Thomas Charles Tommy Lasorda is a former Major League Baseball player who has had a lengthy career in sports management. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997, Tommy Lasorda signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an undrafted free agent in 1945 and began his professional career with the Concord Weavers in 1945. He missed the 1946 and 1947 seasons because of a stint in the United States Army and he served on active duty from October 1945 until spring 1947. He returned to baseball in 1948 with the Schenectady Blue Jays of the Canadian–American League, on May 31,1948, he struck out 25 Amsterdam Rugmakers in a 15-inning game, setting a professional record, and drove in the winning run with a single. In his next two starts, he struck out 15 and 13, gaining the attention of the Dodgers, Lasorda pitched for the Cristobal Mottas in the Canal Zone Baseball League in Panama from 1948 through 1950, winning the championship in 1948. Lasorda played for Almendares in 1950–1952 and 1958–1960, compiling a 16–13 record in four seasons, Lasorda made his major league debut on August 5,1954, for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Though he did not play in the 1955 World Series, he won a World Series ring as a member of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers. He pitched for the Dodgers for two seasons, for the Kansas City Athletics for one season after the Athletics bought him from the Dodgers, Kansas City traded Lasorda to the New York Yankees in 1956. He appeared in 22 games for the Triple-A Denver Bears in 1956–1957, during his brief tenure with the Bears, Lasorda was profoundly influenced by Denver skipper Ralph Houk, who became Lasordas role model as an MLB manager. Ralph taught me if that if you treat players like human beings, they play like Superman, he told Bill Plaschke in the biography, I Live for This. He taught me how a pat on a shoulder can be just as important as a kick in the butt, Lasorda was first optioned to the Montreal Royals of the International League in 1950. He played baseball for Almendares in 1950–1952 and 1958–1960, compiling a 16–13 record in four seasons. He pitched for Montreal in 1950–1954 and 1958–1960 and is the winningest pitcher in the history of the team and he led Montreal to four straight Governors Cups from 1951 to 1954, and a fifth one in 1958.
On June 24,2006, he was inducted into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame, the Dodgers released him on July 9,1960. Lasordas first off-field assignment with the Dodgers was as a scout from 1961 to 1965, in 1966, he became the manager for the Pocatello Chiefs in the rookie leagues, managed the Ogden Dodgers to three Pioneer League championships from 1966 to 68. He became the Dodgers AAA Pacific Coast League manager in 1969 with the Spokane Indians and his 1972 Dukes team won the PCL Championship. Lasorda was a manager for the Dominican Winter Baseball League team Tigres del Licey and he led the team to the 1973 Caribbean World Series title in Venezuela with a series record of 5 wins and 1 loss. In 1973, Lasorda became the coach on the staff of Hall of Fame manager Walter Alston
Trevor Patrick Plouffe is an American professional baseball third baseman for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball. He previously played for the Minnesota Twins, after beginning his MLB career as a shortstop for the Twins in 2010, Plouffe has appeared at every position except for pitcher and center field. Born in West Hills, Plouffe attended Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California, at Crespi High, Plouffe was named a 2004 Collegiate Baseball News High School All-American as a senior. As a star shortstop and right-handed pitcher, Plouffe led Crespi to their first section championship in 2003 as a junior. After signing for $1.5 million, Plouffe spent the 2004 season with the Rookie-level Elizabethton Twins and he batted.283 and was named the leagues sixth best prospect by Baseball America. Plouffe spent 2005 with the Midwest Leagues Beloit Snappers, where he was recognized as one of the leagues top prospects. In 2006, Plouffe played for the Fort Myers Miracle of the Florida State League, during the season, he played third base in 25 games, the first time he had played a position other than shortstop as a professional.
