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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Twins Fest:Meeting author Bob Showers: "The Twins At The Met"

Bob gracefully turned his attention away from the nearby
Drew Butera Kid's Q & A session  to chat with crazed 
Twins fans. 

The major highlight of my Twins Fest 2011 visit was this opportunity to chat with author Bob Showers.  Bob has published, in my opinion, the definitive book on early Twins history, "The Twins At The Met," (see link) which hit the stores in Sept., 2009. 

You should note his North Stars and Lou Nanne book referenced in the accompanying author bio; these efforts alone should put him on the short list of top Minnesota sports history authors (along with Sid and Patrick Reusse). 

Bob was fantastic in sharing his interview process, which was essentially using photographs to spur his interview subjects (i.e, Tom Kelly, Rod Carew, Tom Mee, Hrbek, Harmon, Tony Oliva, Clark Griffith, etc.) for their personal reminiscences. Incredibly in-depth stories, funny and insightful stuff! 

I hope to add a bit more detail regarding our conversation later. I plan to review the book on Amazon (an interesting review link of the book is here).

Check out the Amazon links!  This Twins book is one lush, "can't-put-down" history lesson on the Twins!  Classic!

May Your Taters Fly Far!
Some photo favorites from Bob's book...

Tom "The Blade" Hall, photo included in
 1970 Minnesota Twins Yearbook

Cookie Lavagetto (1st Twins Mgr., with
Sid Hartmann and Halsey Hall
Photos from book courtesy of Minnesota Twins

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