On this day in Minnesota Sports Disappointment History...

Post date: Oct 30, 2018 12:29:20 AM

On Thursday October 25th, one of my favorites on Twitter (@Super70sSports) posted a gif of Jim Marshall running the wrong way in 1964 against the 49ers. It was the 54th anniversary of the infamous play. As Minnesota sports fans, I think we remember most of the bizarre events that have happened because we’ve lived through them. But it occurred to me that we may not remember WHEN they actually happened.

Here at ‘WHEN-ESOTA?’, we try to make light of our Minnesota sports disappointments. So I thought it might be fun (or painful depending how you look at it) to have an entire calendar of all of them. (See below)

If you think something’s missing, or see a mistake I’ve made, feel free to let me know. For example, I can’t seem to find an exact date the Lakers announced they were leaving (edit: Date found, Thanks @1960sSports). Also, there’s very little information about the Muskies and Pipers.

If I think your suggestion fits the darkly humorous snarky ‘WHEN-ESOTA?’ vibe, I will add it to the list. Speaking of our vibe, please remember this is supposed to be light hearted and funny. It’s a healthy way to exorcise the demons of the past. Laughter is the best medicine, and if you are a Minnesota sports fan and you CAN’T look back at our history and laugh…I don’t know what to tell you other than maybe this isn’t for you. But I will say this. What I don’t find funny is domestic or child abuse. So there are certain events that will NOT be included in this for that very reason.

Also, I am going to include the championships. Mrs. WHEN-ESOTA? says I can’t be negative ALL THE TIME. Seriously though, we need to remember the few high points in our history to fully appreciate the low ones. But that’s it. This isn’t a moral victory!

If you want to contribute, please retweet, share etc. The more people who see this, the more dates we can fill in and maybe complete the calendar.

Current Count 318 of 366 days.

January (28 of 31 days filled)

1 (1978) Vikings lose NFC championship to Dallas 23-6.

1 (1989) Vikings lose Divisional playoff to 49ers 34-9

1 (1995) Vikings lose Wild card game to Bears 35-18

2 (1960) Minneapolis St Paul group given permission to withdraw from AFL bid, bid and draft picks awarded to Raiders

2 (1961) Gophers lose Rose Bowl to Washington month after being named National Champion for last time.

2 (1975) North Stars team fight at hotel, Goldsworthy injured.

2 (1993) Vikings lose Wildcard to Redskins 24-7

2 (2005) Moss leaves field before the end of a loss at Washington

3 (1981) Vikings lose Divisional Playoff to Philadelphia 31-16

3 (1983) Just days after Metrodome roof collapse, Tony Dorsett sets record for 99 yard run from scrimmage with only 10 men on field. (Thanks RJ)

3 (1998) Vikings lose Divisional Playoffs to 49ers 38-22

4 (1975) Henry Boucha assaulted by Dave Forbes of Boston Bruins

4 (2009) Vikings lose Wildcard game to Eagles 26-14

5 (2013) Vikings lose Wildcard game to Packers 24-10

6 (1988) Dino Ciccarelli hits Maple leaf player over head with stick.

6 (1990) Vikings lose Divisional Playoffs to 49ers 41-13

8 (1976) Sid reports Harvey Mackays admission of NCAA violations

8 (2002) Contraction: Its reported that Pohlad loaned Selig and the Brewers $3 million in 1995, a violation of baseball's rules.

9 (1977) Vikings lose Superbowl XI to Oakland in Pasadena

9 (1994) Vikings lose Wild card game to Giants 17-10

9 (2005) Randy Moss moons Green Bay

10 (1992) Denny Green hired (Keith Grinde)

10 (2002) Mike Tice hired and the Randy Ration is born

10 (2002) Contraction: MLB gives Alabama businessman Donald Watkins permission to make offer to buy Twins.

10 (2016) Blair Walsh missed game winning kick in playoffs vs Seahawks

11 (1970) Vikings lose Superbowl IV to Chiefs in New Orleans

12 (1975) Vikings lose Superbowl IX to Pittsburgh in New Orleans

13 (1974) Vikings lose Superbowl VIII to Miami in Houston

13 (2005) Straight Cash Homey

14 (1977) Fighting Saints play last game of 2nd franchise.

14 (2001) Vikings lose NFC championship 41-0 to the Giants

14 (2018) Minneapolis Miracle

14 (2020) Bruce Boudreaux lineup card mistake causes team to play with only 5 defensemen.

15 (1975) Harmon Killebrew released

15 (1983) Vikings lose Divisional Round to Redskins 21-7

15 (1997) Dennis Rodman kicks photographer Famous Amos during Timberwolves game

15 (2019) Timberwolves play Jimmy Butler for the first time after trade, give up 83 points in first half.

16 (2000) Vikings lose Divisional Playoff to Rams 49-37. During game, Randy Moss squirts an official with a water bottle and is fined $40000

16 (2005) Vikings lose Divisional playoff to Eagles 27-14

17 (1988) Darrin Nelson’s dropped pass at goal line - Vikings lose NFC championship to Redskins 17-10

17 (1999) Vikings lose NFC championship to Atlanta, Gary Anderson miss, take a knee, Cunningham fumble, dropped INT

17 (2002) Contraction: Star Tribune’s Ruesse Quotes Jim Pohlad saying his father has NOT volunteered for contraction and Twins President Jerry Bell says he’s tired of hearing that accusation.

17 (2007) Tim Brewster hired as Gopher Football head coach. (Thanks Matt C)

18 (1960) Plane carrying Lakers thought to have crashed, makes crash landing.

18 (1961) Norm Van Brocklin hired after Bud Grant withdraws from consideration.

18 (1973) Glen Sonmor climbs into stands to fight Ottawa fans

18 (2014) Demolition of Metrodome begins

19 (1969) John Muckler fired after 3 months as North Stars coach.

20 (1974) Harry Neale kicked out of game for throwing chairs onto the ice

20 (1977) The second incarnation of Fighting Saints franchise officially folds.

21 (2018) Philadelphia Fail

22 (1998) Wild given their name

22 (2002) Contraction: The Minnesota Court of Appeals upholds the injunction that forces the Twins to honor their lease. Twins and MLB then file an appeal to MN supreme court

22 (2003) Ortiz signs with Boston (Dan Barreiro)

23 (1987) Timberwolves given their name

24 (2010) Bounty Gate NFC championship loss to Saints

25 (1972) Gopher basketball game called off with 36 seconds remaining after a brawl that left 3 OSU players hospitalized

26 (1986) Former Vikings Defensive Line coach Buddy Ryan wins Superbowl XX as Defensive Coordinator of the Bears

26 (2003) Former Vikings QB's Brad Johnson and Rich Cannon compete in Super Bowl XXXVII

27 (1972) Vikings trade to get Tarkenton back

27 (1984) Bud Grant resigns/retires the first time

27 (2020) Wolves blow 17 point lead with less than 3 minutes left

28 (1960) Minnesota accepts NFL bid for Franchise

28 (1976) Kicks given their name

28 (1985) Met Stadium demolished

28 (2001) Former Vikings Offensive Coordinator Brian Billick wins Superbowl XXXV as Head coach of the Ravens

28 (2011) Twins announce trees will be removed from center field

29 (1984) Less Steckel is officially announced as head coach. (Agreed to contract night before)


February (19 of 29 days filled)

1 (1990) Herschel Walker deal finalized

1 (2009) Former Vikings Defensive Coordinator Mike Tomlin wins Superbowl XLIII as head coach of the Steelers

2 (1967) Muskies and ABA born, Mikan named Commissioner

2 (1984) Yankees sign Tim Belcher after secondary draft.

