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Dakota Midday: 'Tony Oliva: Life And Times Of A Minnesota Twins Legend'

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This weekend, the Minnesota Twins are hosting a 50th anniversary celebration for the 1965 team that went to the World Series. One of the big reasons the team won the pennant that year was Tony Oliva. He had earned Rookie of the Year honors the year before as well as the American League batting title, which he won again in ’65.

St. Paul native and lifelong Twins fan Thom Henninger was 11 years old in 1965 and attended one of the World Series games against the Dodgers at the old Metropolitan Stadium. Today Henninger is associate editor of Baseball Digest and author of the new biography, Tony Oliva: The Life and Times of a Minnesota Twins Legend.

Henninger interviewed the man fans affectionately call “Tony O” for the book. He tells the story of Oliva's difficulties adjusting to American culture and his years as a big hitting baseball star.

In the epilogue, Henninger argues that despite Oliva’s injury-shortened career, he deserves to be among the greats in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. 

Henninger joined Dakota Midday and discussed Tony Oliva's life and career.

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