TWINS TRIVIA is hopefully a fun and informative site that will help you to better enjoy the Minnesota Twins and their wonderful history. “History never looks like history when you are living through it” – John Gardner, former Secretary of Health
Talkin’ Baseball – Twins version written about 1995. Terry Cashman wrote Talkin’ Baseball as a tribute to 50’s baseball during the baseball strike in 1981. The song was spun off into many team specific versions like the Twins version here.
The Seattle Pilots (64-98) only existed in 1969 before moving to Milwaukee where they became the Brewers. The Pilots had a number of players that either had played in Minnesota or would play in Minnesota including Don Mincher, Rich Rollins, Ron Clark, Danny Walton, Sandy Valdespino, Mike Marshall, and Garry Roggenburk. Tom Kelly was a Pilots 8th round draft pick in 1968. The Seattle Pilots theme song was so different from any other I have ever heard and I had to put it out here.
Produced by WCCO radio (Minneapolis, Minn.), “Last Of The Ninth: Twins Pennant Drive ’65” is an audio delight, including the pivotal moments, plays, and personalities that drove the 1965 Minnesota Twins to the American League Championship. Legendary Twins broadcasters Ray Scott, Herb Carneal and Halsey Hall tell the story in a narrative that crackles with excitement and joy. Provided through Soundcloud courtesy of one of my favorite Minnesota Twins blog sites, Classic Minnesota Twins. There are two parts and it is GREAT listening as you relive the 1965 American league championship season.
A MPR interview in June 1995 with Harmon Killebrew and Mudcat Grant (about 5 minutes and 40 seconds in length)
Cookie Lavagetto breaks up Bill Bevens’ no-hitter with two out in the ninth inning during the 1947 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Lavagetto went on to become the Minnesota Twins first manager.
Twins Last Season at the Metrodome – For 27 years, the Twins called the Dome “Home Sweet Home”. For most of those 27 years, those Twins games were heard on WCCO Radio. As they get set to play their last home opener before Target Field opens in 2010, enjoy some of the great moments and some of the odder moments as heard across the upper midwest on 830 WCCO Radio!
January 28, 1985 KSTP newcast that has a 2 minute clip clip of the demolition of Met Stadium. Minnesota Sports legends Bill Brown of the Vikings and Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew from the Twins are some of the witnesses as the iconic sports stadium comes crashing down. Met Stadium clip starts at 25:30 and runs thru about 27:30. Another segment of this news broadcast has a clip of Prince also.
Minnesota Twins vs Boston Red Sox telecast from September 30, 1967 duing one of the best pennant races in AL baseball history. This is suppposedly the oldest telecast of a complete MLB baseball game totally in color. Box score.
Taken from a 2″ video tape, this is the very end of the 1965 Minnesota Twins versus Washington Senators game. The Twins win the pennant and celebrate in the locker room. This video includes interviews from Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame members Ray Scott, Frank Buetel, and if you look close enough, you’ll see Halsey Hall and Sid Hartman in the background. Minnesota Twins players interviewed on camera include Harmon Killebrew, Don Mincher, Bob Allison, Tony Oliva, Frank Quilici, Jim Kaat and many more. A great 40 minute video with superb quality all Twins fans should see.
What would it mean to the average Minnesotan if the Twins left our state? In 1984, this was a real possibility. Gary Gilson with Night Times Magazine talks with the Twins owner, as well as many fans about what the importance of Twins baseball in Minnesota. Original Broadcast: 04/05/1984. About 44 minutes long. Watch this and you also get to see a young Pat Reusse, with hair, Calvin Griffith and Jim Klobuchar!
The 1968 All-Star game in the Houston Astrodome was the first All-Star game played at night and also the first indoor All-Star game. This is the AS game that Harmon Killebrew was injured reaching for a throw at first base (at about the 1 hour 6 minute mark).