2 (2008) Johan Santana traded

2 (2014) Former Vikings Defensive Backs coach Pete Carroll wins Superbowl XLVIII as head coach of Seahawks

3 (1979) After negotiations break down with Yankees,Twins trade Rod Carew to Angels for Ken Landreaux, Dave Engle, Paul Hartzell and Brad Havens (Baseball-Almanac)

4 (2002) Contraction: The Minnesota Supreme Court refuses MLB's appeal of their ruling to force the Twins to play out their lease.

4 (2007) Former Vikings Defensive Coordinator Tony Dungy wins Superbowl XLI as head coach of the Colts (Thanks Andy J)

5 (2002) Contraction: Day after the MN Supreme court refuses to hear MLB appeal, Bud Selig calls contraction off for 2002 but says it’s still a possibility in the future.

5 (2019) Maya Moore announces she will not be returning to the team via the Players Tribune

6 (1975) Fighting Saints Mike Walton gets beer and a foreign object thrown at him in San Diego

6 (1975) In that same game Mike Walton hits a fan in the nose with his stick and would be charged with assault.

6 (2006) After threat of contraction and years of failed stadium bills, a Hennepin County District Judge rules Pohlad can sell or relocate after the 2006 season.

6 (2021) Wolves give up 83 points in first half vs OKC

9 (1966) NHL grants Minnesota a franchise - on condition of new arena being built.

10 (1967) In a letter to the Vikings, Fran Tarkenton asks for trade

11 (1967) Vikings head coach Norm Van Brocklin resigns...for the second time

13 (1977) After a loss to Johnny Boudreaux, Scott Ledoux knocks off Howard Cosell’s toupee in a post fight scuffle claiming the fight was fixed by Don King and taunting Cosell to “tell it like it is”

14 (2020) Celtics announce they will retire Garnett's jersey

17 (1993) Roger Staubach squires Norm Green around Dallas.

18 (1981) Fillies Marie Kocurek traded for critical comment

19 (1975) Fighting Saint Bill Butters bites the hand of a Crusaders fan during brawl in stands at Cleveland.

20 (2012) With 4.9s left in overtime and down by 3 points, the Timberwolves Martell Webster steals a Denver Nuggets inbounds pass and goes for a dunk instead of trying to shoot a 3 to tie it. (Thanks Twitter user @Brand842)

25 (1976) Fighting Saints play last game of first existence losing to the San Diego Mariners 2-1 in OT

26 (1981) North Stars Boston Brawl. 406 Combined penalty minutes. 18 minors 13 majors, 4 ten minute misconducts, 7 ejections. (credit Bob Showers, Al Shaver)

28 (1948) Gopher/Hawkeye basketball brawl and spectator riot.

28 (1976) Fighting Saints franchise folds in the lobby of the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, moments before the team was scheduled to board a flight to Cincinnati for a game that night.

28 (1978) After Bud Grant says he wont fill the DC position with anyone on the current staff, Defensive Line coach Buddy Ryan agrees to become DC of the Chicago Bears

28 (2011) Twins announces trees were removed previous week

28 (2021) Timberwolves became to worst franchise in North America (Cory Cove)

29 (2008) Troy Williamson traded

29 (1936) Patty Berg loses South Atlantic Championship in extra holes

29 (1972) Bill Goldsworthy has to choose North tars or Saints

29 (1988) Herb Brooks impromptu morning presser in hotel room

29 (1992) North Stars lose on freak goal in OT


March (24 of 31 days filled)

2 (2005) Randy Moss traded to Oakland for first round pick, (#7), take Troy Williamson 4/23/2005 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

2 (2007) McHale Named best GM in Sports by Forbes magazine

3 (2017) MNUFC first game ever. Lost to Portland 5-1.

4 (1976) Due-process hearings set for 3 Gopher basketball players

6 (2017) Timberwolves postponed due to warm weather and ice sheet melting. (@ChrisGustafson4)

7 (1954) Lakers play game with 12 foot baskets (Keith Grinde)

7 (1967) Tarkenton traded

7 (1988) Gopher basketball and football sanctions handed down

8 (2005) Tice meets with NFL officials about Super Bowl tickets. Denies scalping them.

9 (1976) NCAA releases report and levies sanctions of Musselman era violations.

9 (2005) ESPN reports Tice admitted scalping tickets as an assistant, but never as head coach.

10 (1967) Bud Grant hired after Van Brocklin resigns a second time. (Thanks @KeithGrinde)

10 (1993) Norm Green announces North Stars move to Dallas

10 (1999) St Paul Pioneer press first reports the Gophers basketball academic scandal.

11 (1999) Stephon Marbury traded (Thanks @JGKfan)

13 (2013) Star Tribune prints the Twins "silver linings" (JGKfan and BMileski)

13 (2018) Kirk Cousins signed

15 (1985) Bernie Kosar declares eligible for draft

18 (2002) Gophers Kerwin Fleming attempts a layup and missed, down by 3 with 8 seconds left. (Thanks @Skorzo60)

19 (2021) Vikings fined for salary cap violation. (coworker KG)

20 (2013) It's reported that U of M lost money on beer sales at TCF Bank Stadium.

21 (1981) Fillies walk off the court at Chicago Hustle.

21 (1983) North Stars/Black Hawks brawl. (Thanks Judd Zulgad)

21 (1996) After player lockout ends, MLB owners approve revenue sharing plan

21 (2011) Gophers Hockey announce they are leaving the WCHA to join Big 10 hockey Conference. (Thanks TSCF)

21 (2015) Adrian Peterson rides a camel into his birthday party

22 (1980) Gophers eliminated from NCAA tourney on disallowed goal.

22 (2010) Twins sign Joe Mauer 8 year 184 million (Twins Almanac)

23 (1981) Fillies play with replacement players.

24 (1996) Michigan’s Mike Legg does a trick “puck lift” to score tying goal vs Gophers, Michigan goes on to win 4-3 and advances to Frozen Four. (Thanks JD)

24 (2006) Gopher Men’s Hockey lose to Holy Cross in first round of NCAA tournament. (Thanks JD)

25 (1959) Gophers basketball coach Ozzie Cowles is forced to resign

25 (1990) Gophers lose to Georgia tech 93-91 and miss a trip to the Final Four (Thanks JD)

25 (2015) Minnesota United announced as an MLS franchise

26 (1960) Lakers final game Loss to St Louis Hawks in Playoffs 4-3

27 (1991) Entire Gopher Men's Athletic Department put on probation for 2 years

28 (1996) Puckett's vision problems first reported - goes on DL for first time. (@TwinsAlmanac)

28 (2021) Gophers do not make Frozen four. 3 other Minnesota teams do (Ben Goessling)

30 (1968) Muskies beat Colonels 3-2 in first round of ABA playoffs.

30 (1973) Saints lose last game of season to Alberta which forces a one game playoff.

31 (1980) Fillies lose to Iowa Cornets in semi finals.

31 (1981) Fillies last game. League folds.


April (28 of 30 days filled)

1 (1989) Gophers lose to Harvard in OT in national championship game

1 (2002) Contraction: After threat of contraction Twins open the season with a win over Kansas City

1 (2017) Loons first win

1 (1986) Clem Haskins hired

2 (1971) Cal Luther agrees to contract, for one day

3 (1982) First game at the Dome

3 (1971) Cal Luther rejects Gophers basketball

4 (1973) Fighting Saints win vs Alberta Oilers tie break game to advance to playoffs.

5 (1971) Gophers Hire Bill Musselman

6 (1982) Twins first regular season game in Dome. Loss to Seattle.

