May 1 – This Day in Twins History

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2017 – Sam Mele who managed the Twins to their first World Series in 1965 passed away at the age of 95. Mele was the Twins second manager, replacing Cookie Lavagetto in 1961. Mele was fired and replaced by Cal Ermer in 1967. The Twins were the only team that Mele managed and he had a 522-431 record. Mele had also played in the majors for 10 season with six different teams including the Washington Senators.

Sam Mele was the Twins second manager and managed the Twins to their first World Series in 1965.

2015 – The Twins defeat the White Sox 1-0 at Target Field with the only run scoring on a wild pitch. Kyle Gibson pitched eight strong innings allowing just four hits, Kennys Vargas scored on a wild pitch and Glen Perkins was credited with the save. Over the last 40 years, Minnesota has won only one other 1-0 game with the only run scoring on a wild pitch or passed ball. That was in Boston in 1985; Bruce Hurst’s wild pitch allowed Dave Engle to score and Mike Smithson threw a shutout. Box Score

Kyle Gibson

Kennys Vargas






2011 – The Twins were losing to the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium when Twins starter Carl Pavano was removed from the game after giving up 7 runs in 5.1 innings. Pavano returned to the dugout where he grabbed a bat and started flailing away at a garbage can in frustration. Pavano put some good swings on that garbage can, better than his teammates did on the field in the 10-3 loss to the Royals. You can see the video here. Justin Morneau contributed a home run and Alexi Casilla had two triples in the game. Box Score

Alexi Casilla

Justin Morneau






2009 – Joe Mauer makes his delayed season debut memorable by hitting a home run in his first at-bat during the Twins’ 7-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals at the Metrodome.  Joe goes 2 for 3 with a double and a home run, scores three times and knocks in one. The two-time batting champion, who missed spring training and the team’s first 22 games while recovering from an inflammation in his lower back, gets his fourth standing ovation of the night as the 2-0 first-inning fastball thrown by Sidney Ponson sails into the left-field stands. Justin Morneau was also 2 for 3 with a home run, 3 RBI and one run scored. Box Score

Justin Morneau and Joe Mauer


2005 – Johan Santana loses to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at the Metrodome 2-1 and suffers his first defeat in his last 20 starts going back to 2004. Santana had pitched a great game allowing only two hits in 8 innings while striking out seven but unfortunately for him they were both home runs. Santana had won 17 games without a loss. The Twins only had four hits themselves, two of them by Shannon Stewart and one of his hits was a home run. Angels starter Bartolo Colon went 7.1 innings allowing just 2 hits and striking out 7 Twins got the win. Box Score

Johan Santana

Shannon Stewart






1996 – It is a Twins first of its kind when the Twins beat the Royals 6-5 at the Metrodome in the 10th inning with a walk-off hit-by-pitch when Royals reliever Jeff Montgomery plunks the 0-4 Paul Molitor and forces in the winning run. Twins center fielder Rick Becker was 2 for 3 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. Dave Stevens blew the save but was awarded the win. Box Score

Rich Becker

Dave Stevens



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