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Daily Trivia – 10/3/11

Question: What poison was found in Extra Strength Tylenol capsules in 1982, leading manufacturers to take stronger steps against product tampering?

Last Question: What American League team won a World Series despite a 29-52 regular-season road record?

Answer: Minnesota Twins

In 1987 the Minnesota Twins won the World Series for the first time since moving from Washington in 1961, marking the second time that the franchise had won the World Series. (The Washington Senators had won it in 1924.) Tom Kelly managed the rare feat of winning the World Series in his first full season as manager. The Twins were 85-77, first in the American League West. The team had one of the lowest winning percentages ever for a World Series champion, at .525. It also had the remarkably bad road record of 29-52 (.358 percentage) but made up for it winning 56 home games. Fortunately for the team, the Twins played in the weak American League West Division, where first and last place were separated by only ten games.

In order to get into the World Series, the Twins had to get by the Detroit Tigers who finished the 1987 regular season with the best record in all of baseball, at 98–64. Minnesota won the Series, with relative ease, four games to one.

The Twins played the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, which was won by the Twins in 7 games. This was the first World Series in which the home team won every game. This was the first World Series games played in an indoor stadium (the Twins’ Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome). The 1987 Twins were the first team to ever enter the World Series having been outscored in the regular season. Although this World Series featured a lot of firsts, it also featured one bi “Last”. It featured the final Series game to start earlier than prime time in the eastern United States (Game 6, with a 4 p.m. ET start). Now, it is past my bedtime by the time a World Series game reaches the second inning! 🙂