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1972-1977 Tacoma Twins

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Tacoma TwinsPacific Coast League (1972-1977)

Born: 1972 – Affiliation change from Tacoma Cubs
Affiliation Change: 1978 (Tacoma Yankees)

Stadium: Cheney Stadium

Major League Affiliation: Minnesota Twins

Owners: Tacoma Baseball, Inc.

Pacific Coast League Championships: None

 

The Tacoma Twins were the top farm club of the Minnesota Twins for six seasons in the mid-1970’s.

The Tacoma teams of the Twins era produced many future Major Leaguers, but few of much renown. The best of the bunch were catcher Rick Dempsey (Twins ’72) and outfield Lyman Bostock (Twins ’74’-75).  Dempsey played 24 seasons in the majors and earned Most Valuable Player honors for the 1983 World Series as a member of the Baltimore Orioles. Bostock seemed destined for stardom until his shocking and senseless murder in September 1978.

Perhaps the Tacoma Twins best player, by Class AAA standards, was hard-hitting first baseman Randy Bass (Twins ’75-’77). Over the course of three summers in Tacoma, Bass slugged 64 home runs. Bass’ Major League career never really took off. But he became the most feared hitter in Japan after signing with the Hanshin Tigers of Central League in 1983. Bass won back-to-back Japanese Triple Crowns in 1985 and 1986.

During the summer of 1976, the Twins local ownership group flirted with professional soccer. Tacoma Baseball, Inc. partnered with future Washington governor Booth Gardner to form the Tacoma Tides of the American Soccer League. The Tides shared Cheney Stadium with the Twins during the bicentennial summer, but folded after only one season of play.

The Twins era in Tacoma came to an end in 1978 with a parent club shift to the New York Yankees.

 

Tacoma Twins Memorabilia

 

In Memoriam

Outfielder Lyman Bostock (Twins ’74-’75) was shot to death in a case of mistaken identity in his hometown of Gary, Indiana on September 23, 1978 at the age of 27.

 

Links

Pacific Coast League Media Guides

Pacific Coast League Programs

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Written by Drew Crossley

August 14th, 2017 at 7:51 pm

1976 Tacoma Tides

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Tacoma TidesAmerican Soccer League (1976)

Born: 1976 – ASL expansion franchise
Folded: November 1976

Stadium: Cheney Stadium

Team Colors:

Owner: Booth Gardner & Tacoma Baseball, Inc.

ASL Championships: None

 

The Tacoma Tides were a One-Year Wonder that competed in the American Soccer League in the summer of 1976.  The lower-division soccer club was jointly owned by Booth Gardner, a future Governor of the state of Washington, and the operators of the Tacoma Twins minor league baseball team.  The Tides shared Cheney Stadium, the city’s baseball field, with the Twins.

The Tides were a good side in their only year of action.  The team finished 10-6-5 and earned a playoff spot, losing to the eventual champion Los Angeles Skyhawks in the semi-final match.  English import David Chadwick was the Tides’ leading scorer with 9 goals and 8 assists.  Future U.S. National Team coach Bruce Arena was the Tides’ second string goalkeeper, but the bulk of the net duties were handled by lower division warhorse Jamil Canal.

The Tides lost a reported $100,000. This  lub shuttered in November 1976.

 

Tacoma Tides Memorabilia

 

In Memoriam

Tides founder/owner Booth Gardner passed away on March 15, 2013 from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 76. Seattle Times obituary.

 

Links

American Soccer League Media Guides

American Soccer League Programs

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Written by AC

April 9th, 2015 at 12:36 am

1979 Tacoma Tugs

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Pacific Coast League (1979)

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Died:
November 16, 1979 – Tugs re-branded as the Tacoma Tigers.

Stadium: Cheney Stadium

Team Colors:

Owner:

 

The Tacoma Tugs were a one-season only Class AAA farm club of the Cleveland Indians in the Pacific Coast League during the summer of 1979.  The Tugs appeared (briefly) during an unsettled period in Tacoma’s baseball history, when the city’s Pacific Coast League franchise cycled through four different parent clubs in four seasons between 1977 and 1980.  The Tugs replaced the Tacoma Yankees (1978) and gave way to the Tacoma Tigers (1980-1994).

The Tugs were 74-73 in Tacoma’s only season as an Indians affiliate.

25 Tugs players saw service time in the Major Leagues at some point in their pro careers.  Among the more accomplished of these players were relief pitcher Larry Andersen, who played parts of 17 seasons in the Majors, pitcher Juan Berenguer (15 seasons), catcher Ron Hassey (14 seasons), and the late Bo Diaz, a two-time Major League All-Star.

 

 ==In Memoriam==

Tugs catcher Bo Diaz died in an accident on November 23, 1990 while trying to fix a satellite dish on his roof in his native Venezuela.  He was 37.

Tugs infielder Taylor Duncan passed away from a stroke on January 3, 2004 at age 50.

 

==Links==

Pacific Coast League Media Guides

Pacific Coast League Programs

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Written by AC

June 2nd, 2013 at 1:14 am

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