In 2007, Plouffe was promoted to the Double-A New Britain Rock Cats and he was chosen as the Twins Minor League Player of the Week, Eastern League Player of the Week and an Arizona Fall League Rising Star. Plouffe split the 2008 season between the Rock Cats and Triple-A Rochester Red Wings, where he hit a combined.262 with nine home runs, with the Red Wings, he was used at second base as well as third base and shortstop. After the season, on November 20, Plouffe was added to the Twins 40-man roster, in 2009, Plouffe spent the entire year in Rochester. He returned to playing shortstop full-time while batting.260 in 118 games, after starting the 2010 season with Rochester, he was called up to the Twins on May 20, replacing pitcher Jeff Manship on the 25-man roster. He started his first major game for the Twins on May 21 against the Milwaukee Brewers. Plouffe remained with the club through June 19, batting.130 in seven games over his time with the club, Plouffe was recalled again on July 30, after an injury to Twins infielder Nick Punto.
Plouffe finished the season playing a total of 22 games while hitting just.146 in 41 at bats, Plouffe returned to the Red Wings at the start of the 2011 season. After a fast start in which he batted.282 with 6 home runs in 21 games and that day, he started at shortstop against the Boston Red Sox, and in his first at bat hit a home run over the Green Monster off of Tim Wakefield. In 81 games, Plouffe hit 8 home runs while hitting.238 for the Twins, after starting the 2012 season poorly, Plouffe embarked on a power surge at mid-season, hitting 11 home runs in the month of June. He became the Twins everyday third baseman after Danny Valencia was demoted to Triple-A Rochester in early May, Plouffe hit a career high 24 home runs in 119 games. Plouffe was the third baseman for most of the 2013 season
1987 World Series
The 1987 World Series was played by the Minnesota Twins and the St. Louis Cardinals. Minnesota was victorious in a World Series that was both the first to feature games played indoors, as well as the first in which the team won every game. This happened again in 1991 over the Atlanta Braves and in 2001 with the Arizona Diamondbacks defeating the New York Yankees. The World Series win was the first for the Twins franchise since 1924 and this is the first World Series in which the series logo appeared on the jerseys, only the Cardinals wore it, while the Twins did not. The bottom half of the inning was never played in any game of this Series. In 1987, the Twins set the record for the worst regular season record of any World Series championship team. This record stood until it was broken when the Cardinals won the 2006 Series after going 83–78, the latter was due to the incorporation of a third division in each league, which did not exist in 1987. The Twins, as a team, were pretty much outnumbered in every major statistical category in 1987.
As ABC play-by-play commentator Al Michaels put it in the show for Game 1 They were out everything. He hit 35 home runs in 131 games, and was the person on the team to hit more than 12. The player on the team who hit 12, starting third baseman Terry Pendleton was hampered with a ribcage injury, normally a switch-hitter, Pendleton was only able to swing lefthanded during the World Series and was unable to play the field. The Cardinals had signed Driessen to a league contract on June 9. The 1987 World Series should go down in history as one of the least suspenseful World Series of all even though it ran seven games. No runs were scored in the 9th inning of any game, no runs scored in the 8th inning of any game caused a lead change, therefore this series might as well have been played in seven-inning games. Only one game—number three, in St. Louis—featured a lead change in the 7th inning, and only two games, Game 5 in St. Louis and Game 7 in Minneapolis- featured a lead change in the 6th inning. Game 7 was the game in which the teams were tied at the end of the 5th inning.
Four of the games were essentially over by the 4th or 5th inning, yet there was controversy during the series concerning whether the Metrodomes technicians had been instructed by administration to turn the stadium fans on or off during gameplay to aid the Twins. It was revealed in 2003 that this had, in fact, Game 7 was won by Minnesota on the 35th birthday of the Twins Roy Smalley – and was the last game of his career
WCCO is a Class A clear-channel radio station located in Minneapolis, United States and owned by CBS Radio. Its studios are located in the CBS Radio Building at 625 Second Avenue South in downtown Minneapolis and its transmitter is located in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. WCCO features talk radio and news programming, with local hosts most hours of the day, with 50,000 watts of power, and a non-directional signal, WCCO reaches a wide area of North America at night. From 1947 to 1996, WCCO radio and WCCO-TV won twelve George Foster Peabody Awards, WCCO began broadcasting in the region on September 4,1922 as WLAG, known as the Call of the North, from a hotel near Loring Park in Minneapolis. However, the station soon landed in trouble and closed down in 1924. Washburn Crosby Company, forerunner of General Mills, took over the station, broadcasts resumed less than two months on October 2,1924 from its current transmitter site in Coon Rapids. In 1927, WCCO was one of the original 21 stations of the NBC Red Network, in the early days of radio, WCCO was a powerful force in the development of better and more powerful transmitters.
