Remembering 1965 – Part 8 – Boswell & Merritt

Jim Merritt

Jim Merritt

Our notes about the 1965 American League champion Twins continues with a great write-up in the April 10 edition of the Sporting News about pitchers Jim Merritt and Dave Boswell as they battled to make the 1965 team out of spring training. There is also a blurb about the problem with the Stadium Club and a short piece on why the president of the Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce thought that the Twins should open the season in Fairbanks, Alaska versus Met Stadium. Here is a clue – Collegeville, Minnesota had 66 inches of snow fall during the month of March in 1965. Oh, ticket sales, the Twins are mumbling about their 13,000-14,000 season ticket fan base this season, back in 1965 Calvin Griffith saw his season ticket base fall to about 3,400 going into the 1965 season. Plus, an update on the new outfield walls and new left field grandstand as the team prepares to host their first ever All-Star game.

Sporting News April 10, 1965

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