"Pride Of The Upper Midwest"
Here’s the action and excitement of Minnesota Twins baseball, early 60’s style – all on a new video of the 1961 Twins and their memorable first year in Minnesota! Remember the Twins’ first manager Sam Mele and names from the past such as Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Earl Battey, Lenny Green, Jose Valdivielso, Zoilo Versalles, Don Mincher, Billy Martin, Jim Lemon, Bill Tuttle, Don Lee, Jack Kralick, Pedro Ramos, Jim Kaat and Camilio Pasqual? They all come to life in color just as you remember them in 1961 on this nostalgic 27-minute video, "Pride Of The Upper Midwest". You’ll see great scenes of old Metropolitan Stadium as it looked over 40 years ago! The new park had just been enlarged from the 21,000 capacity of the old Minneapolis Miller days, and you’ll see work still being done on the ballpark even during the season!
Narrated by long-time broadcaster Bob Wolff, this tape begins with the new Twins in spring training at old Tinker Field in Orlando. You’ll see a snatch of a game vs. the soon-to-be N.L. Champion Cincinnati Reds. Then it’s on to New York for the first Twins game ever played – the season opener at Yankee Stadium, Pedro Ramos vs. Whitey Ford. You’ll see Bob Allison break up a scoreless pitchers duel in the 7th by smashing out the first home run in Twins history, setting the stage for a 6-0 Twins victory. The tape also covers the home opener at the Met and the excitement and festivities of the first big league game ever played in Minnesota.
Throughout the season you’ll also see closeup and action shots of players on other teams as they battle the Twins. Especially nice are shots of Jackie Brandt and Whitey Herzog of Baltimore, Nellie Fox, Billy Pierce and Floyd Robinson of the White Sox, Jimmy Piersall, Vic Power, Johnny Temple and Gary Bell of the Indians, Ralph Houk, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris of the Yankees, plus Tiger players Norm Cash, Rocky Colavito, Al Kaline, Frank Lary, Paul Foytack, Jim Bunning, and rookie Jake Wood. Fun at the Met and some promotions are shown, including some rare color footage of famed baseball clown Al Schacht in action!
The film also follows Twins representatives Killebrew and Pascual to the second 1961 All-Star Game at Fenway Park. You’ll see about three minutes of rare footage of this game (Major League Baseball did not film the All-Star Game from 1959-1964). Included are game-action shots (both runs scoring, including Colavito’s homer) and nice closeups of managers Danny Murtaugh & Paul Richards, starters Bob Purkey and Jim Bunning, Warren Spahn and rookie Don Schwall, the M & M boys Mantle & Maris, Yogi Berra, Fox, Ted Williams, Stan Musial and Willie Mays.
Now you can have your own color copy of this rare and nostalgic film for only $29.95 + $5.00 for first class shipping (Illinois residents must add $2.00 for sales tax).
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