On November 11,1928, with the implementation of the Federal Radio Commissions General Order 40 and it signed on with 50,000 watts for the first time in September 1932. In the 1930s, two additional 300-foot towers were added to increase the range of the stations signal, in 1932, CBS bought WCCO from General Mills, and switched affiliations to the CBS Radio Network, which it remains affiliated with to this day. In 1952, CBS sold majority control of WCCO to the Murphy and McNally families, CBS was forced to sell off its stake in the WCCO stations in 1954 due to Federal Communications Commission ownership limits in effect at the time. CBS reacquired the WCCO stations outright in 1992 when Midwest Radio, WCCO constructed a new 654-foot tower in Coon Rapids in 1939. This is the tower used today, although the broadcast frequency was changed to 830 kHz as a result of the 1941 North American Regional Broadcasting Agreement. Due to the power, as well as Minnesotas mostly flat landscape. During the day, it provides at least B grade coverage to almost all of Minnesota, plus portions of Iowa.
Under the right conditions, it reaches into portions of North and South Dakota, at night, the stations signal typically reaches across 28 U. S. states and three Canadian provinces. Certain conditions can make the signal stretch much farther, legendary station personality Howard Viken says that he once picked up the station while he was stationed at Guadalcanal in 1943. In 2005, WCCO began broadcasting its signal with HD Radio, WCCO broadcasters were substantial celebrities across the Midwest. Perhaps the greatest of all was Cedric Adams who first appeared on WCCO in 1931
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
The Pavek Museum is a museum in St. Louis Park, United States, which has one of the worlds most significant collections of vintage radio and television equipment. It originated in the collection of Joe Pavek, who began squirreling away unique radios while he was an instructor at Dunwoody Institute in 1946. Students of the day were given old radios to disassemble in order to learn their trade, Paveks collection expanded through the 1970s, when he decided to start looking for someone to take over for him. However, he had trouble finding someone who would take the job and was about to sell off the collection at auction in 1984 when Earl Bakken stepped in. Bakken, the founder of Medtronic and the inventor of the first wearable pacemaker, had spent many years fixing old radios and TVs. The two joined Paul Hedberg of the Minnesota Broadcasters Association in creating an organization that would be the new museums parent. The Pavek Museum finally opened on October 29,1988, a day that was honored with a proclamation by Governor Rudy Perpich as Joe Pavek Day, Joe Pavek died a year in 1989, and Bakken stepped in to lead the organization.
In 1990 the collection was expanded with the addition of the collection of John T. Jack Mullin, an Army Signal Corps veteran of World War II who had brought some AEG Magnetophon tape recorders back to the United States from Germany, Mullin used them to record Bing Crosbys radio programs, the first use of magnetic tape in American broadcasting. Over the years, he acquired other recording devices and eventually amassed a world-renowned collection, the museum has offered several educational courses since its founding, both for children and adults. Audio Society of Minnesota Pavek Museum of Broadcasting Retro Thing St. Louis Park Historical Society Radio World Newspaper FedSpending Pavek Museum of Broadcasting
Bloomington is the fourth largest city in the U. S. state of Minnesota. It is located in Hennepin County on the bank of the Minnesota River. Bloomington lies 10 miles south of downtown Minneapolis, the citys population is 86,435, according to the 2015 United States Census estimates. Large-scale commercial development is concentrated along the Interstate 494 corridor, Bloomington has more jobs per capita than either Minneapolis or Saint Paul, due to the United States largest enclosed shopping center, the Mall of America. The headquarters of Ceridian, Donaldson Company, HealthPartners and Toro, the city was named after Bloomington, Illinois. In 1843, Peter and Louisa Quinn, the first European settlers to live in Bloomington, the government had sent them to teach farming methods to the Native Americans. Gideon Hollister Pond, a missionary, who had been following and recording the Dakota language from Cloud Mans band, relocated that year, establishing Oak Grove Mission and his family held church services and taught the local Dakota school subjects and farming.
