|The Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame was Established in 2000.
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|CLASS OF 2000|
||August 12, 2000
|| A member of the Twins from their inaugural Minnesota season in 1961, Killebrew hit 573 career home runs, 475 of them in his 14 seasons with the Twins, to place him 5th on the all-time home run list and second only to Babe Ruth in American League history. He hit over 40 home runs on eight occasions and 30-or-more 10 times while driving in 100-plus runs nine times.
Killebrew was the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1969 when he hit 49 home runs with an amazing 140 RBI and 145 walks, all team records that still stand. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 10, 1984, the first Twin to receive that honor. Killebrew had his number 3 retired on May 4, 1975.
The native of Payette, Idaho passed away on May 17, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.
||August 12, 2000
|| Carew was a career .328 hitter in his 19 major league seasons and was the winner of seven American League batting titles, all during his twelve years with Minnesota. Carew hit .300 or better 15 consecutive seasons and finished his career with 3,053 hits, which places him 16th among the all-time hit leaders and makes him one of only 21 players to collect 3,000-or-more career hits.
Carew, who won his only American League Most Valuable Player award in 1977 when he finished with a .388 average, was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot, January 8, 1991. He had his number 29 retired on July 19, 1987.
||August 12, 2000
|| Pedro "Tony" Oliva Jr., or "Tony-O" to those who followed his 24-year career as a Twins' player and coach, was a man who seemed to excell in all aspects of the game. He could hit for power and average, run, field and throw, and his versatility made him one of the most feared hitters of his day.
Oliva collected 1,917 hits and retired with a .304 career average. He is the only player to win batting titles in his first two seasons and was the winner of three in his 15-year career, which still stands as the club's longevity mark. His prowess as a hitter was demonstrated in the fact that he lead the league in hits five times, and his 220 career home runs rank third all-time among Twins. Oliva had his number 6 retired on July 14, 1991.
||August 12, 2000
|| Hrbek, who was the runner-up to Cal Ripken for American League Rookie of the Year in 1982, made his only All-Star appearance that season. He was most appreciated by his teammates and Twins' fans for his upper-deck power and agility for being one of the best to ever play first base in the majors. He is among club leaders in nearly every offensive category, but may be best-remembered for his Game Six grand slam in the 1987 World Series or for his tag of Ron Gant in Game Two of the 1991 World Series. Hrbek had his number 14 formally retired on August 13, 1995.
||August 12, 2000
|| Considered by most to be the greatest Twin ever, "Puck" was baseball's jewel for 12 incredible seasons. His story was about being a hero from day one when he became the ninth player in history to collect four hits in his first game, May 8, 1984 at California. The dramatic entrance proved to be just the first of many heroic performances leading up to his most shining moment on October 26, 1991, during Game 6 of the World Series versus Atlanta. He went 3-for-4, made a leaping catch off the plexiglas robbing Ron Gant of a sure extra-base hit and became the ninth player to end a World Series game with a home run on the final pitch off Charlie Leibrandt in the 11th inning to force a seventh game. Puckett had his number 34 formally retired on May 25, 1997.
The first-ballot Hall of Famer (inducted in 2001), 10-time All-Star, 6-time Gold Glove Award winner and 5-time Silver Slugger Award winner had his career cut short when he awoke with blurred vision caused by glaucoma on the morning of March 28, 1996. He was later forced to announce his retirement due to irreversible damage to the retina in his right eye on July 12, 1996. He retired as the Twins' all-time leader in hits (2,304), doubles (414), total bases (3,453), at-bats (7,244) and runs (1,071). The native of Chicago, Illinois passed away on March 6, 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona.
||August 12, 2000
|| Calvin Robertson Griffith (December 1, 1911 - October 20, 1999), born Calvin Robertson in Montreal, Canada, and was the nephew of Clark Griffith, who raised Calvin from the age of 11. After Calvin's father died a year later, Clark adopted the boy. The senior Griffith owned the Washington Senators from 1920 until his death in 1955; upon his death, the team passed into the hands of Calvin, who had worked up through a variety of positions with the team, starting as a batboy, and serving a brief stint under Joe Engel and the Chattanooga Lookouts at Engel Stadium.
