Minnesota Twins Home Postponements, 1961-2009
Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) and the Metrodome (1982-2009)

Postponed by rain unless otherwise indicated

Compiled by Stew Thornley


1961 (4 postponements, 1 tie game, and 1 game shortened by rain; 1 game not made up)
Saturday, May 6 vs. Boston
Made up as part of a doubleheader, Tuesday, June 27

Tuesday, September 12 (doubleheader) vs. Los Angeles
Rescheduled: one game as part of a doubleheader, Wednesday, September 13 and the other to be played on an open date on Thursday, September 14

Wednesday, September 13 (doubleheader) vs. Los Angeles
Made up as doubleheader on Thursday, September 14, still leaving one game that was never made up

Friday, September 22 vs. Washington

Made up as a doubleheader on Saturday, September 23

Other:
Tuesday, September 5 vs. Chicago, tie 3-3 after 9 innings, called by fog
Tie game replayed as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, September 6
The game was called at 11:50 p.m. after a 37-minute delay (had also been a 30-minute delay in the sixth inning).  The umpires (John Rice was the umpire in chief) might have called the game earlier in the ninth, but Al Smith had homered to tie the game in the top of the inning, and the score would have reverted to the eighth, giving the Twins a 3-2 win, if the ninth weren’t completed.  The inning was played out even though the newspaper reported that the fog was so thick that outfielders wouldn’t be able to see fly balls hit to them.

Saturday, September 30
Twins lost to Detroit 6-4 in a game called by rain in the top of the sixth

1962 (2 postponements, 1 tie game, and 1 game shortened by rain)
Friday, April 13 vs. Los Angeles (home opener), snow (6 inches of snow had fallen on Thursday)
Made up as part of a doubleheader, Friday, June 22

Sunday, July 15 (second game of doubleheader) vs. Boston
Made up as part of a doubleheader, Sunday, August 19

Other:
Wednesday, August 22 vs. Washington, tie 8-8 after 10 innings, called at 1:30 a.m. after third rain delay (this one a half-hour delay)
Replayed as part of a doubleheader, Thursday, August 23

Friday, May 11
Twins lost to Kansas City 5-3 in a game called by rain in the last of the eighth

1963 (4)
Monday, April 29 vs. Baltimore
Made up as part of a doubleheader, Friday, June 21

Thursday, May 2 vs. Boston
Made up Wednesday, July 10 (day after the All-Star Game, which had been scheduled as an open date)

Sunday, May 12 (second game of doubleheader) vs. Kansas City
Made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, June 12

Tuesday, July 16 vs. New York (rained out with in the top of the second inning—game was scoreless)
Made up as night game as part of day-night doubleheader Saturday, September 14

1964 (4 postponements, 1 tie game, and 1 game shortened by rain)
Tuesday, April 21 (home opener) vs. Washington
Made up Wednesday, April 22

Wednesday, April 29 vs. Cleveland
Made up Monday, June 22 (ended as tie and replayed as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, June 24)

Monday, May 11 vs. Chicago
Made up as part of doubleheader Friday, June 26

Monday night, September 7 (night game of day-night doubleheader) vs. New York
Made up Tuesday, September 8

Other:
Monday, June 22 vs. Cleveland, 8-8 tie after 10 innings
Replayed as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, June 24

Sunday, October 4
Twins lost to Los Angeles 3-0 in a game called by rain after six innings

1965 (5 postponements)
Tuesday, April 13 vs. New York, severe flood conditions causing traffic difficulties (postponement announced during game on April 12)
Made up as night game as part of a day-night doubleheader Saturday, July 10

Wednesday, April 14 vs. Detroit
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, June 27

Sunday, May 23 vs. Kansas City
Made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, July 15

Saturday, June 5 vs. Washington
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, August 3

Thursday, September 16 vs. Kansas City
Made up Monday, September 20

1966 (4 postponements)
Sunday, April 17 vs. California
Made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, June 15

Tuesday, May 10 vs. New York (rained out in the last of the first—scoreless game)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, July 17

Wednesday, May 11 vs. New York
Made up as a night game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday, September 3

Saturday, August 13 vs. Kansas City
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, August 14

1967 (6 postponements and 1 game shortened by rain)
Monday, April 17 vs. Cleveland
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 6

Thursday, April 20 vs. Baltimore
Made up as a night game of a day-night doubleheader Saturday, June 10

Saturday, June 10 vs. Baltimore
The scheduled day game was postponed although the night game, scheduled as a make-up game for the April 20 postponement, was played.  The June 10 day game was made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader Sunday, June 11.

