May 17 – This Day in Twins History

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2011 – The face of the Minnesota Twins, the man who every baseball fan in Minnesota knew, the greatest slugger in Twins history, Hall of Famer, Harmon Clayton Killebrew passed away today in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 74 after suffering from esophageal cancer. The Twins, who were in Seattle wore a number “3” on their right sleeve and will continue to do so for the rest of the season. The Twins players also announced that they will wear their 1961 throw back jerseys for all their remaining home games. The Twins grounds crew painted a large white number “3” behind second base and dug up home plate and placed a picture of Harmon Killebrew batting under home plate and then replaced home plate at Target Field. A sad day for sure. By the way, the Twins beat the Mariners 2-1 with Killebrew’s number “3” jersey hanging in the dugout.

Harmon Killebrew

Each team ironically only had 3 hits in the game but the Twins used two walks and a Michael Cuddyer single in the first inning to get all the runs they would need. Francisco Liriano out-dueled “King” Felix Hernandez with seven sharp innings allowing just the one run and striking out nine. Glen Perkins and Matt Capps kept the Mariners off the board in the last two innings. Box Score 

Michael Cuddyer

Francisco Liriano






2002 – In a game they would rather forget, the Twins score three times in the top of the 14th at Yankee stadium to take a 13-10 lead, Jason Giambi hits a one-out grand slam off reliever Mike Trombley to give the Bronx Bombers a one-run victory. Brian Buchanan and Bobby Kielty each had four hits in seven at bats for Minnesota but they lost anyway. Box Score

Mike Trombley

Jason Giambi






1998 – David (Boomer) Wells pitches the 13th perfect game in modern major league history as the New York Yankees beat the Minnesota Twins 4-0 at Yankee Stadium in front of nearly 50,000 fans on Beanie Baby Day. Yankee center fielder Bernie Williams had the hot bat going 3 for 3 with two doubles and a home run and scored three times and knocked in one. The game can be viewed here. Box Score

David Wells celebrates perfect game

1963 – Outfielder Bob Allison has a day to remember when he becomes the first Twin to ever hit three home runs in a single game when he bangs out three against the Indians in a 11-4 Twins win in Cleveland Stadium. Allison goes 3 for 5 with three home runs, 3 runs scored and 6 RBI. Killebrew and Versalles also banged out home runs in support of Twins starter Jim Perry who won his first game in a Twins uniform.  Box Score

Bob Allison

Jim Perry






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