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Happy Birthday–November 23

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)
Charles Osgood (1926)
John Anderson (1929)
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)
Justin Turner (1984)
Lewis Thorpe (1995)

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.

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1970 Rewind: Game Thirty-five

MINNESOTA 10, KANSAS CITY 5 IN KANSAS CITY

Date: Wednesday, May 20.

Batting stars: Rod Carew was 4-for-5 with a home run (his third), a triple, a double, a stolen base (his third), two runs, and two RBIs. Jim Holt was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs. Paul Ratliff was 1-for-2 with a two-run homer (his second) and two walks. Leo Cardenas was 1-for-5 with a three-run homer, his fifth. Rich Reese was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer (his second), a walk, and two runs.

Pitching star: Tom Hall struck out five in three innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks.

Opposition stars: Joe Keough was 2-for-3 with a home run (his third), a walk, and two runs. Eliseo Rodriguez was 2-for-4 with a triple, a double, and two runs. Pat Kelly was 2-for-4 with a stolen base, his sixteenth. Amos Otis was 2-for-5 with a home run (his fifth) and a double. Mike Fiore was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.

The game: Otis homered in the first to give the Royals a 1-0 lead. Carew, who had singled in the first, homered in the third to tie it 1-1. Kansas City regained the lead in the fourth when Rodriguez doubled, Kelly walked, and Fiore hit a two-run double to make it 3-1. Holt singled and Ratliff homered in the sixth to tie it 3-3, but Keough homered in the home half of the sixth to once again give the Royals the lead at 4-3.

The Twins took control from there. With two out in the seventh Reese walked, Holt singled, and Cardenas hit a three-run homer to give the Twins their first lead at 6-4. With one out in the eighth Tovar walked and scored on a triple by Carew, who had doubled in the sixth inning. With two out, Killebrew hit an RBI single and Reese followed with a two-run homer, giving the Twins a 10-4 advantage. Kansas City added one in the ninth when Rodriguez tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly, but the Twins' lead was never in jeopardy.

WP: Dave Boswell (2-5).

LP: Bob Johnson (1-2).

S: Hall (1).

Notes: Holt was in left field in place of Brant Alyea. Ratliff was behind the plate in place of George Mitterwald. Mitterwald came in to catch in the seventh as part of a double switch. Frank Quilici pinch-ran for Killebrew in the eighth and stayed in the game at third base.

Carew's average reached a season high of .432. Oliva was 1-for-5 and was batting .319. Killebrew was 1-for-4 and was batting .315. Tovar was 1-for-4 and was batting .300.

Mitterwald was 0-for-2 and was batting .179.  Boswell pitched six innings and gave up four runs, giving him an ERA of 6.31.

As you may have noticed, Carew hit for the cycle in this game:  a single in the first, a home run in the third, a double in the sixth, and a triple in the eighth.  He grounded out in his other at-bat.  This was the seventh time in eight games that he had more than one hit, the fifth time he had more than two, and the second time he had four.  Over that span he was 22-for-37 and raised his average more than a hundred points, from an already-high .328 to .432.

Neither starter pitched particularly well.  Boswell, as noted above, pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits and a walk and striking out four.  Johnson struck out seven in seven innings, but gave up six runs on ten hits and four walks.

When I was a kid, I loved the name "Eliseo Rodriguez".

This was Hall's eleventh relief appearance.  It was the sixth time he'd gone more than one inning, the fourth time he'd gone more than two, and the third time he'd gone three or more.  It was his first career save.

I can't hear the name "Amos Otis" without thinking of the Jerry Reed song "Amos Moses".

The Twins had won seven in a row, ten of twelve, and thirteen of sixteen.

Record:  The Twins were 25-10, in first place in the American League West, 1.5 games ahead of California.  They had the best record in the American League, but not in all of baseball--that honor went to Cincinnati, who was 28-11.

1970 Rewind: Game Thirty

MINNESOTA 5, KANSAS CITY 2 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Thursday, May 14.

