Yaz was baseball fan favorite in Minnesota
News | Published on June 30, 2022 at 12:17pm EDT | Author: Chad Koenen0
Hall of famer played for Minneapolis Millers for one year
By Tom Hintgen
Otter Tail County Correspondent
Carl Yastrzemski played for the Minneapolis Millers in 1960. This was one year before the Minnesota Twins started playing in the Twin Cities after the franchise move from Washington, D.C.
Yastrzemski, now 82 and still active in retirement, played 23 years with the Boston Red Sox. He is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, elected in 1989. Minnesotans closely followed Yastrzemski’s entire career.
He was selected to 17 All Star games, won 7 Gold Gloves, achieved 3,419 hits, 452 home runs and won the Triple Crown in 1967.
His famous number 8 has been retired by the Boston Red Sox and sits on top of Fenway Park in Boston.
Yastrzemski and his Red Sox teammates narrowly won the 1967 American League pennant over the Minnesota Twins.
This was only two years after the Twins played in the 1965 World Series, losing 4 games to 3 to the champion Los Angeles Dodgers led by pitcher Sandy Koufax.
Boston fans loved Yastrzemski, a native of Southhampton, New York, and the son of parents with Polish backgrounds.