Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Encounter With Calvin Griffith

No, clotheshorse Calvin wasn't wearing argyle
 that night at the Dome. Too bad.
(from 1977 Minnesota Twins Yearbook)

I was introduced to Calvin by a former student of mine.  In case you weren't aware, Griffith was the first Owner of the Twins.  It was about 1996, a couple years before he passed on, and I was attending a Twins game versus Cleveland.  It was during a time of perennial losing for our home nine. Distressing times, watching a team vastly overmatched.  Especially against the powerhouse Indian squads of that period.  So, the distraction was pretty welcome.

I wasn't sure what to expect, though I didn't really think he would be curmudgeonly.  He was, actually, quite accessible, and down to earth.  I asked him several questions relating to his thoughts one the then-current Twins squad (Matt Lawton comes to mind: "He'll be a good one.") 

Mainly, I think he was pleased to be recognized and shown respect.  Which was his due, despite his well-publicized fiascoes in the print media (see Nick Coleman's 1978 article on Calvin who was speaking before the Waseca Lion's Club).  

It bears repeating...without Cal Griffith and his lobbying in 1960, there would be no Twins, and perhaps no Major League Baseball in Minnesota.  Period.

May Your Taters Fly Far!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Earl Battey: June, 1962 Sport Magazine Feature


Nice Feature in June '62 issue.  Details Battey's development as a catcher, trade to Twins from White Sox, his beaning in 1961. Ear flap photo from Photobucket.com.
Uh, was every post-game like this?

May Your Twin Taters Fly Far!

P.S. - how about the "techy" '61 era earflap

Friday, November 26, 2010

For Ye Twins Fan, A Long, Long, Hard Fall Into Winter...

Leif Enger sums up the "disgruntledness," and sad longing for many of us. April is so damn far away...

Autumn for the Desolate Twins Fan from Leif Enger on Vimeo.

Dripping cold, the spare guitar of Robert Johnson, grainy black and white. Such sweet sorrow!

And to quote the great funk poet R. James, "[waiting for the Twins and winter to end] bums the *&%# otta me."

May Your Taters Fly Far...
Twinkler Out

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The Tony Oliva Story: 1970 Topps Booklet Series!

Pages 2 and 3

Pages 4 & 5

Last pages

 Always loved these booklets, great series!

May Your Taters Fly Far!
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Friday, November 19, 2010

The Argument Against Jim Thome's Hall of Fame Candidacy

I have problems with his argument against Thome. Interesting, anyway... Bob Coen's article at The Baseball Page website offers some food for thought.  Would like to have you weigh in!

May Your Taters Fly Far!
Twinkler Out