Batting stars:  Rod Carew was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.  Leo Cardenas was 2-for-3.  Paul Ratliff was 2-for-4 with a double.  Rich Reese was 2-for-4.

Pitching stars:  Luis Tiant pitched four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and three walks and striking out three.  Tom Hall struck out seven in five shutout innings, giving up one hit and no walks.

Opposition stars:  Joe Keough was 2-for-4 with a triple.  Pat Kelly was 2-for-4.  Jim Rooker pitched five shutout innings of relief, giving up five hits and a walk and striking out three.

The game:  The Twins took the lead in the bottom of the first.  Cesar Tovar singled, stole second, and scored on a Tony Oliva single.  Harmon Killebrew walked, moving Oliva to second, and Reese had an RBI single to make it 2-0 Twins.

The Royals had two on with one out in the second, and the Twins had two on with one out in the third, but it stayed 2-0 until the fourth.  Bob Oliver singled and scored on Keough's triple.  Paul Schaal followed with a sacrifice fly, and that quickly the game was tied 2-2.  But the Twins came right back in the bottom of the fourth.  Jim Holt and Cardenas led off with singles and Ratliff hit an RBI double to give Minnesota the lead.  The next two batters went out, but Carew came through with a two-run single to put the Twins in front 5-2.

And that's where it stayed.  The Twins put two on with one out in the fifth and again in the eighth, but could not add to their lead.  The Royals only had two baserunners after the fourth and only got one to second base.

WP:  Hall (1-1).

LP:  Dave Morehead (1-1).

S:  None.

Notes:  Holt was in left field in place of Brant Alyea.  Ratliff was behind the plate in place of George Mitterwald.  Alyea and Mitterwald may have had minor injuries or illnesses, as they each missed a few consecutive games.

Charlie Manuel was going to pinch-hit for Tiant, but when Kansas City changed pitchers Rick Renick replaced him.

Carew was batting .389.  Oliva was 1-for-3 and was batting .331.  Killebrew was 0-for-2 and was batting .327.  Tiant had an ERA of 2.96.

Holt was 1-for-4 and was batting .152.

Morehead started for the Royals and pitched three innings, giving up five runs on seven hits and three walks and striking out three.

Hall, who had pitched only twice between April 25 and May 9, had now pitched in three of four games, pitching a total of nine innings.  He had pitched 2.2 innings just two days earlier.

I wonder when the last time is each team had a relief pitcher pitch five shutout innings.  For that matter, I wonder when the last time is each team had a relief pitcher pitch five innings.

Carew was now 9-for-14 over the last three games.  Reese was 6-for-15 over the last four games.  Since April 22 he had raised his average from .148 to .239.

This was a makeup game from April 13, which had been snowed out.  The attendance was 2121.

Record:  The Twins were 20-10, in second place in the American League West, a half game behind California.

1970 Rewind: Game Twenty-eight

BALTIMORE 5, MINNESOTA 4 IN MINNESOTA

Date:  Tuesday, May 12.

Batting stars:  Rod Carew was 2-for-5.  Brant Alyea was 1-for-4 with a home run, his sixth.

Pitching star:  Stan Williams pitched two shutout innings, giving up two hits and a walk and striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Elrod Hendricks was 4-for-4 with a double.  Don Buford was 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  Boog Powell was 3-for-5 with two doubles.  Dave Johnson was 2-for-3 with a walk.

The game:  Cesar Tovar led off the first with a triple and scored on a foul out to the first baseman, putting the Twins up 1-0.  Each team got a pair of two-out singles in the second and did not take advantage of them, but the Twins' singles were preceded by an Alyea homer which put the Twins ahead 2-0.

The Orioles got on the board in the fourth when Powell doubled, went to third on a passed ball, and scored on Johnson's single.  They took the lead in the fifth when Mike Cuellar and Buford opened the inning with singles and both scored on Frank Robinson's double.  They increased the lead to 5-2 in the sixth as Johnson drew a one-out walk, Hendricks followed with a single, and Buford hit a two-run triple.

