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75 Memorable Moments in Minnesota Sports


The Twins' 1987 and 1991 World Series victories. Dan Patch's world-record 1:55 mile. The first state high school hockey tournament. Bronko Nagurski's All-American days at the U. George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers. Bobby Jones winning the U.S. Open at Interlachen. The University of Minnesota's first women's varsity basketball game (earlier than you think -- February 24, 1900). Minnesota is home to a rich and memorable sports history. And sports journalist Joel A. Rippel offers a chance to relive some of those...
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The Twins' 1987 and 1991 World Series victories. Dan Patch's world-record 1:55 mile. The first state high school hockey tournament. Bronko Nagurski's All-American days at the U. George Mikan and the Minneapolis Lakers. Bobby Jones winning the U.S. Open at Interlachen. The University of Minnesota's first women's varsity basketball game (earlier than you think -- February 24, 1900). Minnesota is home to a rich and memorable sports history. And sports journalist Joel A. Rippel offers a chance to relive some of those classic and unforgettable events in this exciting collection of sports stories. Beginning with the first baseball game recorded in Minnesota -- before the territory became a state -- Rippel leads sports fans on a tour of 150 years of Minnesota sports highlights. Inside are stories that are sure to spark the memories and imagination of young and old alike -- the Gopher baseball team winning the College World Series in 1956, the Flying Dutchmen of Edgerton (a town with a population of less than one thousand) winning the state high school basketball tournament in 1960, the U.S. Olympic hockey team's gold medal victory in 1980 with twelve Minnesotans on its twenty-man roster. The stories are peopled with familiar characters and famous teams: Pudge Heffelfinger, the Duluth Eskimos, the Minneapolis Millers and the St. Paul Saints, Patty Berg, Roy Campanella, Rod Carew, Calvin Griffith, Herb Brooks, Bud Grant, and Kevin Garnett. Rippel surveys a wide range of sports history, covering professional, college, and high school sports, from basketball, ice hockey, and football to boxing, golf, soccer, and horse racing. Drawing on newspaper reports, first-person accounts, and published works, Rippel recounts athletic contests and personalities that have roused Minnesotans through the state's history. 75 Memorable Moments in Minnesota Sports inspires readers to relive glorious sports stories from the state's past.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873514750
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 9/4/2003
  • Pages: 287
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface & Acknowledgments
Play Ball! Baseball Arrives in Minnesota: August 15, 1857 2
A Boxing Showdown: Governor Cancels World Championship Bout: July 22, 1891 6
Town and Country Tees It Up: State's First Golf Course Built: June 1893 11
Shooting Stars: Women's Varsity Plays First Basketball Game: February 24, 1900 14
The Little Brown Jug: Gopher Football Comes of Age: October 31, 1903 19
Pudge Calms the Crowd: Umpire under Siege at Millers Game: July 18, 1906 22
Harnessing a Record: Dan Patch Sets Pace at State Fair: September 8, 1906 26
Plucky Fosston Wins Title: First State Boys' Basketball Tournament Held: April 5, 1913 30
A Race into the Record Books: St. Paul's Tommy Milton Wins Indianapolis 500: May 30, 1923 34
29 Football Games in 117 Days: Duluth Eskimos Barnstorm for the NFL: September 19, 1926 37
Football's First "Iron Man": Bronko Nagurski Leads Gophers over Badgers: November 24, 1928 41
Jones Scorches Interlachen: Bobby Jones Victorious at U.S. Open: July 12, 1930 44
"Unser Choe": Millers' Hauser Hits Sixtieth Home Run: September 4, 1933 47
Entering a Golden Era: Gophers Defeat Pitt en route to National Title: October 20, 1934 50
Floyd of Rosedale: Gophers Conquer Hawkeyes, Claim Pig as Trophy: November 8, 1935 54
A Harrowing Road Trip: Gophers Escape Hotel Fire in Missoula, Montana: September 24, 1936 58
Bruce Smith to the Rescue: Halfback Keys Gopher Victory Against Iowa: November 15, 1941 62
Kelley Era Comes to an End: Millers Owner Sells Team: April 12, 1946 66
Luck Wins Open: Patty Berg Claims First Women's Golf Title: September 1, 1946 70
Lakers Blossom into Winners: George Milkan Signs with Team: November 19, 1947 74
Campy Breaks a Barrier: Roy Campanella Debuts with St. Paul Saints: May 22, 1948 77
