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Cool of the Evening, Minnesota Twins bargain baseball book

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The winningest Minnesota Twins team

They drove toward the pennant without future Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, pitching ace Camilo Pascual or closer Al Worthington - yet still won 102 games.

Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins book

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1965 Twins 102-60
2010 Twins 94-68


Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins tells the surprising stories behind the men who took Minnesota fans to their first World Series.

Author Jim Thielman's interviews with 20 members of the '65 American League champions unravel how Cuban, African-American and white ballplayers pulled together at the height of civil rights and political unrest to win 102 games - a franchise record that still stands.

Despite injuries to Killebrew, Pascual, Tony Oliva, Bob Allison and Earl Battey, the Twins streaked to the American League pennant behind a different hero each day.

And behind Billy Martin.

In his first year as a coach, Martin naturally stirred up the clubhouse, but also coaxed Zoilo Versalles to the Most Valuable Player award - the first ever won by a Latin American.

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Baseball fans will want to dash right out and buy Cool of the Evening. Longtime sports reporter Thielman brings skill, enthusiasm and a bat bag of luscious detail to his account of the 1965 season.
-- Dave Wood, past vice president of The National Book Critics Circle

There's almost nothing better than kicking back and thumbing through Cool of the Evening while listening to the Twins on the radio.
-- Mudville Magazine

Excerpt: Harmon Killebrew's season-changing home run.

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