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Saturday, May 15, 2010

The Met Stadium Twins-O-Gram Scoreboard!

[Post last updated: March 31, 2013]
The Twins-O-Gram was the old-fashioned message board that was part of the old Metropolitan Stadium scoreboard, in glamorous Bloomington, Minn.  Basically, it was not much more advanced in technology than my Dad's Christmas tree and house light display.

No, it didn't have exploding fireworks (like Chicago's Commisky Park scoreboard), or obnoxious cartoon cowboys rushing across on horseback after a hometeam wallop (the Houston Astrodome board).  But it was quaint and delightfully square, giving fans a rush to see their names and cities up in lights at the ballpark located in a former cornfield in Bloomington.*
*ballpark equidistant from the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul

From the first Twins game at the Met, April 21, 1961



It greeted visitors from near and far, from Caracas, Venezuela, to Cambridge, Minnesota.  Civic groups from Rochester, Minn., might be given a shout out, or "Best Birthday wishes to Mrs.  Irma Smedly of St. Paul - age 84 years young tomorrow" were staples you'd expect on a visit to the park.  In fact, you kind of looked forward to these messages, which added to the ambience of an outdoor ballgame back in those days.  I say this as I sit here spinning yarns on the porch for the young 'uns...

Sometimes, it was a nice way to tweek coaches and players - like Vern Morgan

Oct. 6, 1965: Game One view, 1965 World Series
Here's a nice film, priceless really, taken in about 1971. It gives a great panoramic of the various sights (like the one from Cedar Avenue, the major artery that you took to the ballpark) - including the magnificent scoreboard view at the 2:00 mark. At the 5:00 mark, you see the Coon Rapids players sharing the same dugout with future Hall of Famer Rod Carew, and another budding one  in Jim Kaat!What a  beautiful, old 8 mm video.  I swear, I can see Danny Monzon peeking out of a hole in the scoreboard! Heartwarming is the segment where Phil Roof gives copious amounts of his time to speak with a young fan - no dialogue is needed there...


Another Twins-O-Gram view from that first game in 1961. Click image for largeness.

                                                Jim Kaat goes deep, ca. 1969 Minn. Star-Trib Photo

SUNDOWN ON THE OLD MET


As our old, Hall Of Fame broadcasting friend Herb Carneal said: "So long everybody!" - TT

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