1987 World Series

Minnesota Twins (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (3)

The 1987 St. Louis Cardinals had once again risen to the top of the National League with an impressive 95-67 record that granted them a first-class ticket to Minnesota and the 84th Fall Classic. Their opponents, the American League's Twins, had posted the best home-field record in the Major Leagues (56-25).

Game 1 looked to be in the American League's favor as the Twins had a definite advantage over visiting teams who were not used to playing in the purist's nightmare known as the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome. The trendy indoor stadium with its Teflon roof, artificial turf and trash-can lining walls had been heralded as a major achievement when it opened, but the futuristic ballpark soon became unpopular with the players as the controlled air facility couldn't hold long fly balls or distribute the crowd noise. Despite their unconventional surroundings, Minnesota had assembled a strong line-up and were more than ready to show the Redbirds how to play inside.

As the first Classic ever to be held indoors opened, the home team's Frank Viola schooled the visiting line-up with five hit ball over eight innings. In the fourth, Dan Gladden continued the math lesson with a textbook grand slam and Steve Lombardozzi added a two run homer for the 10-1 victory. School was back in session the following day as Randy Bush belted a two run double and Tim Laudner contributed a two run single off starter Danny Cox in the fourth. Curveball professor Bert Blyleven taught seven innings and was an 8-4 winner for Minnesota, who had graduated from freshman to seniors with the 2-0 advantage.

The Cardinals were grateful to return to the traditional outdoor settings of their own ballpark with its green grasses and wide open spaces for Games 3-5. Les Straker kept the Twins on track after six innings of shutout pitching, but was replaced by Juan Berenguer after showing signs of fatigue. The substitution proved costly as the home team hammered the reliever for three runs and four hits in 1/3 of an inning. Left-hander John Tudor fared much better and showed the visitors who owned the hill at Busch Memorial Stadium. Proving there's no place like home; the Cards emerged as 3-1 winners and were back in the race.

Game 4 was another close one and remained a 1-1 tie in the fourth when Tom Lawless (who had two hits all season and one homer in two-hundred fifteen games) shocked both benches with a three run blast off of Viola that pushed the Cardinals to a 7-2 victory. Once again, Cox and Blyleven matched up for Game 5 and were locked in a scoreless stalemate going into the sixth inning. Curt Ford snapped the tie with a two run single in the sixth and Greg Gagne's critical error on the next at-bat netted a third run for the 4-2 victors. After starting 0-2, the Cardinals had comeback for the advantage and were now standing one win away from another title. It wasn't over yet though as both teams headed indoors back in Twins territory.

Learning from their mistakes in Games 1 and 2, the Cardinals managed to work through the deafening crowd noise that had played as a major advantage for the home team. Focusing on the task at hand, St. Louis maintained their momentum with a first inning homer courtesy of Tommy Herr. After 4½ innings, the visitors had built a 5-2 lead and Tudor was brought in to close it out. Minnesota had other plans though as Kirby Puckett started the Twins' fifth with a single, Gary Gaetti doubled him home and Don Baylor followed with a home run for the 5-5 tie. Lombardozzi completed the rally with the go-ahead run off reliever Rick Horton, but the Twins were far from finished. After the Cardinals shuffled their rotation several times in the sixth (including swapping the right-handed Forsch for left-handed Ken Dayley) Kent Hrbek nailed a two out, grand slam that capped a Minnesota 11-5 triumph, putting the Twins within one win of their first World Series trophy.

Game 7 was a much tighter affair than the previous game's romping as Frank Viola took the mound against St. Louis ace Joe Magrane. Both pitchers had entered the Major Leagues at the "tender" of twenty-two (Viola in '82, and Magrane in '87), but proven themselves to be mature beyond their years. Surprisingly, the more experienced Viola blinked first as the Redbirds took an early 2-0 lead in the second, but he was able to regain his composure while allowing just two more hits through the following eight innings. His teammates also contributed at the plate by scoring runs in the second, fifth, sixth and eighth frames. Jeff Reardon came out of the Minnesota bullpen in the ninth and followed his starter's lead while securing Twins fans their first championship title. Overall, Viola's clutch performance remained as the series standout and he was awarded with both versions of the Fall Classic's Most Valuable Player Award; the original title, which was voted on during the final game of the World Series by a committee of reporters and officials in attendance, and the Babe Ruth MVP Award, which had been developed by the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America and first awarded one year after the Bambino's death.

