I was looking up information on the Reds trading Cesar Tovar to the Twins for Gerry Arrigo and I found a funny story I had never heard about Jim Kaat. The name "Twins" derives from the popular name of the region, the Twin Cities. Knowing about the bitter century-long rivalry between Minneapolis and St. Paul, Twins owner Calvin.Griffith was determined not to alienate fans in either city by naming the team after one city or the other. Instead, he proposed to name his team the Twin Cities Twins. However, after a meeting with state officials, a decision then unprecedented in American professional baseball was made. The team would be named after its home state and became known as the Minnesota Twins on November 26, 1960. Early in that inaugural 1961 season, an opposing player asked Kaat what the "TC" on their caps stood for. "Twenty Cubans" was Kaat's tongue-in-cheek response. The Twins were renowned for fielding rosters with multiple players of Hispanic ancestry.