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Post by SouthTexGopher » Fri Jan 08 3:35 pm

Saw something on Twitter today and thought it was a interesting little info nugget*

Today, 1/8/2010, is the 175th anniversary of the last time the US had a national debt of $0.00

It might be kind of fun to have a thread dedicated to utterly random trivia items. I can think of at least one GPL member who'd be able to put at least 1000+ posts in this thread.

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*In honor of the Goldy Gopher "Info Nuggets" that appeared in the Daily back in the early 90s.
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Post by bonesaw » Fri Jan 08 3:53 pm

I like that idea!

In that (depressing) vein, TNABACG pointed out that today is also the 5th anniversary of the last time a MN pro sports team advanced in the playoffs (The Randy Moss "Moon" incident at Lambeau) :anger:
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Post by Sioux/Bucky Hater » Fri Jan 08 3:56 pm

SouthTexGopher wrote:Saw something on Twitter today and thought it was a interesting little info nugget*

Today, 1/8/2010, is the 175th anniversary of the last time the US had a national debt of $0.00

It might be kind of fun to have a thread dedicated to utterly random trivia items. I can think of at least one GPL member who'd be able to put at least 1000+ posts in this thread.

:mrgreen:

*In honor of the Goldy Gopher "Info Nuggets" that appeared in the Daily back in the early 90s.



You wouldn't be referencing Zwak now would you?

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Post by Greyeagle » Fri Jan 08 3:58 pm

Only two sets of states border each other alphabetically & geographically:
Illinois & Indiana
Florida & Georgia

Can't believe a certain poster is so slow into this thread.... :dance:
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Post by Orion » Fri Jan 08 4:06 pm

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Post by Ben » Fri Jan 08 4:10 pm

Only 8 Heisman Trophy winners have been enshrined in the NFL Hall of Fame:

Doak Walker, TCU (1948)
Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (1956)
Roger Staubach, Navy (1963)
O.J. Simpson, USC (1968)
Tony Dorsett, Pitt (1976)
Earl Campbell, Texas (1977)
Marcus Allen, USC (1981)
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (1988)
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Post by Sioux/Bucky Hater » Fri Jan 08 4:15 pm

This is the 11th year in a row that Nike has outfitted the national champion . (Stolen from Zwak's post in the college football 2009-2010 thread).

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Post by SouthTexGopher » Fri Jan 08 4:24 pm

When he died in 1977, Elvis had $1,055,173.69 in a non-interest-bearing checking account.

Happy birthday, Elvis.
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Post by Zwak » Fri Jan 08 5:00 pm

Sorry I'm late to the party. I passed out after I saw this thread :mrgreen:

1. Delaware is the only state with no national parks. It also has the fewest counties of any state (3)
2. The Oregon Ducks and Denver Pioneers are the only colleges to ever have mascots designed by Walt Disney. (The old Pioneer logo was a Disney creation.)
3. Bats only turn left when leaving a cave
4. One who collects trivia is called a spermologer.
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Post by Sioux/Bucky Hater » Fri Jan 08 5:16 pm

Oh you spermologer you.

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Post by davescharf » Fri Jan 08 6:57 pm

Greyeagle wrote:Only two sets of states border each other alphabetically & geographically:
Illinois & Indiana
Florida & Georgia

Can't believe a certain poster is so slow into this thread.... :dance:


Don't forget only 4 states have a capital that begins with the same letter as the state

1. Delaware
2. Indiana
3. Hawaii
4. Oklahoma
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Post by Six Hole » Fri Jan 08 8:25 pm

Not random trivia, but I've spent a good chunk of taxpayer-paid hours on Sporcle.com and Mentalfloss.com over the past few weeks. Fun trivia.

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Post by Chris83 » Fri Jan 08 10:24 pm

The Minnesota Vikings never led in any of their 4 Super Bowl appearances.
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Post by Greyeagle » Fri Jan 08 10:45 pm

Archibald Leach, Bernard Schwartz and Lucille LeSueur have never been in my kitchen. :lol:
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Post by Next Crosby » Fri Jan 08 10:58 pm

Larry Robinson holds the record for plus minus in the NHL with a +730, Nick Lidstrom is the only active player even close to Robinson with a +417 and no other active player is above a +200.

