilo Versalles Stats

Zoilo Versalles was born on Monday, December 18, 1939, in Veldado, Cuba. Versalles was 19 years old when he broke into the big leagues on August 1, 1959, with the Washington Senators. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Zoilo Versalles baseball stats page.

"Versalles played 160 games. He led the AL in runs scored (126), doubles (forty-five), and triples (twelve). He stole twenty-seven bases and was caught only five times. He was the leadoff man for a franchise that reached the World Series for the first time since 1933. And he played shortstop. Far too often, the voters pay absolutely no attention to the defensive contributions of the candidates, which is why players like Juan Gonzalez and Mo Vaughn win awards they don't deserve. But in 1965, none of the big RBI men on the pennant contenders had big years. That left the door open for the shortstop with the good (but not great) hitting stats. And in 1965, Zoilo Veralles really was the best player in the league." - Author Rob Neyer in Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Lineups: A Complete Guide to the Best, Worst, and Most Memorable Players to Ever Grace the Major Leagues (Touchstone Publishing, 06/02/2003, Page 133)
Zoilo Versalles

Zoilo Versalles Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#107 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1988pac01' title='1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)
Zoilo Versalles Autograph on a 1988 Pacific Legends Baseball Card (#107 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Zoilo Casanova Versalles Rodriguez
Nickname:
Zorro
Born On:
12-18-1939  (Sagittarius)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Veldado, Cuba
Year of Death Data Died On:
06-09-1995 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Bloomington, Minnesota
Cemetery:
Cremated
High School:
None Attended
College:
None Attended
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
5-10
Player Weight Chart Weight:
150
First Game:
08-01-1959 (Age 19)
Last Game:
09-28-1971
Draft:
Not Applicable
Zoilo Versalles

Zoilo Versalles Pitching Stats

G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
- - Did Not Pitch - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G GS GF W L PCT ERA CG SHO SV IP BFP H ER R HR BB IBB SO WP HB BK HLD
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Zoilo Versalles Hitting Stats

G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
1959 20 Senators 29 59 4 9 0 0 1 0 1 4 0 15 0 0 1 0 .153 .219 .203
1960 21 Senators 15 45 2 6 2 2 0 0 4 2 0 5 0 0 0 0 .133 .170 .267
1961 22 Twins 129 510 65 143 25 5 7 0 53 25 2 61 4 2 1 8 .280 .314 .390
1962 23 Twins 160 568 69 137 18 3 17 0 67 37 8 71 10 7 2 13 .241 .287 .373
1963 24 Twins 159 621 74 162 31 13 10 0 54 33 2 66 7 0 5 11 .261 .303 .401
1964 25 Twins 160 659 94 171 33 10 20 0 64 42 1 88 7 2 8 5 .259 .311 .431
1965 26 Twins 160 666 126 182 45 12 19 1 77 41 3 122 6 8 7 7 .273 .319 .462
1966 27 Twins 137 543 73 135 20 6 7 0 36 40 2 85 3 3 7 11 .249 .307 .346
1967 28 Twins 160 581 63 116 16 7 6 0 50 33 2 113 3 3 6 15 .200 .249 .282
1968 29 Dodgers 122 403 29 79 16 3 2 0 24 26 4 84 6 1 0 7 .196 .244 .266
1969 30 Indians 72 217 21 49 11 1 1 0 13 21 1 47 0 2 2 7 .226 .298 .300
1969 30 Senators 31 75 9 20 2 1 0 0 6 3 0 13 0 0 1 1 .267 .304 .320
1971 32 Braves 66 194 21 37 11 0 5 0 22 11 1 40 4 1 0 7 .191 .233 .325
G AB R H 2B 3B HR GRSL RBI BB IBB SO SH SF HBP GIDP AVG OBP SLG
12 Years 1,400 5,141 650 1,246 230 63 95 1 471 318 26 810 50 29 40 92 .242 .290 .367
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Zoilo Versalles Fielding Stats

POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
1959 Senators SS 29 19 483 106 3.7 100 41 59 6 13 n/a n/a n/a .943 5.59
1960 Senators SS 15 15 351 77 5.1 72 30 42 5 6 n/a n/a n/a .935 5.54
1961 Twins SS 129 126 3,273 630 4.9 600 229 371 30 74 n/a n/a n/a .952 4.95
1962 Twins SS 160 157 456 862 5.4 836 335 501 26 127 n/a n/a n/a .970 49.50
1963 Twins SS 159 157 462 779 4.9 749 301 448 30 87 n/a n/a n/a .961 43.77
1964 Twins SS 160 158 4,272 729 4.6 698 271 427 31 89 n/a n/a n/a .957 4.41
1965 Twins SS 160 158 4,218 774 4.8 735 248 487 39 105 n/a n/a n/a .950 4.70
1966 Twins SS 135 135 3,528 607 4.5 572 195 377 35 69 n/a n/a n/a .942 4.38
1967 Twins SS 159 152 4,293 713 4.5 683 229 454 30 81 n/a n/a n/a .958 4.30
1968 Dodgers SS 119 116 3,021 612 5.1 584 204 380 28 62 n/a n/a n/a .954 5.22
1969 Indians 2B 46 37 927 159 3.5 155 72 83 4 16 n/a n/a n/a .975 4.51
1969 Indians 3B 30 20 582 72 2.4 70 28 42 2 8 n/a n/a n/a .972 3.25
1969 Indians SS 3 2 66 7 2.3 7 1 6 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.86
1969 Senators 2B 6 4 96 20 3.3 20 9 11 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 5.63
1969 Senators 3B 5 2 96 13 2.6 11 1 10 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .846 3.09
1969 Senators SS 13 9 261 46 3.5 43 10 33 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .935 4.45
1971 Braves 2B 1 1 27 4 4.0 4 2 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 4.00
1971 Braves 3B 30 29 744 82 2.7 74 29 45 8 2 n/a n/a n/a .902 2.69
1971 Braves SS 24 23 597 97 4.0 92 32 60 5 11 n/a n/a n/a .948 4.16
POS G GS OUTS TC TC/G CH PO A E DP PB CASB CACS FLD% RF
SS Totals 1,265 1,227 25,281 6,039 4.8 5,771 2,126 3,645 268 727 n/a n/a n/a .956 6.16
3B Totals 65 51 1,422 167 2.6 155 58 97 12 11 n/a n/a n/a .928 2.94
2B Totals 53 42 1,050 183 3.5 179 83 96 4 17 n/a n/a n/a .978 4.60
12 Years 1,383 1,320 27,753 6,389 4.6 6,105 2,267 3,838 284 755 n/a n/a n/a .956 5.94
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Zoilo Versalles Miscellaneous Stats

SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
1959 Senators 1 0 1.000 0 1 n/a 59.0 3.9 59.0 - - -
1960 Senators 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 9.0 11.3 - - -
1961 Twins 16 9 .640 0 0 n/a 72.9 8.4 9.6 - - -
1962 Twins 5 5 .500 0 1 n/a 33.4 8.0 8.5 - - -
1963 Twins 7 4 .636 0 0 n/a 62.1 9.4 11.5 - - -
1964 Twins 14 4 .778 1 0 n/a 33.0 7.5 10.3 - - -
1965 Twins 27 5 .844 0 0 n/a 35.1 5.5 8.6 - - -
1966 Twins 10 12 .455 2 0 n/a 77.6 6.4 15.1 - - -
1967 Twins 5 3 .625 1 1 n/a 96.8 5.1 11.6 - - -
1968 Dodgers 6 4 .600 2 2 n/a 201.5 4.8 16.8 - - -
1969 Indians 3 1 .750 6 0 n/a 217.0 4.6 16.7 - - -
1969 Senators 1 0 1.000 9 2 n/a 0.0 5.8 12.5 - - -
1971 Braves 2 1 .667 11 0 n/a 38.8 4.9 8.8 - - -
SB CS SB% PH PR DH AB/HR AB/K AB/RBI K/BB K/9 BB/9
12 Years 97 48 .669 32 7 n/a 54.1 6.3 10.9 - - -
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Zoilo Versalles Miscellaneous Items of Interest

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In 1965, Zoilo Versalles led the American League in runs scored (126 / Top 25 ), doubles (45 / Top 25 ), triples (12 / Top 25 ) and total bases (308 / Top 25 ). Zorro easily won the American League Most Valuable Player Award , receiving nineteen of twenty possible first-place votes (the lone first-place vote went to teammate and fellow Tony Oliva ), and was the first Minnesota Twins player in franchise history to win a MVP Award .

Did you know that Zoilo Versalles, when he won the MVP Award in 1965, was only the third shortstop in American League history to receive the honor? The first two shortstops were Lou Boudreau (1948) and Phil Rizzuto (1950), both are Hall of Fame shortstops .
Zoilo Veralles
Zoilo Versalles | 1982 Topps 20th Anniversary Kmart MVP (#7) | Baseball Almanac Collection

Did you know that Zoilo Versalles was the first Minnesota Twins shortstop to win a Gold Glove ? From 1958 through 1962, Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio won the Gold Glove at short , lost to Zorro in 1963, then won again in 1964, then lost to Zorro again in 1965, then won again in 1966.

Did you know that Zoilo Versalles was the first Minnesota Twins player to wear #2 ? Zorro was not the first in franchise history, as several players wore #2 with the Washington Senators, but he was the first to wear it in Minnesota.

Zoilo Versalles
Zoilo Versalles Bobblehead | Minnesota Twins | SGA Minnesota Twins 1965
Zoilo Versalles was the lone inductee into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in 2006. Zorro joined players from the Class of 2005: Frank Viola ; the Class of 2004: Earl Battey ; the Class of 2003: Bob Allison ; the Class of 2002: Bert Blyleven ; the Class of 2001: Jim Kaat ; and the inaugural Class of 2000: Rod Carew , Kent Hrbek , Harmon Killebrew , Tony Oliva , Kirby Puckett .

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