Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.

The Forums

Article: Game Thread: Twins @ White Sox, 9/30 7:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:21 PM
To steal a line from Kenny Loggins… “This is it.”All good things must come to an end…. umm… and all bad things must come to an end as wel...
Full topic ›

Complete Games

Other Baseball Today, 12:18 PM
So we're rumbling along at 82 CG in all of MLB this year.   Here are some of the excuses I've heard over the past x amount of years...
Full topic ›

INSIDE THE GAME

Other Baseball Today, 12:02 PM
For those who have followed Twins Daily for some time might know that I like to dig into the hows and whys of the game in addition to the...
Full topic ›

What big named Free agent pitchers are available this off...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:59 AM
Just curious, is there anyone out there that could be that difference maker that the Twins could just go out and buy??A new GM may get a...
Full topic ›

Wilson Ramos torn ACL

Other Baseball Today, 12:17 PM
http://www.espn.com/...-ramos-torn-acl As the big free agent catcher available in the offseason, what does this do to his chances of a bi...
Full topic ›
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email


Book Review: 'Minnesota Twins Baseball' by Stew Thornley

Attached Image: 2qoj.jpg Hardball history on the Minnesota prairie started long before the Twins moved to the Upper Midwest. Baseball legends like Ted Williams and Willie Mays called Minnesota home before making their big league debuts. There was a lot that went into the Twins becoming the franchise they are today and the club's entire history is summarized in the new book Minnesota Twins Baseball: Hardball History on the Prairie.

There are plenty of people who know a lot about Twins baseball but author Stew Thornley is a little closer to the action than most. He is the official scorer for Twins home games and the unofficial historian of all Minnesota baseball. He has written more than 40 books, served as an officer of the local SABR chapter and even participated in Twins Daily threads surrounding official scoring decisions. His vast historical knowledge is evident to the reader.

Minnesota's rich history of supporting teams like the Saints and the Millers gave way to talk of a major league team moving to Minnesota. The Giants and the Dodgers were some of the teams discussing a move, but Minneapolis wasn't attractive enough for their organizations; both team's moved west. Thankfully the Senators were also looking for a new home and their rich crop of young players helped to make the team successful early in the club's history.

Throughout the pages of this 126-page book, Thorney does a good job of retelling the major events in Twins history one decade at a time. There have been good and bad times over the last five decades and the author employs his collection of knowledge to convey them to the most passionate of Twins fans. He tells stories that might not be familiar and even provides insights into his own private collection of baseball artifacts.

Some of the best parts of this book are the stories before Minnesota had the Twins. One of the most interesting stories was that the New York Giants organization took out a full page ad in the Minneapolis Tribune to apologize for calling up Willie Mays after only 35-games with the Millers. As the Giants President Horace C. Stoneham said, "We honestly admit too, that this player’s exceptional talents are the exact answer to the Giants' most critical need." He was certainly right about Mays.

The fight to avoid contraction and to build a new stadium has been central to the Twins organization in recent decades. The Minnesota Twins could have become the North Carolina Twins at one point but that story line never played itself out. The club started to play better, a new stadium was built, and it is truly hard to imagine a summer in the Upper Midwest without the Twins being part of this generation or the next.

Even though this book is a quick read, there is great information packed onto every page. The inset stories and pictures provide a look at how baseball on the prairie has changed since the 1880s. For even the most dedicated Twins fan there will be stories in this book that one has forgotten or stories that one would love to relive. This book can be read over a long weekend at the lake but the memories will stick with you forever.

When Calvin Griffith decided to name his team the Minnesota Twins, he said, "We want our new baseball enterprise to be for everyone in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest." Twins Territory has expanded beyond the boundaries of Minnesota and the history of baseball in the region is something every fan can cherish.


  • Share:
  • submit to reddit
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

More From MinnCentric

0 Comments