Wayne Gretzky holds the record for most assists at 1,963, Sidney Crosby has 448 career points as a 22 year old. Sid would have to average 100 points a season for at least 20 seasons to break even with Gretzky's assist points. He would still be shy of Gretzky's points lead by around 894, which is the number of goals Gretzky scored. I think it's safe to say no one will ever beat The Great One's scoring records.

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Post by Dances With Gophers » Fri Jan 08 10:58 pm

Zwak wrote:3. Bats only turn left when leaving a cave

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That one made me research online (if you consider a quick Google search as 'research' ;) )...and many sources say that's not the case?

http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/42384
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_do_Bats_turn_left_when_they_leave_a_cave

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Post by Ben » Fri Jan 08 11:01 pm

Matt Demarchi got nearly 10 (9.85) penalty minutes per point in his time at the University of Minnesota.
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Post by Orion » Sat Jan 09 8:28 am

Greyeagle wrote:Archibald Leach, Bernard Schwartz and Lucille LeSueur have never been in my kitchen. :lol:


Big deal, my wife's never been in mine. :lol:

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Post by Zwak » Sat Jan 09 10:30 am

I think I used this as my signature once but oh well. It was my favorite fact I learned in 2009.

Alabama and Georgia are the only two states who border each other AND whose postal abbreviations (AL and GA) border each other on the periodic table.
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Post by Golden FE Ranger » Sat Jan 09 10:45 am

Orion wrote:
Greyeagle wrote:Archibald Leach, Bernard Schwartz and Lucille LeSueur have never been in my kitchen. :lol:


Big deal, my wife's never been in mine. :lol:



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That was a good one.
President GWB said, "And it seems like Minnesota is pretty good at hockey, too."

"I think in the best interest of his career, he definitely would benefit from playing one more year of college," Gretzky said.

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Post by 143scooter » Sat Jan 09 11:42 am

Posts like these are pleasant to the eyes.
They're informational yet fun and cool to read..

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Post by dxmnkd316 » Sat Jan 09 12:50 pm

Zwak wrote:I think I used this as my signature once but oh well. It was my favorite fact I learned in 2009.

Alabama and Georgia are the only two states who border each other AND whose postal abbreviations (AL and GA) border each other on the periodic table.



hahaha, that's not trivia, that's a Maddenism.

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Post by dxmnkd316 » Sat Jan 09 12:53 pm

At one point, the production of aluminum consumed over 1/3 of the electricity generated in the united states.

Recycling ONE aluminum can saves enough energy to power a tv for 3-6 hours.

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Post by The Rube » Sat Jan 09 2:30 pm

Donald Duck's middle name is "Fauntleroy."
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Post by Dances With Gophers » Sat Jan 09 4:55 pm

Something I learned this past Christmas season: The actor who portrays Mr. Potter (in "It's a Wonderful Life") is Drew Barrymore's great-uncle (Lionel Barrymore) in real-life.
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Post by SouthTexGopher » Sat Jan 09 5:20 pm

Olivia Newton-John's grandfather was 1954 Nobel Prize winner Max Born, the man who coined the term "quantum mechanics."
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Post by dxmnkd316 » Sat Jan 09 11:16 pm

SouthTexGopher wrote:Olivia Newton-John's grandfather was 1954 Nobel Prize winner Max Born, the man who coined the term "quantum mechanics."


Oh man, we were taught to pretty much worship Born in my quantum mechanics class.

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Post by gopherhockeyfan7 » Sun Jan 10 2:16 am

It's illegal to sleep naked in minnesota
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Post by drmatthew21 » Sun Jan 10 2:50 am

Zero is the only number that cannot be represented in roman numerals

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Post by Next Crosby » Sun Jan 10 2:52 am

gopherhockeyfan7 wrote:It's illegal to sleep naked in minnesota


Oh rats! :mrgreen:

I'm sure you meant to say rats. :)
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Post by gopherhockeyfan7 » Thu Feb 04 4:49 pm

Elvis Presley never recorded or performed an original song
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Post by Zwak » Fri Feb 05 9:09 am

Per a retweet from Lavelle E Neal:

This is the first Super Bowl between cities that have never fielded a Major League Baseball team.
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Post by gator » Fri Feb 05 3:35 pm

Zwak wrote:Per a retweet from Lavelle E Neal:

This is the first Super Bowl between cities that have never fielded a Major League Baseball team.


