June 19 – This Day in Twins History

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2014 – A two-hour and 6 minute rain delay before tonight’s Twins game at Target Field started was no biggie for Twins starter Yohan Pino. After all, he has toiled in the minors for 10 years and waited 30 years and 175 days before making his Major League debut against the White Sox on Thursday. The right-hander went seven innings, giving up two runs and five hits and one walk while striking out seven, but was lifted after 7 innings with the score knotted at 2-2. His seven strikeouts were the second most in franchise history in a debut, tying him with Darrell Jackson and Bert Blyleven, and trailing only Boof Bonser‘s eight strikeouts set in 2006. Pino became the oldest starting pitcher to make a big league debut in Twins history, passing Andrew Albers, who was 27 years and 304 days old when he made his debut with the Twins just last season. Casey Fien pitched the eighth and retired the side on five pitches and took home the win.  Josh Willingham hit the games only home run. The Twins ended up winning the game 4-2. Box Score

Yohan Pino

Casey Fien






2010 – The Twins trailed by five runs through eight innings, but showed some remarkable resolve against the Phillies by rallying for five runs in the ninth inning to tie the game 9-9. Jim Thome hit a monstrous pinch-hit homer to center (career number 570) in the ninth off Jose Contreras, closing the gap to 9-6. Jim Thome has now homered off all 30 Major League clubs. Denard Span added an RBI single and Mauer dealt the clutch blow with a two-run homer to center off Phillies closer Brad Lidge, tying the game at 9. Drew Butera slammed a pinch-hit homer (first career home run for Butera) to left off Chad Durbin to open the 10th. But the Phillies were far from done, though, as pinch-hitter Ross Gload hammered a solo home run just over the right-field wall off Twins closer Jon Rauch with two outs in the bottom of the 10th and the score was again tied at 10-10. Delmon Young delivered the game-winning run when he hit an infield single to shortstop, scoring Joe Mauer for a stunning 13-10 victory in 11 innings before a sellout crowd of 45,254 at Citizens Bank Park. The teams combined for 29 hits and nine home runs, four by the Twins (Morneau, Thome, Mauer and Butera). There was a total of 392 pitches in the game, 176 by the Twins and 216 by the Phillies. Box Score

Jim Thome

Delmon Young






Away from the baseball field original Twins owner, Calvin Griffith was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Marys, Ontario. Joining Griffith in this year’s class for the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame are former Blue Jays star Roberto Alomar, Canadian pitcher Paul Quantrill and stats guru Allan Roth.

Calvin Griffith


2007 – On the bus ride to Shea Stadium to take on the Mets in an inter-league contest, Twins’ color commentator Bert Blyleven says he will have his head shaved if the Twins starter Johan Santana, throws a complete-game shutout, the last he would throw in a Twins uniform. Santana allowed no runs on just four hits and oddly enough struck out just one batter. The left-hander from Venezuela shaves the broadcaster’s head after going the distance in Minnesota’s 9-0 victory over New York’s National League team. Twins third baseman Jeff Cirillo had 3 hits to lead the Twins to victory. Box Score

Jeff Cirillo against the Mets. Credit Getty Images

Johan Santana

Johan Santana shaves Blylevens head











1988 – Bert Blyleven wins his 250th career game as Minnesota beats Seattle 3-1 at the Metrodome. Blyleven went 7 inning and allowed one run on five hits. Jeff Reardon picks up his 20th save of the season, giving him 7 straight 20-save seasons. Gary Gaetti was the hitting star with three hits including a home run and all three of the Twins RBI. Box Score

Bert Blyleven

Gary Gaetti

Jeff Reardon







1968 – The Twins and Dean Chance shut out the Washington Senators 4-0 in a 2 hour 10 minute game at the Met for their sixth win in a row. Chance allows just three hits while striking out 10 and won his 100th career game. Ted Uhlaender was 3 for 5 with a home run and double and Frank Quilici who has been hotter than a pistol had 3 hits and raised his average to .423. Harmon Killebrew becomes the first Twins player to get his 1,000th career RBI as he knocks in the Twins first run of the game and as it turns out, the winning run. Turns out that this game was also managers Cal Ermer’s 100th career win.  Box Score

Dean Chance

Ted Uhlaender

Harmon Killebrew







1954 – Harmon Killebrew is signed by the Washington Senators’ scout Ossie Bluege as an amateur free agent at the age of 17 under a “bonus baby” contract for $30,000. Killebrew is required to spend the next two years on the roster, by the end of the 1956 season Harmon has batted only 192 times and has hit nine home runs.

I believe this is a replica of Harmon Killebrew’s first baseball card.

Harmon Killebrew in 1954

Harmon Killebrew with manager Buck Harris in 1954







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