Passage across the Minnesota River in Bloomington came in 1849 when William Chambers, the ferry remained operational until 1889, when the Bloomington Ferry Bridge was built. Following the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux in 1851, the territory west of the Mississippi River, a group of pioneers settled Bloomington, including the Goodrich and Ames families. They named the area Bloomington after the city they were from, Illinois, most early jobs were in farming and flour milling. The Oxborough family, who came from Canada, built a center on Lyndale Avenue. Today, the Clover Shopping Center rests near the old trading center site, in 1855, the first public school for all children was opened in Miss Harrisons house with the first school, Gibson House, built in 1859. On May 11,1858, the day the state of Minnesota was admitted into the union, by 1880, the population had grown to 820. In 1892 the first town hall was built at Penn and Old Shakopee Road, by then, the closest Dakota to Minneapolis lived at the residence of Gideon Pond.
After 1900, the population surpassed a thousand and Bloomington began to transform into a city, with rising population came conflict among citizens over social issues. Among the major issues during this period were parents unwillingness to dissolve the individual schools for a larger, consolidated school, by 1900, there were already six rural schools spread throughout the territory with over 200 students enrolled in grades first through eighth. By 1917, the school consolidation issue had been settled and that year voters approved the consolidation of the schools and a year secondary education and school bus transportation began throughout the city. From 1940 to 1960, the population increased to nine times that of the population at the turn of the century
KSTP is a Sports radio station. It is the flagship AM radio station of Hubbard Broadcasting, which owns several other television and radio stations across the United States. It is the ESPN Radio affiliate for Minneapolis-St. Paul, KSTP operates at a power of 50,000 watts and shares clear-channel, Class A status on 1500 AM with WFED in Washington, D. C, from a transmitter located in Maplewood. The stations studio facility, located on the line between St. Paul and Minneapolis, is shared with sister stations KSTP-FM, KSTP-TV, KTMY. On weekdays, KSTP airs local shows from 9 a. m. to 9 p. m. and carries ESPN programming late nights. Some of KSTPs shows are simulcast on other Sports Radio stations in the region, KSTPs AM signal at 1500 kHz is the product of a 1928 merger between two other Twin Cities stations. WAMD and KFOY had each started broadcasting a few years earlier, stanley E. Hubbards WAMD went on the air for the first time on February 13,1925, originally broadcasting live dance music from a local ballroom.
It is claimed that this was the first radio station to be supported by running paid advertisements. KFOY radio first took to the air on March 12,1924 in St. Paul, on February 7,1933, The Federal Radio Commission authorized KSTP to increase its daytime power to 25 KW. Twin Cities stations were experimenting with frequency-modulated transmissions in the late 1930s, KSTP engineers had started running W9XUP at 29.95 MHz by 1938. This ultra-short-wave station continued regular broadcasts until at least 1944, other Twin Cities stations experimented with FM, but not as extensively. WCCO operated a station, but it apparently went off the air quickly. WTCNs FM transmission stayed around longer, but remained intermittent, KSTPs locally produced programs from this era include the 5,45 News, with newscaster Cal Karnstedt, in 1947. KSTP was an affiliate for the NBC radio network for much of its early existence and it programmed a full service MOR radio format, in the shadow of its chief competitor, CBS affiliate 830 WCCO.