Or a NHL team?
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Post by Zwak » Fri Mar 26 8:13 am

Wisconsin and Vermont are the only schools to have teams make it to the College Hockey, Mens Basketball, and Womens Basketball tournaments this year.

Can't take credit for this fact. Read it on Twitter.
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Post by dailyfbo » Fri Mar 26 11:06 pm

Zwak wrote:Wisconsin and Vermont are the only schools to have teams make it to the College Hockey, Mens Basketball, and Womens Basketball tournaments this year.

Can't take credit for this fact. Read it on Twitter.


Clay Matvick must've read it too. I heard him rattle it off a few minutes ago. Or maybe he read on right here on GPL!

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Post by Next Crosby » Tue Apr 13 5:59 am

Got this from OMGFacts via twitter.

Neptune still hasn't completed an orbit of the sun since it was discovered in 1846, it will finally orbit in 2011. Also it takes Pluto 247.92 Earth years to orbit the sun.

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Post by Zwak » Tue Apr 13 6:35 am

Next Crosby wrote:Got this from OMGFacts via twitter.

Neptune still hasn't completed an orbit of the sun since it was discovered in 1846, it will finally orbit in 2011. Also it takes Pluto 247.92 Earth years to orbit the sun.


OMGFacts is one of my favorite twitter pages. (go figure :D )
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Post by SouthTexGopher » Thu Apr 22 4:12 pm

I can think of a few GPLers who'd like this:

Water Cooler Ammo...from Mental Floss

Last month, Jason and I started a side project called Watercooler Ammo. It’s a fun newsletter that comes out every Monday-Thursday, and it features one bit of perfectly curated, smile-inducing trivia.
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SouthTexGopher wrote:I can think of a few GPLers who'd like this:

Water Cooler Ammo...from Mental Floss

Last month, Jason and I started a side project called Watercooler Ammo. It’s a fun newsletter that comes out every Monday-Thursday, and it features one bit of perfectly curated, smile-inducing trivia.


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Post by psych » Fri Apr 23 12:53 am

I love trivia. President Abraham Lincoln and CSA President Jefferson Davis were both born in Kentucky, a state that remained neutral throughout the Civil War.

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Post by Golden FE Ranger » Thu May 06 10:07 pm

DAM! Those are some busy beavers!

World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada


http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100505/sc ... imalbeaver
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Post by dxmnkd316 » Thu May 06 11:22 pm

Golden FE Ranger wrote:DAM! Those are some busy beavers!

World's biggest beaver dam discovered in northern Canada


http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100505/sc ... imalbeaver


wow, so the first pass through that sentence I missed the word "dam".

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Post by SouthTexGopher » Tue May 25 8:11 am

Trivia geeks and foodies may get a kick out of this website:

http://www.foodtimeline.org/index.html
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Post by Zwak » Tue Jul 13 3:22 pm

According to Mental Floss, the six reigning MVPs to leave for another team are:

1. Lebron James
2. Moses Malone
3. Wilt Chamberlain
4. Alex Rodriguez
5. Barry Bonds
6. Billy Burch (NHL)
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Post by SouthTexGopher » Mon Aug 02 10:41 am

Saw this on FB today...it's a fun list.

50 Amazing Facts for Our 50th Issue (Mental Floss)

- Dr. Ruth was trained as a sniper by the Israeli military.

- There really was a Captain Morgan. He was a Welsh pirate who later became the lieutenant governor of Jamaica.

- Perhaps our favorite school nickname is The Arkansas School for the Deaf Leopards.
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Post by psych » Mon Aug 02 11:14 am

I knew a few of those (#5, #17, #28, #35, #38). I'm surprised that it needs to be explained that Duncan Hines was actually a real person. He grew up where I currently reside, in Bowling Green, Kentucky. They have a highway named after him down here.

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Post by Zwak » Tue Aug 17 9:12 am

John Tyler, our tenth president, died in 1862 but he has two grandsons that are still living.
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Post by Eckes » Tue Aug 17 9:23 am

What?! How??
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Post by Zwak » Tue Aug 17 9:36 am

The X Factor wrote:What?! How??


