They were a team with no superstar, in a city that wasn't famous for its sports teams, but the 1987 Minnesota Twins blended their personalities, playing abilities and magic from the Metrodome and rode them all the way to a World Series Championship.
It happened 20 years ago, but talk to the members of that surprising team and they have no problem remembering the details of the season as if it just happened. Read More »
The Twins family has endured several losses over the last few years. The Twins would like to pay their respects to the following individuals who contributed to the team's success on and off of the field.
April 7, 1987 - The Twins started the 1987 season on the right foot, edging the Oakland Athletics in 10 frames by a score of 5-4. Kirby Puckett went 3 for 5 with a 2-run home run in the bottom of the third.
September 28, 1987 - Minnesota clinches the A.L. West with a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers
October 12, 1987 - In just 5 games, the underdog Twins toppled the Detroit Tigers in the American League Championship, ensuring a trip to the World Series. The score was a decisive 9-5, despite late-inning effots by the Tigers. Gary Gaetti was named ALCS MVP on the strength of his series batting average of .300, 2 home run, 5 run, and 5 RBI performance.
October 25, 1987 - After a remarkable series in which the home team won every game, Frank "Sweet Music" Viola held the Cardinals to 2 runs while the Twins' bats delivered 4 to clinch Minnesota's first World Series Championship. In recognition for his 2-1 record during the series, Frank Viola was named the 1987 World Series MVP.