April 25 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on April 25 games is 

 

Alexi Casilla

2012 – Twins first baseman Chris Parmelee was hit in the batting helmet in the sixth inning by a 93 MPH fastball thrown by Red Sox hurler Justin Thomas. The ball hit the bill of Parmelee’s helmet, deflected down and struck Parmelee above his eye. A couple of inches lower, Parmelee continues to think, and he could have been struck directly in his eye. The ball bounced all the way back to the Red Sox dugout at Target Field. Parmelee was down for about a minute but rose to his feet and walked off the field. He was examined by doctors, who tested him for a concussion but luckily that was not the case. The Twins were down 7-1 after five innings and bounced back with five runs in the bottom of the sixth but the Red Sox bullpen shut down the Twins after that and the Twins ended up losing the game 7-6. Second baseman Alexi Casilla was 3 for 4 with a run scored, an RBI, a stolen base and was hit by a pitch.

2005 – The Minnesota Twins and Hennepin County announce they have agreed on a proposal to fund and construct a new ballpark in downtown Minneapolis. 

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On the field at Comerica Park the Tigers wrestled away a Twins 4-3 lead with two runs in the seventh and another in the eighth and held on for a 6-4 win. Twins reliever Juan Rincon who could not hold the lead that Brad Radke left him took the loss. Box Score

1980 – Making his first appearance in Minnesota since his fight with a marshmallow salesman in the fall of 1979, A’s manager Billy Martin has to be restrained by umpires from attacking a fan who was pelting him with marshmallows during the Twins’ 10-3 victory at the Met. The Twins jumped to a quick 5-0 lead and rolled on to a 10-3 win over the Martin led A’s in front of only 2,664 fans. Jose Morales and Rick Sofield each hit home runs in support of Twins starter Jerry Koosman who picked up the win. Box Score

Billy Martin

Jerry Koosman

 

 

 

 

 

1977 – Twins pitchers Mike Pazik and Don Carrithers were seriously injured in an automobile accident when their van collided with a car going the wrong way on an exit ramp in Bloomington, MN. Pazik suffered two broken bones in each leg and was out for the season. Carrithers, who was driving, suffered a compound fracture of his right knee, a partial rupture of the quadriceps tendon near his knee and a fractured right wrist and ended missing three months of the 1977 season.

Mike Pazik

Don Carrithers

 

 

 

 

 

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1970 – The Twins are playing the Tigers at the Met and take a 3-1 lead into the ninth only to have the Tigers score twice to tie the game. The Twins came back with one of their own, an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth and the Twins walk-off the Tigers 4-3. Tony Oliva and Rich Reese had homered earlier but it was Harmon Killebrew‘s single that scored the winner in the end. Stan Williams who blew the save scored the win.

Earl Wilson

Brant Alyea

Leo Cardenas

Exciting you say? But you should have seen what transpired in the top of the seventh with the Twins ahead 2-1. Jim Kaat is on the mound for the Twins and retires Elliot Maddox and Cesar Gutierrez on ground outs to the shortstop for the first two outs and then appeared to have struck out pitcher Earl Wilson, but, Twins catcher Paul Ratliff did not catch Kaat’s pitch in the air and this is where things really got weird. Ratliff got the ball and rolled it back to the mound and headed for the dugout. Tiger third base coach Grover Resinger knew his rules and he told Wilson to head to first base. None of the Twins seemed to notice Wilson as he rounded first and headed for second base and at this point coach Resinger was in the middle of the infield urging Wilson on. By now Twins left fielder Brant Alyea figured out what was happening and ran after the ball but had trouble picking it up and Wilson was still running and was now rounding third base and heading for home. By this time Twins shortstop Leo Cardenas had run over to cover home plate and Alyea threw him the ball. Wilson was a big guy and all this running was beginning to take its toll and when he saw Cardenas with the ball he turned and started back to third base but pulled a hamstring and just collapsed to the ground before getting back to the third base bag. Cardenas threw the ball back to Alyea who then tagged Wilson out as he lay in the base path just short of third base and the Twins were out of the inning unscathed. The scoring you ask? A strikeout, an error on Ratliff, and the out was recorded as LF-SS-LF (7-6-7). To top it all off the television crew had all gone to the commercial after the apparent strikeout and none of this was recorded on video. Box Score

1964 – The Twins lose to the Detroit Tigers 5-2 at Met Stadium in what was the first ever nationally televised Twins game from Met Stadium. Dave Wickersham was credited with the win. The team had played on national TV 19 times before this game but all the games were on the road. Their first nationally televised game was on June 10, 1961. Strangely enough, Camilo Pascual started and lost both of these games. The game was on NBC and the announcers were Bob Wolff and Joe Garagiola. Box Score

Camilo Pascual

NBC Sports Joe Garagiola Bob Wolff in 1962 Photo by NBC Photo Bank

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961 – A tough day in Municipal Stadium in Kansas City as the A’s pound seven Twins pitchers in a 20-2 Twins defeat. Twins reliever Fred Bruckbauer made his only big league appearance in this game when he came in to pitch in the top of the fourth inning and gave up a double, a single, a walk and a double before getting pulled. Bruckbauer was charged with 3 earned runs and since he never again pitched in the big leagues his ERA stands at infinity. Twins starter Ted Sadowski gave up 7 earned runs in 2.2 innings and reliever Paul Giel gave up 7 earned in 1/3 of an inning. Norm Bass went the distance for the A’s giving up 7 hits and 9 walks but still got the “W”. Box Score

Ted Sadowski

Paul Giel

Fred Bruckbauer

 

 

 

 

 

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