Harmon Killebrew of the Minnesota Twins hit his 500th home run in the first inning off Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar to become the 10th player to hit 500 or more in a career. The “Killer” would total 573 dingers in his Hall of Fame career.
1997 Brad Radke of Minnesota got his 12th straight win, pitching seven strong innings in the Twins’ 9-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Radke became only the third pitcher since 1950 to win 12 consecutive starts.
45 year-old Tommy John starts for the Yankees on Opening Day and sets a modern major league record by appearing in his 26th season (a mark Nolan Ryan later surpasses). John also wins his 287th game, 4-2 over the Minnesota Twins.
In an exhibition game against the Pirates, Larry Hisle of the Twins becomes the first designated hitter used in MLB that spring. Hisle makes the new A.L. rule look good by collecting two home runs and driving in seven runs. Ron Bloomberg of the Yankees will be the first DH to bat in the regular season.
In a Game 7 for the ages, the Braves and Twins go scoreless through nine innings. Gene Larkin’s single and RBI in the 10th is the difference in the first extra-inning World Series Game 7 in 67 years. Jack Morris pitches the complete game 1-0 shutout, and is named Series MVP.
Kirby Puckett goes 6-for-6 with two home runs in the Minnesota Twins’ 10-6 win over the Milwaukee Brewers, tying the AL record for hits in a nine-inning game. Combined with yesterday’s 4-for-5, two-home run performance, Puckett has a major league-record-tying ten hits in two games.
Cesar Tovar of the Minnesota Twins broke up the second no-hit bid against his team by a Baltimore pitcher in this season. Tovar singled with none out in the ninth off the Orioles’ Mike Cuellar. Earlier in the year, Tovar singled with one out in the ninth to spoil Dave McNally’s bid.
Kansas City A’s rookie Bert Campaneris sends the Minnesota Twins to defeat 4-3 with two home runs in his MLB debut. The first comes on the very first pitch thrown to him by Jim Kaat. The 21-year-old Cuban was one of only two players since 1900 to hit two home runs in their first MLB game.