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Tony Oliva waved during Saturday’s parade in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Patrick Reusse in Cooperstown: Cuba might be where he's from, but Minnesota is home now

Tony Oliva could have spent his offseasons in sunny Miami when he was with the Twins, but he soon found he would rather spend them in Bloomington.
Reusse goes to Cooperstown: Tales of Minnesota's anti-Sid Hartman

Reusse goes to Cooperstown: Tales of Minnesota's anti-Sid Hartman

Star Tribune columnist Patrick Reusse is taking the long way back to baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., for a special made-in-Minnesota induction weekend.
Joe Smith faced seven batters on Sunday. All but one reached base and three hit home runs.

Reusse: Poor pitching makes Twins more than a trade from contention

Let's celebrate All-Stars and Hall of Famers this week, while also being realistic about how these wobbly 2022 Twins stack up against Cleveland, Chicago and the AL's best.
1986: Frantisek Musil was happy to be a North Star.

Reusse: A hockey star in a troubled country? We've seen this film before

There might be a champagne toast or two in St. Paul when Kirill Kaprizov leaves Russia at some point — a toast like the one on a Concorde flight in 1986.
Twins great Jim Kaat soke during his number retirement ceremony Saturday at Target Field.

Reusse: Twins salute Kaat as he joins fellow Dutchman Blyleven in Cooperstown

Blyleven, who followed Kaat as a cornerstone of early Twins pitching, introduced him Saturday when Kaat's No. 36 was retired.
Miguel Sano made a rehab start for the St. Paul Saints on Tuesday night.

Reusse: Sano returns to St. Paul looking to start his comeback

Slugger Miguel Sano, rehabbing a knee injury with the Saints, will need to remember how good he can be. He can look to fellow 2015 rookie Tyler Duffey for guidance.
Sarah Burnham had two top 10 finishes in 41 starts on the LPGA Tour.

Reusse: Former Wayzata golf standout Burnham embraces career evolution as coach

After turning pro after her college career with Michigan State, Sarah Burnham was named the women's golf coach for Oakland University in Michigan.
Jockey Kelsi Harr and daughter Lacy Jo stood with Kelsi’s favorite racer, 8-year-old Bandit Point.

Reusse: Arkansas family, and prized horse, in happy residence at Canterbury

Jockey Kelsi Harr and trainer/partner Robert Cline made their first Canterbury Park splash with horse Bandit Point, the star of their barn.
Jack Gordon pictured in a Star Tribune feature story in 1971.

Reusse: Gordon, quietly efficient North Stars coach and GM, dies at 94

Jack Gordon brought a needed calm demeanor to the North Stars when he was hired by Wren Blair, who was the team's general manager as well as its first-ever coach.
Gophers quarterback Joe Salem (11) prepared to hand off to running back William Munsey (28) during the 1961 Rose Bowl against Washington. The Huskies

Reusse: The Big Ten that I grew up with is dead and buried

The latest expansion of the Big Ten is a bit much for someone who grew up watching the regional rivalries on a small black-and-white TV screen.
Ryan Suter and Zach Parise were introduced at a news conference on July 9, 2012, five days after both star free agents elected to team up with the Wil

Reusse: 10 years ago, Parise-Suter signings generated Wild's July 4th fireworks

Adding prime free agents Zach Parise and Ryan Suter in 2012 stoked hope and refilled seats at Xcel Energy Center, if not the Wild's trophy case.
Karl-Anthony Towns and newly traded Rudy Gobert will be two driving forces on the Timberwolves, but it’s unclear exactly how the pair will work toge

Reusse: Why fret about Wolves trading their future for Rudy Gobert? Start with Danny Ainge ...