The Twins came back in the seventh.  Minnie Mendoza pinch-hit a single with one out.  Tovar walked, and Carew and Harmon Killebrew hit back-to-back RBI singles to cut the lead to 5-4.  Unfortunately, Carew was then caught stealing home to take the Twins out of the inning.  Jim Holt got a pinch-hit walk in the ninth and got as far as third base with one out, but a double play ended the game.

WP:  Mike Cuellar (4-2).

LP:  Jim Perry (5-2).

S:  Pete Richert (6).

Notes:  Mendoza pinch-hit for Tom Hall in the seventh.  Charlie Manuel pinch-hit for George Mitterwald in the eighth, with Paul Ratliff coming in to catch.  Holt pinch-hit for Williams in the ninth.

Tony Oliva was 0-for-3 and was batting .336.  Carew was batting .333.  Killebrew was 1-for-4 and was batting .327.  Alyea was 1-for-4 and was batting .305.  Tovar was 1-for-3 and was batting .301.  Perry gave up three runs in 4.1 innings and had an ERA of 2.80.  Williams had an ERA of 0.98.

Manuel was 0-for-1 and was batting .167.  Mitterwald was 1-for-3 and was batting .192.

Cuellar pitched 6.1 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks and striking out five.

Hall had made two appearances from April 25--May 9, and now had appeared in back-to-back games, pitching four innings.

This was the only four-hit game Hendricks had in 1970.  He was 1-for-11 in the three games prior to this and went 1-for-12 in the three game after it.

Record:  The Twins were 18-10, in second place in the American League West, one game behind California.

1970 Rewind: Game Twenty-seven

CLEVELAND 5, MINNESOTA 4 IN CLEVELAND

Date:  Sunday, May 10.

Batting stars:  Harmon Killebrew was 2-for-4 with a double.  Bob Allison was 2-for-4.  Leo Cardenas was 1-for-4 with a home run (his third), a walk, and two runs.

Pitching stars:  Tom Hall struck out two in 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and two walks.

Opposition stars:  Duke Sims was 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs.  Sam McDowell pitched 8.1 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits and two walks and striking out eight.  He also hit a home run.

The game:  In the bottom of the first, Larry Brown reached on an error and scored on a double by Ted Uhlaender, giving the Indians a 1-0 lead.  McDowell homered leading off the third and Sims homered with one out in the fourth to make it 3-0.  Meanwhile, the Twins had only two singles through five innings and only advanced one man as far as second base.

The changed in the sixth when Cardenas got the Twins on the board with a home run.  The Twins' joy was short-lived, however, as with two out in the sixth Vada Pinson walked and Sims followed with a two-run homer, putting Cleveland up 5-1.

The Twins did try to come back.  In the eighth Cardenas walked, Killebrew singled, and Tony Oliva had an RBI single to cut the lead to 5-2.  In the ninth Allison singled, Rick Renick had a pinch-hit double, and Minnie Mendoza hit a two-run single, cutting the lead to 5-4 and putting the tying run on base with one out.  The Twins could do no more, however, and the game ended with a 5-4 score.

WP:  McDowell (4-3).

LP:  Dave Boswell (0-5).

S:  Rich Hand (2).

Notes:  Allison was at first base in place of Rich Reese.  Frank Quilici was at second in place of Rod Carew.  Mendoza went to second base in the seventh inning as part of a double switch.  Renick pinch-hit for Hall in the ninth.  Carew pinch-hit for Cesar Tovar in the ninth.  Jim Holt pinch-ran for Mendoza in the ninth.

Oliva was 1-for-3 and was batting .345.  Killebrew was batting .330.  Carew was 0-for-1 and was batting .328.  Renick was 1-for-1 and was batting .308.  Brant Alyea was 0-for-4 and was batting .308.  Tovar was 0-for-4 and was batting .300.

Mendoza was 1-for-2 and was batting .154.  Quilici was 0-for-3 and was batting .167.  Mitterwald was 0-for-4 and was batting .186.  Boswell allowed five runs (four earned) in 5.2 innings and had an ERA of 6.17.

