MinneCulture | From Cuba’s Farm Diamonds to MLB Glory, the Twins’ Tony Oliva Carves Out a Long Path to Cooperstown

MinneCulture | From Cuba’s Farm Diamonds to MLB Glory, the Twins’ Tony Oliva Carves Out a Long Path to Cooperstown

*** The Minnesota Twins aren’t short on iconic players who have won the hearts of fans over the years. One of them is Tony Oliva, who overcame obstacles in making his way from his home in Cuba to Major League Baseball, where he became a fierce hitter in the team’s early years, eventually receiving one of the sport’s highest honors. Sportswriter Thom Henninger has written a biography about the Twin’s Great, Tony Oliva: The Life and Times of a Minnesota Twins Legend. “You know, I think on a national level he was kind of overshadowed by players like Harmon Killebrew, but in the Twin Cities, the fans took to him, and just had a look to him that warmed people’s hearts,” Henninger said.  KFAI’s Mike Moen talks with Henninger about Olivia’s life and career. Banner photo: Ted Williams, Stan Musial, Tony Oliva and Red Schoendienst at the Hall of Fame Game on July 25, 1966, in Cooperstown, courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum MinneCulture on KFAI is supported by the Minnesota Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Clear Water Land & Legacy Amendment