A collection of autographed custom trading cards from the players, coaches, and notable figures in Minnesota sports history.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Don Baylor's Twins career was brief, but memorable. With the team in a surprising pennant race, Baylor was acquired in a waiver-deadline deal to serve as a veteran bench bat and platoon DH. He paid off with one swing in the World Series. With the Twins down 5-3 in the bottom of the fifth inning of game six, Baylor crushed a two-run, game-tying homer off Cardinals ace John Tudor. Later in the inning, the Twins added a go-ahead run, and in the next inning they blew the game open.
Baylor had a remarkable career, highlighted by his 1979 AL MVP award. He has remained in the game as a manager and hitting coach since his playing career ended. His two months as a Twin is a small blip on his career timeline, but that home run is one of the most significant dingers in team history.