Wayne Terwilliger then and now.
Wayne Terwilliger then.
I love that picture with Maury Wills!
He signed his first professional baseball contract, with the Cubs, in September, 1948, one month after Babe Ruth died. He reported to Des Moines Cubs.
In 1949, Twig reported to spring training with the Los Angeles Cubs of the Triple A Pacific Coast League. By August he was the Chicago Cubs starting second baseman.
Terwilliger played nine seasons with five major league teams, mostly as a second baseman. He also played for six minor league teams, and managed 11 minor league teams. During his 12 years as a coach in the majors, he received World Series rings from the Minnesota Twins in 1987 and 1991.
When Terwilliger was 18, he saw action with the Marines in the Pacific during World War II.
Wayne Terwilliger now
Wayne Terwilliger now (as of 2005)
In 2005, Twig became the second man ever to manage at age 80, led the Ft Worth Cats to a league championship, posted a franchise record for wins, was Manager of the Year, got an earring (really?), and published his autobiography “Terwilliger Bunts One”
Player: Cubs (1949-51), Dodgers (1951), Senators (1953-54), Giants (1955-56), KC Athletics (1959-60), and 6 teams in the minors. DETAILS
Coach: Senators (1969-71), Rangers (1972, 1981-85), Twins (1986-94), St. Paul Saints (1995-2002), Ft. Worth Cats (2006-2010). DETAILS
Manager: Managed 12 minor-league teams; 1,224-1,089 record including 2005 Central League championship
As with all the living Brooklyn Dodger players that I have been researching and writing the Then and Now, this was also lots of fun reading about Twig. At the same time I learning about our Boys of Summer.
Twig make a pact with Jim Hollars -the Cats’ chaplain, that if they won the championship, they’d both have their ears pierced. Well Jim’s wife said “Not on your life” but Twig said his wife (Lin) had always joked about him getting his ear pierced.
If you like to get his book look on online or for an autographed copy, send $20 to Terwilliger Bunts One, 1909 Clear Creek Drive, Weatherford, TX 76087
ref: New York Times, www.terwilliger.com
What a treat to go into the Twins Archive room. We met the Twins curator Clyde Doepner!
I would love to go thru stuff here! Those Sporting News would be a nice start.
There is all sort of treasures in this room
A Hole in One by plaque by Harmon Killerbrew
Thanks Clyde! I think this would be a great job.
Now we are the Visiting Clubhouse.
Are you confy Kent?
Kent looks like he is giving a sign.
I like my shadow
Abby taking a picture of Babe Ruth
The Babe when he played for the Saint Paul Saints
And here is Walter Alston and Roy Campanella
Ted Williams played for the Millers
Willie Mays also played for the Millers.
OK…that is enough pictures for a post so one more coming up with pictures at the Throwback game.
So after the library Brenda took us thru the Skyline walk then on to the streets for the tour of downtown. The City Hall is a beautiful building.
The Lakers played here
We went inside The Metrodome
The famous roof
Part of our SABR group. Notice how the seats are ….standing up. They lower them for football games. The Golden Ghopers baseball team plays here.
The seat that commemorates Kirby Puckett’s 1991 World Series Game 6-winning home run.
Back at the hotel listening to Twins GM Terry Ryan. He is a good speaker and funny.
At Target Field getting the tour
I love this picture
The first SABR group was at the top while
The second SABR group was on the field. I took the picture from above.
The Twins logo. Twins Minnie and Paul shaking hands across the Mississipi
Abby in the Press Box along other SABR members
Phone with the Twins logo. Hello?
Part 3 coming up with games pictures including the game with the Throwback uniforms.
In this current homestand, the Dodgers are 1-5. Terrible homestand so far. They got swept by the Reds and they were on the verge of being swept by the Astros! Imagine that! The Astros who have the worst record in baseball. They avoided the sweep by winning 1-0 on Sunday. We tried going to play catch on the field after the game but the lines to get to the stadium were huge so we left.
Now Dodgers start inter-league with the Detroit Tigers, then the Angels come to town. I believe Kristen from http://mlblogsblithescribe.wordpress.com/ will come to Dodger Stadium for one of those games. I hope to meet her. I will miss the game on Sunday since my friend LuvtheDodgers23 and I will take the red eye on Saturday night. Saturday is Photo Day at Dodger Stadium.
But first The Tigers are in town. Tonight Bill Slayback will sing the National Anthem and God Bless America. I talked to Bill during one of the SABR www.sabr.com meetings where he was a speaker. He said he was a little nervous to sing at Dodger Stadium and that he might change his mind. I hope he did not. I am looking forward to hearing him sing.
In late 1973, as Hank Aaron was closing in on Babe Ruth’s home run record, Detroit Tigers pitcher Bill Slayback released this tribute to Hammering Hank. Slayback wrote the music and the lyrics were penned by legendary Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell, a one-time Atlantan who, in the 1940s, had announced Atlanta Crackers games on WSB radio.
Wednesday is another Throwback weekday game. Sadly I won’t be making this one. My boss is on vacation so I’ll listen to the game while working. I’ll miss the throwback uniforms that the Tigers will wear but I’ll catch the wonderful pictures that Jon SooHoo or Juan OCampo take at http://dodgersphotog.mlblogs.com/
So Saturday night we head to Minnesota to watch the Dodgers! Hope they can beat the Twins. We are excited about the trip. I also want to go see the statue from the Mary Tyler Moore Show. I want to go there and take a picture while I also toss my hat. I don’t have a hat like in the picture but I’ll toss my Dodger hat or this blue hat that LuvtheDodgers23 got me! I know…a lot of fans of that show have done that but I want to do it too!
I just learned that the type of hat that Mary Tyler Moore used is called a Tam or a Tammy. From wikipedia:A Tam o’ Shanter (often abbreviated Tam or TOS) is a Scottish style hat originally worn by men. The hat is named after a character in a poem written by Robert Burns in 1790.
I hope to meet Randy from http://heirloom.mlblogs.com/ in Minnesota.
Let’s go Dodgers! Let’s Go!!!
Now I got that theme song from the Mary Tyler Moore show in my head “Who can turn the world on with her smile?…..