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Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

Jim Thome and Target Field star on the new cover of Sports Illustrated.
Jim Thome and Target Field star on the new cover of Sports Illustrated.

Jim Thome and Target Field are the stars of the latest Sports Illustrated cover, in a beautiful wide shot capturing the leftie DH downtown on his home turf.

Now let's just hope the SI cover jinx doesn't hold true, as the the Twins close in on the AL Central title.

In a feature titled "Prairie Homer Companion," (thank you, Garrison Keillor), SI sees Thome, a 40-year-old future Hall of Famer, as the Twins' key to powering through October and maybe the Fall Classic. Eighth on the all-time home run list, he's the only current Twins player with World Series experience.

But Thome's hardly the first Twin to make the SI cover. We've compiled some of them -- Joe Mauer, Matt Lawton, Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew -- after the jump.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

The Case for Joe Mauer and Baseball History. June 29, 2009.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

Joe Mauer, American Idol. Aug. 7, 2006.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

The Secret Life of Kirby Puckett. March 17, 2003.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

Do You Believe in Miracles? Matt Lawton, April 30, 2001.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

 

Twins Win the World Series. Nov. 4, 1991.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

Kirby Puckett Leads Twins to the American League Pinnacle. Oct. 21, 1991.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

Twins Win the World Series. Nov. 2, 1987.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

Big Bats: The Twins' Rod Carew and the Reds' George Fost. April 10, 1978.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

Ted Williams Analyzes Rod Carew. July 18, 1977.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

Rod Carew: Hit 'Em Where They Ain't. July 1, 1974.

Jim Thome is Sports Illustrated's 'Prairie Homer Companion'

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