Minnesota Twins…A Winning Ball Club
Established in 1894 as the Kansas City Blues, the team that would one day become the Minnesota Twins was moved to Washington in 1901, where they gained the nicknames Senators and Nationals. During their time in Washington, the team enjoyed moderate success, especially during the 20’s and 30’s.
In 1960, the city of Minneapolis was granted an expansion team. The owner of the Senators convinced the league to let him move the team to Minnesota and Washington was instead granted the expansion franchise. Although they did not win a championship until 1987, the Minnesota Twins were successful during the 1960’s and 1970’s.
To date they have won three World Series Championships, one in Washington and two in Minnesota. They also have six American League Pennants, five Central Division Titles, and four West Division Titles.
The Minnesota Twins have had many different stadiums through the years. Currently, they call the brand new Target Field home. Built in the warehouse district of Minneapolis, the stadium is the first built specifically for the Twins.
With seating for 39,504 people, Target Field has no roof and no plans for one. The gates into the stadium are numbered in honor of past players. The stadium is the second in professional sports to have earned a LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
When they’re not on the field, the Minnesota Twins are out in the community, helping those less fortunate. The Twins Community Fund is dedicated to using baseball and softball to enrich the lives of children in Minnesota, and give them a chance at a better future.
They donate items for auction or sale to other organizations, and support many through their efforts. Also involved in the community is the Twins Wives Organization dedicated to helping efforts throughout the area that benefit children and families.
The Baseball Hall of Fame has inducted 22 Twins or Senators players. Four of those were inducted as Senators, and three as Twins. Also notable are the five Ford C. Frick award winners, two of whom were granted the award primarily for their broadcasting efforts while with the Minnesota Twins or Washington Senators. The Team also has five retired numbers in addition to the number 42 that is retired throughout the league in honor of Jackie Robinson.