Pennant Fever, 1987

Oct. 15, 1987


Bruce Kraushaar (left), a licensed vendor from Connecticut, shows off his wares to Terri Smith of New Duluth as he plys his busy trade near the intersection between Miller Hill Mall and Target. (Steve Stearns / News Tribune)


Oh, 1987. 3 Men and a Baby was a smash hit at the box office, I was 6 years old, and the Minnesota Twins won their first World Series championship, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve watched the Twins Win season-recap VHS tape over the years. My favorite part is the slow-motion video of Gary Gaetti pouring champagne over Bert Blyleven’s head in an Arlington, Texas, locker room after the Twins clinched the American League West Division while Starship’s "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now" played for viewers.

The Twins went on to lose the final five games of the regular season before beating the heavily favored Detroit Tigers 4-1 in the best-of-seven game AL championship series and coming back from a 3-games-to-2 deficit against the Cardinals.

Kent Hrbek, the Twins’ first baseman during their two World Series championships in 1987 and 1991, said in his book, "Kent Hrbek’s Tales from the Minnesota Twins Dugout":

"After we beat Texas, we sprayed champagne and beer for the first time as major leaguers. And then we promptly went out and lost the final five games of the regular season, which had people wondering about the importance of momentum in the postseason. The answer: no importance whatsoever. All we proved down the stretch was that it’s tough to play with a hangover."

I know if I try I can find my Twins World Series champions sweatshirt from that magical season.

2 Responses

  1. Larry

    The first major league ball game I attended was the Twins 1987 home opener against Oakland. That was the first year I followed them closely, and they sure did not disappoint.

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