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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Twins' World Series Championship

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 »
20th Anniversary Goings On
Click here to see where players will be appearing throughout the 20th Anniversary Weekend »
FRIDAY - Aug. 17, 2007 7:10 p.m.
 • Ceremony featuring the top plays of the '87 season
 • Autograph sessions featuring players from '87 team on the Metrodome Plaza from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.*
 • Baseball card pack featuring '87 team courtesy of Top Line Federal Credit Union for 1st 10,000 fans
SATURDAY - Aug. 18, 2007 6:10 p.m.

 • Ceremony featuring all participating members of '87 team
 • Photographs with players from ’87 team in the Metrodome concourse from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
 • Mini-Metrodome courtesy of Treasure Island Resort & Casino to 1st 10,000 fans 18 & over
 • Commemorative Homer Hanky courtesy of Star Tribune to 1st 40,000 fans
SUNDAY - Aug. 19, 2007 1:10 p.m.
 • Induction of Gary Gaetti into Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame
 • Autograph sessions featuring players from '87 team on Metrodome Plaza from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.*
 • Gary Gaetti bobblehead courtesy of Cemstone to 1st 10,000 fans
In Memoriam
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.
Kirby
Puckett

Center Fielder
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Joe
Niekro

Pitcher
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Herb
Carneal

Announcer
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Bob
Casey

Announcer
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Eloise
Pohlad

Wife of
Carl Pohlad
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This Day in History
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.
Video Archive
Gladden's Grand Slam

Dan Gladden crushed a grand slam as part of a 7-run 4th inning as the Twins dominated the Cardinals in Game 1.
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Viola's Strong Series

Viola was masterful throughout the series, pitching on shortened rest and going 2-1 while earning MVP honors.
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Hrbek's Grand Slam

Hrbek sent a 6th inning pitch deep into center field to break open what was a 1-run game, sealing an 11-5 Twins victory.
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Last Out, Twins Win!

A routine throw from Gaetti across to Hrbek ended Game 7 and the Twins won their first championship. Twins Win!
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If you'd like to watch the entire video of Game 7, check out Baseball's Best
Viola Named Series MVP

Frank Viola accepted the MVP Award for the 1987 World Series while insisting it be shared with the rest of the team.
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Buy the 1987 World Series Collector's Edition DVD Set to relive all of the amazing moments »
Collectibles
1987 World Series Championship Print
1987 World Series Championship Print

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A&E Video Minnesota Twins: 1987 World Series Collector's Edition DVD Set
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Mounted Memories Minnesota Twins 1987 World Champions Plaque
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Minnesota Twins 1987 World Series Logo Adjustable Cap
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1987 Final AL Standings
A.L. EastA.L. West
DET
TOR
MIL
NYY
BOS
BAL
CLE
98-64
96-66
91-71
89-73
78-84
67-95
61-101
MIN
KC
OAK
SEA
CWS
ANA
TEX
85-77
83-79
81-81
78-84
77-85
75-87
75-87
Twins Did You Know?
• The 1987 World Series was the first to be held indoors

• This was the first series where the home team won all seven games

• The Twins record at home during the 1987 season was the best in the Major leagues

• This was the first World Series win for the Twins in Minnesota, however the franchise had won previously as the Washington Senators in 1924.
1987 Bobblehead Set