Fair questions: How will twin towers Rudy Gobert and Karl-Anthony Towns play together? Did Utah get too many picks in this deal?
Twins pitching coach Wes Johnson walked with catcher Ryan Jeffers  after visiting Twins starting pitcher Joe Ryan on the mound in the second inning Su

Reusse: Johnson's sudden departure makes sense — for him and for LSU

The generous words aimed at Wes Johnson by team officials, manager Rocco Baldelli and Twins' pitchers were astounding for their praise and/or tolerance.
Joe Driscoll, shown in 2001, was one of the best athletes to ever come out of southern Minnesota.

Reusse: Driscoll was a king of sports in Le Sueur and southern Minnesota

From town-team baseball to football and basketball and even bocce, Joe Driscoll "was great at anything he touched."
Caleb Thielbar is the only lefthander in the Twins’ bullpen after Taylor Rogers was traded during preseason.

Reusse: Twins' lack of lefthanded relievers sign of the analytical times

Not so long ago, it was accepted wisdom that teams needed a lefthanded pitcher to face a lefty batter, but the Twins only have one on the roster.
Rosemarie Siragusa, mother of Baltimore Revens 340-pound tackle Tony “The Goose” Siragusa, posed with his Pitt and Colts helmets at her home in Ke

Reusse: Meals at the Siragusas, ahead of the Super Bowl in 2001

After the Vikings fell 41-0 to the Giants in the NFC Championship, Patrick Reusse found Tony Siragusa's mother in New Jersey. After Tony's death on Wednesday, we republish this column.
Twins second baseman Luis Arraez swings into a pitch for a three-run home in the seventh inning Tuesday

Reusse: Arraez had his moment at the plate but Cleveland finished the job

The Guardians have made up 6 ½ games on the Twins since the end of May and won the series opener Tuesday but not before Luis Arraez showed why Terry Francona raves about him.
Dick Jonckowski, in his Sims Security cap and jacket from 1975, and Drew Pearson were photographed during a recent meeting at Jonckowski’s home in S

Reusse: Do Vikings fans need this? NFL relives Hail Mary — and kick that followed

NFL Films is telling the tale of a Twin Cities showman, a long-resented Vikings vanquisher and a controversy that keeps them laughing — even if it's still painful to Vikings fans of the era.
Drew Pearson relaxed in his home in Dallas in December of 1975, reading newspaper accounts of the NFC playoff against Minnesota in which he made a pai

Pearson's version of Jonckowski's boot: 'He got me in the ribs'

Dick Jonckowski says he kicked Drew Pearson "in the foot" by chance in 1975. The former Cowboys' receiver remembers it differently.
Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins (22) celebrates with forward Otto Porter Jr. (32) as time winds down in Game 6.

Reusse: You knew it would happen. Wiggins gets traded, wins NBA title

It's a familiar pattern: Andrew Wiggins joins Kevin Garnett and Kevin Love as Wolves sent away in high-profile trades who went on to win an NBA title. What happened to the 'underperforming' Wiggy?
Pitcher Jacob Crissinger, left, and catcher Zach Jorgensen formed a winning battery Tuesday for Fairmont.

Reusse: Visit to Dick Putz Field reveals superb Fairmont battery

The Cardinals won a Class 2A quarterfinal against Sibley East in St. Cloud, lifted by a pitcher who is a catch-and-shoot hoops standout and a catcher of all-around note.
Pitcher Kris Hokenson, a Gophers recruit, is among the St. Louis Park Orioles headed to the state tournament for the first time in 70 years.

Reusse: It's been 70 years, but St. Louis Park finally returns to state

"Most of us have played together for a lot of years," first baseman/pitcher Brady Walsh said. "We were always talking about going to the state tournament. We finally made it."
St. Louis Park's last visit to state was derailed by tiny champion Halstad

St. Louis Park's last visit to state was derailed by tiny champion Halstad

Back in 1952, the state tournaments were one class and divided by geographic location.
Royce Lewis finishes his first major league season with a .300 batting average with the Twins.

