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    Posted 7 years ago

    rniederman
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    Is everyone ready for the 110th Anniversary of the World Series to kick off Tuesday (Oct. 21)? I am! Although our beleaguered MN Twins yet again failed to reach the playoffs, the series between Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants will be memorable especially since both are wildcard teams.

    I grew up a baseball fan in Chicago with my childhood team being the Cubs. That’s a story unto itself. Then again, their last World Series win was in 1908 – 106 years ago! (The fans' slogan was and still is; “Wait ‘til next year.”) Anyhow, moving to Minnesota didn’t help my attitude until we picked up 7th game wins in 1987 and 1991. Since then ... well ... don’t ask.

    Win or lose, there’s something about baseball that keeps bringing many of us back. If you’re looking for die-hard action, it’s not here. Baseball is a poetic game of subtle tactics, statistics, colorful players, wild stories, and memorabilia. The season is long and pressure picks up immediately after the All Star break. Yet even if their teams are loosing, hardcore fans can’t wait for legendary opposing players to pass through town. Last year I finally saw an ace knuckleball hurler in action ... a devastating pitch when done right. (How do they do that?!)

    As a collector of early pre-1900 American wood and brass cameras, baseball memorabilia, intentional or not, slowly creeps in to compete for precious display space; mostly its ‘smalls’ such as Goodwin or T206 baseball cards.

    A couple years back while antiquing, we found this near mint Red Wing Pottery double ashtray commemorating the MN Twins' 1965 World Series appearance. The left tray has the ’65 World Series emblem accompanied on the right by a MN Twins logo proudly proclaiming them as the American League champions.

    Alas back in ‘65 our boys of summer lost a 7th game heartbreaker (at home of all places) to Sandy Koufax and the LA Dodgers. Anyhow, here I am in 2014 ready to watch a great series. But wait ‘til next year!

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    Comments

    1. Belltown Belltown, 7 years ago
      This is awesome!
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      This just great !! Thankyou for the share of some Great Minnesota History!!! Like ive said before Rob , I did live in Mpls & St.Paul for 8 years.
    3. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Ben and aghcollect!
    4. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Cool ashtray!
      Excuse my ignorance - why is it called "World Series"? Are lots of countries involved?
    5. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, race4four and interesting question. Today only U.S. and Canadian teams play in games that leads up to the World Series. The first “World Series” game was in 1903.

      Wikipedia has some information about the history of the world series:

      “The series were promoted and referred to as "The Championship of the United States", "World's Championship Series", or "World's Series" for short.”

      ... and ...

      “The 19th-century competitions are, however, not officially recognized as part of World Series history by Major League Baseball, as it considers 19th-century baseball to be a prologue to the modern baseball era. Until about 1960, some sources treated the 19th-century Series on an equal basis with the post-19th-century series. After about 1930, however, many authorities list the start of the World Series in 1903 and discuss the earlier contests separately. (For example, the 1929 World Almanac and Book of Facts lists "Baseball's World Championships 1884–1928" in a single table, but the 1943 edition lists "Baseball World Championships–1903-1942".)”

      Interestingly, the Little League World Series is truly a world event with many countries vying for the top honor.
    6. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Jewels and Manikin!
    7. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Sean!
    8. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, valentino97 and kerry10456!
    9. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, vetraio50!
    10. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, David!
    11. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, racer4four and vetraio50!
    12. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      World Series Game 1: On the road, SF rocks with solid pitching, outfield defense, and batting.
    13. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks lisa, surfdub66 and David!
    14. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Oh my ... KC leads the series 2-1 taking one from SF at home. Game 4 tonight ... will the 'Giants' wake up and crush the Midwestern upstarts?
    15. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, surfdub66!
    16. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Lisa and Hunter!

      Game 5 ... a gem of a pitching exhibition by SF's Madison Bumgarner as he shuts down KC. What a cutter! Are we looking at a future HOFer?
    17. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Game 7 ... congrats to SF. Bumgarner was amazing.
    18. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Janes_Addictions!
    19. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, bratjdd!
    20. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, Michael!
    21. rniederman rniederman, 7 years ago
      Thanks, valentino97!
    22. rniederman rniederman, 4 years ago
      Congrats to Astros for winning the 2017 World Series! In all honesty, IMO this was the best post season ever. Exciting start to finish.
    23. Caperkid, 4 years ago
      Congratulations to the Astros. 1988 world series and playoffs imo the best and im Jays fan Kirk Gibson Home run off Ekersly was like a Hollywood ending. Orel Hershersier mvp.
    24. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Okay … I admit it … I love October (post-season) baseball. I have a lifelong MLB infection. Once again, the Minnesota Twins didn't make the play-offs but congrats to Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers for punching their tickets to the grand stage of the World Series. Of all the playoff possibilities, I felt Boston vs. Los Angeles would be the best matchup. So, I'm looking forward to the series start next Tuesday.

      Anyhow ... any Red Sox or Dodger fans in CW land?
    25. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks!
      Johnsmith
      ttomtucker
    26. Ben Ben, 3 years ago
      Go Sox!
    27. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Congrats Red Sox with an historic run to win the World Series!
    28. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks, ho2cultcha!
    29. rniederman rniederman, 3 years ago
      Thanks, keramikos!
    30. rniederman rniederman, 2 years ago
      Congratulations to the MN Twins in setting a new MLB record for the most team homeruns in a season!

      On a sad note, Minnesota's iconic Red Wing Stoneware and Pottery announced it will close their manufacturing and retail operations in September. I was hoping for at least one more MN Twins collectable, but it's now unlikely. :(

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