7 (1977) North Stars lose to Buffalo Sabres in Preliminary Round 2-0

9 (1950) Lakers swept in NBA finals. (Keith Grinde)

9 (1959) Last NBA finals game in Minnesota (Keith Grinde)

9 (1980) Herb Brooks leaves U of M

9 (1985) Mike Lynn trades to move up and select Bernie Kosar

9 (2014) Twins bench clearing brawl Glen Perkins and Josh Donaldson (Skor North)

9 (2021) Wild give up 9 goals, most in fracnhise history. Also 8 goal deficit (assist from Jessi Pierce)

10 Minneapolis Lakers win the 1953 NBA Finals

10 (1982) As part of Calvin Griffith's house cleaning Roy Smalley traded to Yankees.

10 (1982) Black Hawks crowd fight (Thanks Judd Zulgad)

10 (2021) 3 Minnesota teams fail to win NCAA hockey championship.

11 (1961) Twins first game ever and first win. Beat Yankees.

11 (1975) Gord Gallant and Harry Neale fight

11 (1982) North Stars lose to Black Hawks in Division Semi Finals 3-1

11 (1989) North Stars lose to Blues in Division Semi Finals 4-1

12 Minneapolis Lakers win the 1954 NBA FInals

12 (1973) North Stars lose to Flyers in Quarterfinals 4-2

12 (2010) Inaugural game at Target Field. Twins beat the Red Sox 5-4.

13 Minneapolis Lakers win 1949 NBA/BAA Finals (Minnesota's first ever Major sports championship)

13 (1968) Muskies last game in MN

13 (1993) North Stars play last home game at Met Center. (Thanks @VintageMNHockey)

14 (1968) Muskies lose ABA Eastern Div Finals to Pittsburgh Pipers 4-1. Also Muskies last game before moving to Miami.

14 (1974) Fighting Saints beat Edmonton Oilers 4-1 in first round of WHA playoffs

14 (1983) Snowstorm causes Metrodome roof to tear almost postponing Twins vs Angels game. (Thanks @TwinsAlmanac)

14 (2016) Twins fall to 0-9. Worst start in franchise history. (Twins Almanac)

14 (2011) Mauer diagnosed with bi-lateral leg weakness

15 (1969) Pipers last game in Minnesota

15 (1973) Fighting Saints Loss to Jets in first round of WHA playoffs 4-1

15 (1986) North Stars lose to Blues in Division Semi Finals 3-2

15 (1993) North Stars play last game ever before moving to Dallas

16 (1963) Totten P Heffelfinger calls Hazeltine the 'Augusta of the North'

16 (1970) North Stars lose to Blues in Quarterfinals 4-2

16 (1972) North Stars lose to Blues in Quarterfinals 4-3

16 (1982) U of M board of Regents votes 10-1 to move Gopher football off campus to the Metrodome. (Thanks JD)

16 (1990) North Stars lose to Black Hawks in Division Semi Finals 4-3

17 (1948) Lakers win NBL championship

17 (1999) Vikings draft Dimitirus Underwood

19 (1969) Pipers lose first round of playoffs vs Miami Floridians 4-3, also last game before moving back to Pittsburgh

19 (1975) Fighting Saints Beat New England Whalers 4-2 in first round

19 (2006) Mark Madsen goes 0-7 in 3 point attempts helping Timberwolves lose last game of season.

19 (2007) Wild lose to Ducks 4-1 in first round of playoffs (Conference Quarterfinals)

19 (2008) Wild lose to Avs in first round of playoffs 4-2 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

20 (1948) John Wooden signs as UCLA basketball coach instead of Minnesota. (Thanks coworker MA)

20 (1974) Saints fight Houston fans on way back to locker room.

20 (1983) North Stars lose to Black Hawks in Division Finals 4-1

20 (2002) Chiefs trick Vikings into thinking they had run out of time on draft clock

20 (2018) Wild lose to Jets 4-1 in first round of playoffs

21 (1961) Twins first home game at the Met. Loss to Senators.

21 (1974) Goldthorpe attacks Schella after Schella attacked walton

21 (1991) Vikings have no 1st or 2nd round picks due to Herschel Walker trade.

21 (2005) Onterrio Smith busted at airport with Whizzinator.

22 (1961) Twins first home win at the Met. Beat senators.

22 (1988) Luther Darville fired for misappropriation of University funds

22 (1990) Vikings have no 1st or 2nd round picks due to Herschel Walker trade.

22 (1987) NBA awards Minnesota an expansion franchise

22 (1998) Minnesota awarded a WNBA franchise

22 (2017) Wild lose in first round to Blues 4-1 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

23 (1980) Twins lose 17-0 to Angels. Largest shutout. (@Stoke63538501 TwinsTrivia.com)

23 (2005) Vikings Draft Troy Williamson AND Erasmus James ahead of Aaron Rodgers

23 Minneapolis Lakers win 1950 NBA Finals

24 (1956) First game ever at Met Stadium

24 (1975) Saints get equipment confiscated over 3 year old bus bill

24 (1976) Kicks first game

24 (2016) Wild lose to Dallas Stars 4-2 in first round of playoffs

25 (1961) Twins lose 20-2 to KC Athletics largest loss margin in team history (@Stoke63538501 TwinsTrivia.com)

25 Minneapolis Lakers win 1952 NBA Finals

25 (2018) After 14 year absence from playoffs, Wolves lose to Rockets in first round of playoffs 4-1

26 (1986) Wind causes Metrodome roof to tear causing a delay in the 8th inning of Twins game vs Angels

26 (1992) Vikings have no 1st or 3rd round picks due to Herschel Walker trade.

26 (2002) Contraction: Judd Zulgad & Randy Furst report that Twins may have volunteered as for contraction as early as April of 01.

26 (2003) Vikings don’t get draft card to podium in time and slip 2 spots in first round

26 (2020) Twins have to pull pitcher because of too many mound visits.

27 (1960) NBA owners vote to let Bob Short move the Lakers to LA (Los Angeles Lakers encyclopedia and @1960sSports)

27 (1982) Vikings draft Disco Darrin Nelson over Marcus Allen

28 (1968) North Stars blow 3-0 lead, give up goal with 11s lose 4-3 in OT

28 (2002) Wolves lose to Mavericks in first round of playoffs 3-0. (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

28 (2011) Christian Ponder drafted by Vikings

28 (2012) Blair Walsh drafted by Vikings

28 (2018) Daniel Carlson drafted by Vikings

29 (1971) North Stars lose to Canadiens in Semi Finals 4-2

29 (1974) Goldthorpe and Sonmor fight Houston fans on way back to locker room

29 (1997) Wolves lose to Rockets in first round of playoffs 3-0 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

30 (1985) North Stars lose to Black Hawks in Division Finals 4-2

30 (1992) North Stars lose to Red Wings in Division Semi Finals 4-3

30 (2001) Wolves lost to Spurs in first round of playoffs 3-1 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)


May (31 of 31 days filled)

1 (1974) Fighting Saints lose to Houston Aeros 4-2 in second round Division Finals of WHA playoffs/Disputed goal Curran

1 (1975) Fighting Saints lose to Quebec Nordiques 4-2 in Second Round WHA semi Finals

1 (1984) North Stars lose to Edmonton Oilers in Conference Finals 4-0

1 (2002) Contraction: Twins officials meet with legislators about stadium situation and inform them that Donald Watkins does not have the money to buy the team.

1 (2003) Wolves lose to Lakers in first round of playoffs 4-2 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

2 (1990) Howard Baldwin buys the North Stars

2 (1998) Wolves lose to Sonics in first round of playoffs 3-2 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

2 (2000) Wolves lose to Portland in first round of playoffs 3-1 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

2 (2001) Knoblauch pelted with hot dogs on dollar night (@luvernechatter)

2 (2013) David Kahn's contract not renewed, Flip returns.

3 (1968) North Stars lose Semi Finals to Blues 4-3

4 (1984) Oakland A's Dave Kingman hits a pop fly into drainage hole the dome roof that never comes down.

