So this is just weird enough to get my attention on youtube.
Same as it ever was for me. No shopping. Will be taking Miss SBG to the rink for some practice today.
Bullet Joe Bush (1892)
Johnny Schmitz (1920)
Billy Moran (1933)
Jose Tartabull (1938)
Dave Giusti (1939)
Dan Spillner (1951)
Mike Scioscia (1958)
Randy Milligan (1961)
Tim Laker (1969)
Ivan Rodriguez (1971)
Willie Bloomquist (1977)
Jimmy Rollins (1978)
No players with connections to the Minnesota Twins appear to have been born on this day. The closest we come is Billy Moran, who was part of a three-team trade involving Minnesota, Cleveland, and the Los Angeles Angels. Minnesota acquired Frank Kostro and Jerry Kindall and sent Lenny Green and Vic Power to Los Angeles. Billy Moran was sent from the Angels to Cleveland in that trade.
MINNESOTA 5, DETROIT 4 IN DETROIT (12 INNINGS)
Date: Friday, June 11 (Game 2 of doubleheader).
Batting stars: Harmon Killebrew was 3-for-5 with a home run (his tenth), scoring twice and driving in two. Bob Allison was 2-for-5 with a run, an RBI, and a stolen base (his seventh). Jimmie Hall was 1-for-2 with a triple and an RBI.
Pitching stars: Mel Nelson pitched 7.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and one walk with six strikeouts. Al Worthington pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, giving up only a walk.
Opposition stars: Mickey Lolich struck out seven in seven innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks. Fred Gladding struck out five in three perfect innings. Don Demeter was 2-for-5 with a home run (his third) and a double.
The game: Killebrew homered in the second to give the Twins a 1-0 lead. It stayed 1-0 until the sixth, when Killebrew's RBI single doubled the Twins lead. George Thomas led off the bottom of the seventh with a home run to cut the lead in half and Demeter homered in the eighth to tie it 2-2. There was no more scoring until the twelfth, when the Twins started the inning with three singles (one an RBI hit by Allison) a sacrifice fly, and a Hall RBI triple to give the Twins a 5-2 lead. The Tigers came back in the bottom of the twelfth, as Jim Northrup hit a two-run homer to make it 5-4. Detroit did not get the tying run on base, however, and the Twins swept a doubleheader, with both games going extra innings and ending 5-4.
Of note: Zoilo Versalles was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run. Jerry Kindall was 0-for-5. Tony Oliva was 1-for-5 with a run.
Record: The doubleheader sweep improved the Twins' record to 34-18, still in first place by 1.5 games over Chicago.
Notes: Earl Battey and Hall were rested, with Jerry Zimmerman and Joe Nossek taking their places. Hall was used as a pinch-hitter in the tenth inning and played the rest of the game. Nelson was usually a reliever--this was one of only three starts he made in 1965 and only eleven in his career. He had only once pitched more than two innings in a game in 1965 prior to this and in that case he pitched three. He would never be allowed to pitch into the eighth inning in that situation today.
Hugh Duffy (1866)
Fred Tenney (1871)
Bob Johnson (1905)
Lefty Gomez (1908)
Howard Easterling (1911)
Eddie Miller (1916)
Bob Elliott (1916)
Jeff Torborg (1941)
Larry Gura (1947)
Richie Hebner (1947)
Jorge Orta (1950)
Jay Howell (1955)
Bob Walk (1956)
Mike Moore (1959)
Harold Reynolds (1960)
Chuck Finley (1962)
Brian Schneider (1976)
Matt Garza (1983)
Infielder Howard Easterling was a star in the Negro Leagues in the 1930s and 1940s.
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MINNESOTA 5, DETROIT 4 IN DETROIT (10 INNINGS)
Date: Friday, June 10 (Game 1 of doubleheader).
Batting stars: Sandy Valdespino was 2-for-5 with a double and two runs. Don Mincher was 1-for-2 with three walks and a run. Jimmie Hall was 1-for-3 with three RBIs.
