In 1961, Minnesota gained its first professional sports team when the Washington Senators moved to Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington and became the Minnesota Twins.The team enjoyed relatively quick success, winning the American League pennant in 1965 behind the hitting of Tony Oliva and Harmon Killebrew, and the pitching of Mudcat Grant and Jim Kaat. The Twins lost the World Series that year to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The team didn't make another trip to the World Series until 1987, when they became Word Series champions, a feat the Twins repeated in 1991.
By 1987, the Twins had moved into the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The team's move to that domed stadium was controversial, as would be its move to Target Field in 2010. Both projects were preceded by years of debate and controversy over whether public investments in stadiums were worthwhile.
Six Twins players have have had their numbers retired: Harmon Killebrew (3), Tony Oliva (6), Kent Hrbek (14), Bert Blyleven (28), Rod Carew (29), and Kirby Puckett (34).
August 27, 1975 - Jim Klobuchar discusses local professional sports teams, specifically the Minnesota Vikings and the Minnesota Twins, and the benefits of a new stadium.
June 5, 1982 - An interview with William Peter Kinsella, author of the novel "Shoeless Joe" which is partially set in Chissolm Minnesota, where "Moonlight Graham" is from - a man who played a half of an inning of professional baseball for the New York Giants before returning to Minnesota. Kinsella talks about the novel and his relationship with baseball.
June 9, 1995 - Players Mudcat Grant and Harmon Killebrew were both on the 1965 Twins team. They remember that season and how it unfolded. Killebrew talks about an injury that almost kept him from playing and the current baseball strike. Mudcat reveals how he got the nickname "Mudcat".
June 10, 1996 - Hour 2 of Midmorning, featuring Voices of Minnesota with David Durenberger; a Minnesota Twins update, interviews with Marty Cordova, Chuck Knoblauch and Paul Molitor; Anthony Horn, producer-creator of Saint Paul Saints documentary "Baseball, Minnesota."
August 19, 1996 - Hour 2 of Midmorning, featuring Voices of Minnesota with David Lanegran, an urban geographer. Also, a Minnesota Twins update including interviews with Frank Rodriguez, Scott Stahoviak, and Paul Molitor; Odd Jobs - mussel transport.
January 31, 1997 - The Minnesota Twins tried to generate some excitment today After a long week of defending their proposal for a new stadium against mounting critism. The team unveiled an architect's model of the retractable roof ball park it hopes to build in downtown Minneapolis. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik reports.
March 24, 1997 - Legislation to have the state subsidize a new Minnesota Twins stadium made some progress at the Legislature today (Monday)... despite lawmakers' misgivings. Minnesota Public Radio's Martin Kaste reports: The fate of the Twins Stadium bill had fallen into the hands of the members of the Senate Local and Metropolitan Government Committee -- and they were none too happy about it. The committee's surly mood stemmed from the fact that a Wednesday deadline was forcing them to pass the stadium bill or let it die of sheer inertia. Committee members say they don't want the state to have to raise hundreds of millions of dollars from a 5-cent cigarette tax and a variety of other user fees and sports merchanise taxes. ... But they also expressed frustration with their own lack of ideas for better ways to finance it. Republican committee member Dick Da
April 29, 1997 - State lawmakers on the House and Senate tax committees will spend much of tomorrow discussing proposals for financing a new Twins stadium. It's a critical day for stadium supporters...because with less than three weeks left in the legislative session, they still have no politically viable plan to pay for a new ballpark. If the joint House-Senate hearings don't begin to generate some consensus it will be difficult to get a bill passed by adjournment on the 19th. Twins owner Carl Pohlad says he needs an answer from the legislature this year for him to assure the team will remain in Minnesota. Minnesota Public Radio's Bill Wareham reports: The proposed Twins stadium has produced trial balloons galore -- an
May 1, 1997 - Major League Baseball's acting commissioner told state lawmakers Wednesday the league wouldn't prevent the Twins from leaving Minnesota. Bud Selig says the team needs a new stadium to remain financially healthy. But Selig failed to fully endorse two elements many stadium supporters hope to see in a ballpark bill, financing with gaming revenues, and partial state ownership of the team. Selig's comments came during a full day of hearings on the stadium issue. Minnesota Public Radio's Bill Wareham reports
June 25, 1997 - Mayor Sharon Sayles-Belton says Minneapolis will put its money where its mouth is when it comes to keeping the Twins. Throughout the Twins quest for a new ballpark...Sayles-Belton has often said she wants the baseball team to remain in the city. But much to the consternation of stadium supporters...the mayor has never committed city resources to the project. That changed today when she announced a plan for acquiring and preparing a riverfront site for a stadium. Minnesota Public Radio's Bill Wareham reports.