Under Calvin Griffith's ownership, just a few years after his father's death, Calvin moved the Senators to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota in 1961. They were renamed the Minnesota Twins.
In 1984, buffeted by the changes in baseball brought about by free agency, Griffith sold the Twins to Minneapolis banker Carl Pohlad; Griffith wept at the signing ceremony.
Griffith died on October 20, 1999 at the age of 87. Ironically, he was buried back in Washington, D.C., a city he rarely visited after he moved the Senators to Minnesota.
|President and Owner
|CLASS OF 2001|
||July 7, 2001
|| Legendary play-by-play man for the Minnesota Twins on radio broadcasts. Carneal joined the Twins broadcast booth in 1962 after spending the first five years of his career as part of the play-by-play team for the Baltimore Orioles. He was behind the microphone for the Twins' from 1962-2006
Despite his lack of flair and more understated style, Carneal's voice became an institution in Minnesota and throughout the Upper Midwest, where his voice carried through the radio airwaves on WCCO-AM radio and the team's radio affiliates. And it was that easy style that carried over to his fans and made him so beloved.
Carneal's southern charm was something that carried over into his broadcasts and made him a favorite with fans. It didn't matter who Carneal spoke with -- he made them all feel important.
His personality showed through in every broadcast, but it was his knowledge of the game that earned the respect of those he worked with in the organization.
Carneal received the Ford C. Frick award in 1996, the highest honor for a baseball broadcaster. The award gave him a spot in the broadcaster's wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Carneal's lifelong passion was to talk baseball, and it was clear that the award meant a lot to him.
Carneal's legacy is already cemented in the history of the franchise. Carneal was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Metrodome's baseball press box was renamed in his honor in 2005. The native of Richmond, Virginia passed
away on April 1, 2007 in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
||July 7, 2001
|| Kaat won 283 big league games and also had a long broadcasting career. He pitched for the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (1959-1973), Chicago White Sox (1973-1975), Philadelphia Phillies (1976-1979), New York Yankees (1979-1980) and St. Louis Cardinals (1980-1983).
Kaat was a member of the 1965 American League Champion Minnesota Twins team. Member of the 1969 and 1970 American League Western Division Champion Minnesota Twins teams. Member of the 1976-1978 National League Eastern Division Champion Philadelphia Phillies teams. Member of the 1980 American League Eastern Division Champion New York Yankees team. Member of the 1981 National League Eastern Division Champion St. Louis Cardinals team. And a member of the 1982 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals team.
Kaat was the last of the Washington Senators that moved to Minnesota to retire as an active player, 22 years after the Senators moved to Minnesota. He pitched for 25 Seasons. Kaat is the Minnesota Twins leader in wins (190), losses (159), games started (433) and innings pitched (3,014.1).
Since his playing career ended, he was a Cincinnati Reds coach in 1984 and 1985, a Twins broadcaster from 1988 to 1993, and a New York Yankees broadcaster from 1995 to 2006.
|CLASS OF 2002|
||June 1, 2002
|| Blyleven played 11 seasons for the Twins, from 1970-76 and then again from 1985-88. He is second on
the team's all-time win list (149), and ranks among the team's top ten all-time in games pitched (348),
games started (345), shutouts (29) and innings pitched (2,566.1). Blyleven owns team pitching records in
single-season shutouts (9, 1973), single-season strikeouts (258, 1973), career complete games (141) and
career strikeouts (2,035). He compiled a record of 149-138 and an earned-run average of 3.28 in 348
appearances as a member of the Minnesota Twins. The righthander made two all-star game appearances
(one with the Twins in 1973) and led the American League with 40 starts, 25 complete games, nine
shutouts and 325 innings in 1973. Blyleven was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on January 5, 2011,
and had his number 28 officially retired on July 16, 2011.
