About Cool of the Evening
The lineup card was constantly an unfinished crossword puzzle to Minnesota
Twins' manager Sam Mele during the chilly,
damp, storm-ravaged Minnesota summer of 1965.
Spring training in Orlando was a struggle, but when the season began the wins
rolled in. Fans shelved their concerns about devastating Midwestern storms and
the Vietnam War to follow the team.
- Mele ran out of fingers counting injuries to his starting catcher.
- Stars Tony Oliva,
Harmon Killebrew and
Bob Allison suffered injuries and batting
- A pitcher the team considered releasing outright ultimately welded together
the pitching staff.
- In a league of 25-man rosters, the Twins played the season with essentially
- A new coaching staff, featuring Billy
Martin conflicted so badly that one coach decided to locker with the
Former journalist and internationally
published writer Jim Thielman covered the
Minnesota Twins from 1977 to 1993. He pulls readers back to 1965 to show how
the Minnesota Twins dethroned the New York Yankees to win the American League
pennant in the 2005 book Cool of the Evening: The 1965 Minnesota Twins.
Why that title?
- Man, it's Minnesota. It's cool there. And 1965 was an unusually chilly, wet
summer. Most games at Metropolitan Stadium were watched in - you got it - the
cool of the evening.
- An old baseball saying refers to "the cool of the evening," when
players lounged in hotel lobbies, on porches and rail cars and reflected on a
game well played, a good effort.
This was before DISH Network.
The Twins held a meeting in
Baltimore after clinching the pennant in Washington the final week of
September. The purpose was to decide how to divide the money from the upcoming
"I guess we gave out more full shares than any other
club in history," catcher
Earl Battey said,
"but it was hard to turn people down. We like to share the wealth."