The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Minnesota Twins: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Minnesota Twins History [NOOK Book]

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Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Minnesota Twins documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Twins highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include the...
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The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: Minnesota Twins: Heart-Pounding, Jaw-Dropping, and Gut-Wrenching Moments from Minnesota Twins History

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Overview

Genuine fans take the best team moments with the less than great, and know that the games that are best forgotten make the good moments truly shine. This monumental book of the Minnesota Twins documents all the best moments and personalities in the history of the team, but also unmasks the regrettably awful and the unflinchingly ugly. In entertaining—and unsparing—fashion, this book sparkles with Twins highlights and lowlights, from wonderful and wacky memories to the famous and infamous. Such moments include the World Championships of 1987 and 1991 and the miraculous years when Bud Selig almost contracted the franchise, as well as the outrageous number of losses by Terry Felton and when manager Billy Martin punched out his starting pitcher in 1969. Whether providing fond memories, goose bumps, or laughs, this portrait of the team is sure to appeal to the fan who has been through it all.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617491429
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Good, the Bad, & the Ugly
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 5 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Aschburner is a contributing writer for SI.com and NBA.com. He has nearly three decades of experience as a sports journalist at daily newspapers, including the Star Tribune of Minnesota, for which he has won various state and local newspaper awards. He also has served as president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bert Blyleven is a color commentator for the Minnesota Twins on Fox Sports North and a former Major League Baseball pitcher. During his time playing for the Minnesota Twins, he was named American League Rookie of the Year by the Sporting News, and proceeded to win the World Series in 1987 after a stint with several other teams, including the Pittsburgh Pirates during their 1979 World Series win. He lives in Fort Meyers, Florida.  
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Table of Contents

Foreword     xi
Acknowledgments     xv
The Good     1
Kirby Puckett     1
1987 World Champions     7
1991 World Champions     15
The Bad     26
The Great Race of 1967     26
The Hard-Luck Kid     31
Back to the Future     36
The Lost Years (1993-2000)     40
The Ugly     46
Fighting Mad     46
Ron Davis     54
The Metrodome     58
Twins Pitchers Who Batted     63
In the Clutch     67
Hits Keep on Coming     67
Allison's Catch in 1965     69
Chance's Two No-Hitters     71
You Can Go Home     73
Nabbing Darrell Napping     74
"T. Rex" Wrecks Gant     76
Lonnie Smith Joins Club     79
The Hitless Wonders     82
Numbers Don't Lie (or Do They?)     84
Flirting with .400     84
Let's Play Nine!     89
What's Your Number?     93
Twins Prefer Threes     95
It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over     99
Rollin' Ryan     99
HardwareHanks     100
Comebacks and Blown Leads     101
The Leather Experts     103
Special Ks     104
Starry, Starry Nights     106
The Bad Guys     107
HR Feats     107
Playing Favorites?     110
Calvin Griffith     112
Home Invaders     118
Kids in the Hall (or Not)     120
"The Killer," Harmon Killebrew     120
Hall of Famers     128
Hall of the Very Good     134
Screwballs, Oddballs, and Other Favorites     145
A Cast of Characters     145
Infinity and Beyond     162
The Voice: Herb Carneal     164
The Voice: Bob Casey     165
Trading Places     168
Let's Make a Deal!     168
Don't Make a Deal!     173
Met Stadium     177
Pain and Suffering     183
Danny Thompson     183
Devastating Injuries     188
Saving Reardon     196
Don't Call Him "Zorro!"     199
The Comeback Kid     201
Notes     207
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