In celebration of opening day, a look at "We’re Gonna Win, Twins!" by Doug Grow

Each day leading up to the April 16 announcement of the Minnesota Book Awards, we highlight one of the thirty-two finalists. Today, we feature 2011 Minnesota finalist:

We’re Gonna Win, Twins! 50 Years of Minnesota’s Hometown Team
Doug Grow
University of Minnesota Press
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An excerpt from We’re Gonna Win, Twins! 50 Years of Minnesota’s Hometown Team:

When the players arrived, a roar filled the Dome that would continue on through the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. The players had heard ovations in the final weeks of the regular season, but nothing like this. They kept looking up from the field into the wall of noise and people. There were a few speeches. There was more roaring and waving.

For one night, Minneapolis was the world’s biggest small town. For one night, everyone in Minnesota was a fan. For one night, all the politics and bottom-line business of major-league baseball was not just forgiven, but forgotten.

Chronicling a half century of Twins baseball season by season, Doug Grow shows how teams are built and managed, profiles great players and tells stories of the camaraderie and scuffles in the clubhouse. This insider view celebrates the triumphs and angst of the game for the true fan.


Doug Grow is a journalist for the online publication, MinnPost.


“What a delightful trip down memory lane. With his passion for the Twins legacy, Doug Grow describes the essence of each season and made me feel like I was right there in the clubhouse again. Every Twins fan will want to add We’re Gonna Win, Twins! to their memories about their beloved home team. Twins win again!” – Gary “The Rat” Gaetti

“Throughout his career, Doug Grow has always found the true meaning in stories large and small. This account of the history of Minnesota Twins baseball is filled with that kind of personal understanding. There will always be people who say that baseball is just a game—until they read this book.” – Don Shelby, WCCO-TV

“The book is more than a history. It’s an evocation of half a century, lavishly illustrated with such out-of-left-field photos as the cover of the “Win Twins Polka” to the great Kirby Puckett, adorned in a full-length fur coat, waving to fans at the 1987 World Series Parade.” – Star Tribune

“Doug Grow does a wonderful job on chronicling the history of the Minnesota Twins. He sets the stage of each era by giving the significant happenings of the world, the nation, the state, pop culture and the season. This is all liberally peppered with photos and memorabilia to fit with the text.” – MN Book Awards preliminary judge


Former Minneapolis StarTribune sports writer Doug Grow sat down after signing his book in June 2010 at Northwind Books & Fiber in Spooner Wisconsin. Grow talked about how his book – which recounts the Twins’ 50 year journey from 1961 to 2010 – made some fans cry, but the tears were likely a response to feelings evoked about “some things beyond baseball.”

As the Twins began their 50th season last spring in a brand-new, outdoor stadium, longtime sports reporter and columnist Doug Grow chronicled a half century of Twins baseball, season by season. Fox News’ M.A. Rosko talked with Doug about the highlights — and lowlights — of our beloved Twins. Click here for the video.


South Dakota Public Broadcasting talked Twins Baseball with Doug Grow, former Twin and broadcaster Ron Coomer, and current Twin Jason Kubel back on opening day last year. Host Paul Guggenheimer spoke with Grow, who talked baseball and weighed in on the new Target Field. Then an interview with former Twins player and current broadcaster Ron Coomer discussing the new field and the upcoming season. Current Twin and South Dakota-born Jason Kubel also talked with Paul.


Award winners will be announced at the 23rd Annual Minnesota Book Awards Gala on Saturday, April 16, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, in downtown Saint Paul. The opening reception begins at 6:30 p.m.; followed by the awards ceremony at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45 and are available by clicking here or calling 651-222-3242.

Have you read We’re Gonna Win, Twins!? What are your thoughts? We welcome your comments!

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