Minnesota Twins 1965

Nola McConnan

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Watercolor Painting

Nola McConnan

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

$595.00 USD - Price includes framing as well as fast, free shipping with UPS

This beautifully framed piece features an original piece of watercolor artwork glass-framed in an attractive two inch wide black resin frame with a double mat. The outer dimensions of the framed piece are approximately 17” wide x 24.5” high, although the exact size will vary according to the size of the original piece of art.

At the core of the framed piece is the actual piece of original artwork as painted by the artist on textured 100% rag, water-marked watercolor paper. In many cases the original artwork has handwritten notes in pencil from the artist (be sure to “See the actual artwork without the frame” elsewhere in this website). Simply put, this is beautiful, one-of-a-kind artwork.

The outer mat is a rich textured black acid-free mat with a decorative inset white v-groove, while the inner mat is a complimentary colored acid-free mat reflecting one of the team’s primary colors. The website image of this framed piece shows the mat color that we suggest (Medium Blue), but since each piece is custom framed, we are happy to use whatever color mat you wish (depending on availability) – our standard mat colors are:

Light Blue / Dark Blue / Brown / Maroon (close to brown) / White / Silver / Gold / Yellow (bright yellow) / Green (dark green) / Orange / Purple / Red (bright red, somewhat close to PMS 186)

Beneath the artwork is a silver plate with black text describing the original artwork. The text for this piece will read:

This original, one-of-a-kind watercolor painting of the 1965 Minnesota Twins uniform is the original artwork that was used in the creation of this Minnesota Twins uniform evolution print and tens of thousands of other Minnesota Twins products that have been sold across North America. This original piece of art was painted by artist Nola McConnan for Maple Leaf Productions Ltd.

Beneath the silver plate is a 3” x 9” reproduction of a well known, best-selling print that celebrates the history of the team. The print beautifully illustrates the chronological evolution of the team’s uniform and shows you how the original art was used in the creation of this print. If you look closely, you will see that the print features the actual artwork being offered for sale. The 3” x 9” print looks like this:

The piece is framed with an extremely high quality framing glass. We have used this glass style for many years with excellent results. We package every piece very carefully in a double layer of bubble wrap and a rigid double-wall cardboard package to avoid breakage at any point during the shipping process, but if damage does occur, we will gladly repair, replace or refund. Please note that all of our products come with a 90 day 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Each framed piece also comes with a two page letter signed by Scott Sillcox describing the history behind the art. If there was an extra-special story about your piece of art, that story will be included in the letter. When you receive your framed piece, you should find the letter lightly attached to the front of the framed piece.

If you have any questions, at any time, about the actual artwork or about any of the artist’s handwritten notes on the artwork, I would love to tell you about them. Simply email me, Scott Sillcox, at scott@heritagesportsart.com and I will tell you everything I can about your original piece of art. The artists and I spent well over ten years of our lives creating these pieces of original artwork, and in many cases there are stories I can tell you about your actual piece of artwork that might add an extra element of interest in your one-of-a-kind purchase.

Please note that all reproduction rights for this original work are retained in perpetuity by Major League Baseball unless specifically stated otherwise in writing by MLB. For further information, please contact Heritage Sports Art at questions@heritagesportsart.com .



In October 1961 Calvin Griffith, president of the Washington ball club, made the historic decision to move his team to Minnesota, thus giving birth to the Minnesota Twins.Despite the fact that the American League President, Joe Cronin, was Calvin Griffith's cousin-in-law, moving the team proved to be no easy feat. Not only did Griffith have to convince the other American League owners that relocating his franchise was a good idea, he had to get the members of the U.S. Congress on side too. You see, the members of Congress enjoyed catching a game after a long week of politicking on Capital Hill and if Washington had no team they could no longer enjoy this luxury. The owners were afraid that if they upset Congress, baseball's cherished antitrust exemption might get repealed. But the move did not leave the Washington area baseball fans without a team because the same season they left an expansion team was granted and a new version of the Senators took up shop at D.C. Stadium.The new Minnesota team made their home in Bloomington, a suburb of Minneapolis. The nickname Twins was selected as a tribute to the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  The new Twins showcased some familiar names from their days in the U.S. capital including: Harmon Killebrew, Bob Allison, Camilo Pascual and Jim Lemon.1965 was a remarkable year for Calvin Griffith's Twins; they clinched the AL pennant with a 102-60 record, a complete turnaround from their 1964 record of 62-100. It was the franchise's first pennant since Washington won it in 1933. Ironically, the Twins clinched the Pennant by beating the new Washington Senators in Washington on September 26. Jim Kaat got the win in a 2-1 decision.Along with the aforementioned stars that migrated with the club from Washington, the twin cities fans could now stake their claim on a bunch of new stars that would make their name in a Minnesota uniform. 1965 Twins players like Tony Oliva, Jim Kitty Kaat, Zoilo Zorro Versalles (the 1965 AL MVP), rookie Jimmie Hall and Jim Mudcat Grant in 1965 would lead the Twins to the AL pennant and the World Series. The Twinkies would go on to lose that fall classic four games to three to Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers. During this World Series the Twins stormed out to a 2 games to none lead, but the Dodgers came back to win three straight games before a 2-0 Sandy Koufax shutout in game seven, in Minnesota, clinched the Series for the Dodgers.Killebrew, Allison, Pascual and Lemon were not the only things carried over from the teams days in Washington. The scarlet and navy blue color scheme, the pinstripes and the slanted script with the teams name seen on the 1959 Senators uniform were transported as well.  The under sweaters were solid navy blue and the grey road uniform was a duplicate of the home uniforms minus the pinstripes. On the left shoulder was a patch depicting two ball players shaking hands over the Mississippi, the river that separates the twin cities Minneapolis and St. Paul. The Twins home and road uniforms would not change during the entire decade of the sixties.

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