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Your Favorite #7 Memory
Posted 05 February 2013 - 11:15 AM
Lenny Green, 1961-64
Jimmie Hall, 1964-66
Frank Quilici, 1967-70
Paul Ray Powell, 1971
Jim Nettles, 1971-72
Jerry Terrell, 1973-74
Danny Walton, 1975
Dave McKay, 1975-76
Rob Wilfong, 1977-82
Larry Milbourne, 1982
Boomer Wells, 1982
Scott Ullger, 1983
Dave Meier, 1984-85
Greg Gagne, 1987-92
Denny Hocking, 1993-2003
Joe Mauer, 2004-12
I expect this to turn into a "my favorite Mauer moment" thread, but it's worth noting that at least a couple of guys held this number immediately preceding Mauer's arrival. It looks like it's been in use solidly since the Twins 1st World Series year (26 seasons) by just three guys: Gagne, Hocking and Mauer.
But I'll go with Rob Wilfong because I SWEAR TO GAWD his baseball card was stalking me as a child. It seems like every damn pack a 12-year-old Twin opened went the same way....
1. "I wonder if there are any players from my favorite team, the Minnesota Twins, in this pack?"
2. Shuffle quickly through them.
3. "HEY! IT'S A TWI....
4. ....oh. Another Rob Wilfong card. That makes eighteen."
Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:15 PM
I loved watching Gagne go deep into the hole and miraculously throwing out a hitter.
I just got done mentioning in the Dozier thread that I viewed Gagne as nearly as indispensable to his teams' championships runs as the better known stars. Lenny Faedo instead of Greg Gagne? No pennants.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 12:56 PM
But then he injured his hand during the ensuing celebration, which cost him a chance to play in the ALCS. Always felt a little bad for him...
Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:50 PM
I just checked B-R to see how my boyhood instincts were and I think Wilfong circa 1979 settled the issue once and for all - .313/.352/.458. Of course he quickly regressed. What was interesting to learn was that during his .810 OPS year, Wilfong lead the AL in sacrifice bunts with 25!! Twenty-five!! Even better, 142 for the team as a whole! That is 5.25 games worth of outs. Yikes!! Way to go Gene Mauch!!
Edited by Dance with Disco Dan, 05 February 2013 - 03:13 PM.
Posted 05 February 2013 - 05:36 PM
The best thing Rob Wilfong did for the Twins was to help them net Tom Brunansky.
Very good point. Wilfong and Doug Corbett brought back Bruno. The Twins won the talent exchange but definitely put the best mustaches in the deal:
Posted 05 February 2013 - 06:59 PM
Anyway, favorite memory of a #7 was my lunch with Frank Quilici and subsequent visit to his Bloomington townhouse whereupon I got his autograph on my Twins baseball from the 1960's. He took the primo spot on the ball, or "manager position" as he called it. This is where the seams come close together and create a natural slot for an autograph.
Edited by powrwrap, 05 February 2013 - 07:02 PM.
Posted 07 February 2013 - 01:08 PM
While Mauer is clearly the best hitter of the bunch, Gagne was a big part of two WS teams. Jimmy Hall was a very good player while with the Twins early in his career. Those would be the top 3 in this group, IMO but Mauer is my pick.