5 (1998) North Carolina citizens vote down Don Beavers plan for stadium, killing plan to move Twins

6 (2010) Kestral

6 (1962) Twin Cities Skippers lose to Detroit Thunderbirds 27-15 in the first ever finals of the National Bowling League (Reusse)

7 (2015) Wild lost to Black Hawks 4-0 in second round of playoffs.

8 (1980) North Stars lose to Flyers 4-1 in Semi Finals.

8 (2004) After hitting a big shot in with 24s left in game 2 of the Western Conference Semis, Sam Cassell does big balls taunting dance, injures hip, wolves go on to lose Conference Finals to Lakers. (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

9 (1976) Kicks first home game

9 (2013) Wild lose to Black Hawks 4-1 in first round of playoffs (Conference Quarterfinals)

10 (1974) Gordie Howe named to first team All Star over Mike Walton who led league in goals and points.

11 (1977) Top 10 Boxer (and Minnesotan) Duane Bobick loses to Ken Norton in 58 seconds.

11 (1982) As part of Calvin Griffith’s housecleaning Rob Wilfong and Doug Corbett are traded.

12 (1978) Carew says he will never again sign with Twins

12 (1982) As part of Calvin Griffiths housecleaning Butch Wynegar and Roger Erickson are traded.

13 (1985) Ron Davis gives up 2R HR to Mattingly in top of 9th. 5th game in a row with 9th inning HR (credit Barreiro)

13 (2014) Wild lose to Blackhawks in 2nd round 4-2 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

14 (1982) Twins/Tigers 2 brawls

14 (1990) Vikings leave for Pecos NM ranch for week long retreat to end team discord (Keith Grinde)

15 (1988) Minnesota Strikers lose Eastern Division Finals 4-1 to Cleveland Force. Also last game in Minnesota.

15 (1999) Wolves lose to Spurs in first round of playoffs 3-1 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

16 (1974) Vikings GM Jim Finks resigns

16 (2003) Wild lose Western Conference Finals to Mighty Ducks 4-0

17 (2002) After scoring 3 runs in top of 14, Giambi hits a GS off Trombley in bottom 14.

17 (2004) Garnett's 'weaponized' comments before Game 7 of the WCSF

18 (1961) Twins play first game under lights at Met Stadium, Lose to A's 4-3 (Keith Grinde)

19 (2015) Wolves finally get a 1st overall pick after 26 years.

20 (1956) Saints/Millers brawl at met stadium

20 (1987) Bill Lester named Executive Director of the Metropolitan Sports Commission

20 (2006) MN Legislature approves funding for what will be TCF Bank Stadium

21 (1981) North Stars lose Stanley Cup to New York Islanders

21 (2006) The Minnesota legislature approves funding for a ballpark bill

21 (2007) Target field construction begins.

21 (2018) Wild hire Gm Fenton

22 (1969) Mikan announces ABA headquarters will move to New York

22 (2009) David Kahn hired as Gm of Wolves

22 (2005) Twins pitcher Terry Mulholland scratches eye with a pillow feather in hotel. (Johner)

23 (1994) Marv/Harv sell wolves to NO

23 (1945) Fort Wayne Daises, play first AAGPBL game after moving from Minneapolis (Millerettes)

24 (1968) Muskies announce move

25 (1966) Mariucci resignation made public

25 (1991) North Stars lose Stanley Cup to Pittsburgh

26 (1986) Strikers lose 5-3 to San Diego in game 7 of MISL championship after being up 3-1

27 (1944) Millerettes play first AAGPBL game in loss to Rockford Peaches 5-4

27 (1964) Twins Jimmie Hall hit in the face with a pitch from the Angels Bo Belinsky

27 (1974) Fenway fan throws cherry bomb in Twins dugout

28 (1944) Millerettes get first AAGPBL win beating peaches 7-6 in game one of DH at Nicollet Park.

28 (1974) Gordie Howe named MVP over Mike Walton who led the league in scoring and points.

28 (2021) Wild eliminated by Vegas in game 7

29 (2017) The Twins lose to Astros 16-8 after being up 8-2 through 7. Astros score 14 unanswered.

30 (1991) NHL Dispersal Draft to let the San Jose Sharks take half the North Stars roster

31 (1976) Blyleven gives fans the middle finger

31 (2004) Wolves lose to Lakers in Western Conference Finals 4-2

31 (2019) Sano robbed of HR in Tampa because of a speaker


June (28 of 30 days filled)

1 (1976) Blyleven traded

2 (1968) Halsey Hall's cigar starts Chicago press box on fire (Assist from Keith Grinde)

2 (1982) 14th Loss in a row for twins

3 (1947) Ben Berger buys the Detroit Gems, Sid Hartman delivers the check.

3 (1982) Twins get a day off after losing streak - rain check promotion

3 (1984) Bill Mahoney hired by North Stars

4 (1982) Twins beat Orioles ending streak.

5 (1983) Twins inform Belcher they will be drafting him. Less than enthused.

6 (1960) "Minnesota Vikings" join NBL

6 (1983) Twins Draft Tim Belcher with #1 Overall pick even though he informs them beforehand that he will be asking for $125k minimum signing bonus

7 (1966) Twins draft Steve Garvey in the amateur draft. Garvey goes to college in stead and is later drafted by the dodgers in the secondary phase. (Bleacher report)

8 (1983) North Stars draft Brian Lawton

9 (1975) Twins manager Frank Quilici gives wrong lineup card, Twins bat out of order (Twins Trivia)

9 (1976) Kicks lose to Pele/Cosmos 2-1 but set NASL Attendance record

10 (1961) Twins play first ever nationally televised game, lose 4-3 to the Orioles. (TwinsTrivia.com)

10 (2017) Former MN NLL franchise (Georgia Swarm) wins championship. Left in 2015 (Keith Grinde)

12 (1973) Dave Winfield pulled, Gophers give up 8 runs and blow lead (@JGKFAN)

12 (1997) After legislature fails to approve ball park in late 90s, MLB gives Pohlad ok to sell team or move

13 (1978) Kicks lose to Cosmos 4-2 set new attendance record at Met

14 (1978) After trying to trade Rod Carew for the previous few weeks Griffith says Carew will stay the rest of the season.

15 (1989) Rick Mahorn selected as the first ever Timberwolf in the expansion draft

15 (1994) NBA rejects New Orleans purchase of Wolves

15 (2006) Ortiz hits speaker in Dome

17 (2007) Lew Ford loses ball in Dome roof Prince Fielder IP HR (@PaulStMartin)

17 (2008) Boston Celtics win NBA Finals with Kevin Garnett

18 (1955) Bloomington farmer Paul Gerhardt barricades his land with tractors to prevent groundbreaking

18 (1999) Alonzo Newby fired for refusing to cooperate in Gopher investigation

19 (1970) Golfer Dave Hill savages Minnesota's Hazeltine Golf Course at US Open: 'If I had to play this course every day, I'd take up another game,' 'They ruined a good farm when they built this place. All it needs are a few cows and 80 acres of corn.''They ought to plow up the whole thing and start over,' 'The guy who designed this course had the blueprints upside down.' (UPI, MPR News, Coworker PP)

19 (2016) Cleveland Cavaliers win NBA Finals with Kevin Love

20 (1955) Met Stadium ground breaking almost delayed by unpaid farmer

20 (1997) Nursing home mogul Don Beaver from North Carolina approaches Twins officials about buying team.

20 (1999) Dallas Stars win first Stanley Cup (1:30 Am EST 12:30 CST)

21 (1985) Lorne Henning hired by North Stars

22 (1984) Carl Pohlad buys Twins from Calvin Griffith

22 (1988) MN Strikers announce they are dissolving the team.

22 (1988) After turbulent year as coach the North Stars announce Herb Brooks will not return.