Reusse: Lewis chooses surgery over playing at less than full speed

As for the Twins shortstop's season-ending injury while playing center field, he said his aim was "helping the team win."
Nestor Cortes (top left), Gerrit Cole (bottom left) and Jameson Taillon (right) are the three members of the Yankees rotation who are facing the Twins

Reusse: Yankees' productive rotation leaves injury-riddled Twins in envy

While the Twins have struggled with injuries to their rotation, all five of the Yankees starters have pitched well — and started every one of their team's games.
Toronto’s Vladimir Guerrero Jr. rounded the bases with a home run against the Twins on Friday night in Toronto. The Twins were missing top players b

Reusse: An 'upset' in baseball? Might not be what you think it is

Because the major league season is long and there are so many games, the label doesn't apply until the postseason.
Al Bernstein, a lifelong boxing fan, will be on the Showtime telecast for this weekend’s slate of boxing matchups at the Armory.

Reusse: Boxing lifer Bernstein finds Minneapolis Armory to be 'a revelation'

Legendary boxing commentator Al Bernstein has been a fan of the sport since he was a child growing up on the south side of Chicago.
Fans watched boxing at The Armory in April 2019.

Armory commands another big boxing night — and some fighting words

Minneapolis boxing's rebirth will be further cemented with Saturday's card of title defenses.
This March 12, 1993 photo shows former WCCO radio personality George Chapple, known as “Dark Star,” in the WCCO studios in Minneapolis. He died on

Reusse: Gone 10 years, fewer laughs and wacky stories without Dark Star

Dark Star died 10 years ago at age 66 of a heart attack. Those who knew him, still remember him well. He was hilarious, outrageous and extravagant.
Sam Mele, center, was named manager of the Twins on June 23, 1961, after Cookie Lavagetto was fired amid the team’s first “June Swoon.” With him

Reusse: An early scar fuels fan lore of Twins' 'June Swoon'

It was a rough month for the new team in 1961, but the month since then has historically been pretty good, according to the reality-confirming numbers.
On Thursday night, slumping Byron Buxton absolutely crushed a ball into what was supposed to be the left-center gap and Andrew Benintendi caught it wi

Reusse: Closing baseball's gaps is snuffing out excitement

The lack of scoring in the 2022 season compared to 2019 is emblematic of a shift in the sport for the worse.
Billy McKinney was named the Timberwolves’ first director of player personnel in July 1988. It didn’t go well.

Reusse: Taking over the Wolves? Good luck with that, Tim Connelly

Connelly, the new president of basketball operations, is the seventh person to be given full control of the Wolves since 1992. It's been a fun, futile stretch.
Twins boss Derek Falvey, left, decided to offer a record-setting contract to third baseman Josh Donaldson two years ago, only to deal the veteran slug

Reusse: First place doesn't mean flawless for Falvey-Levine Twins

Baseball boss Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine have made some odd choices since taking over in November 2016.
St. Thomas’ Jack Blesch pitched during a baseball game against Northern Colorado on April 24 in St. Paul.

Reusse: After a year in D-I, St. Thomas athletics can say: Just wait

The Tommies didn't win as much as in their days of D-III dominance, but they say there are promising days ahead.
Al Shaver shortly before his retirement from calling hockey in Minnesota.

Reusse: Legendary hockey voice Al Shaver still bleeds Minnesota sports

At age 96, the former North Stars and Gophers announcer lives on Vancouver Island while keeping up on the Wild and Minnesota's other sports teams. His voice is still unmistakable for a Minnesota sports fan.
2022 playoff runs for the Wolves and Wild started on April 21 in Target Center and ended precisely three weeks later on Thursday night in St. Louis.

Reusse: We continue on in the land of 10,000 playoff disappointments

Spring of 2022 offered another pair of first-round playoff exits in basketball and hockey as the years of postseason futility grow longer.
Cleveland Guardians radio announcer Tom Hamilton has already made the transition from the baseball team’s previous name.

