Episode 19: Stew Thornley - Minnesota Twins

Show Notes

Stew Thornley  is our guest in The Clubhouse today. 

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7:55 Stew recounts his earliest memories learning about baseball following the 1962 Twins.

10:20 Before the internet was a daily fixture in our lives, one of the best ways to learn about opposing teams players was through baseball cards. Getting a Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell or Billy Williams card was always special for an American League fan like Stew.

11:08 Like millions of other young fans, Stew was enamored with Mickey Mantle as a kid. Mickey's extracurricular activities were largely protected by the sports media at the time. 

11:20 With his brother taking the obvious choice of favorite player in Harmon Killebrew, Stew latched on to All-Star catcher Earl Battey

17:00 Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre currently serves as Major League Baseball's Chief Baseball Officer, overseeing areas that include Major League Operations, On-Field Operations, On-Field Discipline and Umpiring.

22:00 Here is the play from the Cubs/Mets game Anthony and Muneesh are discussing. 

22:58 Of course this episode would not be complete without a Little Big League reference.  

26:00 Here is the play from the Pirates/Tigers game that Stew is explaining.

26:38 The clip from our opening theme. The player in question is Ruben Rivera. 

39:15 Muneesh has a 2016 Baseball Stadium Wall Calendar for sale. It makes the perfect gift! You can order it here! Make sure you send in your trivia questions to clubhousepocast@gmail.com or on Twitter @ClubhousePod and you may win a signed copy of the calendar!

Check out our archives for other great guests like Joey Slotnick!

47:00 Leo Durocher was one of the greatest and most vocal managers of all time.

50:25 St. Louis Cardinals greats Lou Brock and Bob Gibson helped Stew learn to love this game.

51:30 Gene Larkin drove in the winning run in Game Seven of the 1991 World Series. 

56:00 Put Jack Morris in the Hall of Fame already!

59:20 The Minnesota Twins have a rich history in batting champions.

1:01:00 Roger Erickson had 14 balks as a Twin.  

1:04:15 Follow Stew's quest to visit every Hall of Fame grave site here.

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