"I liked him. He snapped the ball out in left field, a rocket. Really quick feet over there, quick action. A live body, for sure. Took some good rips up there.” Twins Manager Ron Gardenhireon his one-game fill-in Eduardo Nunez. Nunez is normally an infielder, and was purchased from the New York Yankees because of his greater proficiency as a hitter over the incumbent Twins SS, Pedro Florimon. Time is likely ticking on the Florimon Era as the starter.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

1961 Minnesota Twins Team Photo




Just going by this photo, you'd swear Italians were ruling baseball in the early 1960's. Ray Crump (front row, far right) looks as if he's 14 years old. And he just may have been. Owned a souvenir shop just outside the Metrodome for a long time. Pretty sure this photo was shot at Tinker Field, the Minnesota Twins first spring training home, in Orlando Florida.  A story out there that Jim Kaat was asked "What does the 'TC' stand for on your caps." "Twenty Cuban's" was his tongue-in-cheek response. Another joke that circulated: how does a team win with a Lemon leftfielder, a Green centerfielder, and a Battey catcher?

NOTE: click image to get an unobstructed view of the team photo!

As Herb Carneal used to say: "...and the count rides along." - TT

 

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