May 16 – This Day in Twins History

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2014 – The Twins beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 at Target field and in the process the Minnesota Twins overtook their forerunners. The victory improved the Twins’ record since moving to Minnesota for the 1961 season to 4,224 wins, 4,262 losses and eight ties. That’s one more victory, over 54 seasons, than the franchise won as the Washington Senators from its founding in 1901 to its final season in the capital 60 years later. The Senators won 4,223, lost 4,864 and tied 101, a winning percentage of .465 — far worse than Minnesota’s .498. And, of course, the Twins own two (1987 and 1991)World Series titles, while the Senators’ lone title came in 1924. Casey Fien extinguished an eighth inning rally by the Mariners and helped preserve a Twins lead. Kyle Gibson earned the win and Glen Perkins got the save. The Twins hit six doubles to support the home runs hit by Brian Dozier and Josmil Pinto. Box Score

Josmil Pinto

Brian Dozier

Casey Fien






2010 – The old saying “that even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then” is apparently true. Jason Kubel hit a stunning grand slam off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the eighth inning Sunday, and the Twins snapped a nine-game losing streak against the Yankees with a 6-3 victory. Kubel’s third homer of the season and sixth career slam snapped a string of 51 straight converted save opportunities for Rivera at home, tying the major league record set by Eric Gagne with the Dodgers. Justin Morneau also hit a home run in the game. Nick Blackburn (4-1) allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings for Minnesota, which picked up its first win against New York since Aug. 13, 2008. The Twins had lost 12 straight overall against New York, counting the sweep in last year’s AL division series. Box Score

Jason Kubel – Credit: (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)

Nick Blackburn







1984 – The Twins sell 51,863 tickets to their 8-7 loss to the Blue Jays, but only 6,346 fans show up for the game. The skewed numbers are the result of a massive ticket buyout plan organized by Minneapolis businessman Harvey Mackay to keep the Twins in Minnesota; if the club does not sell 2.41 million tickets this season it can break its lease with the Metrodome. Taking advantage of reduced prices on the Family Day promotion, Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets. The Twins down 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth score a run and have the bases loaded with no outs but the Blue Jays bring in Jim Acker who gets Dave Engle to hit into a double play (a run scores) and Tom Brunansky to fly out and the Twins rally comes up a run short. Twins closer Ron Davis blows his fifth save of the season and it is only mid May. Tim Teufel gets 3 of the Twins 12 hits but it is not enough. Box Score

Harvey Mackay

Ron Davis






1983 – The Twins enter the ninth inning at the Metrodome trailing the Oakland A’s 7-0. The Twins hit four home runs in the bottom of the ninth (Dave Engle, Bobby Mitchell, Gary Gaetti, and Mickey Hatcher and they score 6 runs. They have the tying run on first when Dave Engle who pinch-hit a home run to lead off the rally strikes out to end the game. Hatcher’s home run was also as a pinch-hitter marking the third time in Twins history they have pinch-hit two home runs in the same game. The attendance was only 7,056 and you wonder how many fans were actually still at the Dome to witness this amazing comeback that fell a run short. Tom Burgmeier finally got the save and the win went to Mike Norris while Brad Havens took the defeat. Box Score

Dave Engle

Bobby Mitchell

Gary Gaetti

Mickey Hatcher











1928 – Billy Martin was born in Berkeley, California. Billy played in the majors for 11 seasons with the New York Yankees, Kansas City A’s, Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Braves and finished his playing career with the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Billy managed the Twins in 1969, the Tigers in 1971-1973, the Texas Rangers in 1973-1975, the New York Yankees from 1975-1979, 1983, 1985 and again in 1988, and the Oakland A’s from 1980-1982. Billy died on December 25, 1989.

Billy Martin

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