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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Reusse: Twins’ altercation in 1967? Part about a gun on team bus was avoided

The “by-play” among Ted Uhlaender, Tony Oliva, and Dave Boswell on the Twins team bus from the Detroit airport to the hotel is evidently a euphemism for gunplay.

Then, Tony took the copy of the Star’s front sports page, looked at the headline – “Ermer’s Strong Hand Calms Twin Squabble’’ – and offered the slight smile that indicates he’s interested in something.

“There was a part of this that no one would talk about, and the writers didn’t write,’’ he said. “Boswell had a gun on the bus.

“It was an exhibition game, and I don’t know – there was probably a lot of drinking by some players, if they weren’t playing, or after they left the game. We were on the way in from the Detroit airport, and Boswell started waving around a gun, above his head, like he was going to shoot a hole in the roof.

“I don’t know if the gun was loaded or not. I told Boswell to put the gun away, that it was not funny, it was dangerous.

“That’s when Uhlaender got involved.’’

Drunks, guns, fun.

“He started saying, ‘You Cubans this, Cubans that,’ and it wasn’t good. Sandy Valdespino was hotter than I was. He was coming over the seat. And Ted was saying, ‘You’re going to have the black guys on your side over this, but I’m going to have the white guys.’

“Harmon [Killebrew], [Bob] Allison … they were looking at him, didn’t know what to do. Ermer said something to us when we got off the bus. They didn’t want any mention of the gun, so people wondered, ‘Why was Tony telling Boswell what to do?’ [....]

“That was quite a team meeting. We played good after that and almost won a pennant, but we played that way because we had a good team. There were some bad feelings after that mess on the bus.’’

Greg Franklin Posted: August 19, 2017 at 01:58 PM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alcohol, guns, history, twins

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   1. winnipegwhip Posted: August 20, 2017 at 09:34 PM (#5517646)
Boswell yelled: "I am like Humphrey Bogart jn that western. What's the western with Bogart..."
Billy Martin: "Shane?"
Boswell"...The Okla... Shane...The Oklahoma Kid. Dance that drink over here.."

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