The Home Run Derby is Monday night at Target Field, returning to the city where it was born. That was at Minnesota’s last All-Star Game, at the Metrodome in 1985.
When Pat Neshek found out he’ll be making his All-Star debut in his hometown, he was understandably emotional. “I just shook my head there for a while,” the former Twins player and current Cardinals reliever said. “I couldn’t believe it. It meant a lot to me.”
The annual Home Run Derby is Monday night at Target Field — and it’ll include former Twin Justin Morneau. But did you know that the very first home run derby also took place here?
Four years after the Twins arrived in the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota was the center of the baseball universe. Nearly 50,000 fans crammed in to watch the All-Star game at Metropolitan Stadium.
Walk onto Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, Minn. and you can practically feel the history rising up from the bentgrass. Opened in 1929, Keller was a regular stop on the professional tours through the 1960s and even hosted the 1932 and 1954 PGA Championships, and players like Arnold Palmer, Sam Snead and many of the greats. “That’s one of the things that make this place so special, is the history,” Paul Diegnau, Keller’s superintendent, said. “And all the legends of golf that played here year after year after year.”
This weekend likely isn’t Derek Jeter’s last time playing in Minnesota — he’s nearly a lock to make his 14th All-Star team here in a little more than a week. But it will be his last time playing against the Twins, with the future Hall of Famer announcing that this will be his final season.
The Theodore Wirth Golf Course in Minneapolis opened in 1916. It’s one of the oldest golf courses west of the Mississippi River.Keller Golf Course in Maplewood, Minn. was a regular stop on the PGA Tour from the 1930s through the ’60s and hosted two PGA Championships. “That’s one of the things that make this place so special, is all the history,” Paul Diegnau, Keller’s superintendent, said.
The Twins catcher is having an All-Star caliber season, leads the team in batting average, and is in the thick of the race for the American League batting title.
Carleton College sophomore Amelia Campbell had quite a track and field season. Last month, she won a national championship in the heptathlon. Not only that, she finished with the third-most points in Division III history.
The U.S. Open is the biggest event in American tennis. It’s later this summer in New York. Until then, at 13 sectional qualifying tournaments across the country, players are taking the first step toward trying to make it. One of those tournaments, the USTA Northern Qualifier, is this weekend in Minneapolis.
In its first trip to the state tournament, New Life Academy’s baseball team has its first state title. It’s pretty incredible when you think about where this program was just four years ago.
This is the last Rally of the school year.
With the school year winding down, the spring sports season is also coming to a close. But that means there’s plenty of playoff action. On Friday night, David McCoy went to Mankato, where he watched Maple Grove and Lakeville South battle for the Class 3-A softball title.
At day one of the adaptive softball state tournament in Coon Rapids Friday night, WCCO’s David McCoy found his new hero.
After a cold, rainy spring, this week brought welcome relief. As such, the stories about rained-out games and busy, demanding schedules are a thing of the past. We’ve got highlights, and great stories.