Twins break with history in home-field triumph

Buoyed by a rare outbreak of clutch hitting, the Minnesota Twins won a ballgame at Target Field tonight. The occasion was noteworthy for snapping a franchise-record 10-game home losing streak, a dubious marked shared with the 1957 Washington Senators who never did truly break the streak. They lost their final 10 home games of 1957, including a 10-inning heartbreaker on the season’s final day, played before a sparse gathering of 2,668 at Griffith Stadium.

A young Senators infielder named Harmon Killebrew was in the lineup that day, and he made the most of his opportunity, stroking a sixth-inning double off Baltimore’s Connie Johnson and later scoring on Pete Runnels’ two-out single.

Griffith Stadium would wait seven more months for a Senators win. Mercifully it came in the 1958 season opener, a 5-2 triumph over Boston.

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2 thoughts on “Twins break with history in home-field triumph

  1. Oh, what an interesting connection, Jayson! 1957 . . . who knew what greatness would evolve out of the Washington Senators, albeit it would take a totally new locale! Even I, a mere “baby,” (heh, heh) remember the excitement of MN Twins and a young man named Harmon Killebrew!!!! Just goes to prove . . . we never truly know what is on the “horizon” in life!!!!

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