Dave Mona is well known in the Twin Cities media circles. He was a long-time sports writer, used to be involved in Field of Dreams in the Mall of America and has long been the co-host of The Sports Huddle with Sid and Dave on WCCO radio.
He shared a story this morning on his Facebook page this morning that I found very interesting from 50 years ago this month... He told me that I could share it with the Twins Daily readers, so I thought I would place it here.
It was July 20, 1969, almost 50 years ago. I was covering the Twins for The Minneapolis Tribune. We played an afternoon game in Seattle, winning 2-0 on home runs by George Mitterwald and Cesar Tovar. It was Jim Perry's 11th victory. The game was played in 2 hours and 10 minutes as the Twins, under Billy Martin, improved to 59-37. It was getaway day and everyone dressed quickly to get on the plane to fly back to Minnesota. Somewhere over Montana, as meals were being served and card games and light conversation filled the plane, the pilot of the Northwest Airlines charter came on the intercom. "I'm able to pick up a radio broadcast from the moon. If you don't mind I'll try to give you a little of the play-by-play." Over the next few minutes he would keep us updated. As we flew from Montana over North Dakota, he said, "They've landed on the moon. The door is opening and Neil Armstrong is about to go down the steps. He's on the ground." All conversation had stopped on the plane and suddenly the silence was broken by loud cheers and applause. "Wait a minute," the pilot said. "He's saying something...'a small step for man...a giant leap for mankind." From the sounds inside the plane, you would have thought the Twins had just won the World Series." It's a day I'll never forget.