On August 24, 1980 — Gene Mauch resigns as the manager of the Twins, leaving a team with a 54-71 record that is 26 games out of first place. The ‘Little General’ will be replaced by third base coach John Goryl, who will be given with a one-year contract, after he guides the club to 23 victories, including a 12-game winning streak, in the final 36 games of the season.

“I’m not satisfied enough that I’m making contribution enough to stay around and it irritated me to the point that I suggested to (Twins owner) Calvin Griffith that it would probably be a good idea for the team to operate in a different atmosphere.”