Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series Cap

Today's post is a Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series cap. On this date in 1991 the Twins won what most people consider the greatest World Series of all time. I strongly agree, and not just because I'm a Twins fan. It took 10 innings in Game 7, but the Twins defeated the Atlanta Braves. Minnesota's Jack Morris pitched the game of his life, going all 10 innings and not allowing any runs.
The entire 1991 World Series provided thrilling games, with 5 of the 7 begin decided by one run, and 3 of them going into extra innings. Games 6 and 7 are two of the greatest games ever played, in my opinion. Game 6 was highlighted by the late Kirby Puckett's heroics. In the top of the 3rd inning, Puckett made an incredible leaping watch against the plexiglass Metrodome wall to prevent a home run, keeping the score 2-0 in favor of the Twins. Both teams scored a few more runs, and the game was tied after 9 innings.
In the bottom of the 11th, Kirby Puckett sent a ball just over the left-centerfield wall, sending the series to a 7th game. As Puckett rounded the bases and pumped his fist, the great Jack Buck proclaimed, "We'll see you tomorrow night!"
Game 7 did not feature the drama of robbing or hitting home runs. It was, however, extremely intense. No runs were scored through 9 innings. Jack Morris pitched a complete game shutout, and Minnesota knocked a run across in the bottom of the 10th to win their second World Series. An injured Gene Larkin dropped a base hit into left-center field with the bases loaded, and Minnesota's Dan Gladden trotted home from 3rd base to win the game.
I have watched games 6 and 7 of this series several times, and every time I get a little emotional. I'm too young to have seen the '91 World Series live, but I own the games on DVD and watch them every October. As a Twins fan they're very special to watch, but as a baseball fan they are incredible to witness.

Today's cap is from New Era's World Series patch collection. It is nearly identical to the 1987 cap, except for the logo and navy squatchee. I have a baseball autographed by the '91 team, but failed to take a picture.

I'm also very privileged to have an amazing girlfriend who got me the autograph of Jack Morris earlier this month at a Twins game. I'm very thankful that she not only got tickets to the game, but went and asked Jack Morris to sign my ticket!

And here is all of Game 7!

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