This was only Hall's seventh game of the season.  Prior to this game, he had pitched just 1.1 innings since April 24.  I don't know if he was battling an injury, but it doesn't appear that way.  He just was not being used for some reason.

This was the second and last home run of Sam McDowell's career.  The other came in 1967.  He also had seven doubles and two triples.  His lifetime batting numbers are .154/.171/.176.

I find it odd that, with Rod Carew on the bench, Bill Rigney chose to use him in place of Tovar, rather than the light-hitting MendozaMendoza got a two-run single, so either Rigney knew something I don't or he just got lucky.

The Twins went 6-3 on their nine-game East Division road trip, taking two of three in each series.

Record:  The Twins were 18-9, in first place in the American League West, a half-game ahead of California.

Happy Birthday–November 23

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)
Charles Osgood (1926)
John Anderson (1929)
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)
Justin Turner (1984)
Lewis Thorpe (1995)

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.

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Random Rewind: 1971, Game Ninety-two

WASHINGTON 5, MINNESOTA 2 IN WASHINGTON

Date:  Monday, July 19.

Batting star:  Rich Reese was 1-for-1.

Pitching star:  Stan Williams pitched a perfect inning.

Opposition stars:  Jackie Brown pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk and striking out one.  Paul Lindblad pitched 3.1 scoreless innings, giving up a hit and striking out one.  Frank Howard was 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.  Don Mincher was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs.  Del Unser was 2-for-3 with two runs.  Dick Billings was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his third.

The game:  It was cruising along in a scoreless tie until the third.  Brown and Unser led off with singles and a pickoff error moved the runners to second and third.  Mincher's sacrifice fly brought home the first run, Howard doubled in another, and Billings hit a two-run homer to make it 4-0 Senators.

The Twins were limited to three singles over the first five innings.  In the sixth, however, Reese and Cesar Tovar led off with singles and Rod Carew reached on an error, loading the bases with none out.  Jim Holt struck out, but Harmon Killebrew delivered a two-run single, cutting the deficit in half at 4-2.  With men on first and third the Twins had a chance for more, but Leo Cardenas grounded out and Jim Nettles popped up, ending the threat.

The Twins had only one hit the rest of the game.  Washington added a run in the seventh when Unser walked and scored from first on Mincher's double.

WP:  Brown (3-2).  LP:  Jim Perry (12-9).  S:  Lindblad (6).

Notes:  Nettles started the game in center in place of Holt.  Tony Oliva was either injured or ill, because he came out of the game in the second inning.  The game log does not reveal a play that would appear likely to have caused an injury, but he had missed some time recently, so without going back to check the write-ups of the game it's hard to say.  At any rate, Holt entered the game in left field, with Tovar moving from left to right.

Danny Thompson pinch-hit for Holt in the eighth and stayed in the game at third base, with Steve Braun moving from third to left field.  Reese and George Thomas pinch-hit for pitchers.

Oliva was batting .377.  He would finish at .337.  Nettles was batting  .314.  He would finish at .250.  Carew was at .284, but would finish at .307.  Tovar was at .295 but would finish at .311.

Perry lasted just five innings, allowing four runs on nine hits and no walks and striking out two.  Perry led the team in starts with 39.  Bert Blyleven and Jim Kaat made 38.  After that it was Steve Luebber (12), Ray Corbin (12), and Tom Hall (11).  As we discussed recently, Hall was the best of the three, but it was felt that he was needed in the bullpen.

The Twins had an awful July, going 9-17.  The month included a six-game losing streak and two three-game losing streaks.  This loss was the fifth game of a stretch in which they would lose eight of ten.

Record:  The Twins were 42-50, in fourth place in the American League West, 16 games behind Oakland.  They would finish 74-86, in fifth place, 26.5 games behind Oakland.

The Senators were 37-54, in sixth (last) place in the American League East, 20.5 games behind Baltimore.  They would finish 63-96, in fifth place, 38.5 games behind Baltimore.

Random record:  The Twins are 35-28 in Random Rewind games.