22 (2017) Wolves trade for Jimmy Butler

22 (2017) Twins delayed 4:50 longest in team history

23 (1961) Twins fire Cookie Lavagetto replace him with Sam Mele (@Stoke63538501 TwinsTrivia.com)

24 (1989) Twins players upset about being lied to about timing of 2nd game in DH

24 (2004) The Timberwolves have no 1st Round draft pick due to penalties from illegal Joe Smith deal

25 (1997) Wild founded

25 (1999) University buys out Clem Haskins contract

25 (2009) Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn drafted…ahead of Steph Curry.

26 (1977) A certain MN sports historian climbs the foul pole at Metropolitan Stadium

26 (1996) Wolves draft Ray Allen, trade for Stephon Marbury (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

26 (2002) The Timberwolves have no 1st Round draft pick due to penalties from illegal Joe Smith deal

26 (2003) After not having a 1st Round pick for 2 years, the Wolves draft Ndudi Ebi

26 (2014) Zach Lavine says "eff me" after the wolves draft him.

27 (1969) It's reported that Pipers announce they will play 69-70 season back in Pittsburgh

27 (2001) The Timberwolves have no 1st Round draft pick due to penalties from illegal Joe Smith deal

27 (2011) Twins lose to Dodgers 15-0

27 (2013) Wolves draft, Trey Burke trade for Shabazz Muhammad ahead of Giannis, CJ McCollum

28 (1968) Pipers announce moving to Minnesota (Keith Grinde)

29 (1977) Twins lose longest 1-0 game in history (Aaron Sims)

30 (1993) JR Rider drafted by Wolves.

30 (2005) Mike Tice fined $100,000 for scalping Superbowl tickets


July (22 of 31 days filled)

4 (1929) Saints Millers Brawl

4 (1959) Mpls Miller Manager Gene Mauch climbs into stands to fight heckler

4 (2012) Wild Sign Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to identical 13 year $98 Million guaranteed contracts

5 (1984) Keith Millard signs with USFL (Keith Grinde)

5 (1988) After being AD during many scandals Paul Giel is fired.

5 (1992) Twin's Chili Davis hit a ball off a speaker on the dome roof, and the ball was caught by Baltimore second baseman Mark McLemore for an out. (LA Times)

5 (2004) GI Joe giveaway Kerfuffle

6 (1971) Harmon Killebrew mug night. (Twins Almanac)

7 (1980) Minnesota's Scott Ledoux Loses WBC World Heavyweight title bout to Larry Holmes. (Thanks Coworker PP)

8 (2012) Twins Rangers lightning strike

9 (1968) Harmon Killebrew injures hamstring during the 3rd inning of the All Star Game

12 (1996) Kirby Puckett announces retirement due to loss of vision in his eye.

13 (2021) Parise/Suter buyout.

14 (1944) Millerettes unknowingly play last home game at Nicollet park before becoming permanent road team. They beat Milwaukee 7-6

14 (2010) Kahn compares Darko to Chris Webber uncomfortable conversation. Good Luck!

16 (1974) Twins/Brewers brawl - Reusse

17 (2002) Torii Hunter throws ball at Cleveland Pitcher Danys Baez and hits him in the leg (TwinsTrivia.com)

18 (1965) Twins manager Sam Mele punches 1st base umpire Bill Valentine (TwinsTrivia.com)

18 (2016) Twins fire Terry Ryan

19 (1956) Metropolitan Stadium officially named

19 (1966) Billy Martin bloody nose Howard fox (Twins Almanac)

19 (1976) Disco Dan Ford slides into 3rd and misses 5 feet to the left.

20 (2009) Twins blow 10 run lead to A’s lose 13-14 which we think is the Twins biggest blown lead of all time.

21 (1984) Les Steckel holds “Ironman” competition

21 (1988) Lombardozzi and Gladden fight

22 (1944) Millerettes announce they will play rest of season on road.

22 (1990) Twin lose 10-6 on 5 errors causing 10 unearned runs.

23 (1975) U of M receives NCAA letter about basketball investigation

23 (1996) JR Rider traded

23 (2014) Vikings announce they won't spend extra $1.1 million for bird safe glass.

27 (1959) Continental League forms with team in Mpls/St.Paul (Keith Grinde)

28 (1975) Musselman leaves U after NCAA investigation breaks

28 (2021) Twins hit 7 HRs, Tigers hit 0 HRs. Twins lose 17-14. (@PaulStMartin)

29 (1944) Minneapolis Millerette pitcher Annabelle Lee throws the first perfect game in AAGPBL history in an 18-0 win over the Kenosha Comets.

29 (1991) Keith Millard crashes Corvette in Hardees parking lot, leaves scene to beat training camp curfew

30 (2019) Wild GM Paul Fenton fired

31 (1972) Dick Allen hits 2 Inside the park home runs in the game off Bert Blyleven

31 (2007) Kevin Garnett traded to the Boston Celtics

31 (2019) Twins make last minute trade deadline deal for Kevin Dyson who turns out to be injured


August (27 of 31 days filled)

1 (1999) Dimitrius Underwood signs 7 million dollar contract

2 (1960) Continental League folds.

2 (1977) NCAA wins appeal that places Men’s Athletic Department back on probation

2 (1982) Ron Yary demands trade

2 (1984) Metrodome survey

2 (1999) Dimitrius Underwood walks out of practice and doesn’t return

3 (1987) Umpire Tim Tschida asks Twins pitcher Joe Niekro to empty his pockets. He drops an emery board and sandpaper. Niekro is suspended for 10 games.

4 (1984) Steckel’s first game as head coach, replacing Bud Grant

4 (1985) Carew gets 3000th hit against Twins and Frank Viola (@Plouffe24fan)

5 (1961) Vikings lose first exhibition game ever to Dallas 38-13

5 (1987) Niekro suspended

5 (1994) Glen Taylor buys Timberwolves

6 (1969) Billy Martin knocks out Dave Boswell

7 (2005) Shannon Stewart gives ball to fan with only 2 outs (TwinsTrivia.com)

7 (2020) Wild lose to Canucks in bubble playoff series

9 (1976) WHA approves transfer of Cleveland Crusaders to Minnesota to become the second incarnation the (New) Fighting Saints

10 (1971) In a 4-3 loss to Baltimore, Killebrew hits 500 & 501 (Twins Almanac)

11 (2019) Vikings trade 5th round pick for kicker Kaare Vedvick

13 (1954) "The Sports Commission" formed.

13 (1986) Twins trade Ron 'Boom Boom" Davis (TwinsTrivia.com)

14 (1959) Minneapolis/St Paul awarded an original (not yet called AFL) franchise.

15 (2006) Koren Robinson leads police on a high speed chase on hwy 169

16 (1977) Moth gets stuck in Butch Wynegar's ear.

16 (1983) After losing #1 pick Tim Belcher to the Yankees because he refused to pay an appropriate signing bonus, Calvin Griffith is quoted as saying he hopes he never has the first round pick again.

17 (2010) Favre arrival- Part 2.

17 (2017) Twins strikeout 19 times in 9 innings. (@awasmoen & TwinsTrivia.com)

18 (2009) Brett Favre arrives (the first time)

19 (2013) Mauer takes foul tip, would be last game at catcher. (TwinsTrivia.com)

22 (1982) Vikings trade Yary

22 (2005) Wolves hold voluntary mini camp in Vegas but pay for expenses, which is violation of salary cap.

23 (1988) Musselman hired as Wolves coach

23 (2014) Wolves trade Kevin Love to Cleveland for Andrew Wiggins

24 (1988) Dino Ciccarelli sentenced to $1000 fine 1 day in jail for on ice incident hitting Maple Leaf over head with stick. (@VintageMNHockey)

25 (1928) Duluth Eskimos disband

25 (1969) Billy Martin refuses Vice President Hubert Humphrey's cameras in the Locker room after a loss.