While Cardinals fans and baseball purists still scoffed at the winners gaudy facilities, the Twins looked at it differently. Their field may have been unsightly, but at least their '87 American League West, American League and World Series champion banners would always be dry.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"You never know. What you have today can be gone tomorrow. There are no guarantees in life." - Minnesota Twin / 1987 World Series participant Kirby Puckett

1987 World Series

1987 World Series Program

1987 World Series Official Program

1986 | Minnesota Twins (4) vs St. Louis Cardinals (3) | 1988

Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Metrodome
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
55,171
National Anthem
Diane Schuur (Jazz Singer)
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Metrodome
Attendance
55,257
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
August J. Busch, Jr. (Cardinals Owner)
Attendance
55,347
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
55,347
National Anthem
Peter, Paul and Mary (Folk Singing Trio)
Game 5
Date / Box Score
Location
Attendance
55,347
Game 6
Date / Box Score
Location
Metrodome
Attendance
55,293
National Anthem
Crowd (the fans)
Game 7
Date / Box Score
Location
Metrodome
1 st Pitch
From
To
Calvin Griffith (Twins Owner, 1961-1984)
Carl Pohlad (Twins Owner, 1984-2009)
Attendance
55,376
National Anthem
The Jets
1987 World Series Fast Facts

1987 World Series
Game 1

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5 1
Minnesota 0 0 0 7 2 0 1 0 x 10 11 0
Joe Magrane (L)
Bob Forsch (4 th )
Ricky Horton (7 th )
Frank Viola (W)
Keith Atherton (9 th )
-
None
-
Dan Gladden (4 th )
Steve Lombardozzi (5 th )

1987 World Series
Game 2

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 4 9 0
Minnesota 0 1 0 6 0 1 0 0 x 8 10 0
Danny Cox (L)
Lee Tunnell (4 th )
Ken Dayley (7 th )
Todd Worrell (8 th )
Bert Blyleven (W)
Juan Berenguer (8 th )
Jeff Reardon (9 th )
-
None
-
Gary Gaetti (2 nd )
Tim Laudner (6 th )

1987 World Series
Game 3

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 x 3 9 1
Les Straker
Juan Berenguer (L, 7 th )
Dan Schatzeder (7 th )
John Tudor (W)
Todd Worrell (8 th )
-
None None

1987 World Series
Game 4

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
St. Louis 0 0 1 6 0 0 0 0 x 7 10 1
Frank Viola (L)
Dan Schatzeder (4 th )
Joe Niekro (5 th )
George Frazier (7 th )
Greg Mathews
Bob Forsch (W, 4 th )
Ken Dayley (7 th )
-
Greg Gagne (3 rd ) Tom Lawless (4 th )

1987 World Series
Game 5

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Minnesota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 6 1
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 x 4 10 0
Bert Blyleven (L)
Keith Atherton (7 th )
Jeff Reardon (7 th )
Danny Cox (W)
Ken Dayley (8 th )
Todd Worrell (8 th )
None None

1987 World Series
Game 6

Line Score / Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 5 11 2
Minnesota 2 0 0 0 4 4 0 1 x 11 15 0
John Tudor (L)
Ricky Horton (5 th )
Bob Forsch (6 th )
Ken Dayley (6 th )
Lee Tunnell (7 th )
Les Straker
Dan Schatzeder (W, 4 th )
Juan Berenguer (6 th )
Jeff Reardon (9 th )
-
Tom Herr (1 st )
-
Don Baylor (5 th )
Kent Hrbek (6 th )

1987 World Series
Game 7

1987 World Series Game 7 Ticket

1987 World Series Game 7 Ticket

Line Score / Box Score

Team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
R
H
E
St. Louis
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
6
1
Minnesota
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
1
x
4
10
0
Frank Viola (W)
Jeff Reardon (S, 9 th )
-
None
None

1987 World Series

Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 1987 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
p
dh-3
p
p
of
dh-2
c
of-1
p
3b
ss
of
1b
1b-1,dh-1
c
2b
2b-3
p
of
p
p
ph
p
p
2
5
3
2
7
4
1
2
1
7
7
7
7
5
7
6
4
1
7
4
3
4
2
3
0
13
0
1
25
6
0
1
0
27
30
31
24
3
22
17
5
0
28
0
0
2
2
1
0
5
0
0
5
1
0
0
0
7
6
9
5
0
7
7
1
0
10
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
1
2
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
5
1
0
0
0
4
5
3
4
1
4
3
0
0
5
0
0
0
0
0
0
3
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
4
3
7
6
0
4
4
0
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
.000
.385
.000
.000
.200
.167
.000
.000
.000
.259
.200
.290
.208
.000
.318
.412
.200
.000
.357
.000
.000
.500
.000
.000
0
1
0
0
4
0
0
0
0
2
1
3
5
1
5
2
1
0
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
4
1
0
0
0
5
6
4
3
0
4
2
1
0
1
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
238
65
10
3
7
38
38
.269
29
36
6