Reusse: What's in a name? Practice, says Cleveland radio voice Hamilton

Tom Hamilton, the play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Guardians, has been with the team for 33 years, yet he adjusted to the new name with aplomb.
Astros slugger Yordan Alvarez celebrated his first of two home runs in Thursday’s regularly scheduled game against the Twins.

Reusse: Reality shuts out hope in Astros three-game sweep of Twins

A team that had won nine in a row at home was stopped cold from the first pitch to the last by a team with superior talent (and a 10-game winning streak).
Patrick Reusse with Miguel Sano in 2015.

Reusse: Twins' high hopes for Sano derailed by injuries, strikeouts

Miguel Sano has had potent stretches his potential greatness. But it's hard to get past the injuries and historic, astounding numbers of strikeouts.
Royce Lewis made a play on a ball hit by Oakland’s Sheldon Neuse, throwing him out, during the first inning Friday at Target Field

Reusse: Lewis makes one small step from St. Paul, a giant leap to the majors

Injury to Carlos Correa opened the door the the much-anticipated debut of the talented shortstop.
Carleton pitcher Kiefer Lord does not have a typical D-III arm, and his 95-mph fastball is drawing interest from larger schools.

Reusse: Need a D-I college pitcher? Here's one at, of all places, Carleton

Sophomore Kiefer Lord looks out of place at Carleton College in Northfield, where he throws 95 and has a breaking pitch worthy of a look at the highest level of college baseball.
Ryan Saunders expects to be back coaching in the NBA next season.

Reusse: Saunders, a teacher then and now, watches Wolves with pride

Former Timberwolves coach Ryan Saunders has kept his eyes on his former players, many of whom developed under his watch, as they battle in the playoffs. He says he'll be ready when he's back coaching in the NBA next season.
Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is fouled as he shoots against Grizzlies forward Kyle Andersonin the first half

Reusse: At the brewhouse, Wolves fans start with cheers, end with tears

The Wolves fans at HeadFlyer Brewing were left hanging to the very end amid beers with fancy names and some dogs who came with their owners..
Gophers center fielder Natalie DenHartog has hit 15 home runs this season to go with a .336 batting average. is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten perf

Reusse: Big Ten series for Gophers baseball and softball teams converge

In neighboring parks, both squads swept to victories Friday, fell Saturday and were looking for redemption on Sunday.
White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson reaches for a wide throw as the Twins’ Max Kepler slides safely to second

Reusse: Frigid offense somehow finds a way in Twins' victory

The Twins can't seem to get the bats going, but they have carved out a modest two-game winning streak despite scoring three runs in those two games.
D’Angelo Russell (0) meets defense from Memphis Grizzlies’ Desmond Bane (22), Jaren Jackson Jr. (13) and Brandon Clarke (15) during the second hal

Reusse: This wasn't just a choke by the Wolves. It was a double-choke

Joining missed field goals and over-celebrating teams in Minnesota sports lore will be Thursday night's Wolves roller-coaster collapse.
Wolves super fans Stephanie and Phil Halverson, with their son Camden, took a spring break vacation to Boston recently to watch the Wolves take on the

Reusse: Wolves' success is rewarding a fan base that's been there all along

The excitement around this resurgent Timberwolves team isn't reserved for home games, as fans have planned vacations around seeing games on the road.
Jack McNeely had two goals and 15 assists this past season with Minnesota State Mankato.

Reusse: McNeely symbolizes Minnesota State Mankato's hockey rise

A Lakeville North product, Jack McNeely exits the Mavericks program 26 years old and not ready to stop playing the game.
What Karl-Anthony Towns has shown this season was not wiped out by one bad play-in game.

Reusse: The TNT take on Towns ignores everything we have learned about him

The Timberwolves big man has shown this season he's committed and can dominate from all over the court.
Tom McCarthy took a shot on goal during a 1980 game against Hartford.

Reusse: North Stars remember McCarthy for his skills, friendship

North Stars standouts Neal Broten and Dino Ciccarelli were peers with Tommy McCarthy, who died at age 61, yet still looked to him as a leader.
D’Angelo Russell celebrated after hitting a three-pointer late in the third quarter.

