SEASON: 39 | YEAR: 1987
HEAD COACH: CLAYT KAUFMAN


Game 342 | January 14 | Tom Kelly

Succeeding Ray Miller, Kelly became the 11th manager in Minnesota Twins history, and his 15-year tenure was the longest in the team's history. With a team built of players he had developed in the minor leagues, Kelly led the 1987 Twins to their first World Series title with a seven-game win over St. Louis.

Game 343 | February 2 | Rod Carew
The former Twins star got his 3,000th hit off Frank Viola while playing for the California Angels in August 1985. He retired after that season and was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, his first year of eligibility. When he appeared at Dunkers in 1987 he had just announced plans to open the Rod Carew Baseball School in Placentia, California.

Game 344 | March 10 | John Anderson, Jerry Noyce
The Dairy Queen Classic, in its third year in 1987, was becoming one of the top invitational college baseball tournaments in the nation. That year's field was one of the best with Team Cuba winning three of four games from a f!eld that included Minnesota, Maine, Michigan and UCLA. Noyce's-1986 tennis team won the Big Ten title and finished in the top 10 nationally, winning him National Coach of the Year honors.

Game 345 | May 7 | Jeff Reardon, George Frazier
Two key members of the Twins' pitching staff in their championship year, Reardon and Frazier both arrived via off-season trades. Reardon, who had 31 saves, came from Montreal for Neal Heaton, and Frazier, who appeared in 54 games in short relief, was dealt to the Twins from the White Sox in exchange for enigmatic reliever Ron Davis. Reardon won the team's Most Valuable Player award in 1987, an unusual recognition for a relief pitcher.

Game 346 | June 18 | Herb Brooks
In a brilliant move, St. Cloud State University hired Brooks as its initial hockey coach for the 1986-'87 season. The team finished with a record of 25-10-1 and achieved instant recognition and credibility. Later that year he was hired by Lou Nanne to coach the Minnesota North Stars for the 1987 -'88 season.

Game 347 | June 20 | Jody Rosenthal
This was the second appearance in four years for the Edina native. She won Rookie of the Year honors in her 1986 debut season on the LPGA tour. In 1987 she won two championships including the du Maurier Classic, which was then one of the LPG A's major championships. She finished in the top 10 in three other majors on her way to fifth place on the money list that yea1: She got married and became Jody Anschutz in 1989 and played on the LPGA tour until 2002.

Game 348 | July 28 | Jerry Burns
In only his second year as Vikings coach, Burns' team won 10 games and advanced to the third round of the playoffs, losing to Washington 17-10. In the strike-shortened year Wade Wilson took over for Tommy Kramer at quarterback. Anthony Carter emerged as one of the most dangerous receivers in the league, leading the team with seven touchdown receptions. Darrin Nelson led the rushing with 642 yards.

Game 349 | August 11 | John Gutekunst
With memories of Lou Holtz slowly fading, Gutekunst's 1987 Gophers got off to a solid start, winning three non-conference games and Big Ten games against Purdue and Northwestern. They were upset by Indiana at home in week six and won only one of their final six games. The team was led by Darrell Thomspon and Rickey Foggie on offense and Jon Leverentz on defense.

Game 350 | October 6 | Jim Kelly
A veteran of CBS television football coverage, Kelly won a Cable Ace Award for his coverage of the 1986-'87 America's Cup in Australia. With much of the world watching, Kelly described the four-race victory of the American vessel Stars and Stripes over Australia's Kookaburra III. Kelly joined the sports staff at WCCO Radio and worked there for most of the next two years. Today, he is generally regarded as the voice of Senior Men's Golf.

Game 351 | October 21 | Clem Haskins
It was a slow build back for the Gopher basketball team under Haskins. His second year was a modest improvement from his first with the team going 10-18 while finishing ninth in the Big Ten. Willie Burton, Melvin Newbern, Richard Coffee and Jim Shikenjanski were joined by freshman Kevin Lynch on a team that was starting to show signs of future success.

Game 352 | November 4 | Sarah Fulcher
A North Carolina native, Fulcher ran 10,610 miles across and around America in 1987 to promote jogging as a good form of physical f1tness.

Game 353 | November 24 | J. Robinson, Doug Woog
A graduate of Oklahoma State, Robinson was hired to replace legendary Gopher wrestling coach Wally Johnson for the 1986-'87 season. In just his third season he led the Gophers to a second-place finish in the Big Ten championships, their best finish in seven years. In Woog's third season the team returned to the Frozen Four where they lost to St. Lawrence and Maine. Robb Stauber was outstanding in the nets, winning the 1988 Hobey Baker Award. Jay Cates, Paul Broten, Randy Skarda, Peter Hankinson and Todd Richards were the team's leading scorers.