Dan Dougherty at Wizard World St. Louis 2017
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The Twins' rookie of the year in '75, Ford quickly became popular on the field and in the Minneapolis social scene. A loyal fan following spawned, as did his nickname, "Disco" Dan Ford.
"I had some friends that owned a disco. We started the disco club out of there," he said. "We officially made it with some T-shirts and a trophy, and we brought it to the stadium. That's what made it really get going, 200-300 people had bought T-shirts and sat out in right field on occasions."
Playing in Anchorage, Alaska in summer college league and hitting 21 home runs-a record that even Mark McGuire didn't match-and with wood bats!