On This Day

Minnesota Twins in History

Events in Sport

  • 1960-10-26 AL approves Washington Senators move to become Minnesota Twins & announces franchises in LA & Washington, D.C. for 1961
  • 1961-05-09 Baltimore Oriole Jim Gentile hits 2 grand slams (9 RBIs) vs Minnesota Twins

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1962-07-18 Minnesota Twins Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew hit grand slams in 1st inn & Harmon Killebrew connect in a club-record, 11-run 1st inning

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 1962-08-26 Minnesota Twins Jack Kralick no-hits KC A's, 1-0
  • 1964-05-24 Longest HR (471') in Baltimore Memorial Stadium (Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins)
  • 1966-06-09 5 Minnesota Twins (Rich Rollins, Zolio Versailes, Tony Oliva, Don Michner, & Harmon Killebrew) all homer in 7th inning to beat A's 9-4
  • 1967-08-06 Minnesota Twins pitcher Dean Chance throws a perfect no-hitter vs Boston Red Sox, 2-0 in 5 innings before game is called because of weather
  • 1967-08-25 Minn Twin Dean Chance 2nd no-hitter of month beats Cleveland, 2-1
  • 1968-07-03 Cleveland pitcher Luis Tiant strikes out MLB record 19 Minnesota Twins in 1-0 win; record for 10 inning game; also record 32 Ks in consecutive games

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1968-10-11 MLB star Billy Martin named manager of the Minnesota Twins

Baseball Player and Manager Billy Martin
Baseball Player and Manager
Billy Martin

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1969-07-16 Minnesota Twins' Rod Carew steals home for his career best 7th time of the season, against Chicago

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 1969-10-04 MLB holds first league championship games; National League Championship Series: New York Mets beat Atlanta Braves, 9-5; Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3 in American League Championship Series
  • 1969-10-06 MLB American League Championship: Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3 games to 0
  • 1969-12-13 MLB manager Billy Martin fired by the Minnesota Twins
  • 1970-09-21 Oakland A's Vida Blue no-hits Minnesota Twins, 6-0
  • 1970-10-05 MLB Championship Series both end on the same day with same score; (AL) Baltimore Orioles beat Minnesota Twins, 3-0; (NL) Cincinnati Reds down Pittsburgh Pirates, 3-0; Orioles win WS, 4-1
  • 1972-05-12 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (completed 5/13)
  • 1972-05-13 Milwaukee Brewers beat Minnesota Twins, 4-3, in 22 innings (started 5/12)
  • 1972-07-31 Chicago infielder Dick Allen becomes only 7th player in MLB history to hit 2 inside-the-park home runs in a game; both off Bert Blyleven in 8-1 White Sox win over Minnesota Twins
  • 1974-02-11 Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson is first of 48 to invoke Major League Baseball's new arbitration rule
  • 1974-02-11 First Major League Baseball arbitration case; Minnesota Twins pitcher Dick Woodson seeking $29,000 wins; Twins offered $23,000

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1974-09-28 California Angel Nolan Ryan 3rd no-hitter beats Minn Twin, 4-0

MLB Pitching Legend Nolan Ryan
MLB Pitching Legend
Nolan Ryan
  • 1975-07-19 New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson's 1st-inning single & RBI are nullified because tar on his bat handle exceeds 18" limit; Minnesota Twins win, 2-1
  • 1977-09-22 Minn Twin Bert Blyleven no-hits California Angels, 9-0
  • 1978-07-19 New York Yankees start historic 14 game comeback with 2-0 win over the Minnesota Twins at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN
  • 1979-02-03 Minnesota Twins trade Rod Carew to California for 4 players

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1984-05-08 Minnesota Twins Kirby Puckett debuts with 4 singles

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1984-05-16 Mackay pays $218,718 for 44,166 tickets to keep Twins in Minnesota Twins sell 51,863 tickets but only 6,346 fans show up for the game
  • 1984-06-22 Carl Pohlad becomes CEO of Minnesota Twins
  • 1984-09-28 Cleveland Indians down 0-10 to Minnesota Twins, win 11-10
  • 1985-02-11 Kent Hrbek signs 5-year $6 million contract with Minnesota Twins
  • 1987-10-12 Minnesota Twins beat Detroit Tigers, 9-5 in ALCS Game 5 at Tiger Stadium for 4-1 series win; go on to win club's first Baseball World Series
  • 1987-10-25 Minnesota Twins win their 1st World Series championship beating St Louis Cards, 4 games to 3 in 84th World Series
  • 1988-08-08 Minnesota Twins pull 2nd triple-play of year & beat Cleve 6-2
  • 1988-10-02 Minnesota Twins total 3,030,672 in attendance at Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome; first AL club ever to break 3 million in a MLB season
  • 1989-05-13 Minnesota Twin Kirby Puckett becomes 35th to hit 4 doubles in a game
  • 1989-11-22 MLB center fielder Kirby Puckett signs record $3,000,000 per year contract with Minnesota Twins
  • 1990-05-23 NY Yankees hit 6 home runs to beat Minnesota Twins 12-0
  • 1990-07-17 Minnesota Twins become 1st team to turn 2 triple plays in a game but lose to Boston Red Sox 1-0
  • 1991-06-16 Minnesota Twins win a team record 15 games in a row

