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Spahn let fan get a personal view of his fastball
    It wasn’t easy to come up with a nickname for a man named "Warren," Major League Baseball’s winningest left-handed pitcher confided as he stirred sugar into his Saturday morning coffee with a spoon held in short, thick fingers. Read on >>

Musial didn't need a batting coach or an agent
    In his early days, long before he retired from 22 seasons of major league ball in 1963, Stan Musial was a slender sort with his own batting stance, one that was described as a guilty kid peeking around a corner. Read on >>

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Hrbek gives Twins (and Gant?) a big lift
    Atlantans will remember it as the big, bad guy manhandling the good, little guy, while the man policing the whole thing was looking the other way. Sort of like every pro wrestling bout witnessed on Ted Turner's cable network. Read on >>

Herb Carneal
    Standing on his Field of Dreams corn patch with the ghost of Joe Jackson leering at his movie wife, Kevin Costner is told the one constant through all the years has been baseball. Read on >>

Among Twins, Bostock's death most senseless
    It's the asterisk no one wants, but everyone from Allison to Zimmerman will get. In fact, Bob Allison and Jerry Zimmerman already have it. Read on >>

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1987 Twins: Sweet Music
    Before we start peopling the story of the 1987 Minnesota Twins, let's give thanks for the collusion that occurred among baseball owners during the 1986 off-season. Read on >>

Champagne toast to a grand slam
    Tuesday, when he throws the last duffel bag into the back of his camper, Kent Hrbek will slam shut the door with a very satisfying thud. If his voice is a whisper, it will be from celebration, not the humility he wore Saturday evening. Read on >>

Another Cooperstown
    About 100 kids clawed a chain-link fence, fingers curled around the wire. Some pulled themselves higher for a better view as their black sneakers dangled off the ground. Read on >>

Calvin Griffith says goodbye to Metropolitan Stadium
    The license plates on the Pontiac Bonneville outside the Metropolitan Stadium offices read CALVIN. The sign on the post in front of the shiny blue car has been changed from "reserved" to "revered." Read on >>

A history of the Metrodome
    The Minnesota Twins have existed since 1961, yet remain the only Major League Baseball team to spend nearly half a century in one city and never have a baseball stadium built for it. It's a point stadium proponents in Minnesota - including the Twins themselves - never broached during the Twins' 15-year effort to land a stadium, an effort that seemingly ended in 2006. Read on >>

Harmon Killebrew

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Harmon Killebrew biography
    The youngest of four children, Harmon Killebrew was an honor student in high school who batted .500 or better during each of his four seasons of high school baseball. Read on >>

Killebrew's road to Cooperstown was anything but smooth
    Harmon Killebrew left the safe grasp of small-town Idaho in 1954 and overnight found himself on first base in Chicago, a big-leaguer at age 17. That’s where the whirlwind ended.. Read on >>

The night belonged to Killebrew
    Harmon Killebrew generally enjoys a leisurely pre-game routine when the Minnesota Twins play at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome: a little conversation during a visit to the Twins' executive offices, a saunter down the dugout ramp to conduct an interview for the subscription television station that employs him. Read on>>

Harmon Killebrew Night on David Letterman
    What started out as a five-minute film turned into Harmon Killebrew Night on "Late Night with David Letterman."Read on >>

Crunch time: Killebrew home run vs. Yankees
    Harmon Killebrew's home run before the '65 All-Star break was a season-defining moment. Read on >>

Kirby Puckett

Short man, short career, big games
    With Kirby Puckett's death come the accolades. Severe illness and death bring out slaps on the back. Read on >>

Kirby Puckett retires
    Kirby Puckett replaced Minnesota-born Jim Eisenreich on the Minnesota Twins roster one California night in 1984. When Puckett arrived at the Metrodome for his first homestand later that May, a few folks wanted a look at the kid who was punctuating a national story. Read on >>

Puckett sparks '87 home opener
     Kirby Puckett showed the baseball world Tuesday night a baseball game needs only one great moment, and that moment will bring fans back for another game. Read on >>


Opening Day
    Demeter might be Greek to you, but it's just a guy from Oklahoma to me. Read on >>

White plastic ball can even strike out bad weather
Here in Frostbite Falls, Minnesota, spring has again been a mirage. Read on >>

World Baseball Classic ends life on earth
    George Steinbrenner's enlarging jowls stared from under the headline that decried we would all die of the bird flu if Major League Baseball players were allowed to play in the inaugural World Baseball Classic. Read on >>

Bulk rate: Steroids in baseball
    I don't know Mark McGwire's shoe size, or if his mid-March performance before Congress a couple weeks before the start of the 2005 baseball season left him as the biggest clay-footed idol to get his name in the Congressional Record, but they keep statistics on everything baseball, so I'm sure we could find out. Read on >>

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