25 (1970) Met stadium bomb threat (@Michael_J_Adair @TwinsWild16)

26 (1981) Kicks last game at Met Stadium.

26 (2009) Schism

27 (1921) Minneapolis Marines (and Green Bay) admitted to APFA (Keith Grinde)

27 (2015) Sano hits ball off Tampa Catwalk (@bstoffel350)

27 (2019) Loons lose USOC to ATL

28 (1976) Kicks lose NASL Championship (aka the Soccer Bowl) to Toronto 3-0

29 (1992) Lights go out in Metrodome causing delay

30 (1960) American League votes to expand, Twin Cities chosen as candidate.

30 (1990) White Sox, Ron Karkovice hits inside park grand slam vs Twins (Twitter @Tinger_3)

30 (2007) Target Field official ground breaking ceremony held.

30 (2005) Wolves fined $200K for Vegas trip.

31 (2005) Michael Finley chooses Spurs after Garnett recruiting him. (Thanks JG)

31 (2019) Vikings cut Kaare Vedvik after trading a 5th round pick for him.

31 (2019) Twins hit 6 Hr's to break all time HR record, lose 10-7. (@firearmofmutiny)


September (28 of 30 days filled)

2 (1965) Bob Allison goes 0-5 with 5 Ks in 5-4 loss (Twins Almanac)

3 (1994) PSU beats Gophers 56-3. Ki-Jana Carter runs 210 yards virtually untouched.

3 (2006) Bert Blyleven drops F Bomb on live TV.

3 (2016) Vikings trade for Sam Bradford after Teddy Bridgewater has life threatening leg injury

4 (1915) First and only Minneapolis 500 Race (Keith Grinde)

5 (1978) Disco Dan Ford (Twins Almanac, Roy Smalley @barteltt2)

6 (1944) Minneapolis 'Orphans' play last game of season losing game 2 of DH to Milwaukee 6-4

6 (1981) Kicks unknowingly play last game ever

6 (1995) Saints outdraw Twins

6 (2005) Kyle Lohse bashes Gardy's door with a bat

7 (1997) The Star Tribune reports that Pohlad has an offer from Don Beaver on the 6th, but a day later he denies the report.

8 (2000) Glen Taylor called to meeting with NBA Commissioner and admits secret deal with Joe Smith

9 (1989) First Timberwolves Hoopfest - Rick Mahorn promotional appearance

11 (1995) Twins inform Legislative panel that the Metrodome is obsolete. Although they never officially say “new stadium” That is the intention.

11 (2010) Gophers football loses to FCS South Dakota. 41-38

12 (1982) Twins lose 18-7 and Terry Felton is credited with his 13th loss of the season and the 16th loss of his career. He would be released after the season and would finish his career 0-16.

13 (2007) Bill Smith named Twins GM

14 (1984) Strikers play last NASL outdoor game due to league folding (Keith Grinde)

14 (2020) Byron Buxton robbed of IP HR due to ball being "stuck"

15 (2002) Mike Tice calls into radio show to discuss his kicker Doug Brien missing 2 XPs in overtime loss to Bills. Brien was fired and Gary Anderson was brought back.

16 (2018) Daniel Carlson's bad day vs Packers.

17 (1961) Vikings play first ever regular season game

17 (1978) Blown PR call in Vikes/Bucs game.

17 (1983) Gophers lose to Nebraska 84-13

17 (2018) Vikings cut kicker Daniel Carlson, replaced by Dan Bailey

17 (2020) Josh Donaldson ejected from game after hitting HR

18 (1997) Pohlad begins negotiations with Don Beaver to sell Twins to NC, and claims it’s not a ploy to pressure Minnesota for a new stadium.

19 (1926) Duluth Kelleys reborn as the Eskimos win first game 7-0 over KC Cowboys

19 (1985) Jim McMahon comes off the bench to throw 3 touchdowns in 3rd quarter.

19 (2018) Jimmy Butler requests trade

20 (1965) Twins lose to KC 8-2 in front of 537 fans

20 (1986) Gophers lose to Oklahoma 63-0

21 (1969) Fran Tarkenton leads Giants to 13 pt comeback, win 24-23 vs Vikings

21 (1970) Vida Blue no hits Twins in 8th career start. (@Super70’sSports)

22 (1929) Minneapolis Marines reborn as Red Jackets play first game lose to Bears 19-6

23 (2018) Vikings lose to Bills by 21 after being favored by 16 - "Ballcap Game" (Keith grinde)

24 (2002) Randy Moss hits a traffic officer and pot is found in his car

24 (2011) Gophers lose to FCS North Dakota State 37-24

25 (1981) Last night game at the Met.

26 (1976) Vikings bus late to game in Detroit

27 (1960) Vikings given their name.

27 (1984) Jamie Quirk only major league at bat - HR off Twins. (@allmediareviews)

27 (2003) Jesse Orosco final pitch of career walkoff K in loss to Detroit. (Twins Almanac)

28 (1978) Calvin Griffith's racist remarks in speech at Waseca Lions.

28 (1984) Twins blow 10 run lead. (Thanks D. Graham email submission)

28 (2012) Tsuyoshi Nishioka gives back $3.25 million as an apology for poor play (Yahoo sports and SKOR North)

29 (1981) Fillies sold to Detroit?

29 (2005) Torii Hunter throws punch at Justin Morneau that hits Nick Punto (Twins Almanac, @ErikThibault, @awasmoen, @AschNBA)

29 (2020) Twins lose 17th straight playoff game setting the American record

30 (1923) Duluth Kelleys play first NFL game beating Akron Pros 10-7

30 (1967) Twins need 1 win to win AL go into Boston for 2 game series and get swept. (@mapahansen)

30 (1981) Twins play last game at Met Stadium

30 (2016) Twins lose for the 103rd time of the season 3-7 to White Sox marking it as the worst season in team history (Baseball Reference)

30 (2020) Twins swept by Astros in first round. 18th straight postseason loss.


October (29 of 31 days filled)

1 (1961) Vikings lose at Colts in last seconds of game. First loss to colts and probably Vikings first "heartbreaking" loss (Keith Grinde)

1 (1967) Twins need 1 win to win AL go into Boston for 2 game series and get swept. (@mapahansen)

2 (1921) Minneapolis Marines play first game, lose to Cardinals 20-0

2 (1981) Dome raised for the first time

2 (1988) Allan Anderson skips final start to win ERA title.

2 (2016) Twins finish their worst season ever 59-103 with win over Chicago White Sox 6-3

2 (2018) Manager Paul Molitor is fired a year after taking the Twins to the Wildcard game and being named Manager of the Year.

3 (1982) Twins end season losing 102nd game of the year. 2nd worst record in franchise history.

3 (1997) Pohlad signs a letter of intent to sell the Twins to Don Beaver

3 (2017) Twins lose to Yankees in Wildcard game 8-4 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

4 Lynx win 2017 WNBA championship

4 (1987) Ciccarelli pushes referee/given 2 game misconducts refuses to leave ice

4 (2010) New York Daily News "EZ Pass" (@BillFehlberg)

5 (1970) Twins lose ALCS to Orioles

5 (2003) Twins lose to Yankees in ALDS (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

5 (2004) Twins beat Yankees in Game 1 of ALDS. Last playoff victory. Lost 18 straight since.

6 (1969) Twins lose ALCS to Orioles

6 (2000) The Wild play their first game ever losing to Ducks 3-1.

6 (2002) Contraction: The Twins beat the Oakland As in the Division Series and advance to the ALCS

6 (2002) Contraction: On that very same day, during the post- game celebration, Pohlad finally admits volunteering the team for contraction

6 (2005) Vikings Love Boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka

6 (2006) Twins swept by A’s in ALDS 3-0 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

7 (1976) Fighting Saints play first game of new franchise

7 Lynx win 2011 WNBA championship

9 - Twins are 0-6 on October 9th. Never won. (1965, 1991, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010) Twins Almanac.