1987 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals 1987 World Series Composite Hitting Statistics

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2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
15.
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17.
18.
19.
20.
21.
22.
23.
24.
of
p
p
1b
of-4
p
2b
p
pr
c
3b
1b-6,of-1
p
p
of
of
3b-4,of-3
dh-1
c-6,dh-1
dh-2
ss
p
p
p
7
3
4
4
5
3
7
2
1
3
3
6
2
1
7
1
7
2
7
3
7
2
2
4
28
2
1
13
13
2
28
0
0
3
10
15
0
1
27
2
24
4
22
7
28
2
0
0
4
0
0
3
4
0
7
0
0
1
1
5
0
0
10
0
6
1
9
3
6
0
0
0
2
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
5
0
0
3
1
0
2
0
0
0
1
3
0
0
2
0
2
0
2
2
3
0
0
0
2
0
0
1
2
0
1
0
0
1
3
2
0
0
4
0
2
0
4
1
2
0
0
0
.143
.000
.000
.231
.308
.000
.250
.000
.000
.333
.100
.333
.000
.000
.370
.000
.250
.250
.409
.429
.214
.000
.000
.000
2
0
0
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
3
1
2
0
0
0
10
1
1
1
1
0
2
0
0
0
4
3
0
0
9
0
4
0
2
1
3
2
0
0
6
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
2
0
0
0
Totals
232
60
8
0
2
26
25
.259
13
44
12

1987 World Series

Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins 1987 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
3
2
1
1
4
3
2
3
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1.1
4.1
13.0
2.0
2.0
4.2
4.1
9.0
19.1
6.75
10.38
2.77
0.00
0.00
0.00
6.23
4.00
3.72
0
10
13
1
1
5
4
9
17
0
1
12
2
1
3
3
6
16
1
5
4
0
0
0
3
4
8
1
0
2
0
1
0
3
3
3
Totals
4
3
21
7
0
1
0
60.0
3.75
60
44
25
13

1987 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals 1987 World Series Composite Pitching Statistics

1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
1
0
0
3
4
3
2
2
1
2
2
4
2
0
0
0
2
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
11.2
4.2
6.1
3.0
7.1
3.2
11.0
4.1
7.0
7.71
1.93
9.95
6.00
8.59
2.45
5.73
2.08
1.29
13
2
8
5
9
2
15
4
6
9
3
3
1
5
3
8
1
3
10
1
7
2
7
1
7
1
1
8
0
5
0
5
2
3
2
4
Totals
3
4
23
7
0
3
0
59.0
5.64
64
36
37
29
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On October 24, 1987 , Kirby Puckett of the Minnesota Twins tied the World Series record for runs scored in a single series game.

Did you know that this was the first World Championship title for the Minnesota Twins ? Did you know that it left a serious impact on many fans:

THANKS TO THE TWINS

Well, the season is over and winter draws near,
And It's time to say thanks for a wonderful year.
To the Twins who say, "Hey, we're just regular guys,"
you've done more for the fans than you may realize.

There were people whose lives were devoid of all hope,
You rekindled the flame and you helped them to cope.
You breathed life into people who needed a lift,
And you touched all our hearts, and That's quite a gift.

And thanks to you, Herbie, our own hometown boy,
We don't live in Mudville, and we have known joy.
In a slump and playing hurt, but by force of sheer will,
You unleashed your bat and you made time stand still.

And at the last game, I yelled and I prayed,
And I lost all control when the last out was made.
With thousands of others, I jumped from my seat,
We poured out of the Dome and into the street.

We roared our approval, our victory cry,
I clenched both my fists and punched holes in the sky.
The noise hurt my ears but I wanted to hear it,
Each shout was sweet music - a triumph of spirit.

And triumph you did, through hard work and ambition,
With passion and pride, you completed your mission.
you've earned every medal That's pinned to your chest,
You held nothing back and you've given your best.

The odds were against you right down to the wire,
But destiny called and your eyes were on fire.
You gave even more than you knew you could give,
And I'll cherish it all for as long as I live.

Source: Phil Bolsta (Reprinted With Express Written Permission).

Frank Viola won both variations of the World Series Most Valuable Player Award thanks largely in part to his performance in the clutch during this Fall Classic.

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