1st base Grandstand "Luxury Seating" Photograph © Steven L.J. Russo
While almost all of the seating in the 3 grandstands that made up Falcon Park I, was bench seating... there was one small "luxury section" which featured actual chair backs. Strangely enough this wasn't found behind the plate but down the 1st baseline as Steven LJ Russo points out to us. As for the Auburn Mets... it would be a time to say goodbye. The Mets were leaving Falcon Park after winning 3 Championships in 5 seasons (remember they had previously won only 1 in the 35 years from 1927 through 1962) and promoting 4 future superstar MLB All-Stars. A new era was about to begin as the Minnesota Twins took over the team and like the Mets, signed a 5 year PDC. Another big change was coming to Auburn. The amount of games that would be played in a season would be cut in half as the NY-Penn League became a short season league halting all of the records as they stood and starting over again the next season. There was definitely some trepidation with the Twins as Auburn had gotten quite fond of the Mets winning ways, but there was no need for concern. The Twins brought their own set of phenomenal talents as Tommy Cole led the league in hitting batting a whopping .389 with 18 2Bs, 7 HRs and 66 RBIs. Bill Hahn (15 2Bs, 11 HRs, 65 RBIs, .284) and Paul Mankowski (12 2Bs, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs, .296) would take over the HR lead for short season. Future Twins’ Dan Monzon was also terrific batting .338 with 16 2Bs and 8 HRs and tying Tommy Cole’s 66 RBIs. On the mound meanwhile was not one but two 11 game winners (remember this is a half schedule so this is equal to two 22 game winners on a full season team… the most wins ever in Auburn being 18, so that’s pretty amazing). Michael Colin (11-3, 3.42) and Paul Epperson (11-4, 2.18) was the big one-two punch as the new Auburn Twins beat the Mets for the all time best winning percentage ever… 52-26 (.667). Colin and Epperson's Wins totals meanwhile would stand up as the best S-S Wins record ever in Auburn.