August 2008

Test Your Twins Knowledge: Runs-batted-in

Over the years the Twins have had some prolific runs batted in producers.  Harmon Killebrew, Gary Gaetti, Kirby Puckett, and Justin Morneau just to name a few.  Let’s seehow you do trying to answer these qestions about productive Twins runs-batted-in leaders.

1.  Who holds the single season runs-batted-in record, and how many did this Twins player in his record setting season?    

2.  We all know Harmon Killebrew led the Twins in RBI in 9 different seasons.  But do you know who is second in leading the Twins in RBI for a season?  And how many seasons did this Twins lead the team?  
3.  When is the last time the Twins had two players drive in over 100 runs in a single seasn?  And name the two players?  
4.  True or False.  The Twins have never had three players drive in 100 or more runs in one season?  

5.  What rookie holds th record for most RBI in his first season with the Twins?   

6.  Just three players totaled over 1-thousand RBI in their Twins career.  Who are the three? 

See how you do trying to answer these 6 Twins Quiz Questions, and I’ll have another quiz for you coming up soon.

“Touch ’em All,”
John Gordon

The Answers: Twins Second Baseman Trivia

Here are the answers to last week’s second baseman trivia questions…

The Twins opened the season in early April in 1961 at Yankee Stadium.  Who was the Twins starting secondbaseman in that game?  Hint:  He later was one of the Twins Managers. 

 Billy Gardner

Everyone pretty much knows that Hall of Famer Rodney Carew started more games at second base for the Twins.  As a matter of fact he was the starter at second 9 different years.  But do you know who was second in ranking for Opening Day starts at second?  

Chuck Knoblauch-7


Over the years the Twins have had just one secondbaseman picked as number one in the June Free Agent Draft.  Name him?  Hint:  He was a star at LSU.  *Note:  When Chuck Knoblauch was drafted number one in 1989 he was drafted as a shortstop.

 Todd Walker


Let’s play Who Am I.  A) I was once a quarterback at Purdue University.   B) I started at secondbase for the Twins for four straight seasons.  C) I was traded after the l966 season to the Washington Senators.  Who am I?

Bernie Allen


This former Twins secondbaseman holds the record for the best fielding percentage in a season.  This player made just three errors in 120 games, and handled 575 chances, ending up with a .995 fielding percentage.  Who is this player?

Rob Wilfong, 6. 


 In all the Twins, in their history, have turned a grand total of 11 triple plays and seven secondbaseman have been involved in 7 of the triple plays.  See if you can name at least four of the “second-sackers?”

Cesar Tovar, Rodney Carew, John Castino, Tim Teufel, Steve Lombardozzi, Al Newman, and Luis Castillo  


In 1988 the Twins made one of their most celebrated trades.  They dealt a very popular player, Tom Brunansky, for a second baseman.  This player turned out to be a complete “dud.”  He lasted just one season with the Twins and then in 1989 he was traded away to the Philadelphia Phillies.  In the one season with the Twins he played in just 86 games and hit.263.  Who was this player?

Tommy Herr