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Founded: 1894 in Kansas City, Missouri franchise in the minor Western League. Moved to Washington, D.C. in 1900 when that league became the American League.

Formerly known as: Kansas City Blues (1894 to 1900); Washington Senators (1901 to 1960)

Played as: Washington Nationals 1901-1955; Washington Senators 1956-1960 Minnesota Twins 1961-Present

Nickname: Named after the Twin-Cities; Minneapolis-St Paul area in which they play.

Owner: Minneapolis businessman Carl Pohlad, the third owner of the club

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Uniform: Navy blue, Red, and White. Two uniform designs: A light colored uniform (white home, grey road) and an alternative ("Sunday") uniform (solid blue with red and white piping)

Uniform Logo design: The word "TWINS" in red script. The entwined letters "TC" (for Twin Cities) appear on the home uniform hats, and a stylized "M" appears on the road uniform hats. The word "MINNESOTA" appears on their road uniforms in red block print. "TWINS" (home) and "MINNESOTA" (road) are printed in white with red outlining on the "Sunday" uniforms

Logo: Twins is written in a red calligraphy style with a red underline. The word and underline are both outlined in navy. The script is superimposed over a baseball with the part of the T and S hanging off the edges. Above Twins also on the baseball Minnesota is written and underlined in Navy.

Best season: 1965 (102-60)
Worst season: 1982 (60-102); franchise 1904 (38-113)
Longest win streak: 1991 (15 games, June 1 to June 16)
Odd Stat: In 3 World Series appearances the Twins are 11-1 at home, and 0-9 on the road

Famous ballpark gimmick: Homer Hankie (1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 2002, 2003, 2004)

Hollywood Fame: The team and its famous domed ballpark, the Metrodome, were featured in the 1994 motion picture Little Big League

Team Nickname: The Twins are affectionately called the "Twinkies" by fans. Despite the cream-puff sound of the name, the Twins have a reputation as a hard-working, hard-playing club

Mascot: T.C. Bear, introduced in 2001
Team Song: “Were Gonna Win Twins”

Team Rituals: The party atmosphere of the Twins clubhouse after a win is well-known, the team's players unwinding with loud rock music (usually the choice of the winning pitcher) and video games. The club has several well-known, harmless hazing rituals, such as requiring the most junior relief pitcher on the team to carry water and snacks to the bullpen in a bright pink Barbie backpack, and many of its players, both past and present, are notorious pranksters

Fan Base: Although Minneapolis appears at first glance to be a "small market" city (3 million residents of the associated metropolitan area), the team routinely draws fans from as far away as Montana and Wyoming

Managers: (12)
Cookie Lavagetto 1961
Sam Mele 1961-1967
Cal Elmer 1967-1968
Billy Martin 1969
Bill Rigney 1970-1972
Frank Quilici 1972-1975
Gene Mauch 1976-1980
John Goryl 1980-1981
Billy Gardner 1981-1985
Ray Miller 1985-1986
Tom Kelly 1986-2001; manager of the year ‘91
Ron Gardenhire 2002-Present

Stadium History:
Metropolitan Stadium 1961-1981
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982- Present
All-Star Games Hosted: 1965, 1985

World Champions: 1987, 1991
World Series Appearances: 1965, 1987, 1991
Division Champions: 1969, 1970, 1987, 1991, 2002, 2003, 2004

Hall of Famers:
Rod Carew 1B 1967-1978
Steve Carlton LHP 1987-1988
Harmon Killebrew 1B 1961-1974
Paul Molitor DH 1996-1998
Kirby Puckett OF 1984-1995
Dave Winfield DH 1993-1994

Television: WFTC (Channel 29), Fox Sports Net North
Radio: WCCO 830 AM
Broadcasters: Dick Bremer, and Bert Blyleven-TV; Herb Carneal, Dan Gladden, John Gordon, and Jack Morris-Radio

Spring Training: Orlando, FL 1961-1990; Fort Myers, FL 1991-Present

On The Farm:
AAA: Rochester Red Wings
AA: New Britain Rock Cats
A: Fort Myers Miracle
A: Benoit Snappers
Rookie: Elizabethton Twins
Rookie: Gulf Coast Twins

 

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