The Twins Almanac for June 2

June 2, 1964
Twins Hit Team Record Four Triples

Johnny GorylBernie AllenDon Mincher, and Earl Battey combined for a team record four triples in a 6-2 home win over the Yankees on this date in 1964.

It was Allen and Battey’s only triple of the season!

Rookie right fielder Tony Oliva went 3-for-5 with a double and run scored, raising his average to .392. He finished the season with a league-leading .323 and was named American League Rookie of the Year.

June 2, 1982
Twins Lose Team Record 14th-Straight

The Twins fell 4-2 in Cleveland for a team record 14th-straight loss on this date in 1982. They were in last place (obviously) in the seven-team American League West—TWENTY games behind the Angels. They finished the season with 102 losses—33 games behind the Angels.

June 2, 1986
Carew Retires

After failing to receive a suitable contract offer, Rod Carew officially announced his retirement on this date in 1986. It was later determined that owners had colluded against Carew and other free agents, essentially agreeing not to offer contracts to other teams’ free agents, thereby helping each other retain their own players while keeping salaries low.

In 1995, Carew was awarded $782,035.71 in damages for lost wages.

June 2, 1991
Webster Homers in Call-Up

Lenny Webster only got 34 at-bats with the Twins in 1991, but he hit three home runs, including in his first official major-league at-bat of the season on this date. (He drew a walk in his first plate appearance earlier in the game.)

But wait, there’s more: He homered again in his second MLB game of the season on June 5th.

Webster spent most of the 1991 season at triple-A Portland, but was brought back to Minnesota to serve as a bullpen catcher during the postseason. He had previously gotten into 16 games with the Twins between 1989 and 1990. Reportedly he is an all-time fan favorite in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he played for the Twins’ single-A affiliate from 1986 to ’88. 



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