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Did You Know…

Harmon Killebrew is the first player in Minnesota Twins history to have his jersey retired.  His #3 was retired on May 4, 1975.

Harmon Killebrew jersey

1982 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Becomes First Pitcher To Win 4 Cy Young Awards

1982 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Becomes First Pitcher To Win 4 Cy Young Awards

On this day in 1982, Steve Carlton was awarded with the NL Cy Young Award.

This win, the fourth for Carlton, marked the first time in major league history that a pitcher was honored as the Cy Young winner in four different seasons.

And when looking at his numbers, it is now wonder that Carlton was the pitcher to make this kind of history.

Check the stats:

1972 – 27-10, 1.97 ERA, 30 complete games, 8 shutouts, 310 strikeouts, 3.56:1 K:walk ratio, All-Star, NL Triple Crown

1977 – 23-10, 2.64 ERA, 17 complete games, 2 shutouts, 198 strikeouts, 2.22:1 K;Walk ratio, All-Star

1980 – 24-9, 2.34 ERA, 13 complete games, 3 shutouts, 286 strikeouts, 3.16:1 K:walk ratio, All-Star, World Series title

1982 – 23-11, 3.10 ERA, 19 complete games, 6 shutouts, 286 strikeouts, 3.33:1 K:walk ratio, All-Star

Pretty awesome stuff right there, huh?

Happy Anniversary Mr. Carlton!!!

1982 HEADLINE: Paul Molitor Sets Record With 5 Hits In World Series Game

1982 HEADLINE: Paul Molitor Sets Record With 5 Hits In World Series Game

On this day in 1982, Paul Molitor collected the first 5-hit game in World Series history!!!

In Game 1, and on the road in St. Louis, Molitor did everything possible to help put his Brewers in the best position to win.

His box score looking something like this – 6 at bats, 5 hits, 2 RBI, 1 run scored.  And most importantly, the Brewers won the game 10-0.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Molitor!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 280/660 – #263 – Jim Perry, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 280/660 – #263 – Jim Perry, Indians

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Card Number: 263

Player Name: Jim Perry

Team: Cleveland Indians

Position: Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues: 17 seasons, 1959-75

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Perry pitched in 15 games for the Oakland Athletics in 1975.  He went 3-4 on the year with 2 complete games and 1 shutout.  In 67 innings of work, Perry compiled and ERA of 4.66 as he allowed 61 hits and 43 runs during that span.  Perry struck out 33 batters and gave up 26 walks as well.

Notes From Career:  Jim Perry is a 3-time All-Star pitcher and winner of the Cy Young Award.  He has a career record of 215-174 in 447 starts.  Perry tossed 109 complete games during his career including 32 shutouts.  He has a career ERA of 3.45 as well as 2 20-win seasons to his credit.


1975 Topps Set Card 278/660 – #576 – Phil Roof, Twins

1975 Topps Set Card 278/660 – #576 – Phil Roof, Twins

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Card Number: 576

Player Name: Phil Roof

Team: Minnesota Twins

Position: Catcher

Image Style: Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 15 seasons, 1961, 1964-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Phil Roof played in 63 games for the Twins in 1975.  He had 126 at-bats during the season, connecting for 38 hits en route to a .308 batting average.  Roof tallied 7 home runs and 21 RBI in those 63 games.

Notes From Career:  Phil Roof suited up for 8 different major league clubs during his 15-year big league career.  A career .215 hitter, Roof collected 463 hits in 857 games played.  He drove in 210 runs while in the majors and also scored 190 times.


Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!

Happy Birthday Rod Carew!!

Rod Carew turns 69 years old today.

I consider Rod Carew to be one of the most underrated superstars in baseball history.

Yes, I know he’s a Hall of Famer.  And yes, I know he is an 18-time All-star.  And yes, he was a constant threat to win the league’s MVP award for most of his career.

But when people talk about the greatest hitters in the sport’s history, Carew gets very little credit yet his numbers stack up quite well to the competition.  In 19 seasons, Carew collected 3,053 hits alongside a .320 batting average.  He also managed to score 1,424 runs, drive in 1,015 runs, and steal 353 bases.

The reason that Rod Carew remains under the radar is that he played for very low-profile teams – the Twins and Angels.

Happy Birthday Mr. Carew!!

1975 Topps Set Card 272/660 – #243 – Jim Kaat, White Sox

1975 Topps Set Card 272/660 – #243 – Jim Kaat, White Sox

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Card Number:  243

Player Name:  Jim Kaat

Team:  Chicago White Sox

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  25 seasons, 1959-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Kaat appeared in 43 games for the Chicago White Sox over the course of the 1975 baseball season.  He had a record of 20-14, with 12 complete games thrown and 1 shutout.  Kaat worked 303 innings during the year, allowing a league-high 321 hits and 121 runs.  Kaat struck out 142 batters during the season and won the Gold Glove Award and was selected as an AL All-Star.

Notes From Career:  Jim Kaat’s major league career lasted 25 years spanning over 4 decades.  His numbers are worthy of Hall of Fame consideration – 283 wins, 237 losses.  2,461 strikeouts, 16 Gold Glove awards, 3.45 ERA, 3-time All-star, and 1 World Series championship!!!


1983 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Captures 300th Win!!!

1983 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Captures 300th Win!!!

On this day in 1983 Steve Carlton recorded the 300th win of his amazing baseball career.

‘Lefty’ and his Phillies teammates were on the road in St. Louis as they prepared to battle the Cardinals.  Ironically, it was the Cardinals that Carlton broke into the major leagues with…  In the game, Carlton was dominant.  He pitched 8 solid innings while allowing 7 hits and 2 runs.  And since he is one of the game’s greatest strikeout artists, he also added 12 more K’s to his resume while also collecting a hit as well.

Congratulations on #300!!!!

Did You Know…

No member of the Twins earned more Gold Glove Awards than pitcher Jim Kaat, who won 11 of them while a member of the Twins franchise.

jim kaat gold glove

1975 Topps Set Card 265/660 – #306 – 1974 Batting Leaders With Carew & Garr

1975 Topps Set Card 265/660 – #306 – 1974 Batting Leaders With Carew & Garr

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Player Name:  Rod Carew, Ralph Garr

Card Number:  306

Team:  Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves

Image Style: Posed Portrait

How they got there:

Rod Carew led all of major league baseball with a .364 batting average at the conclusion of his 1974 baseball season.  Not far behind was Ralph Garr who paced the National League with his .353 average.