Pitching stars: Bill Pleis pitched two perfect innings with one strikeout. Dick Stigman pitched two perfect innings with four strikeouts.
Opposition stars: Norm Cash was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs. Jim Northrup was 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI. Don Wert was 1-for-4 with a triple, scoring once and driving in two.
The game: The Twins got one in the second and the Tigers matched it in the fourth to tie it 1-1. Hall's two-run single in the top of the sixth gave the Twins a 3-1 lead, but Detroit got a two-run triple by Wert and an RBI double from Bill Freehan in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-3 Tigers. That lead held up until the ninth, when two walks and a pickoff error (Twins Baseball!) tied the score. In the tenth, Valdespino and Frank Kostro opened the inning with singles, advanced on a bunt, and Valdespino scored on a Hall sacrifice fly to give the Twins a 5-4 advantage. The Tigers did not get a baserunner after the sixth inning.
Of note: Zoilo Versalles was 1-for-4 with a walk and a run. Rich Rollins was 0-for-2. Tony Oliva was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Mudcat Grant pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs (one earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
Record: The win snapped a brief two-game losing streak, gave the Twins a record of 33-18, and kept them in first place by 1.5 games over Chicago.
Notes: Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison were both rested, though each was used as a pinch-hitter. The lineup that would be the world champion 1968 Tigers was already pretty much in place in 1965, with the only addition being Mickey Stanley.
As of last night, nobody had lined up at my store yet (usually this begins a week in advance). I'm hearing that this is happening all over. I'm hoping this signals an end to the Thanksgiving night experiment.
Bert Cunningham (1865)
Jakie May (1895)
Charles Baron (1913)
Joe DiMaggio (1914)
Mike Ryan (1941)
Bucky Dent (1951)
Dave Baker (1956)
Chico Walker (1958)
Mark Whiten (1966)
Octavio Dotel (1973)
Nick Swisher (1980)
First baseman Charles Baron played in the minors from 1931-1951, batting .306 with 2,319 hits. He was a player-manager for the last five of those seasons.
People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm is now 25 years old.
It's been a while since we did this. The Arizona Fall League is over. Scottsdale, for whom Twins prospects played, won the championship.
CLEVELAND 4, MINNESOTA 1 IN MINNESOTA
Date: Thursday, June 10.
Batting stars: Jerry Kindall was 2-for-3 with a walk. Earl Battey was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Dave Boswell was 1-for-2 with an RBI.
Pitching star: Johnny Klippstein pitched three shutout innings, giving up three hits and no walks with two strikeouts.
Opposition stars: Sam McDowell struck out nine in eight innings, allowing one run on eight hits and five walks. Camilo Carreon was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer. Leon Wagner was 1-for-4 with a home run, his eighth.
The game: An RBI single by Vic Davalillo and Carreon's two-run homer gave the Indians a 3-0 lead in the second. The Twins got a two-out rally in the second and scored their only run on a Boswell single, but left the bases loaded. Wagner homered in the third to make it 4-1 and the scoring was over. The Twins had other chances, leaving two men on in the sixth, eighth, and ninth, but could not score again.
Of note: Zoilo Versalles was 1-for-5. Rich Rollins was 1-for-5. Tony Oliva was 0-for-3 with two walks. Harmon Killebrew was 0-for-4. Jimmie Hall was 0-for-3 with a walk. Boswell pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.
Record: The loss made the Twins 32-18 and cut the Twins' lead over the White Sox to 1.5 games.
Notes: McDowell would go on to lead the league with 325 strikeouts, the most of his career. He struck out 10.7 batters per nine innings. It was one of five times he would lead the league in strikeouts. It was also one of five times he would lead the league in walks (132). He also led the league in ERA for the only time in 1965.
George Burns (1889)
Billy Rogell (1904)
Joe Medwick (1911)
Danny Ozark (1923)
Bob Friend (1930)
Jim Northrup (1939)
Steve Yeager (1948)
Randy Velarde (1962)
Ben McDonald (1967)
Al Martin (1967)
Cal Eldred (1967)
Dave Hansen (1968)
Chris Herrmann (1987)
Danny Ozark was the manager of Philadelphia from 1973-1979.
