Minnesota Twins

From the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum’s collection containing tens of thousands of artifacts, our curators have created each team’s Starting Nine by hand-picking nine must-see pieces for each of the 30 MLB teams. This limited-time list is the perfect introduction to the Museum for every Minnesota Twins fan.

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Gene Larkin: World Series-Winning Baseball

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This ball is the Series-winner for the 1991 Twins. With the bases loaded in Game Seven of the 1991 World Series, Minnesota DH Gene Larkin drove this ball to left-center field for a walk-off hit, scoring Dan Gladden and returning the Commissioner's Trophy to the Twin Cities for the second time in four years.

1987 World Series Homer Hanky

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Before fans throughout baseball waved handkerchiefs, Twins fans embraced their humble white Homer Hanky first. Conceived by spunky Star Tribune promotions manager Terrie Robbins, 200,000 Homer Hankies were originally produced for Minnesota's 1987 postseason run. This is one of some 2.3 million Hankies distributed by the newspaper, birthing a baseball phenomenon and a Twins postseason tradition.

1987 World Series Championship Ring

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After Minnesota won the 1987 World Series, pitcher Bert Blyleven called Twins president Jerry Bell over, showed Bell his 1979 Pirates championship ring, and said, "I want one like this, but with an 'M' on it." The result was this ring, utilizing Minnesota's then-new "M" logo.

Jack Morris: World Series Game 7 Ball

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In Game 7 of the 1991 World Series, Twins ace Jack Morris took the mound and refused to be relieved, pitching all 10 innings in Minnesota’s 1-0 shutout victory over Atlanta. Morris used this ball during that extraordinary feat, completing baseball's first-ever "worst-to-first" finish.

Johan Santana: Cy Young Jersey

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Twins hurler Johan Santana wore this jersey in 2006, the year he won pitching's Triple Crown, leading both leagues in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. He capped the year by being unanimously named the American League Cy Young Award winner.

Jim Thome: 600th Home Run Ball

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Minnesota slugger Jim Thome joined lofty company when he became the eighth player in major league history to hit 600 career home runs, launching this ball to left field at Detroit's Comerica Park on August 15, 2011. Only Babe Ruth reached 600 homers in fewer at-bats than Thome.

Joe Mauer: 2,000th Hit Helmet

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On April 12, 2018, Minnesota first baseman Joe Mauer recorded his 2,000th career hit while wearing this helmet. The three-time batting champ reached the milestone with a two-run single, ensuring Minnesota’s 4-0 win over the White Sox.

Metropolitan Stadium Directional Sign

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This sign from Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium directed a generation of Twins fans around the ballpark. The Met hosted the Twins from their arrival in 1961 until the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome opened in 1982.

Target Field Grass-Stained Ball

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On April 12, 2010, Boston's Marco Scutaro lined this ball into center field for the first hit at the Twins' new ballpark, Target Field. Not since 1981, when the club last played at Metropolitan Stadium, had grass stains marked a ball at a Twins home game.

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