Monday, May 1 vs. New York
Made up as night game of a morning-night doubleheader Tuesday, July 4

Wednesday, June 7 vs. Cleveland
Made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, September 4

Friday, June 30 vs. Washington (rained out with in the last of the first with the Twins leading 1-0)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, July 2

Other:
Sunday, August 6
Twins beat Boston 2-0 in a game called by rain in the last of the fifth inning (perfect game by Dean Chance)

1968 (5 postponements and 2 games shortened by rain)
Tuesday, April 23 vs. Baltimore, snow and cold
Made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, August 15

Wednesday, May 15 vs. Oakland
Made up Friday, September 20

Friday, May 17 vs. California (rained out with in the last of the fourth—scoreless game)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, July 23

Saturday, May 18 vs. California
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, May 19

[The reason for the criss-cross in make-up dates of the May 17 and May 18 games is because the plan for the May 17 rainout was to make it up when California came back to Minnesota in July; when the May 18 game was also postponed, a doubleheader was scheduled for May 19]

Tuesday, September 17 vs. California
Made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, September 18

Other:
Tuesday, September 3
Twins lost 4-1 to Boston in a game called by rain after five innings

Saturday, September 21
Twins beat Oakland 2-1 in a game called by rain after 5˝ innings

1969 (2 postponements)
Friday, May 16 vs. Detroit
Made up as part of a doubleheader, Tuesday, July 29

Tuesday, July 15 vs. Chicago, rain and drenched infield after the wind contributed to a rip in the tarpaulin
Made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, July 16

1970 (6 postponements and 1 game shortened by rain)
Sunday, April 12 vs. Oakland
Made up Monday, August 10

Monday, April 13 vs. Kansas City, snow
Made up Thursday, May 14

Tuesday, April 14 vs. Kansas City (game was postponed the day before because of a continued bad-weather forecast)
Made up Monday, September 28

Wednesday, May 27 vs. Milwaukee
Made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, September 7

Wednesday, September 9 (second game of doubleheader) vs. Oakland
Made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, September 10

Monday, September 14 vs. California (rained out in the top of the second with the Twins ahead 4-1)
Made up as part of a day-night doubleheader Tuesday, September 15 (the make-up game was the night game)
Note: A sacrifice fly and run batted in by Brant Alyea was erased because of the rain.  It had given Alyea RBIs in 10 straight games.  The next day Alyea walked twice and struck out and was removed for a pinch-runner in the sixth inning, stopping his RBI streak at 9 games.

Other:
Wednesday, April 22
Twins beat Chicago 3-1 in a game called by rain after five innings

1971 (5 postponements and 1 game shortened by rain; 2 games not made up)
Wednesday, April 21 vs. Kansas City, wet grounds
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, July 11

Thursday, June 24 vs. Oakland (called after 2-1/2 innings—game was scoreless)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, September 3
Note: In the top of the third Oakland pitcher Chuck Dobson ripped the lower part of his pants (right leg) stealing second and was later thrown out at home.  Dobson repaired the rip with white tape, but Minnesota manager Bill Rigney objected, requiring Dobson to go to the locker room to change pants.  Dobson returned, yelled toward the Minnesota dugout, exchanging unfriendly words with Rigney, and started his warmup pitches for the bottom of the third.  After three warmup pitches, time was called and the game eventually postponed.  Dobson fired the ball on one hop into the Twins’ dugout, nearly hitting pitching coach Marv Grissom and almost setting off a fight.

Saturday, July 10 vs. Kansas City
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, September 19

Thursday, July 29 vs. Washington
Not made up

Wednesday, September 22 vs. Milwaukee
Not made up  

Other:
Friday, June 4
Twins lost to Cleveland 4-2 in a game called by rain and threatening tornadoes in the last of the sixth

Notable Delay
Tuesday, August 25, 1970 vs. Boston (delayed in bottom of the fourth for 42 minutes by a bomb threat)

1972 (5 postponements, 1 game shortened by rain, 1 suspended game)
First seven home games wiped out by strike (April 6, 8, 9 vs. California; April 10, 11, 12, 13 vs. Chicago)

Saturday, April 22 vs. Oakland, cold and wet grounds (home opener following strike)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, September 11

Monday, May 29 vs. Kansas City
Made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, June 29

Monday, June 19 vs. Cleveland
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 20

Friday, August 25 vs. Detroit
Rescheduled as part of a doubleheader Saturday, August 26

