May 1, 2012
Twins Catch Fire!
During the years leading up to 1987, the Minnesota Twins had endured a couple of disappointing years. However, that all changed when the Twins won the West Division and then upset the Detroit Tigers in the League Championship Series. The Twins won the League Championship Series in five games. Under the new ownership of Carl Pohlad and with Tom Kelly in his full season as manager, the Twins had set their sights on making it to the World Series. The Twins pulled off yet another upset by defeating the St. Luis Cardinals, 4 games to 3, to win their first world championship. The Twins also became the state’s first major league team to win a championship since the Minneapolis Lakers in 1954.
1987 Minnesota Twins Roster
49 Allan Anderson, 22 Keith Atherton, 40 Juan Berenguer, 30 Jeff Bittiger, 28 Bert Blyleven, 38 Steve Carlton, 21 George Frazier, 46 Joe Klink, 36 Joe Niekro, 19 Randy Niemann, 36 Mark Portugal, 41 Jeff Reardon, 31 Dan Schatzeder, 23 Roy Smith, 48 Mike Smithson, 17 Les Straker, 16 Frank Viola, 33 Sal Butera, 15 Tim Laudner, 11 Tom Nieto, 12 Mark Salas, 8 Gary Gaetti, 7 Greg Gagne, 14 Kent Hrbek, 9 Gene Larkin, 4 Steve Lombardozzi, 26 Al Newman, 2 Chris Pittaro, 5 Roy Smalley, 20 Billy Beane, 24 Tom Brunansky, 25 Randy Bush, 27 Mark Davidson, 32 Dan Gladden, 34 Kirby Puckett, 18 Don Baylor, 10 Tom Kelly, 6 Tony Oliva (hitting), 44 Rick Renick (third base), 43 Rick Stelmaszek (bullpen), 42 Dick Such (pitching), 45 Way