KSTP was the home of the Minnesota Vikings from 1970-75. The competition would eventually shake itself out, with outrageous rocker WYOO dropping out after being sold in 1976, most Top 40 rock music, by this time, had moved to the FM band. These broadcasters were supported by such as Bruce Huff, Rob Pendleton, Alison Brown, Jean Bjorgen, David Elvin, Mitch Berg. The station has, for the most part, emphasized local hosts over the years, other syndicated hosts previously heard on KSTP include Sean Hannity, Bruce Williams, Larry King, and Owen Spann
Little Big League
Little Big League is a 1994 family sports film about a 12-year-old who suddenly becomes the owner and manager of the Minnesota Twins baseball team. It stars Luke Edwards, Timothy Busfield, and Dennis Farina and this film and Disneys Angels in the Outfield were both released just over a month before the 1994 MLB Baseball Players Strike, which forced the league to cancel the playoffs and the World Series. Both indeed feature fictional playoff races that never would have played out in real life. The film was a box office disappointment when it was released perhaps due in part to it being given a theatrical release around the same time as The Lion King. Billy Heywood, a Little League Baseball player, is a pre-teen son to a single mom. Billys grandfather is Thomas Heywood, owner of the Minnesota Twins, the Twins are a last-place team, but Billy and his grandfather love each other, the Twins, and the game of baseball. When the grandfather dies, it is revealed that he wants Billy to inherit the franchise, Thomas Heywood specified that if Billy is still a minor at the time of his death, his aides are to help him until Billy is old enough to run the team by himself.
Billy quickly runs afoul of the manager, George OFarrell. Billy believes he is too hard on the players, OFarrell despises the idea of working for a kid and balks at a potential signing of superstar player Rickey Henderson much to Billys frustration. After OFarrell insults Billy and tells him to out of the teams business. There is considerable difficulty finding another manager to replace OFarrell, since no one wants to work for a kid. Billy therefore decides to himself the new manager after one of his friends points out. He reaches out to the Commissioner of Baseball, who approves after consulting with Jenny, the players are very skeptical, but Billy promises that if he does not improve the teams position in the standings within a few weeks, he will resign. The team quickly moves up to division race contention, not all is going smoothly for Billy, as his friend and star first baseman Lou Collins takes a romantic interest in Billys mother. He must release his personal favorite Twins player, Jerry Johnson, the pressures of managing the team while fulfilling his other responsibilities, such as schoolwork, wear him down and consume his free time.
Billys friends do not like how Billys managerial responsibilities are keeping him away from being with them, even when hes physically present, he is typically distracted by team business. Lou goes into a slump and the jealous Billy benches him, Billy tells his mom that hes tired of being a grown-up and decides to quit as manager after the end of the season, even reinstating Lou to starter on first base. Down four games in the wild card race with four games left to play, the Twins win all four, the Twins face Ken Griffey, Jr. and the Seattle Mariners, with the American League Wild Card playoff spot on the line
The Columbus Clippers are a minor league baseball team based in Columbus, Ohio. The team plays in the International League and is the Triple-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians, the team is owned by the government of Franklin County, Ohio. From 1977 to 2008, the Clippers played in Cooper Stadium, the final game at The Coop was played on September 1,2008 in front of a sellout crowd of 16,777. It was the third largest audience in stadium history, in 2009, the Clippers began playing in Huntington Park, located at the corner of Neil Ave. and Nationwide Blvd. in the Arena District of Columbus. The Clippers began play in 1977 as an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, changing its affiliation to the New York Yankees in 1979, an affiliation with the Washington Nationals lasted from 2007 to 2008. A four-year affiliation with the Cleveland Indians was announced on September 18,2008, in September 2010 that working agreement with the Indians was extended through 2014. The agreement has since extended through the 2016 season.
On September 16,2011, the team won back-to-back Governors Cup championships for the first time since 1992 by defeating the Lehigh Valley IronPigs 3 games to 1 in the best-of-five series. On September 20,2011 the Clippers defeated the Omaha Storm Chasers in the Triple-A Baseball National Championship Game to win their second consecutive AAA baseball title, in 2016, Forbes listed the Clippers as the fifth-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $41 million. The Clippers have won the Governors Cup, the International League championship,10 times,1979 – Defeated Tidewater 3-1 in semifinals, defeated Syracuse 4-3 to win championship. 1980 – Defeated Richmond 3-2 in semifinals, defeated Toledo 4-1 to win championship,1981 – Defeated Rochester 3-2 in semifinals, defeated Richmond 2-1 to win championship. 1982 - Lost to Tidewater 3-0 in semifinals,1983 - Lost to Tidewater 3-2 in semifinals. 1984 - Lost to Pawtucket 3-1 in semifinals,1985 – Defeated Syracuse 3-1 in semifinals, lost to Tidewater 3-1 in finals.