John Tyler had a son when he was 63. That son had a son when he was 73 and another son when he was 75. Both of those sons are still alive and in their 80s.
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Wow, that family makes Letterman look like a young buck!
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Post by MATT » Tue Aug 17 2:07 pm

As of April 30, 2007 there were $1,549,052,714 worth of $2 bills in circulation worldwide.

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MATT wrote:As of April 30, 2007 there were $1,549,052,714 worth of $2 bills in circulation worldwide.



The majority of them collecting dust in old cigar box.

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Post by Dances With Gophers » Tue Aug 17 3:30 pm

monty wrote:
MATT wrote:As of April 30, 2007 there were $1,549,052,714 worth of $2 bills in circulation worldwide.



The majority of them collecting dust in old cigar box*.

* in China.
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Post by gopher6 » Tue Aug 17 4:08 pm

what hall of fame member of MLB instructed Rod Carew how to steal home plate?

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Post by Snowcool08 » Tue Aug 17 4:23 pm

MATT wrote:As of April 30, 2007 there were $1,549,052,714 worth of $2 bills in circulation worldwide.


I half expected the dollar amount to be an odd number. :D

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Post by TexasJ00 » Thu Aug 19 9:27 am

gopher6 wrote:what hall of fame member of MLB instructed Rod Carew how to steal home plate?


Trick question? Billy Martin is not a Hall of Famer.

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Post by Sioux/Bucky Hater » Thu Aug 19 11:58 am

MATT wrote:As of April 30, 2007 there were $1,549,052,714 worth of $2 bills in circulation worldwide.


Many of them are located in Bock, MN.

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Post by g-manpuck » Thu Aug 19 12:03 pm

Whioux/Bucky Hater wrote:
MATT wrote:As of April 30, 2007 there were $1,549,052,714 worth of $2 bills in circulation worldwide.


Many of them are located in Bock, MN.

In Northeast Iowa there is a wonder lady, my wife's grandmother, who sends out $2 bills every year to all of her kids, grandkids, great-grandkids, and one great-great-grandkid along with all of their spouses for a total of 111. My collection in my lockbox is at a couple of hundred dollars since my wife has kept all of the bills she has every received from her.
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Post by Bjer0110 » Fri Aug 20 9:55 am

I work at a bank and there is a guy who purchases 200-500 dollars in two dollar bills every other week. He also gets about 100-200 in dollar coin. Why? I have no idea.

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Post by gopheritall » Fri Aug 20 11:22 am

Bjer0110 wrote:I work at a bank and there is a guy who purchases 200-500 dollars in two dollar bills every other week. He also gets about 100-200 in dollar coin. Why? I have no idea.

We use Susan B's for the tooth fairy. Is this guy an NBA player?

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Post by dxmnkd316 » Fri Aug 20 11:24 am

Bjer0110 wrote:I work at a bank and there is a guy who purchases 200-500 dollars in two dollar bills every other week. He also gets about 100-200 in dollar coin. Why? I have no idea.


Strip club and casino?

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Post by Bjer0110 » Fri Aug 20 11:59 am

You would think that at first but the dude's just looney.

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Post by gopheritall » Fri Aug 20 9:14 pm

One out of 20 people have an extra rib...

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Post by Handyman » Sun Aug 22 11:44 am

What current major league manager was nailed not once but TWICE by the hidden ball trick in 1986?
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Post by dxmnkd316 » Sun Aug 22 11:47 am

I'll take a shot and say Torre

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Post by Handyman » Sun Aug 22 11:55 am

dxmnkd316 wrote:I'll take a shot and say Torre


Incorrect :)
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Post by dxmnkd316 » Sun Aug 22 11:58 am

Ok, now I googled it. That's pretty good. I'm not at all surprised.

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Post by Zwak » Sun Aug 22 1:05 pm

dxmnkd316 wrote:Ok, now I googled it. That's pretty good. I'm not at all surprised.


I had to Google it too. Here's a video about it.

