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John Anderson, with Twins manager Rocco Baldelli at spring training in February, is hoping his 40th season as Gophers baseball coach is better than hi

Reusse: Gophers' Anderson expects pro baseball changes will boost college game

The shrinking of the minor leagues should result in more talent staying in school.
Chad Beebe muffed a punt late in the fourth quarter vs. Carolina last Sunday but quickly made up for his error with the winning TD catch.

Reusse: Beebe an unrefined punt returner who gained redemption with Vikings

Most redemption stories, in sports or life, take a bit longer than Chad Beebe's in the Vikings' 28-27 victory over Carolina on Sunday.
Eddie Rosario and Malik Beasley.

Reusse: Logic takes vacation as Beasley rewarded, Rosario rejected

Overall, Wednesday was a day that reinforced this for Minnesotans: Life isn't fair, even in the lucrative world of professional sports.
Eddie Manderville was a beloved member of the Minneapolis golf community.

Reusse: The tale of Shorty, Fast Eddie and putting for quarters — lots of them

The old time 'WPA' characters of Theodore Wirth golf course refined their short games in calculating ways.
Glenn Caruso in mask designed by a St. Thomas player early in COVID.

Reusse: Going Division I all about planning for Caruso at St. Thomas

The move from Division III was going to be a big test for St. Thomas football coach Glenn Caruso under any circumstance, and a major test of his organizational skills.
Patrick Reusse's Turkey of the Year was done. Then 2020 happened ...

Patrick Reusse's Turkey of the Year was done. Then 2020 happened ...

The annual tradition started in 1978 lives on after reports of its demise last November.
Bob McNamara, described as “touchdown ace” by the Minneapolis Tribune in this photo from Nov. 13, 1954, was carried off by the field by coach Murr

Reusse: Gophers football ace McNamara was a friend of tennis

Late football legend Bob McNamara turned to court sports — tennis, handball, racquetball — after his career was over. He became an ardent booster of the Gophers men's tennis team, as well as football.
Clockwise: Ricky Rubio signs autographs after being drafted by the Wolves and poses during a photo shoot in 2009. Rubio was traded to Utah and then we

Reusse: Timberwolves order up a second helping of Rickymania

The biggest news of NBA draft night for "casual" Wolves followers came soon after Minnesota made the pick at No. 1 overall: Ricky Rubio, just turned 30, was coming back
AFL all-star coach coach Sid Gillman, center, directs Kansas City Chiefs tackle Jim Tyrer

Reusse: Tragedy, not Canton, became the fate of former Chiefs star lineman Tyrer

Opponents and teammates agree that mountainous Kansas City left tackle Jim Tyrer would've been a Hall of Famer by acclamation, other than for the tragedy of Sept. 15, 1980.
Bowler Tim Murray watched his roll Monday night at Elsie’s in Minneapolis.

Reusse: In our virus world, pins keep falling at Elsie's in Northeast

The Monday-night leagues did survive the state's new COVID rules that were just announced, although one significant adjustment will be required starting next week.

Brian Hartmann, part of standout Arlington sports family, dies of brain disease at 51

Brian Hartmann, the subject of Patrick Reusse’s column last Sunday, died Thursday from a rare brain disease. Hartmann, 51, was the youngest of…
Reusse: Grading which sports dealt best with the coronavirus

Reusse: Grading which sports dealt best with the coronavirus

The financial hits have been onerous and TV ratings plunged, but how have the sports entities handled holding competition at a time when the biggest foe has been the coronavirus.
Eden Prairie coach Mike Grant, in 2018

Reusse: Seeing players grow up keeps Eden Prairie's Grant coaching

Mike Grant is retiring from his AD job but not as Eden Prairie's football coach. "To see the years of effort those boys put in to be the players they've become, the people they've become, that's always the best part of coaching.''
Julio Becquer’s pinch-hit grand slam in the ninth inning led the Twins past the the White Sox on the Fourth of July in 1961 came on a 3-2 count with

(July 4, 2010) Reusse: Twins' first Fourth a golden moment for Becquer, fans

Memories of a walk-off grand slam 50 seasons ago by the pinch hitter still echo loud and clear.
Brian Hartmann, center, was inducted into the Arlington A’s Hall of Fame last Friday. Brothers Dave, left, and Mike were with him.