1987 – Defeated Rochester 3-0 in semifinals, defeated Tidewater 3-0 in finals,1990 – Lost to Rochester 3-2 in finals. 1991 – Defeated Pawtucket 3-0 to win championship,1992 – Defeated Richmond 3-0 in semifinals, defeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3-2 to win championship. 1996 – Defeated Norfolk 3-0 in semifinals, defeated Rochester 3-0 to win championship,1997 – Defeated Charlotte 3-1 in semifinals, lost to Rochester 3-2 in finals. 1999 - Lost to Durham 3-0 in semifinals,2004 - Lost to Richmond 3-2 in semifinals. 2010 – Defeated Scranton Wilkes-Barre 3-1 in semifinals, defeated Durham 3-1 to win championship,2011 – Defeated Durham 3-0 in semifinals, defeated Lehigh Valley 3-1 to win championship
The Baltimore Orioles are an American professional baseball team based in Baltimore, Maryland. The Orioles compete in Major League Baseball as a member of the American League East division, Missouri to become the St. Louis Browns. After 52 often-beleaguered years in St. Louis, the franchise was purchased in November 1953 by Baltimore business interests led by Clarence Miles, the franchise officially moved to Baltimore for the 1954 season and adopted the historic Orioles name in honor of the official state bird of Maryland. The Orioles name had used by several previous major and minor league baseball clubs in Baltimore. Nicknames for the team include the Os and the Birds, the Orioles experienced their greatest success from 1966 to 1983, when they made six World Series appearances, winning three of them. The franchise has won a total of nine division championships, six pennants. The Orioles are known for their successful stadium, the trend-setting Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The modern Orioles franchise can trace its roots back to the original Milwaukee Brewers of the minor Western League, the Brewers were there when the WL renamed itself the American League in 1900.
At the end of the 1900 season, the American League removed itself from baseballs National Agreement, two months later, the AL declared itself a competing major league. As a result of several shifts, the Brewers were one of only two Western League teams that didnt fold, move or get kicked out of the league. In its first game in the American League, the team lost to the Detroit Tigers 14–13 after blowing a lead in the 9th inning. To this day, it is a league record for the biggest deficit overcome that late in the game. During the first American League season in 1901, they finished last with a record of 48–89 and its lone Major League season, the team played at Lloyd Street Grounds, between 16th and 18th Streets in Milwaukee. The Miles-Krieger -Hoffberger group renamed their new team the Baltimore Orioles soon after taking control of the franchise, the name has a rich history in Baltimore, having been used by a National League team in the 1890s. In 1901, Baltimore and McGraw were awarded a franchise in the growing American League.
After a battle with Ban Johnson, the Head of the American League in 1902, McGraw took many of the top players including Dan McGann, Roger Bresnahan and Joe McGinnity to the New York Giants. As an affront to Johnson, McGraw kept the black and orange colors of the New York Giants, which San Francisco wears to this day. In 1903, the rest of the team was transferred to New York where they were nicknamed the Highlanders until circa 1912, as a member of the high-minor league level International League, the Orioles competed at what is now known as the AAA level from 1903 to 1953
Walter Emmons Alston, nicknamed Smokey, was an American baseball player and manager in Major League Baseball. He is best known for managing the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers between 1954 and 1976, Alston signed 23 one-year contracts with the Dodgers. He had a calm, reticent demeanor, for which he was known as The Quiet Man. Alston grew up in rural Ohio and lettered in baseball and basketball at Miami University in Ohio, though his MLB playing career consisted of one game and one at-bat with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1936, he played and managed for several seasons in minor league baseball. His service included a stint as manager of the Nashua Dodgers and he was promoted to manage the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 after several successful seasons in Brooklyns Class AAA minor league teams. As a major league manager, Alston led Dodgers teams to seven National League pennants and his 1955 team was the only World Series championship team while the club was in Brooklyn, they clinched the NL pennant earlier in the calendar year than any previous pennant winner in league history.