Reusse: 'Tough shots' were needed vs. Clippers and Russell took 'em

Point guard D'Angelo Russell had been erratic, needing to rise above his inconsistency and shooting struggles. Tuesday night against the Clippers, he did. Bring on more of this D-Lo.
Phil Hughes in 2017, a season when the Twins righthander had a second surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. But he never regained his old effectivenes

Reusse: Twins' Archer hopes to overcome thoracic outlet syndrome

Chris Archer will debut Tuesday after offseason surgery to correct the problem — which ended the career of former Twins pitcher Phil Hughes (pictured) — in June 2020.
Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (left) and shortstop Carlos Correa waited in the dugout to take the field before facing the Mariners at Target Field

Reusse: Twins fans still waiting for something to cheer about

After a disappointing 2021, the Twins failed to sell out their home opener for the first time since 2009.
Mike Hastings directs his team against Minnesota in the second period of an NCAA college hockey Regional Final last March

Reusse: Cast aside, MSU Mankato now a national power under Hastings

During the men's college hockey shake-up caused by the Big Ten, MSU Mankato was left behind when a new conference was formed. The message directed at the Mavericks' program was clear.
Megan Walstad, right, Miss Basketball for Eastview in 2018, and her coach Molly Kasper attended Sunday’s championship game at Target Center

Reusse: Last time Bueckers lost in Minnesota was also for a title

South Carolina Gamecocks, meet the 2018 Lightning from Eastview High, located at the intersection of Flagstaff Avenue and 140th Street in Apple Valley. You now have something in common.
Lefthander Tommy Hall was the only other rookie to start on Opening Day for the Twins, in 1969.

Reusse: The other rookie pitcher who started for the Twins on Opening Day

Rocco Baldelli has named rookie Joe Ryan the Opening Day starter this year. The only other rookie to get that honor was Tommy 'The Blade' Hall in 1969.
ESPN’s Holly Rowe interviews UConn coach Geno Auriemma Friday at Target Center.

Reusse: ESPN's Rowe sets standard for sideline reporters with passion, professionalism

The athletes and coaches she covers for ESPN show their respect and open up to Holly Rowe's insightful questions. Rowe has created that bond without any sacrifice of professionalism.
Chris Voelz, a champion for women’s sports in Minnesota and everywhere.

Reusse: Voelz took on challenges — and sportswriters — to fight for U women's sports

When Chris Voelz was women's athletic director, she battled for facilities that are vital to Gophers women's sports today — and with Star Tribune columnists who didn't get it. Voelz is one of this year's new members of the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame.
Minneapolis North coach Larry McKenzie reacted after a whistle in the first half during Saturday’s Class 2A boys’ basketball championship game aga

Reusse: Racist message sent to player as North ends season of challenges

After winning its Class 2A semifinal, a North player received a social media message containing racial slurs from a non-playing student at a school in the losing team's cooperative program.
Marshall’s Terry Porter, middle, met with Mike Forrest, left, and Dave Meisner, Cloquet’s backcourt in the classic 1963 title game.

Reusse: Competitors recall glory days of Minnesota one-class basketball

A reunion near Williams Arena brings fond memories of teams like Sherburn, Marshall, Bemidji, Duluth Central, Cloquet and more.
Augsburg men’s hockey coach Greg May

Led by ex-Gophers staffer, Augsburg reaches D-III Frozen Four

Greg May, the former director of hockey operations at the U, is in his first season of coaching at his alma mater. The Auggies play No. 1-ranked Adrian on Friday.
Super welterweight Tim Tszyu, 20-0 with all previous bouts in his homeland of Australia, will face Terrell Gausha in a headline event at the Minneapol

Armory to host one-two punch of spring boxing events

The Minneapolis Armory will host two PBC boxing cards on March 26 and June 4.
Karl-Anthony Towns was named the Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday for the rejuvenated Timberwolves.