9 (2004) Twins lose to Yankees in ALDS (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

9 (2009) Phil Cuzzy’s famous blown call on Mauer's ground rule double - costs Twins a run, possibly game.

9 (2010) Twins swept by Yankees in ALDS 3-0 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

10 (2003) Gophers blow 21 point lead on Michigan in 4th quarter lose 38-35.

10 Lynx win 2013 WNBA championship

10 (2018) Jimmy Butler crashes Wolves practice after holding out and yells at owner and management

11 (1964) Lions and Vikings both wear white Jerseys (Keith Grinde)

11 (1967) North Stars play first game ever. Tie with Blues 2-2

11 (2000) The Wild play first home game at the Xcel. Tie Flyers 3-3

11 (2009) Twins swept by Yankees in ALDS 3-0 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

11 (2016) Zimmer and the Fat Cats

11 (2017) Wiggins 5 year Max deal

11 (2020) Vikings blown leads to Seahawks.

12 (1965) Twins groundskeeper adds 8 wheelbarrows of sand to first base to slow Dodgers runners

12 (1969) Billy Martin fired/not rehired

12 (1989) Herschel Walker trade

13 (1972) Fighting Saints first game ever. Loss vs Winnipeg Jets

13 (2002) Contraction: Twins Lose the ALCS to Anaheim 4-1 (Courtesy Will Ragatz)

14 (1965) Twins lose game 7 of World Series to Dodgers

14 Lynx win 2015 WNBA championship

15 (1972) Fighting Saints first win ever. Beat Chicago Cougars 3-2.

15 (2005) Leading 34-31 with 30 seconds left, Minnesota’s punt is blocked by Wisconsin in the endzone and lose 38-34 (Thanks JD)

16 (1972) North Stars bar fight at the Moustrap in Atlanta.

16 (2018) Kevin Garnett says Glen Taylor doesn’t know sh$% about basketball on National television.

17 (2010) Tim Brewster fired

18 (1989) First pre-season Wolves game at dome

18 (2000) After starting 0-4-1, Wild get first win and first win at home vs Tampa Bay 6-5.

20 (1991) Ron Gant/Kent Hrbek first base World Series

20 (2019) Loons lose to LA Galaxy 2-1 in first round of their first MLS playoffs.

21 (1967) North Stars get first win and first win at home vs the Oakland Seals 3-1

21 (1976) NCAA places men's Athletic Dept on probation for not declaring players ineligible

21 (2012) Lynx lose WNBA finals

21 (2013) Josh Freeman game. Worst single QB grade by PFF (@BobbyWescott)

21 (2016) Lynx lose WNBA finals - controversial shot clock violation with 1:12 left (Zeke Fuhrman)

22 (1967) Muskies first game. Loss to Kentucky Colonels 104-96.

22 (2001) Contraction: The first reports surface of contraction officially happening before 2002 season

23 (1921) Marines lose to Packers 7-6 on missed kick

23 (1982) Fry dresses as farmer to throw shade at Gophers. (Bumper to Bumper)

23 (1997) "No room for Crybabies" is released for purchase in the Twin Cities

24 (1967) Muskies first win. Beat the Pittsburgh Pipers 104-86.

24 (1977) ACIA reverses decision about players ineligibility so football can get Bowl game.

24 (2000) Gophers vacated 1997 Final Four appearance as well was other years tourney appearances as punishment for academic scandal

25 (1964) Jim Marshall recovers a fumble and runs the wrong way vs San Francisco

25 (1983) Joe Salem resigns

25 Twins win 1987 World Series

26 (1960) Calvin Griffith talks owners into letting him move Senators to Minnesota

26 (2001 Contraction: After first reports of contraction happening to the expos and Marlins, the Twins are rumored to be candidate

27 (1968) Pipers first game, win vs Miami Floridians 126-94.

27 (1974) Fran Tarkenton gets ejected after throwing a ball at a Patriots player (Thanks @MrZMovies)

27 (1989) Rick Mahorn traded

27 Twins win 1991 World Series

28 (1983) Bobby Smith traded

28 (1984) Archie Manning first start, sacked 11 times by Bears. (Keith Grinde)

29 (1991) Corvette carrying Sal Butera during Twins championship parade starts on fire (@murphfrommidway)

29 (2010) Randy Moss lashes out about catering in locker room

30 (1988) Steve Young's 49 yard Run vs Vikings with 2 min left to win 24-21

30 (2020) Gophers/Maryland game, spread, blown lead, missed kick)

31 (1936) Gophers undefeated season ruined by phantom unnecessary roughness penalty giving PSU ball on the 1. Lose 6-0 (Dan B and JG)

31 (2001) Contraction: Pohlad denies that he asked for a buyout from other owners (denies volunteering team for contraction).

31 (2004) Latrell Sprewell declines Timberwolves $21 million contract offer saying "I have a family to feed".

31 (2010) After loss to Patriots, Randy Moss gets emotional in press conference about how much he misses them (Coworker PP)

31 (2015) Gophers/Michigan goal line debacle with 30s left. (@CoryOlson89)

31 (2018) The term "General Soreness" is used to excuse why Jimmy Butler isn’t playing.

31 (1968) Wren Blair steps down as coach for the first time.


November (26 of 30 days filled)

1 (1925) Duluth Kelleys play last game, loss to Cardinals 10-6

1 (1955) Calvin Griffith named President of Senators after his Uncle Clark the previous owner dies.

1 (2010) Even though it wouldn't be official until the next day, Randy Moss is released by the Vikings ending his 2nd stint with the team

2 (2016) Norv Turner resigns as Vikings Offensive Coordinator, replaced by Pat Shurmur

3 (1989) Timberwolves play first ever game, losing to Seattle.

4 (1968) John Muckler's first game as North Stars coach Loss 1-0 to Maple Leafs

4 (2019) Timberwolves game delayed by rim 1 degree off. (@HoopsMaven)

5 (1989) Following a win against the Rams, Jerry Burns goes on an epic NSFW rant defending his OC, Bob Schnelker.

5 (2001) Contraction: MSFC threaten legal action if Twins don’t fulfill lease.

6 (2000) Antonio Freeman catch to win game in OT vs Vikings on MNF

6 (2001) Contraction: Owners vote 28-2 in favor of eliminating 2 teams for the 2002 season. (Expos & Twins vote against)

7 (2011) Twins fire Bill Smith replace with Terry Ryan

8 (1989) Timberwolves play first ever home game...in the Metrodome, losing the Micheal Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

9 (2001) Contraction: In an effort to prevent employees from bailing, Jim Pohlad sends letter to employees telling them to hold tight

9 (2007) Reported that Childress fined Williamson for going to funeral

10 (2018) Butler traded to Philadelphia

10 (1989) Timberwolves first win, defeating Sir Charles and the 76ers 125-118 in OT. Former TWolf Rick Mahorn comes off the bench for the 76ers (Basketball Reference)

11 (2001) Randy Moss verbally abuses a team corporate sponsor on the team bus and is fined and required to attend anger management

12 (2018) Butler trade becomes official. Deal struck on 10th.

13 (2020) Gopher/Iowa timeout pissing contest. “Figured we’d take Floyd with us and leave the timeouts here.”

14 (2001) Contraction: Mn legislators file lawsuit to break Baseball's federal antitrust exemption

14 (2014) Timberwolves lose to Pelicans by 48

14 (2017) Twins Manager Paul Molitor gets Manager of the Year a year before being fired.

15 (1924) Mpls Marines last game, loss to Frankford Yellow Jackets 39-7

15 (1965) Norm Van Brocklin quits, would be talked into returning the next day.

