MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Mark Rosen is retiring from TV after covering Minnesota sports for 50 years at WCCO-TV. So, we thought it was fitting to look back at just how much sports in Minnesota changed and evolved since he began in 1969. Check it out below!

Since 1969 …

• Since 1969, the Vikings have had 8 different head coaches
• Since 1969, the Vikings have played in 4 stadiums — Metropolitan Stadium (1961-81), Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (1982-2013), TCF Bank Stadium (2014-15), and U.S. Bank Stadium (2016- present)
• Since 1969, the Vikings have had 53 QBs
• Since 1969, the Vikings have had 28 kickers
• Minnesota has scored 1,968 touchdowns since 1969 (as of 12/11/18)

• Since 1969, the Twins have played in three ballparks
• Since 1969, 83,604,395 tickets have been sold to see the Twins play at home (the state of Minnesota population is 5.6 million)
• Since 1969, the Twins have had 11 managers

• The Timberwolves first season was in 1989 – 20 years into Mark’s career
• The Timberwolves have made 44,520 free throws since 1989 (as of 12/11/18)
• The Timberwolves have scored 232,386 points since their first season (as of 12/11/18)

• Minnesota has had two NHL teams — The North Stars moved to Dallas in 93’ and the Wild’s first season was in 2000 (Minnesota went without an NHL team for seven seasons)
• Since their first season in 2000, the Wild have shot on net 38,171 times and have scored 3,582 goals

• The Lynx’s first season was in 1999 – 30 years into Mark’s career
• They have won four WNBA Championships — 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017

Gopher Football:
• Since 1969, the Gophers have played in 18 Bowl Games (including 12/26/18)
• Since 1969, the Gophers have scored 1,457 touchdowns
• Since 1969, the Gophers have had 9,551 first downs

What Else Happened in 1969?
• First man on the moon/Apollo 11 mission
• Gas cost 35 cents per gallon
• The Beatles released their famous album “Abbey Road”
• “Sesame Street” debuts (November 10th, 1969)
• Nearly 400,000 people show up for Woodstock music festival
• “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” is the year’s highest-grossing movie
• The Manson Family commits their notorious killing spree in Los Angeles
• Brett Favre was born (October 10th, 1969)

We at WCCO-TV wish Mark Rosen and his family the very best in his retirement! Sources provided below.

Vikings Timeline
Vikings All-Time Roster: Quarterback
Vikings All-Time Roster: Kicker
Twins Year-By-Year Results
Gophers Offense Season-By-Season Statistics
Gophers’ 2018 Football Cumulative Statistics
USA Today: What A Gallon Of Gas Cost The Year You Were Born
Timberwolves Year-Over-Year Results
Wild Stats – Skaters
2000-01 Minnesota Wild Roster and Statistics

  1. Mindy Jo Schlien says:

    Mark Rosen was probably one of the if not the most respected journalist at WCCO. I grew up watching him – I was 14 and watched WCCO every day when Rosie came to ‘cco. I will miss him but hoping and praying he will enjoy retirement with as much enthusiasm as he reported sports. One of the greats that’s for sure! God Bless you Rosie and your family!!!

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