Dick Stigman, the pride of Nimrod, Minn., was acquired by the Twins on April 2, 1962, for Pedro Ramos and was an outstanding lefthanded addition over the four years. He spent his share of time in the bullpen (except for 33 starts in 1963) and took rides to the Met Stadium mound in a Dodge, a Ford and a golf cart.
“One year, the players got free Dodges for the season from the place out by Southview, so we rode in from the bullpen in a Dodge,’’ Stigman said. “Another time we got Fords from Midway, so we rode in a Ford.
“Nobody ran in from the bullpen. I don’t think we could’ve made it. We all smoked.’’
George Tsamis, the manager of the Saints, said: “I saw bullpen cars as a fan of the Giants and the A’s in the Bay Area. I don’t know why they don’t have them these days, the way everything in a big-league ballpark is marketed.’’
Glen Perkins agrees. The ace lefthander of the Twins’ bullpen has campaigned in recent months for a bullpen car at Target Field, mostly through Twitter (@glen_perkins).
Amanda Furth is a 35-year-old attorney with a couple of seats in right field as a partial Twins season-ticket holder. As she enters Target Field’s Gate 34 she goes to the small stand where game programs are sold. She spends $1 for a scorecard, and often another buck for a pencil.
“They give you a regular pencil now with an eraser, not those stubby ones you used to get,’’ Furth said. “There’s never a line for scorecards. There are a couple of ladies two rows down who bring their own scorebooks, but they are the only others in our area who I see scoring the game.’’
Furth offers this excuse for the need to fill out a scorecard when in attendance: “I grew up in the grand baseball town of New Ulm. My dad Bill coached or managed or whatever for the [town-team] Brewers, and I first started keeping score at Johnson Park.”
Maxine Putz of Columbia Heights can top that. She keeps score both on occasional visits to Target Field, and also while watching Twins telecasts.
“My grandmother typically records her favorite team’s every action with Dick and Bert, although she enjoys referring to them as ‘Bert and Ernie,’ ” Lance Olson said.
Maxine, at 92, is closer to the demographic of most diligent scorekeepers than Amanda is at 35. It is an art, and if you look around Target Field, you will find it to be almost lost.
7averages in sunday newspaper
The averages appeared en masse for the American and National Leagues for decades. You could find them in the Minneapolis Morning Tribune in the 1950s, for sure, before the Twins came to the Bloomington prairie.
|Portland||78||4th Qtr 11:12|
|LA Lakers||79||3rd Qtr 5:40|
|Indiana||34||2nd Qtr 2:41|
|NY Islanders||1||2nd Prd 14:32|
|Pittsburgh||1||1st Prd 6:22|
|Gardner-Webb||44||2nd Half 10:36|
|CS-Bakersfield||41||2nd Half 9:14|
|Utah Valley U||39|
|Southern Ill||36||2nd Half|
|Eastern Ky||21||1st Half 11:25|
|(5) South Carolina||67|
|(14) NC State||79|
|(11) Penn State||82|
|(2) Notre Dame||83|
|(19) Michigan State||61|
|Hartford||61||1st OT 0:06|
|(13) North Carolina||73||FINAL|
|Auburn||45||2nd Half 2:36|
|(15) Texas A&M||81|
|Minnesota||64||2nd Half 1:23|
|San Francisco||48||2nd Half 8:34|
|Air Force||32||2nd Half 6:06|
|Wyoming||41||2nd Half 6:16|
|San Diego State||42||2nd Half 7:17|
|Washington St||55||2nd Half 15:35|
|Texas Tech||28||1st Half 1:58|
|San Jose St||15||1st Half 8:01|
|San Diego||10:00 PM|
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