‘How Does A Team Win…’

(Minnesota Historical Society)

(Minnesota Historical Society)

They told this joke when, in 1961, a team owner Calvin Griffith had wanted to call the “Twin Cities Twins” (striking that club name ranks among MLB’s best decisions ever) arrived for the first time at the old Met.

“How,” the joke went, “does a team win with a Lemon leftfielder, a Green centerfielder, and a Battey catcher?”

They didn’t know then, and we sure as hell don’t know now. But I’d rather live with this team this year than without it.

In 1962, by the way, that team was in the pennant race. ‘Shout a hip hooray’?


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