It's a neat word, is all.
Giving these guys another chance.
CLEVELAND 2, MINNESOTA 1 IN MINNESOTA
Date: Wednesday, June 9.
Batting stars: Jerry Kindall was 2-for-3 with a double and a run. Jimmie Hall was 2-for-4 with a double. Bob Allison was 1-for-4 with a double.
Pitching star: Jim Kaat pitched 8.2 innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Opposition stars: Ralph Terry pitched eight innings, allowing one run on six hits and no walks with five strikeouts. Max Alvis was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (his ninth) and a walk. Vic Davalillo was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his fourth.
The game: It was scoreless, and there really wasn't much in the way of threats, until the eighth, when Kindall led off with a double, went to third on Kaat's bunt, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Zoilo Versalles. In the ninth, Rocky Colavito drew a one-out walk which was followed by Alvis' two-run homer to give the Indians the lead. Hall got a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth but did not advance past first base.
Of note: Versalles was 0-for-3 with an RBI. Rich Rollins was 0-for-4. Tony Oliva was 1-for-4. Harmon Killebrew was 0-for-4. Earl Battey was 1-for-4.
Record: The loss dropped the Twins to 32-17. They remained in first place by 2.5 games over Chicago.
Notes: Ralph Terry was having the last good year of a pretty good career. His best years came with the Yankees, for whom he played from 1959-64. He went 16-3 in 1961, but his best year was 1962, when he led the league in wins with 23, in starts with 39, and in innings pitched with 298.2. He made his only all-star team that year. He also had a fine year in 1963, when he led the league in starts, complete games, and WHIP.
This is a great day for names:
Chief Zimmer (1860)
Hi Church (1863)
Socks Seybold (1870)
George Stovall (1877)
Jimmy Sheckard (1878)
Runt Marr (1891)
Freddy Leach (1897)
Beans Reardon (1897)
Bubber Jonnard (1897)
Prince Hal Schumacher (1910)
Bill Gates (1918)
Charlie Osgood (1926)
Jack McKeon (1930)
Luis Tiant (1940)
Tom Hall (1947)
Ken Schrom (1954)
Brook Jacoby (1959)
Dale Sveum (1963)
David McCarty (1969)
Adam Eaton (1977)
Jonathan Papelbon (1980)
Runt Marr played in the minor leagues for nineteen years, managed in the minors for fifteen years, and was also a scout for many years.
Beans Reardon was a National League umpire from 1926-1949.
Bubber Jonnard was a long-time coach and scout.
Bill Gates was a minor league pitcher from 1938-1940 and 1946-1951.
Jack McKeon was a long-time manager and general manager, leading the Florida Marlins to a World Series victory in 2003. In 2011, he became the second-oldest manager in major league history at age 80. He also managed in the minor leagues for the Senators/Twins from 1957-64 and again in 1968, scouting for the Twins from 1965-67.
I'll be spending my most recent "weekend" sick again, it seems, as Sour Cream picked something up and promptly passed it on to me because she loves me and whatnot. We'll see if I can avoid a third sick Black Friday shift.
Many thanks to Phil for flipping thing up around here. Quite refreshing.
Speaking of, December's guest DJ is: everyone. We'll be doing a best new music of 2015 month. Schedule will be announced soon, and everyone who wants in will get a chance. Details to follow.
Oh, and guest DJ slots for 2016 will be coming up soon too.
MINNESOTA 6, CLEVELAND 2 IN MINNESOTA
Date: Tuesday, June 8.
Batting stars: Harmon Killebrew was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer (his ninth) and a double, scoring twice. Earl Battey was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer (his third) and a walk. Bob Allison was 0-for-1 with two walks, scoring once and driving in one.
Pitching star: Camilo Pascual pitched a complete game, giving up two runs on six hits and three walks with three strikeouts.
