THE FRONT OFFICE
Calvin Griffith is foster son of Hall of Famer Clark Griffith, learned baseball business from the minors up, became owner of the then Washington Senators when Clark died in 1955, moved club to Minneapolis-St. Paul last fall, cleverly named it the Minnesota Twins to make everybody happy. Sale of radio-TV rights for a reported $600,000 and an advance ticket sale of over $1 million gives Griffith—hitherto a scrambling owner—a rosy financial future. The front office is well stocked with Calvin's relatives: brother-in-law Joe Haynes, sister Thelma Haynes, brothers Sherry, Billy and Jimmy Robertson. This nepotism, though, has not hurt operational effectiveness, and Sherry Robertson has the Senators' improving farm system in its best shape since it began functioning in 1947.
THE BALL PARK
Metropolitan Stadium (30,637 capacity) is in suburban Bloomington on Minneapolis side of Mississippi River, but just about equidistant from downtown sections of St. Paul and Minneapolis. A strikingly modern stadium (triple-deck cantilever with no posts, no bad seats), it was built in 1956—supposedly for New York Giants, who moved instead to San Francisco. Will be increased to 40,108 capacity by September. Huge parking lot holds 14,000 cars. Most fans will come by car—especially those from outlying portions of the state—but bus service is adequate. Left-and left-center-field fences are 330 and 402 feet from home, considerably closer than in Washington's Griffith Stadium, a comforting thought for Twins' big right-handed sluggers: Killebrew, Lemon, Allison. Club will use Andy Frain ushers: no tipping.
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