15 (2001) Contraction: Commissioner Bud Selig tells Minnesotans they should look themselves in the mirror

15 (2016) Vikings kicker Blair Walsh is cut and replaced by Kai Forbath

16 (1965) Van Brocklin is talked into returning

16 (2001) Contraction: MN judge grants injunction filed by the MSC to force Twins to play in 2002. The Twins and MLB appeal

19 (1981) Metrodome roof collapses from almost a foot of snow requiring it to be re-inflated.

19 (1999) McKinley Boston and Mark Dienhart resign amid Gopher basketball scandal

19 (2008) Williamson challenges Childress to fight.

20 (1943) Gophers refuse "Slab of Bacon" trophy after beating Wisconsin. (Keith Grinde)

20 (1966) Tarkenton benched for Vander Kelen

20 (1977) Walter Payton runs for 275 yards against vikings with flu and 101 degree fever

20 (1981) Dome at Winter Park collapses (Keith Grinde)

22 (1950) Lakers lose to Detroit 19-18. Lowest scoring game in NBA history. (Keith Grinde)

22 (2001) After being criticized for taking plays off, Randy Moss famously declares to Sid Hartman, I play when I want to play

22 (2007) Torri Hunter signs with Angels in free agency.

22 (2010) Brad Childress fired.

24 (1979) Minnesota's Scott Ledoux loses IBF USBA world Heavyweight title bout to Mike Weaver. (Thanks Coworker PP)

24 (2001) Contraction: Alabama businessman Donald Watkins says he wants to buy Twins.

25 (1975) Kicks were purchased from Denver.

25 (1987) Dino Ciccarelli exits his home without pants and is charged with indecent exposure.

25 (2017) Gophers almost lose to Alabama playing 5 on 3.

26 (1960) Washington Senators officially change their name to Minnesota Twins.

26 (2010) Twins win negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka.

27 (1985) Lou Holtz accepts Notre Dame job after 2 year as Gopher coach. The terms "Lou Holtz clause" and "Notre Dame clause" are born

28 (1978) Cal Stoll asked to resign, refuses and is fired by letter in mail.

28 (2009) Adrian Peterson busted for driving 109 MPH on Hwy 62

29 (1960) Gophers last football championship named by AP and UPI, lose Rose Bowl month later.

30 (1966) Vikings placed in NFC Central via coin flip - Other teams didn't want us.

30 (1983) Fort Lauderdale Strikers announce they are relocating to Minnesota

30 (2019) #9 Gophers lose to Wisconsin at home after being ranked in the top 10.


December (28 of 31 days filled)

1 (1978) MSFC votes 4-3 for domed stadium.

2 (1976) University gets temporary injunction against NCAA probation

4 (1966) Tarkenton benched in Atlanta

4 (2013) Timberwolves game in Mexico cancelled due to escalator fire. (@ChrisGustafson4)

5 (1996) Collective Bargaining Agreement between players and owners which includes revenue sharing.

5 (1998) Lynx given their name

6 (2001) Contraction: Bud Selig is verbally assaulted by MN House Judiciary Committee members and the governor.

6 (2019) Chris Paul snitches on untucked jersey allowing comeback

7 (1930) Red Jackets play last game, loss to Portsmouth Spartans 42-0, last NFL game in MN until 1961

7 (1978) Rod Carew traded to the Giants but he would refuse to report.

7 (1981) Kicks fold due to financial losses and dispersal draft for players is held.

7 (2001) Contraction: Players are informed of possible spring training lockout by owners

7 (2020) MNUFC blows 2 goal lead with 15 Minutes left in game (tieing goal with 1 minute left and GWer in 3rd minute of extra time)

8 (1978) After being traded to the Giants, Carew says he will not report.

8 (2000) Glen Taylor and Kevin McHale suspended for illegal Joe Smith Deal

9 (1993) Dallas Stars return to play Ottawa at Target Center.

9 (2010) Twins trade JJ Hardy to Orioles. (@TwinsAlmanac)

10 (1969 Twins trade Graig Nettles (Reusse)

11 (1927) Eskimos last game, loss to Bears 27-14

11 (1981) Minnesota's Scott LeDoux loses IBF USBA world Heavyweight title bout to Greg Page. (Thanks Coworker PP)

11 (2018) Vikings OC John Defilippo fired and replaced by Kevin Stefanski

12 (2010) Metrodome roof collapses for final time

13 (1919) Clark Griffith buys Senators because he was tired of previous owner’s penny pinching.

13 (1994) Met Center torn down

13 (2020) Dan Bailey 0/1 XP 0/3 FG

14 (1962) Vikings lose bidding war for Bobby Bell.

14 (1969) Balloon with boy leaves Met Stadium ends up in river.

14 (1984) Lou Holtz speech to regents supporting move to Dome

15 (1978) Minnesota Fillies first game, loss to Cornets 103-81 (Keith Grinde)

16 (1984) Les Steckel’s last game as head coach, loss to Packers. 3-13 season. Worst record in team history

16 (2002) Twins release David Ortiz

17 (1961) Lakers return for exhibition game.

17 (1984) Les Steckel is fired, replaced by Bud Grant

17 (2010) Nishioka signs

18 (1975) University committee presents findings of Musselman era violations to NCAA, 'deal' struck about players.

18 (1991) Morris signs with Blue Jays after Carl Pohlad tells him to sign elsewhere because he is saving his money for Kirby

18 (2000) Contraction: Star Tribune quotes Pohlad as saying he wants no part of contraction, and that his objective is to keep baseball here

18 (2009) Wild equipment fire in Ottawa

20 (1975) Chuck Foreman hit with snowball in Buffalo that blurs his vision.

20 (1979) Construction begins on Metrodome

20 (1981) Kansas City beats the Vikings 10-6 in the final game ever played at Met Stadium. (@TwinsAlmanac)

21 (2001) Contraction: Teams are given permission to release schedules and sell tickets for 02 season.

22 (1968) Vikings lose Divisional Playoff to Colts 24-14

22 (1979) Fogged out North Stars game at Met Center

22 (1982) Broten/Gretzky fight

23 (1998) Pohlads announce Twins will be slashing their payroll from 27 million in 1998 to 10-15 million for the following season. Merry Christmas Twins fans!

23 (2001) Contraction: Two days after teams given permission to sell tickets commissioner says contraction could still happen in February.

23 (2016) Vikings plane slips off runway (Keith Grinde)

24 (1995) Vikings blow 21 point lead to Bengals

24 (2006) Childress cuts Marcus Robinson on Christmas Eve

25 (1971) Vikings lose Divisional Playoff to Cowboys 20-12

27 (1970) Vikings lose Divisional Playoff to 49ers 17-14

27 (1997) Denny Green punts down 9 points to Giants with less than 4 mins left.

27 (2001) Contraction: The Minnesota Court of Appeals begins hearing testimony on MLB's appeal to lift an earlier decision that the Twins must fulfill their 2002 lease to play in the Metrodome.

28 (1975) Vikings lose Divisional Playoff to Cowboys 17-14 on Drew Pearson's famous pushoff. Also the birth of the term 'Hail Mary' thanks to Roger Staubach's pass on that play.

28 (1996) Vikings lose Wild card game to Cowboys 40-15

28 (2003) Cardinals knock Vikings out of playoffs on last second 4th down play. Noooooooooo!

29 (2006) Gophers blow 31 point lead in Insight Bowl and lose to Texas Tech in OT

30 (1982) Metrodome roof tears and deflates due to heavy snow.

30 (1997) Prank call to Bulls locker room/Michael Jordan

31 (1975) Fighting Saints players vote to play for free. (MN Fighting Saints Facebook Group)

31 (1978) Vikings lose Divisional Playoff to Los Angeles Rams 34-10

31 (2006) Glen Mason fired for Insight Bowl meltdown.

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