Reusse: A grand Minnesota sports family — '77 of us' — is praying for one of its stars

Brian Hartmann, of Arlington's first family of sports, has a rare brain disease. And he has all the family support a guy could ever dream of.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Kamal Martin

Reusse: Via Burnsville and U, Martin starts making Packers highlights

Knee injuries have hampered Kamal Martin in his progression from high school to the pros. But his debut last weekend impressed Packers coach Matt LaFleur.
Dan Gladden in 1991 had to return to the Metrodome to recover this treasure.

Reusse: An appreciation for Gladden, creator of blast and bloop bookends

While he waits for baseball's return, Dan Gladden recalls triumphs from World Series past: the slam, the double and some good baseball stories three decades later.
Cesar Tovar, Al Worthington and Halsey Hall

Reusse: All I want for my 75th birthday is these three into the Twins Hall of Fame

The Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame, started with their 40th season in 2000, never can be a satisfying look at the franchise's history as long as three glaring omissions remain from the 1960s.

Reusse: Sundin's fate was ERA of infinity; his batterymate had it worse

Three Minnesota natives — Fred Bruckbauer, Doc Hamann and Gordie Sundin — are among 16 big-league pitchers with ERAs listed as infinity (no outs recorded, runs allowed). But there are greater tragedies.
Coach Bob McDonald stopped to look at some of the basketball trophies on display in the Chisholm High hallways in 2013..

Reusse: For Bob McDonald, basketball took players from 'diapers to death'

The legendary 87-year-old coach from Chisholm, who died Wednesday after contracting COVID-19, turned an Iron Range community in hockey country into a basketball hotbed for more than a half-century.
The Tampa Bay Rays celebrate a series-clinching 2-1 victory against the New York Yankees in Game 5 of the American League Division Series \

Reusse: Astonishing Rays keep on winning

Tampa-St. Petersburg is home to the most remarkable team in North American pro sports, and that's not the Stanley Cup-winning Lightning
North High quarterback Zach Yeager lifted with defensive end Davon Townley on Monday afternoon.

Reusse: From hard times to fast times, North football aiming high

Last November, Minneapolis North lost the Class 2A title game to Caledonia. There will be no rematch, so the Polars are hoping to win 'em all — nine maximum — against larger schools in the metro.
Miami's Brandon Kintzler delivers a pitch during the eighth inning in Game 2 of a National League Division Series vs. the Braves

Reusse: Ex-Twins reliever Kintzler's resurrection tale grows in Miami

Brandon Kintzler's story that took its biggest turn when he pitched for the Twins now includes a hotel quarantine and a remarkable run to the playoffs with the Marlins.
Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks celebrates after striking out Chicago White Sox's Nomar Mazara for the final out in Game 3 of their American L

Five ex-Twins pitchers close out first round of playoffs for their teams

Five pitchers who finished a wild-card series previously worked for the Twins.
Manager Mayo Smith of the Detroit Tigers tossed into a whirlpool bath by pitcher Mickey Lolich, left, after the Tigers won the 1968 American League pe

Reusse: '68 Tigers had story all their own besides beating Gibson in Game 7

Mickey Lolich, a lefty with a big gut, was selected World Series MVP after making three starts and defeating the sleek Bob Gibson.
Rookie Justin Jefferson’s breakout game for the Vikings vs. Tennessee turned more than a few heads — perhaps, notably, even one in Green Bay.

Reusse: Packers were waiting to pounce before Vikings drafted Jefferson

Rookie Justin Jefferson's breakout game for the Vikings vs. Tennessee turned more than a few heads — perhaps, notably, even one in Green Bay.
Twins second baseman Luis Arraez was tagged out at home by Astros catcher Martin Maldonado in the fifth inning. It would have been the go ahead run.

Reusse: Twins must learn 'bomba ball' doesn't work when it matters most

A team that's only capable of jogging around the bases, with some of that based on a few hitters only capable of hitting meatballs, is not going to cut it in pressurized competition of the playoffs.
Twins reliever Tyler Duffey, catcher Ryan Jeffers and pitching coach Wes Johnson held a discussion on the mound in the seventh inning Tuesday.

Reusse: One word describes Twins' Game 1 bullpen decisions: Brutal

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli used his bullpen as if playing in mid-August with a sub-.500 team in a full season instead of the opener of a best-of-three elimination series.
Rocco Baldelli

Reusse: Baldelli won't win another award, but 2nd year also impressive

Rocco Baldelli was AL Manager of the Year in 2019, but keeping this club together during a pandemic was even more impressive.
Reusse: Wrestling star 'Road Warrior Animal' was also a great father

Reusse: Wrestling star 'Road Warrior Animal' was also a great father

Joe Laurinaitis died Tuesday at 60. The wrestling world lamented his passing as a great competitor and face-painted showman. Joe is remembered differently by a legion of his children's friends.
Twins starting pitcher Jose Berrios reacted after a strikeout to end the top of the fifth, after allowing two runs against the Reds.

Reusse: In these different playoffs, Berrios under same pressure to produce

Playoff ball means it's Jose Berrios' time to bear down rather than backslide
This is a 1959 photo showing Harlem Globetrotters WIlt Chamberlain. Patrick Reusse, at 13, witnessed Chamberlain’s greatness when the 'Trotters visi

Reusse: Seeing The Big Dipper in a little town in '59 a moment of glory

Patrick Reusse has met most of his boyhood heroes, but he only marveled at Wilt Chamberlain in 1959 in a packed Worthington gym.

More of Patrick Reusse's memories of Wilt Chamberlain

A further look back at a legendary career.
Twins slugger Miguel Sano does everything -- the good and the bad -- in a big way.

Reusse: The many swings of Sano — big hits, lots of misses

There have been position changes, piles of strikeouts and legal entanglements, but there's always the chance he could become the most prodigious power hitter in the game.
Ron Gardenhire has a teaching moment with first baseman Justin Morneau during spring training in 2006.

Morneau says Gardenhire's managing style 'built me up'

Former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire announced his immediate retirement Saturday, saying he had to put his health before baseball. Justin Morneau fondly recalled Gardenhire's impact on his career.
Boston Celtics guard Kemba Walker (8) attempts to maintain control of the ball in front of Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) and Kelly Olynyk

Reusse: As we watch Butler, we gain insight into Wolves

Jimmy Butler is surrounded by Miami players, young and old, who appreciate the fire, reinforcing the opinion that Butler never was the star we should have been mad at in Minnesota.
Twins' CEO Chris Clouser is interviewed by television reporters on his first day on the job in 2000.

Reusse: Dream of 'Porta Potty Park' not so absurd now

Former Twins CEO Chris Clouser wanted to build "Porta Potty Park" in a pasture near Metropolitan Stadium for one outdoor series in 2000.

Proposed Twins-Rangers outdoor series: how the games went down

A closer look at the three-game series, Sept. 18-20, 2000
The Gophers' Loyd LaMois made it 45 feet, 10 inches to win what was called the hop, step and jump -- now known as the triple jump -- in the 1948 NCAA

Reusse: Wrong call, Coyle. Men's track program too good to cut

Gophers athletic director Mark Coyle should have made other decisions, and found the money necessary in football's fat budget to save the men's track team.
Troy Merritt, ranked No. 131 in the world, plays at Winged Foot during a U.S. Open practice round Wednesday.

Calendar has changed, 'but it's still the U.S. Open,' Merritt says

The 120th U.S. Open starts at sunrise Thursday, and for the sixth time, the challenge will be the West Course at Winged Foot. The coronavirus moved the event from mid-June to mid-September, causing a pair of dramatic changes
Jim Dutcher

Reusse: Dutcher's late '70s decision was the right one

Former Gophers basketball coach Jim Dutcher was part of Nike's first "Coaches Advisory Board" in the late 1970s, and it came with perks.
Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter

Reusse: Zimmer's lies about Hunter's injury shake out in Vikings' favor

We now can assume Mike Zimmer had added incentive for lying about Danielle Hunter's injury to keep Jacksonville from realizing how needy the Vikings were for a pass rusher as they pursued Yannick Ngakoue.
Syd Davy had his gameday garb on during the NFL draft in April 2019 in Nashville.

Reusse: This week, Vikings superfans must taunt Packers from a distance

"Playing the Packers … and we fans can't be there, trying to make life miserable for Aaron Rodgers. We haven't missed an opener since 1987. This is terrible." That's from a Vikings fan who lives in British Columbia.

Syd Davy's journey to becoming a Vikings superfan

A look back, from the early days until now.
Coach Norm Van Brocklin showed off his throwing arm as the Vikings gathered for their first training camp in Bemidji, Minn., in July of 1961.

Remembering the first training camps as the Vikings turn 60

The expansion Vikings started their 1961 training camp in Bemidji on July 8 and didn't bus the 240 miles back to the Twin Cities until Sept. 1. It barely resembled how teams train for the season now. Patrick Reusse writes about the way it was.

