Historic Twins spring training photos | Star Tribune

Historic Twins spring training photos

Archival photos from nearly 60 years of Minnesota Twins spring training.

1963: Twins' Harmon Killebrew, left, and Manager Sam Mele take time out during spring training in Orlando, Fla.
1968: Twins' Coach George Case Demonstrated a leaning lead to Rod Carew, on base, Herman Hill, and Ted Uhlaender.
1961: Twins' manager Cookie Lavagetto shouts instructions during spring practice.
1965: Ray Crump, Twins equipment manager, holds bats and helmets before they were loaded onto a truck for spring training in Florida.
1962: Twins' first baseman Don Mincher flashes a straw hat during a moment of relaxation at the club's spring training camp in Orlando.
1961: Twins' Lamar Jacobs, rookie outfielder, strums his guitar and signs with Billy Consolo at training camp in Orlando.
1965: Orlando baseball fans hold a congratulatory greeting card near the site of Twins' spring training camp. The card was sent bearing 2,000 signatures to help celebrate Minnesota's American League lead.
1972: Twins' star slugger Harmon Killebrew waits his turn at bat in the St. Olaf College field house. The Twins' spring training camp was moved from Florida to Northfield, Minn., amid confusion over the sport's first general player strike.
1996: "Farm Team" Cows graze in the fog outside Hammond Stadium in Fort Meyers, Florida during the first Minnesota Twins spring training game.
1996: Twins pitchers go through their early morning stretch with the medicine ball.
1997: Twins manager Tom Kelly talks baseball with a young fan one morning during spring training in Fort Myers.
1996: Kirby Puckett signs a copy of his book "I Love This Game" after practice at spring training.
1996: Twins Dave Hollins, left, and Paul Molitor warm up under a couple south Florida palm trees as temperatures climbed up into the 80's in Fort Meyers.
2002: The snowbirds turned out for the first Twins spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds. Taking cover under a blanket are, from left, Rosie Schrader of St. Cloud, LeRoy Lehnen of St. Cloud, Gwyn Yuhanna and husband Moses Yuhanna, both of Circle Pines.
2007: Minnesota Twins outfielder Rondell White, center, and fellow fielders stretch at the start of their spring training session.
2002: Richard Daniels hoisted his 3-year-old son Kaleb Daniels while waiting for Twins autographs before the start of the game with Cincinnati.
1996: Retired Twins first baseman Kent Hrbek made a surprise visit to Twins training camp Tuesday with his daughter Heidi. Hrbek joked with Chuck Knoblauch in the dugout before batting practice.
1988: Kids watch Twins spring training near the dugout at Tinker Field in Orlando.
2004: Torii Hunter tosses out some baseballs and bats while looking for a spoon during a McDonalds commercial at Hammond Stadium during spring training.
Twins players photographed by Star Tribune photographers over the years: Zoilo Versalles, Kirby Puckett, Byron Buxton, Paul Molitor, Jose Berrios, Ervin Santana, Joe Mauer and Mike Lincoln.
2000: Kids showed off the baseballs that they had been gathering signatures of players on as the players changed fields during practice at spring training.
2014; Twins hall of famer Rod Carew gave hitting instructions to Aaron Hicks during practice in Fort Myers, Florida.
1988: Fans watch the Twins during spring training.
2007: Minnesota Twins fans Todd Blackwell, from top clockwise, and his twin sons Nickolas and Brantley sort through their baseball cards while waiting to get autographs during Twins spring training session.
2015: Twins manager Paul Molitor and U of M coach John Anderson visited before pregame ceremonies at Hammond Stadium. Monitor played for the Gophers.
2015: Twins outfielder Torii Hunter (48) led what's become a regular cheer at the conclusion of the workout Tuesday afternoon at Hammond Stadium.
2016: Minnesota Twins pitchers ran up a hill at the team's Fort Myers practice facility in Fort Myers.
2016: Fans seated in the Green Monster area of jetBlue Park, Fenway South, watched the game between the Twins and Red Sox.
2011: Twins catcher Joe Mauer made his way between practice fields at Lee County Sports Complex.
2004: Twins' Joe Mauer goes through a catcher's drill where he keeps his focus as a "player" barrels in on home plate.
2017: Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (7) fielded balls during infield practice in Fort Myers.
2016: Paxton Beste, 3 of Fort Myers, chased a ball while playing catch with his father, Patrick, at the CenturyLink Sports Complex during Friday's Minnesota Twins spring training practice.