Saturday, August 26 (second game of doubleheader) vs. Detroit
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, August 27

Other:
Suspended game: Friday, May 12, Twins and Milwaukee tied after 21 innings when the game was suspended by a 1:00 a.m. curfew; completed Saturday, May 13 with Milwaukee winning 4-3 in 22 innings

Tuesday, June 13
Twins beat Detroit 3-1 in a game called by rain after six innings

1973 (4 postponements and 1 game shortened by rain)
Sunday, April 15 vs. Oakland, rain, wind, and cold (called after ˝ inning with Oakland ahead 1-0)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, September 20

Tuesday, May 1 vs. Cleveland, cold and wet grounds
Made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, July 12

Monday, May 7 vs. New York (rained out with two out in the top of the first—scoreless)
Made up as night game as part of a day-night doubleheader Saturday, July 7

Sunday, May 27 vs. Baltimore
Made up as part of a doubleheader, Tuesday, August 7

Other:
Saturday, May 26
Twins lost to Baltimore 7-2 in a game called by rain and wet grounds after seven innings

1974 (2 postponements, 1 tie game, and 1 game shortened by rain)
Friday, April 12 vs. Kansas City, rain and wet grounds
Made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday, September 14

Saturday, August 3 vs. Oakland
Made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, August 5

Other:
Thursday, April 11 vs. Chicago, tie 4-4 after 6 innings, called by rain and an unplayable field
Tie game replayed as part of a doubleheader Sunday, June 23

Friday, August 2
Twins lost to California 3-2 in a game called by rain and muddy grounds in the top of the seventh

1975 (5 postponements, 1 game shortened by rain, 1 suspended game started elsewhere completed in Minnesota, and 1 games postponed elsewhere replayed in Minnesota)
Thursday, April 17 vs. California
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, July 1

Wednesday, April 23 vs. Chicago, wet grounds
Made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday, August 2

Sunday, April 27 (doubleheader) vs. Texas
One made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, July 4
One made up as part of a doubleheader, Tuesday, September 9

Tuesday, April 29 vs. Oakland, rain, cold, and wet grounds
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, June 17

Wednesday, April 30 vs. Oakland, wet grounds (light rain fell and the game was postponed at 6:00 p.m.; the rain had stopped by the scheduled start time although the grounds may have been unplayable)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, September 12

Other:
Friday, August 1
Twins lost to Chicago 5-1 in a game called by rain in the last of the sixth

Saturday, July 12 to Saturday, July 19
Twins game in New York July 12 was suspended after 13˝ innings and completed in Minnesota July 19  with New York winning 8-7 in 16 innings.

Twins game in New York that was postponed on Sunday, July 13 was made up as part of a doubleheader in Minnesota on Sunday, July 20.

1976 (3 postponements and 1 game shortened by rain)
Sunday, May 2 vs. Milwaukee, snow
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, August 31

Tuesday, July 27 vs. Texas (called by rain in the top of the third—game was scoreless)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, July 28
Note: The game was postponed at 10:15 p.m.  At 10:00 Texas pitcher Bert Blyleven called the Minnesota dugout and, pretending to be an official of the Twins, said the game was being postponed.  The message was relayed to the locker room, and the players began undressing and showering before the game was finally called.

Monday, September 13 vs. Oakland
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, September 14

Other:
Thursday, June 17
Twins beat Detroit 4-0 in a game called by rain after five innings
Note: Detroit scored four runs, capped by a two-run home run by Aurelio Rodriguez, to tie the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth.  The game was called in the last of the sixth, before Minnesota could complete its time up, and the score reverted to the fifth inning, giving Dave Goltz a shutout.

1977 (2 postponements; 1 game not made up)
Thursday, September 1 vs. Oakland
Not made up

Friday, September 23 vs. Milwaukee
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, September 25

1978 (7 postponements)
Tuesday, April 18 vs. Oakland, rain and wet grounds
Made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, August 11

Sunday, April 23 vs. California
Made up Thursday, June 22

Friday, May 12 vs. Boston
Made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, July 24

Friday, May 26 vs. Kansas City
Made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, August 16

Saturday, May 27 vs. Kansas City (called by rain with Minnesota leading 1-0 in the top of the third inning)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, September 22

Thursday, June 15 vs. Cleveland
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, September 3

Friday, June 30 vs. Chicago (called by rain in the top of the second inning—game was scoreless)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, July 2

1979 (6 postponements)
Friday, April 20 vs. Seattle, cold and wet grounds
Made up as part of a doubleheader Tuesday, July 3

