Minnesota Twins Team History
The Twins were eagerly greeted in Minnesota when they arrived in 1961. They brought a nucleus of talented players: Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Camilo Pascual, Zoilo Versalles, Jim Kaat, Earl Battey, and Lenny Green. The Twins won 91 games in 1962, the most by the franchise since 1933. The Twins won 102 games and the American League Pennant in 1965, but they were defeated in the 1965 World Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games behind the World Series Most Valuable Player, Sandy Koufax, with a 2–1 record, including winning the seventh game.
In 1982, the Twins moved into the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, which they shared with the Minnesota Vikings, but the team continued to struggle. The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, commonly called the Metrodome, was a domed sports stadium located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Opened in 1982, it replaced Metropolitan Stadium, which was on the current site of the Mall of America in Bloomington, and Memorial Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus.
The 1987 World Series was played by the Minnesota Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals. Minnesota was victorious in a World Series that was both the first to be played indoors, as well as the first in which the home team won every game. This happened again in 1991 (also a Twins championship) over the Atlanta Braves and in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees.
The 1991 World Series pitted the Minnesota Twins (95–67) of the American League against the Atlanta Braves (94–68) of the National League. The Minnesota Twins won in seven games. ESPN selected it as the “Greatest of All Time” in their “World Series 100th Anniversary” countdown, with five of its games being decided by a single run, four games decided in the final at-bat and three games going into extra innings. In addition to the suspense of the outcome of many of its games, the Series had other highlights. For example, the series-deciding seventh game was a scoreless tie (0–0) through the regular nine innings, and went into extra innings; Minnesota won the seventh game by a score of 1-0 in the 10th inning, with their starting pitcher, Jack Morris, pitching all ten innings (Morris was named Most Valuable Player for the Series). With 69 innings in total, the 1991 World Series holds the record for longest seven-game World Series ever (some of the early years had nine-game Series, extending longer).
In response to the threatened loss of the Twins, the Minnesota private and public sector negotiated and approved a financing package for a replacement stadium a baseball-only outdoor, natural turf ballpark in the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis owned by a new entity known as the Minnesota Ballpark Authority. Target Field was constructed at a cost of $544.4 million (including site acquisition and infrastructure), utilizing the proceeds of a $392 million public bond offering based on a 0.15 percent sales tax in Hennepin County and private financing of $185 million provided by the Pohlad family. As part of the deal, the Twins also signed a 30-year lease of the new stadium, effectively guaranteeing the continuation of the team in Minnesota for a long time to come. Construction of the new field began in 2007, and was completed in December 2009, in time for the 2010 season.
The Minnesota Twins are an American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the American League (AL) Central division. The team is named after the Twin Cities area comprising Minneapolis and St. Paul. They played in Metropolitan Stadium from 1961 to 1981 and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome from 1982 to 2009. They played their inaugural game at the newly completed Target Field on April 12, 2010.
Washington D.C. – Minneapolis
2000 – Present Major League Baseball
1901 – 1999 American League
Twins – Minneapolis and St. Paul is commonly known as the “Twin Cities”. The formal name of the team, which transferred from Washington, D.C., in 1961, was initially the Twin Cities Baseball Club, now known as Twins Sports, Inc. The club officials settled on Twins as the team nickname.
1961 – Present Minnesota Twins
1901 – 1960 Washington Nationals/Senators
World Series 2
1991, 1987, 1924
2010 – present Target Field
1982 – 2009 Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
1961 – 1981 Metropolitan Stadium
1911 – 1960 Griffith Stadium
1911 – 1920 National Park
1903 – 1910 National Park
1901 – 1902 American League Park
2009 – Present Jim Pohlad
1984 – 2009 Carl Pohlad
1955 – 1984 Calvin Griffith
1920 – 1955 Clark Griffith
1912 – 1920 Benjamin Minor
1904 – 1912 Thomas C. Noyes
1901 – 1903 Ban Johnson & Fred Postal
3 Harmon Killebrew
6 Tony Oliva
10 Tom Kelly
14 Kent Hrbek
28 Bert Blyleven
29 Rod Carew
34 Kirby Puckett
42 Jackie Robinson
2000 – Present TC Bear
*Blue is this team’s history