The End of a Dynasty: Minneapolis Lakers Take Final Title: April 12, 1954 80
Questions Answered: Gophers Triumphant in College World Series: June 14, 1956 84
A Revolutionary Junior World Series: Millers Travel to Havana: October 6, 1959 87
Efforts Finally Rewarded: NFL Votes to Expand, Grants Franchise to Minnesota: January 28, 1960 91
Miracle on Ice, Part I: U.S. Wins Hockey Gold: February 27-28, 1960 93
Tiny Edgerton Amazes State: Flying Dutchmen Claim Basketball Title: March 27, 1960 96
Departing for Warmer Climes: Lakers Desert Minneapolis for Los Angeles: April 27, 1960 99
The Senators Are Coming: Twin Cities Finally Acquire Major League Team: October 26, 1960 103
Vindication for the Gophers: Warmath Leads Team to Rose Bowl: January 2, 1961 105
"Sweet" Home Run Sparks Twins: Killebrew's Blast Conquers Yankees: July 11, 1965 108
World Series Comes to Minnestoa: Twins and L.A. Dodgers Vie for Title: October 14, 1965 112
Minnesota Sports Scene Expands: The NHL and the ABA Arrive in Twin Cities: October 21-22, 1967 116
Dream Comes to an End: North Stars Rookie Suffers Fatal Injury: January 13, 1968 120
The First to "Three-Peat": Edina Wins Basketball Title: March 23, 1968 123
Worth the Wait: Warroad and Henry Boucha Reach State Tournament: February 22, 1969 126
Vikings Complete Transition: Former Expansion Team Performs in Super Bowl: January 11, 1970 130
Sherburn Wins with Class: Raiders Reign in Final Single-Class Tournament: March 21, 1970 134
Killebrew Reaches Milestone: Twins Slugger Hits Number 500: August 10, 1971 138
Basketball Brawl: Gophers and Ohio State Battle for First Place: January 25, 1972 141
No More "Mythical" Champions: Football Play-off Format Unveiled: November 17, 1972 146
Brooks Revives Program: Gophers Claim NCAA Hockey Title: March 16, 1974 149
A Wing and a Prayer: Cowboys' Hail Mary Pass Stuns Vikings: December 28, 1975 152
Basketball Story Unfolds: First "Official" Girls' State Tournament: February 21, 1976 157
Immortal Visits Minnesota: Minnesota Kicks Face Pele: June 9, 1976 160
New York Mills Reaches Top: Freshman Janet Karvonen Leads Eagles to Title: March 26, 1977 163
Carew Steals Spotlight: Twins Infielder Makes a Run at .400: June 26, 1977 166
Not Ready for Prime Time: Women's Pro Basketball Emerges Prematurely: December 15, 1978 169
Miracle on Ice, Part II: U.S. Hockey Team Stuns U.S.S.R.: February 24, 1980 172
Hungry Stars Reach for Cup: Stanely Cup Finals Come to Minnesota: May 12-21, 1981 175
An Economic Decision: Minnesota Twins Move Indoors: September 30, 1981 179
The Brickyard Closes: Gophers Play Final Game at Memorial Stadium: November 21, 1981 181
Take-home Memories: Last Game at Met Produces Souvenir Hunters: December 20, 1981 184
A Suprising Decision: Bud Grant Announces Retirement: January 27, 1984 188
A Sad Day for Calvin: Griffith Sells Twins to Carl Pohlad: June 22, 1984 191
Shedding a Reputation: Twins Win World Series: October 25, 1987 193
A Blockbuster Deal: Vikings Acquire Herschel Walker: October 12, 1989 196
The NBA Returns: Timberwolves Take the Floor: November 8, 1989 200
Worst to First: Puckett, Morris Spur Twins to the Top: October 27, 1991 203
A New Sheriff in Town: Vikings Hire Dennis Green: January 10, 1992 207
Stars Go South: Minnesota Loses NHL Team: April 13, 1993 209
Harris Survives U.S. Amateur: Former Gopher Is Second Minnesotan to Take Title: August 30, 1993 212
Skating into History: Nation's First Girls' State Hockey Tournament: February 24-25, 1995 216
New Kid in Town: Timberwolves Draft High School Phenom: June 28, 1995 220
Kirby Bids Adieu: Eye Problems Force Puckett to Retire: March 28, 1996 223
On the Road to the Final Four: Gophers Win 31 Games, Big Ten Title: March 29, 1997 225
The Bubble Bursts: Vikings Season Ends Abruptly: January 17, 1999 228
Serious Questions: Gopher Basketball Scandal Erupts: March 10, 1999 232
Erasing a Memory: Women's Pro Basketball Returns as Lynx Debut: June 12, 1999 235
Gophers Get Their Kicks: Minnesota Upsets Number Two Penn State: November 6, 1999 237
A National Title: Gopher Women's Hockey Team Wins Championship: March 25, 2000 241
Hockey Comes Home: Minnesota Wild Battle Flyers in Their First Game: October 11, 2000 243
Favorite Sons Enshrined: Winfield, Puckett Enter Baseball Hall of Fame: January 16, 2001 247
Expectations Finally Met: Gopher Men's Hockey Team Claims Title: April 6, 2002 249
A Second Chance: Twins, Threatened with Contraction, Win Division: October 1-13, 2002 252
Afterword 257
Bibliography 259
Photo Credits 261
Index 262
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