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Post by Handyman » Sun Aug 22 1:46 pm

It is on the 1986 Best of This Week in Baseball video as is the Twins two triple plays :)
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Post by Greyeagle » Sun Aug 22 2:48 pm

The tag to the head. :lol:

Handyman wrote:It is on the 1986 Best of This Week in Baseball video as is the Twins two triple plays :)


1986? I'm confused (as usual), the Twins turned the triple plays in 1990. Or were you just watching random highlight videos?
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Post by Handyman » Sun Aug 22 6:44 pm

No it was one video...I think you are thinking of the two triple plays in one game which was in 1990 against Boston. The Twins lost that game btw :)

It is possible I am wrong in what I saw but I know for a fact one of the them was Gaetti touching third and then going around the horn. (he has 7 triple plays in his career according to the stats which is a record)

BTW according to wikipedia, "While playing with the New York Yankees in 1982, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles, and Roy Smalley got caught in a bizarre 2-5-3-1 triple play. Smalley had struck out (Out #1), and meanwhile the runners from 1st and 2nd had taken off. The ball was thrown to 3rd (played by Gary Gaetti). Gaetti chased Murcer back to 2nd base and tagged him but he was called safe. Gaetti then threw the ball to 1st baseman Kent Hrbek to tag Nettles who was caught between 1st and 2nd (Out #2). During this, Murcer had attempted to take off from 2nd again. The ball was thrown from Hrbek to 3rd base to pitcher Terry Felton, who was now covering 3rd base and tagged Murcer (Out #3)." CRAZY!
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Post by frozen4champs » Sun Aug 22 6:55 pm

Handyman wrote:No it was one video...I think you are thinking of the two triple plays in one game which was in 1990 against Boston. The Twins lost that game btw :)

It is possible I am wrong in what I saw but I know for a fact one of the them was Gaetti touching third and then going around the horn. (he has 7 triple plays in his career according to the stats which is a record)

BTW according to wikipedia, "While playing with the New York Yankees in 1982, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles, and Roy Smalley got caught in a bizarre 2-5-3-1 triple play. Smalley had struck out (Out #1), and meanwhile the runners from 1st and 2nd had taken off. The ball was thrown to 3rd (played by Gary Gaetti). Gaetti chased Murcer back to 2nd base and tagged him but he was called safe. Gaetti then threw the ball to 1st baseman Kent Hrbek to tag Nettles who was caught between 1st and 2nd (Out #2). During this, Murcer had attempted to take off from 2nd again. The ball was thrown from Hrbek to 3rd base to pitcher Terry Felton, who was now covering 3rd base and tagged Murcer (Out #3)." CRAZY!


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Handyman wrote:No it was one video...I think you are thinking of the two triple plays in one game which was in 1990 against Boston. The Twins lost that game btw :)

It is possible I am wrong in what I saw but I know for a fact one of the them was Gaetti touching third and then going around the horn. (he has 7 triple plays in his career according to the stats which is a record)

BTW according to wikipedia, "While playing with the New York Yankees in 1982, Bobby Murcer, Graig Nettles, and Roy Smalley got caught in a bizarre 2-5-3-1 triple play. Smalley had struck out (Out #1), and meanwhile the runners from 1st and 2nd had taken off. The ball was thrown to 3rd (played by Gary Gaetti). Gaetti chased Murcer back to 2nd base and tagged him but he was called safe. Gaetti then threw the ball to 1st baseman Kent Hrbek to tag Nettles who was caught between 1st and 2nd (Out #2). During this, Murcer had attempted to take off from 2nd again. The ball was thrown from Hrbek to 3rd base to pitcher Terry Felton, who was now covering 3rd base and tagged Murcer (Out #3)." CRAZY!


Well if it's on Wikipedia, it's got to be true. :wave:

I'd love to see that (2-5-3-1) on someone's Twingo card, if only to eff with their head :D
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Post by davescharf » Mon Aug 23 9:51 am

Did anyone else hear this morning that the Twins 4-0 win was their 11th shutout of the season and it leads the league? I was a little surprised to hear that stat.
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Post by Dances With Gophers » Mon Aug 23 10:25 am

The largest 24 hour temperature change in Minnesota was 71 degrees on April 3, 1982 in Lamberton located in Redwood County. The high was 78 degrees and a vigorous cold front dropped the temperature to 7.
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