Alston retired with more than 2,000 career wins and managed NL All-Star teams to seven victories and he was selected as Manager of the Year six times. Alston was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983 and he suffered a heart attack that year, was hospitalized for a month and was unable to attend his Hall of Fame induction ceremony. He never fully recovered and he died at a hospital in Oxford, Alston was born in Venice, Ohio. He spent much of his childhood on a farm in Morning Sun, when Alston was a teenager, the family moved to Darrtown, Ohio. He attended Milford Township High School in Darrtown and he received the nickname Smokey as a high school pitcher, owing to the speed of his fastball. He graduated from school in 1929 and married longtime girlfriend Lela Vaughn Alexander the next year. In 1935, Alston graduated with a degree in arts and physical education from Miami University in Oxford. He said that finances were a challenge in college and that he had paid his way through school by playing pool and he lettered three years in both basketball and baseball.
Alston played minor league baseball as an infielder for the Greenwood Chiefs and Huntington Red Birds in 1935 and 1936, for the 1936 Huntington team, he hit 35 home runs in 120 games. Alstons only major game was with the St. Louis Cardinals on September 27,1936. He described his major league playing career to a reporter by saying, Well, I came up to bat for the Cards back in 36 and he committed one error in two fielding chances at first base. Alston returned to the minor leagues after his brief MLB appearance and he split the 1937 season between the Houston Buffaloes and Rochester Red Wings, hitting for a combined.229 batting average
The Minnesota Twins are an American professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins compete in Major League Baseball as a club of the American League Central division. The team is named after the Twin Cities area comprising Minneapolis and they played in Metropolitan Stadium from 1961 to 1981 and the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome from 1982 to 2009. They played their game at the newly completed Target Field on April 12,2010. The team was founded in Washington, D. C. in 1901 as one of the eight teams of the American League. Manager Clark Griffith joined the team in 1912 and became the owner in 1920. The franchise remained under Griffith family ownership until 1984, in 1960, Major League Baseball granted the city of Minneapolis an expansion team. Washington owner Calvin Griffith, Clarks nephew and adopted son, requested that he be allowed to move his team to Minneapolis and instead give Washington the expansion team. Upon league approval, the moved to Minnesota after the 1960 season, setting up shop in Metropolitan Stadium.
Success came quickly to the team in Minnesota, through the 2016 season, the franchise has won three World Series championships, and has fielded 18 American League batting champions. The Washington Senators spent the first decade of their existence finishing near the bottom of the American League standings and their fortunes began to improve with the arrival of 19-year-old pitcher, Walter Johnson, in 1907. Johnson blossomed in 1911 with 25 victories, although the Senators still finished the season in seventh place, in 1912, the Senators improved dramatically, as their pitching staff led the league in team earned run average and in strikeouts. Johnson won 33 games while teammate Bob Groom added another 24 wins to help the Senators finish the season in second place, the Senators continued to perform respectably in 1913 with Johnson posting a career-high 35 victories, as the team once again finished in second place. The Senators fell into another period of decline for the next decade, the Senators faced John McGraws heavily favored New York Giants in the 1924 World Series.
The two teams traded wins back and forth until the reached the seventh and deciding game. Two runners scored on the play, tying the score at three, an aging Walter Johnson came in to pitch the ninth inning, and held the Giants scoreless into extra innings. In the bottom of the inning with Ruel at bat, he hit a high. The Giants catcher, Hank Gowdy, dropped his protective mask to field the ball but, failing to toss the mask aside, stumbled over it and dropped the ball, thus giving Ruel another chance to bat