This summer, the Minnesota Twins made a significant change, when they removed the statue of former Twins owner Calvin Griffith.
The Twins removed former Twins owner Calvin Griffith's statue due to racist remarks Griffith made during a speaking engagement in 1978. Griffith alluded to the fact that he moved the Washington Senators (who were renamed the Twins) to Minnesota was because of a low Black population, and "Black people don't go to ballgames." Griffith said that the team came to Minnesota because "you've got good, hardworking white people here."
The removal of Griffith's statue was a powerful and significant statement and a long time Twins fan, and the team's consulting dermatologist thinks it's time for another change. This change involves the Minnie and Paul logo.
Dr. Charles Crutchfield III, MD, is the Medical Director of Crutchfield Dermatology in the Twin Cities. Crutchfield is pushing for the Twins organization and the Pohlad family (who owns the team) to update the Minnie and Paul logo.
The Minnie and Paul logo is a famous logo of the Twins that has been associated with the team since it arrived in 1961. Crutchfield wants to update the logo to reflect the racial makeup of the team
"As a dedicated, lifelong Twins fan and a 20-year season ticket holder who went to Twins games as a kid when they played at Met Stadium, many other fans and I loudly applauded the team's proactive removal of the Calvin Griffith statue recently, based on the racist statements made by the team's first Minnesota owner," said Crutchfield.
"I have always loved Ray Barton's original 'Minnie and Paul' logo design. But the time is now to create a respectful and subtle yet very significant update that honors and reflects the team's players and its fans from different backgrounds. It's an easy fix, but it's an important one – and it's long overdue."
After the tragic death of George Floyd, Crutchfield wanted to come up with a way to help the community heal. Then, it hit him. He came up with the idea of updating the Minnie and Paul logo.
Crutchfield took it upon himself to see if other Twins fans would be open to updating the logo with a more diverse image. He posted a poll on social media, and the results were astonishing. Nearly 97% of Twins fans (that voted in the poll) were in favor of updating the logo. Crutchfield developed a new logo, and 85 percent of voters were in favor of his design. Twelve percent of the voters were in favor of the development of a new and different logo, while three percent wanted to keep the logo as is. With Crutchfield's results, it is safe to say that change is the way to go.
If Crutchfield successfully gets the logo changed (or sparks the conversation for a new logo), it will be another case of driving diversity and helping to create inclusion in Minnesota. Crutchfield's family has a history of success and triumph, accomplishing incredible feats. His grandmother was the first Black public school teacher in Minneapolis. His mother was the first Black woman (and the youngest woman) to graduate from the University of Minnesota Medical School, and his father was the first Black Ob-Gyn to practice in Minnesota, delivering 10,000 babies in St. Paul.
Crutchfield has followed in his family's footsteps and has accomplished great things in his career. He was the first Black graduate of the Minnesota of MN dermatology residence and the first black dermatologist to practice privately in Minnesota. He is the consulting dermatologist for the Minnesota Vikings, Timberwolves, Wild and Lynx, and the Grio selected him as one of the top 100 Black newsmakers in the U.S. Crutchfield is also currently the Clinical Professor of Dermatology at University of Minnesota Medical School and Benedict Distinguished Visiting Professor of Biology at Carleton College. As an accomplished man (and a Twins fan), changing the Minnie and Paul logo would add to his accolades.
Change is usually a good thing, and the Twins logo's changes would be a step in the right direction. Should the Twins change their logo?