Wayne Terwilliger

At a Glance

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Terwilliger Bunts One: book description

Wayne Terwilliger, aka "Twig," is a real-life Forrest Gump of the baseball world, showing up at some of the game’s most celebrated moments. When the ’51 Giants’ Bobby Thomson hit "The Shot Heard ’Round the World," Twig watched from the bench of the opposing Dodgers. When Ted Williams came out of retirement in 1969 to manage the Washington Senators, he chose Twig as his third-base coach, and when Williams was named Manager of the Year, more than one observer said it was Twig who earned the honor. When 1990’s last-place Minnesota Twins came back the next season to win an electrifying World Series, he coached at first base.

Twig's tale reaches beyond baseball: when the Marines led the assault on Saipan in World War II, Twig was in the lead, and his photo became an American icon, the Postal Service’s tribute to the 1940s. When they hoisted the Stars and Stripes on Iwo Jima, Twig was patrolling the beach against Japanese soldiers.

Wayne Terwilliger’s stories span eighty years of life in America, including fifty-seven years of professional baseball as player, coach and manager in every part of these United States. He’s an unlikely hero with all-American values (stand up straight, look a person in the eye, tell the truth) and only a couple of regrets (he should have been a better hitter and a better family man).

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