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Matt Johnson

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  • Birthday 11/17/1983

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  1. I don't know what's up with the formatting. Also, I fixed like five typos. Good thing I'm not a high school English teacher or anything.
  2. This is why Al Gore invented the internet. Garver's contributions to the Twins history book in 2019 were really remarkable. I don't have my notes in front of me, but I believe he had more multi-home run games that year than any other Twins catcher had in their career. Also, I believe he had two 10-total base games that year, and no other Twins catcher had more than one in their career.
  3. Now that the Eddie Rosario Experience is almost certainly over, let's take a look back at some of his contributions to Twins history. This is just what appears in my Twins Almanac spreadsheet. Please contribute your own Eddie trivia, fun facts, or cool stories in the comments section. And if you're into this kind of stuff, follow me on Twitter at @TwinsAlmanac. May 6, 2015 Major League Debut Leading off the bottom of the third against Oakland's Scott Kazmir, the 23-year-old Puerto Rico native hits the first big-league pitch he sees for an opposite field home run. In what made for a stor
  4. December 29 Happy Birthday, Jim Brower Happy 47th birthday to 1991 Minnetonka graduate and Golden Gophers all-time great Jim Brower (1994 Dave Winfield Pitcher of the Year Award winner). He spent parts of nine seasons in the majors with Cleveland, the Reds, Expos, Giants, Atlanta, the Orioles, Padres, and Yankees. He led the majors with 89 appearances with the Giants in 2004. (Bonus Fact: 2008 Chaska graduate Brad Hand led the majors with 82 appearances with San Diego in 2016). December 30, 1923 Birthdate of Harry Elliott 1942 Watertown graduate Harry Elliott was born in San Fra
  5. This week in Twins history includes great games by Geoff Zahn, Kevin Tapani, Jack Kralick, Ken Landreaux, Tim Laudner, Paul Molitor, Greg Myers, Jim Kaat, Camilo Pascual, Harmon Killebrew, Scott Erickson, Mickey Hatcher, Luke Hughes, and Billy Beane. This week's Almanac also includes Minnesotan major leaguers Charley Bender, Lou Galvin, Russ Ford, Fred Bruckbauer, and Hack Spencer. April 22, 1961 First Walk-Off in Twins History In just the second home game in team history, the Twins and new expansion Senators played to a 4-4 tie through nine. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of
  6. April 22, 1961 First Walk-Off in Twins History In just the second home game in team history, the Twins and new expansion Senators played to a 4-4 tie through nine. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the tenth, Zoilo Versalles drove in Earl Battey with a sac fly to center for the first walk-off win in Twins history, improving to 6-2 on the season. April 22, 1980 Eighty-Nine-Degree Home Opener After the Twins began the season with a 12-game west coast road trip, they returned to Bloomington for a balmy 89-degree home opener against the Angels. Geoff Zahn allowed just
  7. That detail is something I added last minute to the notes I already had. I'm sure I looked into that when I originally added the item to my spreadsheet, and realized that even though it was his "rookie" season, it was not his first season.
  8. Bah! The Almanac has been riddled with errors lately. I would have known that if I'd have stopped and thought about it for a second. I'm biting off more than I can handle lately. I think I'll narrow it down to two or three items per day. Thanks for the catch!
  9. Off the top of my head, the 1980 home opener was April 22. I remember that date because it was 89 degrees that day.
  10. This week's Almanac chronicles 35 events in Minnesota baseball history, featuring former Twins Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Bert Blyleven, Tony Oliva, Rod Carew, Kirby Puckett, Eric Milton, ByungHo Park, Jason Kubel, Dick Stigman, Lyman Bostock, Butch Wynegar, Frank Viola, and Joe Niekro, and Minnesotan major leaguers Charley Bender, Howie Schultz, Jim Eisenreich, Bob Johnson, Dan Smith, Rip Conway, and Hack Spencer. April 15, 1947 Robinson Breaks Color Barrier Jackie Robinson breaks major league baseball's longstanding color barrier, starting at first base and batting second for the Brookly
  11. April 15, 1947 Robinson Breaks Color Barrier Jackie Robinson breaks major league baseball's longstanding color barrier, starting at first base and batting second for the Brooklyn Dodgers versus the Boston Braves at Ebbets Field. St. Paul Central and Hamline alumnus Howie Schultz replaced Robinson at first in the top of the ninth. Schultz had played for the Dodgers since 1943. After it became abundantly clear that Robinson had first base under control, the Dodgers sold Schultz's contract to the Phillies on May 10. Schultz played in the major until 1948. Later, he was a member of the 195
  12. Sometimes you can infer from the game logs, other times not so much. Straight steals of home are listed in the Twins Media Guide, somewhere... Sometimes they arbitrarily put these info boxes below totally unrelated information.
  13. This didn't occur to me until right now: The Twins won the 1987 World Series. Left fielder Dan Gladden hit a leadoff homer in the 1988 home opener. The Twins won the 1991 World Series. Left fielder Shane Mack hit a leadoff homer in the 1992 home opener. They both went 4-for-5.
  14. I hadn't even heard of Ramos until I started chipping away at this Almanac project a couple of years ago. Ramos will come up again on May 12. It was on that date in 1961 that he and Angels pitcher Eli Grba homered off each other. Ramos added a game-winning two-run single the next inning.
  15. Thanks. I really like the Almanac as a way to dust off old names at least once a year. Specific events are a great way to talk about players who don't otherwise come up in general conversation.
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