Ticket offer still good 25 years later

October 06, 1990

Back on Thanksgiving Day in 1965, then-Minnesota Twins owner Calvin Griffith sent a letter to Minnesotans serving in the armed forces in the Vietnam War.

The letter expressed Griffith's best wishes and offered the soldiers a pair of reserved-seat tickets upon their return to the United States.

It took Roger Rude 25 years to take Griffith up on his offer.

Rude, a native Minnesotan who has been living in Charleston, S.C., since his return from Vietnam, contacted Twins public relations director Tom Mee on Sept. 23. Mee, who held the same position with the Twins in 1965, remembered the letter and gave Rude four tickets to a recent Twins-Seattle Mariners game at the Metrodome.

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