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1991-08-14 MLB Minnesota Twins Dave Winfield is 23rd to hit 400 HR

Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder Dave Winfield
Baseball Hall of Fame Outfielder
Dave Winfield
  • 1991-10-13 Minnesota Twins win AL pennant beating Toronto in 5 games
  • 1991-10-13 MLB American League Championship: Minnesota Twins beat Toronto Blue Jays, 4 games to 1
  • 1991-10-27 World Series Baseball: Minnesota Twins beat Atlanta Braves, 1-0 in 10 in Game 7 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome; win 2nd title since move to Minneapolis; MVP: Twins pitcher Jack Morris
  • 1992-05-30 Minn Twin Bert Blyleven is 2nd to win as teenager & 40 year old
  • 1993-07-13 All star MVP: Kirby Puckett (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1993-08-31 Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland Indians 5-4 in 22 innings
  • 1993-09-16 Minnesota Twins Dave Winfield is 19th to get 3,000 hits
  • 1995-06-01 Texas Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers' scoreless inning streak ends at 39 in a 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins
  • 1996-04-02 Detroit Tigers slugger Cecil Fielder steals 1st base in 1,097th career game, a 10-6 win at Minnesota Twins; longest duration in MLB history without a stolen base
  • 1996-07-12 Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder, retires after 12 seasons from Minnesota Twins, due to loss of vision in one eye
  • 1997-05-25 Minnesota Twins retire Kirby Puckett's uniform #
  • 1997-08-09 Yanks break Minnesota Twins Brad Radke's string of 12 straight wins
  • 1998-05-17 New York Yankees pitcher David Wells tosses a perfect game in a 4-0 win against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium, NY
  • 2002-10-13 MLB American League Championship: Anaheim Angels beat Minnesota Twins, 4 games to 1
  • 2017-06-12 MLB Draft: JSerra Catholic HS, CA shortstop Royce Lewis first pick by Minnesota Twins
  • 2019-08-31 Minnesota Twins smash 6 HRs in 10-7 loss to the Tigers in Detroit; break MLB record by hitting 268th home run of the season

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1911-12-01 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), born in Montreal, Quebec (d. 1999)
  • 1922-01-21 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Minnesota Twins record 102 wins 1965), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1923-05-10 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (Minnesota Twins 1962-2006; Ford C. Frick Award 1996), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 2007)
  • 1932-05-26 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2021)
  • 1935-06-01 Jack Kralick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1964; no hitter 1962; Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 2012)
  • 1935-08-13 Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963, 65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), born in Lacoochee, Florida (d. 2021)
  • 1936-04-01 Ron Perranoski, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1963, 65; LA Dodgers; AL saves leader 1969, 70) and coach (World Series 1981, 88; LAD), born in Paterson, New Jersey (d. 2020)

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

1936-06-29 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Payette, Idaho (d. 2011)

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 1938-11-07 Jim Katt, American baseball pitcher and sportscaster (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Zeeland, Michigan
  • 1940-07-03 César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Caracas, Venezuela (d. 1994)
  • 1945-04-30 Ray Miller, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Takoma Park, Maryland (d. 2021)

Person of interestRod Carew

1945-10-01 Rod Carew, Panamanian Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (18-time MLB All Star; AL MVP 1977 Minnesota Twins), born in Gatún, Panama Canal Zone

Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder Rod Carew
Baseball Hall of Fame Infielder
Rod Carew
  • 1950-08-15 Tom Kelly, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins), born in Graceville, Minnesota
  • 1955-05-16 Jack Morris, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (5 x MLB All Star; World Series 1984 Detroit Tigers, 1991 Minnesota Twins, 1992-93 Toronto Blue Jays), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1955-08-19 (Edgar) "Ned" Yost, American MLB baseball catcher, 1980-85 and manager, 2003-2019 (Minnesota Twins; Kansas City Royals - World Series win, 2015), born in Eureka, California
  • 1955-10-01 Jeff Reardon, American baseball pitcher (4-time MLB All Star; Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts
  • 1958-08-19 Gary Gaetti, American baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1988, 89; World Series 1987; Gold Glove Award 1986–89; Minnesota Twins), born in Centralia Illinois
  • 1959-04-18 Jim Eisenreich, American MLB outfielder (Tourette syndrome, Florida Marlins WS 1997), born in St. Cloud, Minnesota

