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Saturday, August 14, 2010
Classic Twins Game of The Week: 19-12 Smackdown of White Sox - Sunday, June 26, 1977
Our man Glenn, on his 1978 Topps Card:
the unofficial holder of all-time Twins
warning track flyouts! Uncanny,
his ability to find the fielder's glove!
[EDITED MAY 20, 2012]
The June 26, 1977 game boxscore is a Twins fan's delight. There were 14 rbi's just for Rod Carew(6) and Glenn Adams (8, the team individual player record) alone!
Adams was bought from the San Francisco Gigantes the previous Dec. 6, to DH and play a statue-like rightfield. This was his career game for sure, going 4 for 5, totaling 8 total bases.
I remember being at this game with my Uncle Jake, and cousin's Bill and Bob. Marvelous timing on our part, as this was the same game in which Carew went over the .400 mark for the first time that season. The feat was announced on the team's magnificent, but cheesy, Twins-O-Gram Scoreboard (story link). Rod gives some insight into his feelings about this day at Baseball Digest entry from 1986.
Perhaps forgotten in the game recap was that Twins starter Bill Butler was removed after 2-plus innings, and St. Paul-born "closer" Tommy Johnson (who had an otherwise excellent year in '77) finished the contest with 6.2 innings of relief. He shut down the Pale Hose with a line of 10 hits, 2 walks, 7 earned runs, 6 k's and two homeruns. Git 'er done, indeed!
The buildup to .400 had been tremendously exciting, and rival teams and managers were as captivated by Carew's hot streak as we fans: