When the Minnesota Twins opened their new ballpark this year, every ‘first’ was recorded and virtually every piece of significant memorabilia from the first game was preserved.
Teams are much more conscious about being caretakers these days and very well in tune with the potential market for such items.
That wasn’t always the case.
In 1961, when the team first took up residence in the Twin Cities area, the first ball pitched wound up in the hands of a fan seated near the field…or so says the man who claims to have the baseball.
Steve Michel of Plymouth, Minnesota says his 94-year-old aunt sent it to him recently. Her husband snared it and she decided to keep it in the family.
One problem? They can’t authenticate it.
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune has the rest of the story.