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Photo of the old Metropolitan Stadium home plate, in Bloomington, Minnesota

Weekly Gem #17 A Diamond's Home

Published 4/4/2015

Location: This 'hidden gem' is in Bloomington, MN (see Clue Me! map). Where exactly?  Here's a hint. Lots of Twins used to play here. Now, lots of twins play here. 

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Here's the answer:

If you're at the Mall of America, in the amusement park, and extremely observant, you just may stumble across this gem. 

As explained by the author of our original Clue Me! map entry:  Embedded in the floor in the northwest corner of the amusement park in the Mall of America is a brass plaque that marks the home plate of the Minnesota Twins' Metropolitan Stadium 1956-1981. On the former site of the old Metropolitan Stadium, the Mall of America now stands where the Twins and Vikings once played.  

Here's something fun ... though you may get some 'looks.'  Find home plate, and imagine you're Harmon Killebrew, or any other of your favorite home run hitters.  Take an imaginary swing, and watch the imaginary ball fly, and land right in the real bleachers.  No, it's not your imagination.  Hung up on the wall in the distance are a couple of red seats from the old Met stadium, which are positioned exactly where they were when Harmon Killebrew launched one deep, the ball landing in those seats. That was with a Louisville Slugger and an old-fashioned ball.

"Touch 'em all, Harmon Killebrew!"

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Here's the hidden gem entry from our Clue Me! map.

Clue

Harmon Killebrew's home away from home 1965-1974.

Description

Metropolitan Stadium home plate.

Why It's Interesting

Embedded in the floor in the northwest corner of the amusement park in the Mall of America is a brass plaque that marks the home plate of the Minnesota Twins' Metropolitan Stadium 1956-1981. On the former site of the old Metropolitan Stadium, the Mall of America now stands where the Twins and Vikings once played.

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