Person of interestKirby Puckett

1960-03-14 [Anthony] Kirby Puckett, MLB centerfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2006)

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 1960-05-21 Kent Hrbek, American baseball player ( Minnesota Twins), born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1961-12-31 Rick Aguilera, American baseball pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in San Gabriel, California
  • 1964-02-18 Kevin Tapani, American baseball pitcher (Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins), born in Des Moines, Iowa
  • 1964-04-30 Jeff Reboulet, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1964-10-01 Roberto Kelly, Panamanian baseball outfielder and coach (NY Yankees; MLB All Star 1992-93), born in Panama City, Panama
  • 1964-12-02 Chip Hale, American baseball infielder, coach and manager (Minnesota Twins; Arizona Diamondbacks; Washington Nationals), born in Santa Clara, California
  • 1966-04-14 Greg Myers, Riverside CA, catcher (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1966-05-25 Dave Hollins, American MLB infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1966-11-18 Ron Coomer, Crest Hill IL, infielder (Minnesota Twins)
  • 1968-02-02 Scott Erickson, pitcher (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1968-02-28 Mike Milchin, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1968-06-12 Scott Aldred, American MLB pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Flint, Michigan
  • 1968-07-07 Chuck Knoblauch, American baseball shortstop (NY Yankees, Minnesota Twins), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1968-09-06 Pat Meares, American baseball infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Salina, Kansas
  • 1968-09-15 Rich Robertson, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Nacogdoches, Texas
  • 1968-10-12 Mike Trombley, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Springfield, Massachusetts
  • 1969-07-10 Marty Cordova, outfielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • 1970-01-06 Daniel Naulty, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1970-03-04 Dave Stevens, American MLB baseball pitcher, 1994-2000 (Minnesota Twins, and 3 other teams), born in Fullerton, California
  • 1970-03-06 Scott Stahoviak, infielder (Minnesota Twins), born in Waukegan, Illinois
  • 1970-10-02 Eddie Guardado, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2002-03; AL saves leader 2002; Minnesota Twins), born in Stockton, California
  • 1971-03-12 Greg Hansell, pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Bellflower, California
  • 1971-11-30 Matthew Lawton, American baseball outfielder (MLB All-Star 2000, 04; Minnesota Twins), born in Gulfport, Mississippi
  • 1972-10-27 Brad Radke, American baseball pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Eau Claire, Wisconsin
  • 1972-12-11 Francisco Rodriguez, American pitcher (Minnesota Twins), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1975-07-18 Torii Hunter, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 2002, 07, 09, 10, 13; Gold Glove Award 2001–09; Minnesota Twins, LA Angels of Anaheim, Detroit Tigers), born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas
  • 1978-10-04 Kyle Lohse, American baseball pitcher (14th pitcher to beat all 30 MLB teams; Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals), born in Chico, California
  • 1979-03-27 Michael Cuddyer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in Norfolk, Virginia
  • 1983-03-02 Glen Perkins, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 2013-15; Minnesota Twins), born in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • 1983-04-19 Joe Mauer, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), born in St. Paul, Minnesota

Weddings in Sport

  • 2012-12-01 Minnesota Twins baseball catcher Joe Mauer (29) weds Maddie Bisanz at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church in St. Paul, Minnesota

Deaths in Sport

  • 1978-09-23 Lyman Bostock, MLB outfielder, 1975-78 (Minnesota Twins, California Angels), shot and killed by the estranged husband of a friend of a friend, at 27
  • 1994-07-14 César Tovar, Venezuelan MLB baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 54
  • 1999-10-20 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), dies at 87

Person of interestKirby Puckett

2006-03-06 Kirby Puckett, American MLB player (Minnesota Twins), dies of a stroke at 45

MLB Center Fielder Kirby Puckett
MLB Center Fielder
Kirby Puckett
  • 2007-04-01 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (Minnesota Twins 1962-2006; Ford C. Frick Award 1996), dies of congestive heart failure at 83

Person of interestHarmon Killebrew

2011-05-17 Harmon Killebrew, American baseball player (Minnesota Twins), dies at 74

Baseball Player Harmon Killebrew
Baseball Player
Harmon Killebrew
  • 2012-09-18 Jack Kralick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1964; no hitter 1962; Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians), dies from complications of strokes at 77
  • 2017-05-01 Sam Mele, American MLB outfielder/manager (Minnesota Twins record 102 wins 1965), dies at 95
  • 2021-03-03 Joe Altobelli, American baseball utility (Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins) and manager (SF Giants, World Series Baltimore Orioles 1983, Chicago Cubs), dies at 88
  • 2021-05-04 Ray Miller, American baseball manager (Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles), dies at 76
  • 2021-06-12 Jim "Mudcat" Grant, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1963, 65; Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, and 5 other teams), singer, and writer (Black Aces), dies at 85 [1]