SEASON: 19 | YEAR: 1967
HEAD COACH: VERN MIKKELSEN


Game 149 | January 23 | Dean Chance, Ron Kline

Both Chance, a starter, and Kline, a relief pitcher; came to the Minnesota Twins on consecutive-day trades in December 1966. Chance, one of baseball's true free spirits and worst hitters, responded by throwing two no-hit games while winning 20 in his first year with the Twins. He developed arm trouble and left the team after the 1969 season in a trade for Luis Tiant and Stan Williams. Kline was nearing the end of his career and was traded to Pittsburgh after spending 1967 with the Twins.

Game 150 | March 14 | Ray Scott
One of the original members of the Minnesota Twins broadcast team, Ray Scott called Twins radio and television games from 1961-1966 and TV of the 1965 World Series featuring the Twins and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Twice named Associated Press Broadcaster of the Year, he left the Twins to become CBS' lead television announcer. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, he pioneered the "less is more" school of television broadcasting "Starr ... McGee ... Touchdown." His brother; Hal Scott, was WCCO TV's lead sports anchor for many years.

Game 151 | April 26 | Bud Grant, Clint Jones
In trading Fran Tarkenton to the New York Giants, the Minnesota Vikings acquired a first-round draft choice they used to select Michigan State running back Jones. The second choice overall, Jones became a fixture in the Vikings backfield for the next six years. For most of his career he teamed with either Bill Brown or Dave Osborn. He led the team in rushing in 1971, but was traded to San Diego when the Vikings needed to make room for Chuck Foreman.

Game 152 | June 28 | Cal Ermer
A longtime employee of the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins organizations, Ermer was picked to manage the Twins when Sam Mele was fired midway through the 1967 season. Under Ermer, the team improved markedly and lost the American League pennant to the Boston Red Sox on the final weekend of the season. Ermer's 1968 team was plagued with injuries and he was fired at season's end in favor of Billy Martin. He never managed in the major league again, but spent much of the next decade as manager of the Twins' AAA farm club, the Toledo Mud Hens.

Game 153 | July 19 | Dutch Warmerdam, Bill Toomey
Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam was a long-time pole vault world record holder who is considered to be among the greatest vaulters of all time. Working with a bamboo pole, he was the first to clear 15 feet and held the world record from 1940-1957. Toomey was the top American Decathlete in the 1960s and won the gold medal in that event in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.

Game 154 | September 26 | Rick Reichardt
A star two-sport (baseball and football) athlete at the University of Wisconsin, Reichardt had an 11-year major league career. He spent his first seven years with the California Angels and hit the first home run ever in 1966 in the new stadium at Anaheim. One of his teammates and roommates on the Badger football team was current Dunker Ron Leafblad who captained the 1964 Wisconsin team.

Game 155 | October 24 | Carl Wetzel, Al Shaver
Voted the outstanding goal tender at the 1967 Ice Hockey World Championships in Vienna, Carl Wetzel played briefly for the Minnesota North Stars as a backup to goalie Cesare Maniago. Shaver; a member of the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame, became the team's first radio announcer when the North Stars were founded in 1967 and stayed in that position until the team moved to Dallas after the 1993 season. A 10-time Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year; he also is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Game 156 | November 7 | Joe Kapp
Making up in spirit and bravado what he may have lacked in talent, Kapp was lured from Canadian football ranks to take over as Vikings quarterback with the trade of Fran Tarkenton to New York. In 1968, he led the Vikings to their first-ever playoff appearance. In the next season, he tied a league record with seven touchdown passes in one game en route to leading the team to their first of four Super Bowl appearances. He coined the phrase "40 for 60," --40 players going all out for 60 minutes. He left the team after a contract dispute following the 1969 season. After pro football, he became the head coach at his alma mater; California, and was the Golden Bears coach during "The Play," the famous 1982 five-lateral kickoff return by Cal against arch rival Stanford.