Reusse: Youngest Twins pitcher to start, saw career end in a blink

Jim Manning was 18 years, 281 days when he started for the Twins on April 28, 1962. His big league career was over shortly after.
Caleb Thielbar got the Twins out of trouble twice in the second game of their doubleheader sweep of Detroit on Friday, escaping a bases-loaded jam and

Reusse: Thielbar back with Twins after long wait to pitch in big leagues again

Caleb Thielbar, signed on last fall to be Augustana's pitching coach, caught on with the Twins this spring more than five years after his last Major League appearance. He has pitched nine consecutive scoreless outings.
Former player and longtime Twins broadcaster Bert Blyleven was working his final game Wednesday night.

Reusse: Blyleven exits the Twins TV booth as Minnesota's 'Bert'

Bert Blyleven, a righthander with the wicked curveball who won a World Series with the Twins and spent 25 years in the TV broadcast booth, on Wednesday drew his final circle.
Twins star Tony Oliva smiled from his hospital bed after surgery on his right knee to remove torn cartilage in Minneapolis on Sept. 23, 1971.

Patrick Plus: June 29, 1971, was a crippling day for Tony Oliva

He was never the same player after getting injured in the ninth inning in Oakland.
These are the Fulda Giants of the late 1940s. Michael Reusse, the bat boy, is sitting in front. Richard Reusse, the manager, is in the back row, secon

Reusse: Memories of my brother include broken shin guard, integrating Fulda baseball

This is a story of a brother's death on Wednesday, a resilient memory of 1940s racism in a small southern Minnesota town and how little things have changed.
St. Paul’s Tim Tschida, an MLB umpire for 27 years, now tends bar at Mancini’s in St. Paul and at Giggles’ Campfire Grill at the State Fair.

Brew chief: Tschida goes from behind plate to behind bar

Former Major League Baseball umpire Tim Tschida left baseball in 2012. He's been back in St. Paul since, tending bar in his hometown.

Tim Tschida's MLB umpiring career

Tim Tschida: MLB umpire • Umpired the first of his 3,358 regular-season MLB games on July 24, 1985. • Was a full-time major league umpire from 1987…

June 2, 1998: Tschida ejects 13 from Angels-Royals game

Tim Tschida recalls the outbreak of brawls.
Minnesota United and Sporting KC warmed up in an empty Allianz Field before Friday night's game in St. Paul.

Reusse: In person is the only way to watch soccer

Loons supporters on Friday night miss out on chance to cheer team on its return to Allianz Field after 10 months.
Twins catcher Ryan Jeffers caught the ball during his MLB debut Thursday night against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Reusse: New kid Jeffers catches on pretty quick

Ryan Jeffers, called-up on Thursday, made an immediate impression for the Twins. That's not new for the 23-year-old, who has been on a fast track to the majors.
Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders signals to his team alongside D'Angelo Russell in the second half of a game against the Mavericks, on March 1

Reusse: Left outside NBA bubble, Saunders and Wolves work on their own

A madeover roster didn't get much of a chance to play together before the season was shut down, and the Wolves weren't invited to Florida when it resumed.
Milwaukee Brewers sportscaster Bob Uecker

Reusse: Uecker remains a Milwaukee treasure in 50th year behind the mic

Widely known for his self-deprecating baseball stories and memorable cameos in movies and commercials, his work with Make-A-Wish families has often turned tears into smiles.
Gophers coach Marlene Stollings gave instructions to her team at Williams Arena in 2018.

Reusse: Now we have clarity on why Stollings had detractors at the U

Marlene Stollings was 24-9 in 2017-18 as coach for the Gophers, yet athletic director Mark Coyle was quick to make no counteroffer when Stollings informed she had a better deal on the table. Now we know why.
Nick Neumann

Reusse: Questions plentiful for Johnnies standout center Neumann

A longer spring football season likely would force Nick Neumann to sit out, but there would be that game against St. Thomas he'd have to miss.
Miah Monahan plays for her dad, Jeff, Glencoe-Silver Lake girls’ basketball coach, but might add tennis.

Reusse: Tennis? With no volleyball, Glencoe-Silver Lake's Monahan may try

Miah Monahan will be a Glencoe-Silver Lake senior, and in May accepted a scholarship to play guard for Eastern Illinois. She also plays volleyball but with that sport delayed until spring there could be a new challenge.
The Twins played the Cardinals on Tuesday night in the Target Field home opener.