Wednesday, May 9 vs. Toronto
Made up as part of a doubleheader Saturday, July 21

Tuesday, May 29 vs. Oakland
Made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, August 10

Saturday, June 16 vs. Baltimore
Made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, August 27

Sunday, August 26 vs. New York
Made up Thursday, September 20

Tuesday, August 28 vs. Baltimore
Made up as part of a doubleheader Wednesday, August 29

1980 (7 postponements with 1 game made up on the road and 1 rain-shortened game)
Sunday, June 1 vs. Baltimore (called by rain after 4 innings with Baltimore ahead 4-0)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, July 21
Note: Baltimore’s Rick Dempsey and Minnesota’s John Castino were ejected in the second inning for fighting.

Wednesday, June 4 vs. Boston
Made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, July 25

Thursday, June 5 vs. Toronto
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, June 8

Wednesday, June 18 vs. Detroit (called by rain with Minnesota ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Thursday, August 21
Note: Jerry Koosman of the Twins had retired the first 10 batters of the game when it was called.

Saturday, August 16 vs. California
Made up Monday, August 18

Thursday, September 11 vs. Milwaukee
Rescheduled as part of a doubleheader in Milwaukee Tuesday, September 16; the doubleheader on the 16th was rained out, and the two games were made up as part of doubleheaders Wednesday and Thursday, September 17 and 18.

Saturday, September 20 vs. Chicago
Made up as part of a doubleheader Sunday, September 21

Other:
Wednesday, September 3 vs. Cleveland
Twins lost to Cleveland 7-1 in a game called by rain in the last of the seventh

1981 (0 postponements and 1 tie game)
18 home games canceled by strike

Other:
Wednesday, April 29 vs. Seattle, tie 7-7 in the last of the eighth, called by rain
Made up as part of a doubleheader Friday, August 14
Note: The Twins scored three runs in the last of the eighth to tie the game 7-7, the tying run scoring on a run-scoring triple by Dave Engle.  With the rain falling hard, third-base coach Billy Gardner waved Engle home on the hit, but Engle was thrown out at the plate.  The game was then called.
(Tie game occurred during what became the season’s first half because of the strike and was rescheduled and made up during what became the season’s second half)

Metrodome
1983 (1 postponement)
Thursday, April 14 vs. California (snowstorm that started the previous night; game was postponed on April 13, about 12 hours before the Metrodome roof collapsed under the weight of the snow that night)
Made up as part of a doubleheader Monday, August 1

1990
Games postponed by lockout:

April 3, 4, 5 vs. Oakland
Made up May 14, July 11, and as part of a doubleheader July 28

April 6, 7, 8 vs. Seattle
Made up October 1, 2, 3

1994
Final 22 games canceled by strike (August 19, 20, 21 vs. California; August 22, 23, 24 vs. Detroit; August 30, 31, September 1 vs. Oakland; September 2, 3, 4 vs. Seattle; September 12, 13, 14 vs. Chicago; September 26, 27, 28 vs. Kansas City; September 29, 30, October 1, 2 vs. Texas)

1995
First nine games canceled by strike (April 4, 5 vs. Boston; April 6, 7, 8, 9 vs. Toronto; April 17, 18, 19 vs. New York)

1985 (2 games postponed elsewhere and made up in Minnesota)
Games in Oakland not played because of a brief strike on Tuesday, August 6 and Wednesday, August 7 were replayed in Minnesota as part of doubleheaders on Monday, August 12 and Wednesday, August 14

1996 (1 game postponed elsewhere and made up in Minnesota)
Twins game in New York that was postponed on Wednesday, June 19 was made up as part of a doubleheader in Minnesota on Tuesday, June 25.

2004
Suspended game: Saturday, October 2, Twins and Cleveland tied after 11 innings when the game was suspended by a 2:30 curfew to allow conversion of the field for a Minnesota Gophers football game that night; completed Sunday, October 3 with Minnesota winning 6-5 in 12 innings

2007 (1 postponement)
Thursday, August 2 vs. Kansas City (postponed because of collapse of the 35-W bridge prior to the previous night’s game)
Replayed as day game as part of day-night doubleheader Friday, August 31

Metrodome Delays
Saturday, April 26, 1986 vs. California (delayed in the eighth inning because of a roof breach caused by heavy rain and wind)

Saturday, August 29, 1992 vs. New York (delayed 23 minutes between the top and bottom of the third as four banks of outfield lights went out)

May 15, 2001 vs. Boston (delayed 18 minutes in the last of the fifth when a bank of lights went out)

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