Fifty years ago — Oct. 6, 1965 to be precise — the Minnesota Twins played in their first World Series game.
The Twins hosted the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1, which pitted Minnesota’s Mudcat Grant against L.A.’s Don Drysdale, who was filling in for Sandy Koufax, who was sitting out due to the Jewish holiday Yom Kippur falling on that date.
While Los Angeles struck first on a second-inning home run from Ron Fairly, Minnesota tied it in the home second on a solo homer by Don Mincher. The Twins chased Drysdale with a six-run third inning, which included a three-run home run by Zoilo Versalles.
Grant would go the distance as the Minnesota took Game 1, 8-2.
If you’ve always wanted to see highlights from that game, you’re in luck. Recently, the Associated Press made public a number of their archived video and among them is a newsreel which includes that opening World Series game.
You can see what the old Met looked like, see the above-mentioned home runs, witness the final out, hear some fake bat and crowd noise plus get a little history less on the Berlin Wall.