Reusse: Regional networks get their night baseball, defy pandemic

If this 60-game schedule is to be completed, the Twins will occupy nine out-of-town hotels and move in and out 11 visiting clubhouses. Why so much moving around and no bubble? Money.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton leapt for a ball hit by Cardinals shortstop Tommy Edman that proved to be a home run in the eighth inning.

Reusse: For Buxton, the mind is willing, but the luck isn't

A great coach once said: "An athlete is someone who can do what his mind tells him to do.'' The mind rarely asked too much of Byron Buxton as an athlete. The body has been another matter.
April 24, 1969: Noel Jenke took big swing, and watched the flight of the ball.

Noel Jenke, a three-sport athlete for the Gophers in late 1960s, dies at 73

Jenke was a hard-hitting linebacker and potent lefthanded hitter in baseball. Remarkably, he played Gophers hockey after arriving from a high school without a hockey program.
Fall colors were still hanging on during the a MIAC football battle of the Johnnies and Tommies in 2018. Football games, along with other fall sports,

MIAC to move several fall sports, including football, to the spring

Some coaches and athletes have been told that football, volleyball and soccer are among the sports that will switched from this fall to the spring if the NCAA and public health officials allows it.
North Stars coach Wren Blair (behind players, from left to right, Parker MacDonald, Ray Cullen, Bill Collins and Andre Boudrias) convinced his bosses

Reusse: North Stars' Blair pulled a fast one in 1967 with camp setup

Wild athletes will have it much more comfortable as they embark on this great coronavirus-era experiment than did the North Stars, as they were launching Minnesota into the NHL as an expansion team 53 years ago.

Reusse: Bulgarian lifter Krastev found a home in Minnesota

Antonio Krastev was heading east on Hwy. 13 in Mendota Heights at 3 a.m. on July 9, speeding and driving on the wrong side of…
Tyler Duffey

Reusse: After long and bumpy road, reliever Duffey plays key Twins role

The many twists in Tyler Duffey's now-lengthy tenure with the Twins is confirmation of how difficult it is to rise through the minor leagues and land successfully in the majors.
Reusse: Small-town Minnesota lefty has Clemens' phone number, Blue Jays' interest

Reusse: Small-town Minnesota lefty has Clemens' phone number, Blue Jays' interest

Brody Rodning of Gaylord, a three-sport high school star, is the only player still employed by an MLB organization with a waiver to be competing in Minnesota amateur baseball.
Lee Trevino posed with Bud Chapman at Rolling Green Country Club in Hamel in 1989.

Reusse: Bud Chapman was popular club golfer, artist and storyteller

Chapman was an artist and became famous in the golf world with drawings of fantasy holes located at some of this planet's greatest natural wonders.
Joe Shallenberger laughed with teammate Mike Davis, left, before a Minnetonka Millers game on July 6.

Reusse: 'Town team' wins with guys who'll remind you of Puckett, Ripken

Led by three star players, the Minnetonka Millers are shooting for their 15th state championship among amateur teams that are based in the metro area.
Kristi Copham, the owner of Brainerd International Raceway, with her son Ayden at the track.

Reusse: Brainerd racetrack deserves a victory

Brainerd International Raceway will host a Trans Am Series event this weekend, with social distancing rules in place.
Hillcrest Prep five-star recruit Makur Maker elected to play college basketball at Howard rather than one of the sport's perennial powers.

Patrick Plus: Howard University celebrates another whopper of an upset — in hoops recruiting

One of the nation's top college basketball prospects is headed to a historically Black college.
Twins relief pitcher Sergio Romo wore a mask as he took the field for practice Friday.

Reusse: You can expect unpredictable Twins' season to zoom right by

This will be a Twins season that's going to be like none other in more ways than one and with no guarantees: not in the result from 60 games, nor from a pandemic that might not allow that many.
Jack Wassel and Patrick Fredrickson

Reusse: U baseball standouts plan on sticking around

Jack Wassel and Patrick Fredrickson went unselected in an abbreviated MLB draft and are aiming to win a Big Ten title in 2021 instead.
Gophers sports information director Otis J. Dypwick watched a fooball game in October 1961.

Reusse: Otis Dypwick, golf author, to be part of 2020 Hall of Fame class

Best known for his role publicizing Gophers sports, he also produced instructional golf books.