Twins have moved halfway across the country twice. Starting
out in Kansas City, Missouri, called the Kansas City Blues,
the team played from 1894 to 1900. In 1901, they became
part of the Major League which corresponded with their
From 1901 to
1960, the team was part of the Washington DC scene. Until
the 1950's, the team was known almost interchangeably
as either the Senators or the Nationals, sometimes in
the same breath. Then came the big move.
In 1961, the
team moved to Minnesota and it became the Twins. The name
is to represent the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St
Paul. The move seemed to signal a rise for the team in
the early 60s. The team continued to improve and advanced
to the World Series in 1965. While they lost the Series,
they were now a firm, loved part of Minnesota. Twins tickets
sales were brisk for the rest of the decade as the team
continued to be contenders.
The 1970s proved
a disappointing time to the team. While there were outstanding
performances on the part of Rod Carew and Tony Oliva,
the team as a whole was less than stellar. This trend
of non-performance continued for the beginning of the
1980s, despite leaving their long time home, the Metropolitan
Stadium in Bloomington, for a covered stadium, the Metrodome.
However, in 1987 the team found its groove, with the help
of first baseman Kent Hrbek and the awe-inspiring fielding
of Kirby Puckett. The Twins went all the way to the World
Series, plucking the win from the St Louis Cardinals.
seemed to be a repeat of the Twins’ cyclical past.
The team continued strong through 1991 when they once
again took the championship, defeating the Braves in the
World Series. Yet, from that ultimate high, they slumped
again to the point that in 1998, the team started the
long process of rebuilding, almost literally from the
ground up. That effort paid off, with the Twins posting
seasons over .500 each year from 2001 to 2005.
is talk of the Twins getting a new ballpark in the near
future. Currently they share the Metrodome with the Minnesota
Vikings, a situation that can be less than ideal for both
teams. However, baseball tickets are still hot sellers
in Minnesota and will continue that way, especially if
the Twins manage to keep their winning ways alive.