The state greeted Griffith as a hero. There was news coverage of his home on
the shores of Lake Minnetonka, a wooded, affluent suburb that was minutes from
downtown Minneapolis featuring one of the larger lakes in the state. He was
named honorary chair of the state's Christmas Seals campaign.
Attendance topped the million mark for 10 straight seasons and the Twins led
the league in attendance in two of their first five years in the state.
Griffith had gone from using vendors as grounds crews to having his team fly
As host of the '65 All-Star Game, Griffith had a pool at the hotel that
served as game headquarters stocked with freshwater fish, and poles were
provided for the game's dignitaries. He had the foul line at Met Stadium
chalked in red, white and blue, rather than the regular white. When the Twins
clinched the pennant, $18-a-bottle champagne flowed.
It was a bittersweet season for Griffith, and eventually a bittersweet life
in Minnesota. Griffith was ill with phlebitis and pneumonia during the spring
and missed the 1965 home opener. He could not be with the team in Washington
when it clinched the pennant because a subpoena awaited him as a result of a
lawsuit brought by (Gabe) Murphy. Being back in Minnesota when the team
clinched the pennant was sad and difficult for Griffith's family, who had deep
roots in Washington.
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