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Twins To Honor Griffith in 2000

December 3, 1999

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ The Minnesota Twins are bringing back their original navy blue ``TC″ caps and old handshake logo, saying they are doing it in honor of former owner Calvin Griffith, who died at age 87 in October.

The old cap design was worn from 1961, when Griffith brought major league baseball to the Midwest by relocating the Washington Senators, until 1986. They will replace the team’s navy ``M″ caps next season.

The Twins also will wear a logo commemorating their 40th season in Minnesota. The insignia also was used by the club from 1961-86 and features Twin baseball players in handshake pose across a river but with a new red ribbing beneath reading ``40th season, 1961-2000.″

The Twins will wear the initials ``CRG″ in honor of Griffith on their jersey sleeves, and the team will pay tribute to him in opening day festivities on April 3.

``All of this is to remember Calvin Griffith for what he brought to Minnesota and baseball,″ team president Jerry Bell said Friday.

However, the changes must have been contemplated earlier. Major League Baseball Properties Inc., the sport’s licensing wing, requires teams to finalize uniforms _ except for commemorative patches following someone’s death _ the previous June.

Griffith sold the team to current owner Carl Pohlad in 1984 and was credited for establishing the foundation of the Twins’ World Series titles in 1987 and ’91.

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