Former Twin Gene Larkin will be Featured Guest July 28th
(Mankato, Minn.)– The Mankato MoonDogs Baseball Club, a member of the Northwoods League, is excited to announce former Minnesota Twins player and member of the 1987 and 1991 World Series champion teams, Gene Larkin as their featured guest for Minnesota Twins Night on July 28 presented by Buffalo Wild Wings and AM 1420 KTOE. Gates will open at Franklin Rogers Park at 6:05pm with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05pm as the MoonDogs take on the Brainerd Area Lunkers.
The evening will feature a pre-game autograph session from 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Hilltop Buffalo Wild Wings location. Larkin will then be on hand at Franklin Rogers Park to throw out the first pitch, sign autographs, and take photos. Twins mascot T.C. Bear, organist Sue Nelson and Wally "The Beer Man” will also be in attendance to help cheer on the MoonDogs.
"The MoonDogs are excited to bring another member of the Minnesota Twins World Series Championship teams to Mankato,” said General Manager Kyle Mrozek. "Larkin’s game winning single in Game 7 of the 1991 World Series will be forever remembered not only by Twins fans, but by baseball fans everywhere as the final piece of the greatest World Series Game 7 in the past 50 years. Needless to say, we are thrilled to have Gene as a part of our Twins night.”
The first major league player to graduate from Columbia University since Lou Gehrig, Larkin was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 20th round of the 1984 Major League Baseball draft. Gene made his Major League debut in 1987, hitting .266 and helping the Twins on their way to their first-ever World Series championship.
Larkin and the Twins are currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of their 1991 World Series championship. In that series, Larkin was best known for delivering the, game-winning walk-off hit in game seven in what was, arguably, the best World Series game ever played.
Gene, who played all seven seasons of his major league career with the Minnesota Twins, still calls Minnesota home. He continues to give back to the game of baseball, coaching a youth traveling team in the Twin Cities area.
Tickets for the July 28 Minnesota Twins night, or any of the MoonDogs remaining home games are now on sale at the MoonDogs office located at 1221 Caledonia Street, For more information visit our website at www.mankatomoondogs.com or call the MoonDogs office at 507-625-7047.