May 4 – This Day in Twins History

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Twins record on May 4 games is 


1999 – The Twins beat the Yankees 8-5 at the Metrodome as rookie Mike Lincoln gets his first major league win and the Twins get victory number 3,000. Ron Coomer and Torii Hunter each had three hits and two runs scored. Box Score

Mike Lincoln Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport

Ron Coomer

Torii Hunter

1984 – In the fourth inning of the Twins-A’s game, Oakland’s Dave Kingman hit a ball into one of the Metrodome roof’s drainage holes and the ball never came back down. Kingman’s pop-up had gone up 180 feet and into one of the seven-inch drainage holes in the inner layer of the roof. The umpires gathered to discuss the event that had never happened before in a major league game and awarded Kingman a ground rule double. In the ninth inning Kingman homered for Oakland’s only run and the Twins won 3-1. Frank Viola pitched 7.2 scoreless inning for the win and Ron Davis notched the save. Before the game the next day, a Dome worker found the ball and let it fall on the field to a waiting Twins outfielder Mickey Hatcher, he dropped it. You can see the actual event here at about the 15 second mark of the video. Box Score

Dave Kingman

Frank Viola






1982 – Minnesota Twins’ rookie outfielder Jim Eisenreich, who suffered from Tourette’s Syndrome, removes himself from the game due to taunts from Boston Red Sox bleacher fans at Fenway Park. The Twins are up 3-1 after just two innings but the Red Sox score four runs in the bottom of the third inning on four hits and a Twins error and hold on for a 5-3 victory. Jesus Vega and Lenny Faedo get four of the Twins eight hits.  Box Score

Jesus Vega

Lenny Faedo

Jim Eisenreich






1975 – The Minnesota Twins retired their first number ever, HOF Harmon Killebrew’s number 3. Harmon, playing for the Kansas City Royals, hit his first ever home run against the Twins and it was at Met Stadium in a Twins 6-3 win over the Royals. Vic Albury gave up the long ball to Harmon in the first inning. Both teams scored three runs in the first inning but it was all Twins after that. Twins starter Vic Albury lasted just two innings and was relieved by Jim Hughes who finished the game with 7 scoreless innings and allowed just 4 hits and earned his first major league win and a spot in the starting rotation. Hughes ended the season with 16 wins. On the hitting side Twins first baseman Craig Kusick contributed with his first home run of the season. Twins shortstop Sergio Ferrer had 4 hits in 4 at bats along with a walk, scored a run and stole a base.   Box Score

Jim Hughes

Sergio Ferrer






Killebrew’s number 3 retired


Stew Thornley wrote the following in the Halsey Hall chapter of SABR “Old-timers may remember a promotion by Tootsie Rolls in 1975 to commemorate the one millionth run in major league history (with only the history of the American and National leagues being recognized). The countdown came down to Sunday, May 4, 1975. At Metropolitan Stadium in Minnesota, the Twins held a pre-game ceremony to retire the number of Harmon Killebrew, who then homered in the first inning for the Kansas City Royals. In the bottom of the second, Rod Carew was on third for the Twins with no out. Teammates, monitoring the progress of runs that day, yelled at Carew that he was in line to score the millionth run. When Steve Brye hit a fly to right, Carew tagged and raced for home. However, the strong arm of Al Cowens nailed Carew at the plate, taking away his chance for the millionth run. Soon after Bob Watson of the Astros, in the first game of a doubleheader in San Francisco, scored on a home run by Milt May and took the honor. The run came at 12:52 Pacific time. Watson was on second and ran as fast as he could to reach home. He reportedly crossed home plate at Candlestick Park four seconds before Dave Concepcion, who had homered in Cincinnati and also beat cheeks around the bases. Carew, by being thrown out by Cowens, missed out on the prize: $10,000 and 1 million Tootsie Rolls”.

Bob Watson and the story of Major League Baseball’s One Millionth Run

1974 – Less than 3 months after pitcher Dick Woodson wins MLB’s first salary arbitration case, the Twins exile him to the New York Yankees for pitcher Mike Pazik. Owner Calvin Griffith swore he would never pay Woodson the money and he held true to his word.

Dick Woodson

Mike Pazik


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