Reusse: NBA has talent all over; NCAA men have nothing but bricks

The opinion here is more schools playing at a level they don't belong at makes for putrid entertainment to start most seasons — and for shoddy postseason play.
Agent Scott Boras represents both of the promising shortstops at the top of the Twins organizations.

Reusse: Here is the real winner in the Carlos Correa Twins signing ...

Applause, please, for Scott Boras, the agent who represents both Carlos Correa and Royce Lewis.
Tim Tszyu brings his undefeated record to The Armory next weekend.

Reusse: Armory to host another PBC fight. Will fans show up without a local angle?

Undefeated Tim Tszyu will face Terrell Gausha, a U.S. Olympian in 2012.
If Iowa State and Iowa each win twice this week, the NCAA women’s basketball tournament will have a dream matchup in the Sweet Sixteen: the Cyclones

Reusse: Passion for women's basketball in Iowa goes back over a century

The state was a hotbed for 6-on-6 basketball long before most states even sanctioned girls' basketball in high school, and the appearances of Iowa and Iowa State in the NCAA tournament shows the game is still in talented hands in the state.
Derek Falvey and manager Rocco Baldelli spoke at a news conference Sunday at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla.

Reusse: Donaldson fiasco over, Falvey must save reputation, season

The Twins boss needs to take the $50 million saved in the Josh Donaldson trade and get the team pointed somewhere other than last place.
Hermantown’s Ty Hanson hoisted a trophy the Hawks will be criticized for winning.

Reusse: Class 1A matchup nods to past; 2A pairing heralds the future

Hermantown doesn't deserve the criticism it will get for small-class success, and the big-class behemoths are the reason.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred spoked during a news conference Thursday in New York.

Reusse: Baseball owners played the waiting game, and it worked

Good vs. evil? This wasn't that. It was a negotiation. It's over. Now let's get this imperfect game started.
Wisconsin's Nate Reuvers blocks the shot of Minnesota's Marcus Carr during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020,

Reusse: For 24 years, Gophers basketball has eaten Wisconsin's dust

Minnesota hasn't finished ahead of the Badgers in the basketball standings since 1998, a span in which Wisconsin has reached three NCAA Final Fours while the U has won two tournament games.
Gophers basketball playetr Eric Magdanz in 1961.

Reusse: 60 years later, Magdanz still shares Gophers men's basketball record

Eric Magdanz scored 42 points to set a single-game Gophers record. Ollie Shannon tied the record in 1971.
Oliva8: Tony Oliva pauses at the plaque of Twins teammate Harmon Killebrew during his March 2, 2022, visit to the Hall of Fame. (Milo Stewart Jr./Nati

Reusse: Walking the Hall with Tony-O as baseball history comes to life

It was Tony Oliva's special day Wednesday at the Baseball Hall of Fame, and Patrick Reusse was invited to walk along with the Twins great as Oliva got a private tour in Cooperstown.
St. John’s guard Colton Codute went up for a layup against St. Olaf forward Carter Uphus in the Johnnies’ 76-57 MIAC playoff victory Friday night.

Reusse: It's a different-looking MIAC with St. Thomas not around

The conference has an abundance of competitive teams in men's basketball, but at the top, the Johnnies-Tommies rivalry no longer exists.
Ja’Sean Glover is Madelia’s star, and not just on the basketball court.

Reusse: Glover's basketball skills find unlikely, welcoming home in Madelia

This has been a wonderful winter to head for the Madelia gym in southern Minnesota to enjoy the final evenings of hoops entertainment provided by Ja'Sean Glover, who is closing in on 3,000 career points.
Gophers goalie Justen Close, shown in a 2020 Skate the Cities event in Blaine, has reeled off six consecutive victories.

Reusse: Gophers coach Motzko wasn't kidding: Close can play

The Gophers appeared to have a giant question in net when Jack LaFontaine turned pro in January, but Justen Close has been the answer.