Opposition stars: Rocky Colavito was 1-for-3 with a home run (his twelfth) and a walk. Max Alvis was 1-for-4 with a home run. Vic Davalillo was 1-for-3 with a walk.
The game: Killebrew hit a three-run homer in the first inning to give the Twins a 3-0 lead. Colavito homered in the second and Alvis in the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2, but Battey hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth to make it 5-2. The Indians did not threaten again.
Of note: Zoilo Versalles was 1-for-4 with a walk, a run, and two stolen bases. Rich Rollins was 2-for-4. Tony Oliva was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run. Jimmie Hall was 0-for-3 with a walk.
Record: The win made the Twins 32-16, in first by 2.5 games over Chicago.
Notes: Both the bench and the bullpen got the day off, as the Twins used only nine players. Cleveland starter Sonny Siebert was pulled after only one inning, allowing three runs on one hit and three walks with one strikeout. I hadn't remembered Max Alvis as a power hitter, but he hit over twenty homers three times in his career.
And I'm gonna something something
Harry Rice (1901)
Dick Bartell (1907)
Lew Burdette (1926)
Wade Blasingame (1943)
Rich Chiles (1946)
Greg Luzinski (1950)
Lyman Bostock (1950)
Wayne Tolleson (1955)
Lee Guetterman (1958)
Mike Benjamin (1965)
Jay Payton (1972)
Ricky Ledee (1973)
Joe Nathan (1974)
Jonny Gomes (1980)
Mike Benjamin was drafted by Minnesota in the seventh round in January, 1985, but did not sign.
I'll cap my week with a somewhat funny, somewhat creepy, somewhat sweet song. And then a bonus song, because I really almost picked that one instead.
The story here is, I had no idea who Jonathan Coulton was until one night I went to see a book reading by John Hodgman. I also had no idea who he was. At the time, no one did. His first book had just come out, and he had organized his own book tour. It involved traveling around with his buddy Mr. Coulton and some cartoonist friend of theirs, and maybe one other person who sang backup or something. We didn't make the reading in time, but that was okay, because they decided to add a late show. Yeah, for a book reading. The entire room was, and I'm not exaggerating here, probably twice the size of the stage he's performing on in this clip. There were maybe 40 people squeezed in. They passed around a bottle of whisky. As in, Hodgman or Coulton handed someone in the audience the bottle, and we just passed it around. There may have been like 3 dixie cups, but when they ran out people were taking swigs straight from the bottle, and then passing it back to the performers. The cartoonist literally did performance cartooning, where he drew things while Coulton played guitar. Hodgman read 100 of his Hobo names. It was insane. Anyway, that was the night I learned about Jonathan Coulton.
This is my favorite song of his:
And here's the bonus song, because you gotta love some Portal, and it totally works for that tag I just wrote too.
CLEVELAND 2, MINNESOTA 1 IN MINNESOTA
Date: Monday, June 7.
Batting stars: Tony Oliva was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, scoring once. Don Mincher was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Pitching stars: Mudcat Grant pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on five hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Jerry Fosnow pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit with one strikeout.
Opposition stars: Luis Tiant struck out nine in a complete game, allowing one run on two hits and two walks. Rocky Colavito was 1-for-3 with a home run (his eleventh) and a walk. Leon Wagner was 1-for-4 with a home run, his seventh.
The game: It was scoreless until the fourth, when Grant gave up back-to-back two-out homers to Wagner and Colavito. That was the only trouble Grant got into, but it was enough. The Twins got one in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Oliva and Mincher, but did not get another hit the rest of the game.
Of note: Zoilo Versalles was 0-for-4. Jerry Kindall was 0-for-3. Jimmie Hall was 0-for-3.
Record: The loss dropped the Twins to 31-16 and dropped their lead over Chicago to 2.5 games.
Notes: Harmon Killebrew was rested, but was used as a pinch-hitter and walked. Earl Battey remained out of the lineup, but was also used as a pinch-hitter and caught the last inning of the game.
Not the super best video, but, whatever. It's fun. I debated between this and "Big Bottom" but the amount of bottom shaking in that one left me a bit uncomfortable.