Lenny Green – One of the original Twins

November 13, 2010 – The Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) is a great organization and one of the wonderful projects they have going on is the Baseball Biography Project. One of the many biographies they have completed is about former Minnesota Twins outfielder Lenny Green. Leonard Charles Green was born January 6, 1933 in Detroit, Michigan. Lenny signed with the Baltimore Orioles as a amateur free agent prior to the 1955 season and made his major league debut in August of 1957. Green was traded to the Washington Senators during the 1959 season and played for the Senators for two years before the team moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. Green had good seasons for the Twins in 1961 and 1962 before losing his job to Jimmie Hall in 1963. Lenny was part of a big three team trade in 1964 and wound up with the Angels who gave him little playing time before selling him back to his original team in Baltimore. The next spring, 1965, he was again sold, this time to the Reds Sox. Green played for the Red Sox for two years and then finished his career with his home town Detroit Tigers in 1966 and 1967. Take a few minutes and read about one of the original Minnesota Twins by clicking here. I am not sure why right now but back in 1961 when the Twins played here in their first season, I was 13 years old and Lenny Green was my first “favorite” Twins player.

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3 Responses to Lenny Green – One of the original Twins

  1. Rolf Christopherson says:

    I really enjoyed the article about Lenny Green.

    I would like to know how I might get in contact with him, or someone who could for me. I have a photograph of the reunion of the 1968 Detroit Tigers, when 17 of the players gathered in 2008. I know that some of that team were not on the roster for post-season play, and some were not at the reunion, but it doesn’t matter to me whether they were on the Championship team, or not, I am just interested in having Mr. Green sign my photo. The 17 teammates in attendance have all signed my reunion team photo, plus four others who were either absent, or not on the post-season team. That team is an important boyhood memory for me, and I would like to have Mr. Green sign, if he would. That would only leave the last three living players from that team left for me to track down: Dave Campbell, Les Cain, Denny Ribant, and if at all possible Trainer Bill Behm. This is a personal momento, which I began having sifned in the fall of 2008. I appreciate any help you could offer. Thank you.

    Rolf Christopherson

    • jjswol says:

      Rolf, use the contact form in the lower right hand corner of the page and send me your e-mail address.

      • Rolf Christopherson says:

        Hi John…
        I know it’s been nearly a year since I contacted you, but since then I have spoken to Lenny Green on the phone, and have been able to obtain his autograph on my Tigers 2008 reunion photo. Since that, I have received signatures of Denny Ribant, Dave Campbell and Les Cain. Trainer Bill Behm passed away prior to my obtaining his signature on the photo. I am hoping to add bat boy Dennis Smith’s autograph. So, presently I have all 25 signatures of those living members (Jim Northrup passed away since). But, I still have an interest in obtaining the most recent photo of Lenny Green possible, as he and Les Cain are the only team members who I’ve spoken to, but have never gotten a recent photo of. Can you help me? Thanks again.

        Rolf Christopherson

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