May 26 – This Day in Twins History

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2014 – In his second season in the big leagues Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks announces that he is done with switch-hitting and will only hit from the right side after posting a .187 batting average in 388 big league at bats. The Twins brain trust says OK and keeps him in the line-up. Later in June while on a rehab in New Britain Hicks announces that he is uncomfortable hitting just right-handed and will resume switch-hitting. GM Terry Ryan said he is leaving it up to Hicks saying “It’s the right thing to do, to support the player”. At Target Field the Twins lose to the Rangers 7-2. The Twins 7-9 hitters, Kurt Suzuki, Aaron Hicks, and Eduardo Escobar each get two hits but it is not nearly enough and Twins starter Kevin Correia logs the defeat and his record falls to 2-6. Box Score

Eduardo Escobar

Kurt Suzuki

 

 

 

 

 

2011 – The Twins held a beautiful memorial service for Harmon Killebrew who passed away on May 17. In front of 45 Killebrew family and friends, several Hall of Famers, many current and former Major League players and executives, including Commissioner Bud Selig, joined an estimated 4,000 fans on Thursday night to honor the late Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew in a beautiful and touching public memorial at Target Field. Hall of Famer Hank Aaron and new Cooperstown electee Bert Blyleven were also present and were joined by a slew of Killebrew’s former teammates and friends: Tony Oliva, Frank Quilici, Mudcat Grant, Frank Kostro, Rick Reese, Dick Stigman, Jim Nettles, Julio Becquer, John Castino and Juan Berenguer. Even those who played after Killebrew’s final season in 1975 paid their respects, including Kent Hrbek, Jack Morris, Dan Gladden, Al Newman, Ron Coomer, Corey Koskie, Tim Laudner, Matt Tolbert, Jim Thome, Molitor, Cuddyer and Morneau. The event was emceed by Twins broadcasters John Gordon and Dick Bremer. There were wonderful speeches by Jim Kaat, Commissioner Bud Selig, Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Michael Cuddyer, and Justin Morneau. Former Twins star pitcher Jim “Mudcat” Grant sang one of Killebrew’s favorite songs, “What a Wonderful World” and there was not a dry eye in the crowd. Killebrew’s wife Nita speaking in public for the first time since Harmon passed away gave a wonderful talk and told the crowd “Harmon’s body is buried in his hometown of Payette, Idaho, his soul is up in the ballpark of heaven, but his heart will always be here in Minnesota,” It was simply a fitting farewell to the man they called “Killer,” who showed nothing but humility and grace off the field. Minnesota Governor proclaimed this day as “Harmon Killebrew Day”. The National Baseball Hall of Fame allowed Killebrew’s iconic bronze plaque to be displayed on Target Plaza before the ceremony, the last time a plaque made a similar journey was back in 2002 for Ted Williams memorial service in Fenway Park. Prior to the service, friends and former teammates met at the Mall of America, took a special decorated number 3 train from the Mall of America, where Met Stadium once stood, to the Metrodome and on to Target Field, bridging the history of baseball in Minnesota. They all entered Target Field through Gate 3.

2011 Killebrew memorial patch

Harmon Killebrew Memorial Services images

2006 – Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty signs the Twins ballpark (Target Field) legislation into law on the Metrodome field prior to the Twins-Mariners game. As a special thank you to fans, everyone attending the game received a voucher good for a complimentary soft drink and hot dog.

As far as the game was concerned, the Twins made quick work of the Mariners and won the game 3-1 in just 2 hours and 12 minutes. Joe Mauer hit the games only home run and Francisco Liriano was awarded the win but he only went five innings. Box Score

Francisco Liriano

Joe Mauer

 

 

 

 

 

1968 – The Twins trailed the Boston beantowners 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth at the Met with Sparky Lyle on the mound. Harmon Killebrew who was playing first base led off the inning with a home run but then Lyle buckled down and got Rich Rollins and Bob Allison on ground outs and Ted Uhlaender stepped up to the plate and took Lyle deep for the second Twins home run of the inning and all of a sudden the Twins had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat making Al Worthington a winner. Twins starter Jim Merritt who pitched 6 innings pitched well except for the fourth inning when he allowed 5 hits including a home run by Ken Harrelson and allowed the Red Sox to score four times. Box Score

Harmon Killebrew

Ted Uhlaender

In off the field activities, Billy Martin leaves the Twins coaching ranks to take over as manager of the AAA Denver Bears of the Pacific Coast league. Martin replaces Johnny Goryl who was let go several days earlier. Billy plans to gain some managerial experience in hopes of landing a big league managing job. The Bears end up with a 73-72 record and Billy Martin is named the Minnesota Twins manager in October of 1968 replacing Cal Ermer.

 

1961 – The Minnesota Twins play in Washington for the first time and lose 4-3 to the expansion Washington Senators in their old stomping grounds, Griffith Stadium. Both starters, Jim Kaat for the Twins and Joe McLain for the Senators pitched complete games but McLain allowed one less hit and got the win. Kaat also had two of the Twins seven hits and both were doubles. Box Score

Jim Kaat

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