On October 26th, 1960, Calvin Griffith, the then-president of the Washington Senators made the decision to move his baseball club to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, thus spawning the Minnesota Twins. With him, he brought big names and future baseball hall of famers like Harmen Killebrew who went on to hit 573 career home runs, placing him 9th on the all-time home list and only 2nd to Babe Ruth in American League history. That inaugural year, the Minnesota Twins placed 7th in the league and quickly moved up to 2nd by 1962. Twins tickets were in high demand in the Minneapolis St Paul area.
In 1964, another future baseball great donned the Twins uniform. Tony Oliva won batting titles his first two seasons as a member of the American League and finished with a .323 batting average after hitting 32 home runs and sending 94 runners to home plate. Rod Carew, another Twins baseball great, made his rookie appearance in 1967 and throughout the 1970's became a leader in baseball, both offensively and defensively until he was traded to the California Angels in 1978. The Twins had yet to win their first league championship. Overall, the 1970's proved to be a decade-long slump, with the Minnesota Twins only winning two American League West division titles.
In 1979, the Twins acquired the space for a new home field, and in 1982, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opened to became the official home for the Minnesota Twins and the NFL Minnesota Vikings, thanks to its' air-supported design, it was invulnerable to the harsh Minnesota elements. For most Minnesota Twins fans the HHH Metrodome, of "the Dome" became a part of the Minnesota Twins Roster.
The first few years after the 1981 baseball strike proved fruitless for the Twins, as their record seemed to take a dive, ending in a 70-92 finish by the end of 1983. Twins ticket sales were at an all time low during this period.
In 1987, with the additions of Twins baseball leaders like Kirby Puckett and Bert Blyleven, the Twins went on to win their first World Series title since 1924, when they were still in Washington D.C. as the Senators. In 1988, they won the majority of their games, but failed to overcome the Oakland A's powerhouse that dominated the season.
The Twins did poorly until the 1991 season when new additions to the pitching staff and outstanding performances by players like Hrbeck and Puckett brought them to another nail-biting victory against the Atlanta Braves for their second (and most recent) World Series win. 1992 saw another stellar season from the Oakland team and the Minnesota Twins Roster was back in a slump. The losing streak continued until 1998 because of retirements and injuries. Only early in the new millennium, did the Minnesota Twins begin to show their resilience again. In 2002, the Minnesota Twins team won the American League Championship Series before losing to the Anaheim Angels who went on to become the World Series champions that year. In 2006, the Twins won their division title, only to lose the World Series spot to the Detroit Tigers. Twins Tickets were in high demand during the World Series years often times going for three to four times over face value for seats between the bases.
Many compare the current Minnesota Twins Franchise staff, managed by Ron Gardenhire and owned by Carl Pohlad, to the 1990's Atlanta Braves; a talented team that win their division series, only to fall short in the baseball playoffs. Despite the negative comparisons, Minnesota Twins Fans rallied around Pholad and Gardenhire, giving the Twins Leader the nickname "Gardy".
The Minnesota Twins continued through the 1990's and first part of the new millenium with changes to the Minnesota Twins Roster and tweaks in the playing style. Like most teams the Minnesota Twins experienced seasonal ups and downs but managed to maintain the fan base the World Series years had gained.
In 2010 the Minnesota Twins made a huge move to Target Field. Target Field, an outdoor state of the art baseball stadium, was the first stadium built specifically for the Minnesota Twins in years. A netural stadium that favors neither pitchers or hitters specifically, Target Field is filled with tributes and homages to the Minnesota Twins History and Minnnesota Twins fans. Although, the harsh Minnesota Climate proved to be challenging for outdoor baseball, Minnesota Twins fans warmly embraced the return to outdoor Twins Baseball.
Buy your Minnesota Twins Tickets today and be a part of the gain back to the top the Minnesota Twins Roster and coaching staff have started to make. Go Twins!