This Day in Twins History – August 30

8/30/1983 – With the Twins trailing the Tigers 4-3 in the top of the 8th inning at Tiger Stadium, Tiger pitcher Dan Petry hits Twins outfielder Gary Ward in the face with a fastball. Gary Gaetti was quoted as saying ” I’ve been hit in the head, but I’d never seen anything like that before. His face was broken”. Battered and bruised, Ward returns to the lineup just six days later and goes 4 for 4 against the Rangers at Arlington Stadium. But for the rest of the season Ward struggled mightily, hitting no home runs and driving in only seven runs in his 84 at bats. After the 1983 season ended the Twins traded Ward to the Texas Rangers.Then, one July night in Baltimore in 1984 Ward turned off all the lights in his hotel room after a game and told himself to get past the fear or his career was over. Ward went on to play for 8 more seasons in the big leagues.

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8/30/1987 – Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with 2 home runs, 2 doubles, and 2 singles in Minnesota’s 10-6 win over Milwaukee, tying the AL record for hits in a 9-inning game.  His 14 total bases are most in club history.  Combined with the previous day’s 4-for-5, two-HR performance, Puckett has a ML-record-tying 10 hits in 2 games.

 

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