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The Naming of The Twins: Nov. 26, 1960

On this day 54 years ago, Calvin Griffith announced his decision to name the new Minnesota franchise that was relocating to the Minneapo...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Last Of The Ninth 1965 Record LP

[AUDIO REINSERTED: DEC. 26, 2011. first POSTED IN MAR., 2011]This is an original album produced by radio station WCCO (CBS-Minneapolis) in 1965 to commemorate the American League pennant winning Twins.  It has some excellent game and player sound clips from many of the players of that club --Harmon, Tony, Zoilo, and the announcing team of Herb Carneal (great '65 All Star Game clip), Halsey Hall and Ray Scott are all here. Later, make SURE you check out the classic video clip of Ray with 2 other legends.

I heard it years ago on LP when I was a kid. I was smitten immediately, and I can trace my love of Twins history to that event. It, of course, is a passion that dovetailed nicely into the worldly passions of baseball card collecting, and making awkward advances towards the fairer sex (for some reason, the lasses have never been enamored with my encyclopedic knowledge of the '77 Topps Baseball set). Ah, women...a fickle, hard to please race of beings! Anyways, I've been looking for the original version of LOT9TH ever since, with hopes of finding a working copy off Ebay or Amazon for play on ye olde Victrola.  It's a toughie, having out of print since the Johnson administration, and the people I discover that own it don't want to part with it. Gravy sucking, elitist cake eaters...

Looking to post up another update of "Twins Phenoms Of Springs Past" again this weekend.  Enjoy the Twins-Rays preseason game today.  It'll be interesting to see how the roster shapes up, and how our starters like Baker and Slowey respond to the pressure of their competition for the 5th starters role [ edit. note: some competition, as Slowey basically had to be Walter Johnson last spring to lengthen Mgr. Gardy's  short leash ]. If Baker had been able to perform last year up to his capabilities, there would never be this current situation he finds himself in. Go Luke Hughes!

Album Jacket photos and source embeds courtesy 
of Vinyl From Hell (site may be "de-funked" at present).

It will all sort itself out, one way or the other.

As Herb would say "...and the count rides along."


jkherm said...

Wow! thanks for the"last of the 9th" recording. I can't wait to pass this on to friends for an audio blast from the past. The interaction between Ray Scott and Halsey is priceless! Thank you!!

TWINS TWINKLER! (so named as "TT" was title of player features in Minn. Twins game programs of 1960's) said...

You're very welcome, friend. I was overjoyed to finally be able to post this nugget up for fans like you! Those broadcasting pros of yesterday surely had it together, glad we have cuts like this to relive that era.