About Minnesota Sports History
History of the Minnesota Twins:
Currently the Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team that play in the Central Division of Major League Baseball’s American League. The team is based and located out of the Twin Cities of St.Paul and Minneapolis. That is how the “Twins” got their professional baseball name being based off the Twin Cities of Minnesota. The twins started out as a charter team in Kansas City, Kansas in 1894 as the Kansas “Blues.” In 1905 the Kansas Blues moved to Washington D.C and became formally as the Washington Senators. The team would travel by means of train or charter buses back in the 1900s and finding a party bus rental mn was often difficult due to sports teams renting out from the couple dealers had.The Senators did not last long as the franchises team name and was changed to what it is known for today as the Washington “Nationals.” The team only wore the team logo the “Nationals” on their jerseys for two years and then was changed to the icon you see today as the “W.” Many fans still continued to use the original name for the team as their nickname the “Senators” and is why papers from that time o
ften referred to the ball club as the Senators or Nationals.
The Twins were established in the twin cities in the 1960’s and they made their official debut in the 1962 season. The team was led by a powerhouse of Harmon Killebrew, Tonly Oliva, and Earl Battey. They went on to win 102 games in the 1965 season led by manager Sam Mele. They were led by MVP Zoilo Versalle, but would come to face defeat in the world series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The were outplayed by Sandy Koufax that held them to a total of two runs in their four loses against the Dodgers. Fans started taking party bus mn to the games after the great season. After the devastating loss to the Dodgers the Twins would have to wait twenty two years until they finally won a world series against the New York Giants in 1987. The Twins came close to returning to the post season again in 1967 and were tied with four teams for the pennant. Unfortunately the Twins lost the last two games of the season while the Boston Red Soxs finished the season with two wins and finished 1st in the division. The twins would come alive again in the 1969 season to win the American League West. This all-star team was led by Killebrew(league MVP), Oliva, and Carew(with his first batting title.) The Twins again faced a tough opponent the Baltimore Oilers that had a franchise setting year of 109 wins and 53 loses. The Oilers though would continue on to the world series only to lose to the “Miracle Mets.” After this season the Twins hit a slump for an eight year period barely getting above .500 due to player injuries and pitching ineffectiveness. After some of the worse seasons the Minnesota Twins experienced; the owners in 1980 hired the manager Tom Kelly and would lead the Twins to the world seasons.