In addition to the Twins, Blyleven also played with Texas, Pittsburgh,
Cleveland and California, winning World Series titles with the Twins (1987) and Pirates (1979). Blyleven is
also only the second major league pitcher of all-time to win a major league game before his 20th birthday
and after his 40th birthday. On baseball's all-time list, Blyleven ranks fourth in strikeouts (3,701), eighth in
games started (685), ninth in shutouts (60), 13th in innings pitched (4,970) and 23rd in wins (287).
currently serves as part of the Twins television broadcast crew.
||1970-1976 and 1985-1988
||April 20, 2002
|| Kelly, the Twins' all-time winningest manager, led the team to a pair of World Series Championships in
1987 and 1991 and spent 15-plus seasons at the helm of the ballclub. 'T.K' compiled 1,140 wins as the
Twins' skipper after serving as the team's third-base coach (1983-86) and managing five seasons in the
Twins' minor league system (1977-1982). The 2002 season marks the 31st year that Kelly has been
involved with the Twins organization as either a player, coach, manager, or in his current role as Special
Assistant to General Manager Terry Ryan. Kelly's number 10 was officially retired on September 8, 2012.
Kelly was named American League Manager of the Year by the
BBWAA in 1991 and by UPI in 1987. He was also honored in his minor league managerial days as Manager
of the Year in the Southern League (1981) and in the California League (1979 and 1980). Kelly played in 49
games for the Twins during the 1975 season, and started his coaching career by serving as player-manager
of the Twins' AAA affiliate Tacoma during the last half of the 1977 season.
|CLASS OF 2003|
||May 31, 2003
|| Allison played 13 seasons for the Twins (and Washington Senators), from 1958-70. The outfielder ranks
third on the team's all-time home run list (256), and ranks among the team's top ten in runs batted in (796)
and walks (795). Allison displayed a rare quality of power and selection at the plate, ranking in the top 10 in
the American League in home runs eight times and in the top 10 in walks seven times. Allison was third in
the league in both categories when he hit 35 round trippers and walked 90 times in 1963. That same
season, Allison led the American League in runs scored (99). The right-handed hitter made three all-star
game appearances (1959, 1963, 1964) and was named the American League Rookie of the Year in 1959.
The left fielder may be most remembered, however, for a spectacular backhanded catch in game two of the
1965 World Series at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington. Allison hit three home runs in a game on May
17, 1963 in Cleveland, helping the Twins to an 11-4 victory over the Indians. The native of Missouri passed away on April 9, 1995 in Rio Verde, Arizona.
||May 31, 2003
|| Casey was the team's public-address announcer for 44 seasons, and was with the Twins
in that capacity since the ballclub's arrival in Minnesota in 1961, but passed away before the start of the 2005 season. His signature voice and style had become
a staple of Twins baseball throughout the years. Casey's introduction of Twins' center fielder Kirby Puckett
became a signature of the Hall of Famer's career, and was honored by Puckett to introduce him before his
2001 induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Other than the games he
missed in 2001 due to Puckett's induction, Casey was behind the microphone for all but a handful of
the organization's 3,500-plus home games in his 44-year career with the Twins. Casey, a native of Minneapolis passed away on March 27, 2005 in Minneapolis. He had planned on retiring following the 2005 season.
||Public Address Announcer
|CLASS OF 2004|
||June 5, 2004
|| Battey enjoyed a 13-year career in the Major Leagues, playing six seasons with the Chicago White Sox
before joining the Washington Senators (1960) a year prior to the franchise moving to Minnesota in 1961.
He played for the Twins from 1961-67, and was named the starting catcher on the Twins 40th Season
All-Time Team in 2000. Battey had a career batting average of .270 but enjoyed his best offensive years as
a Twin. He batted .302 in 1961 and hit .285 with 26 home runs and 84 RBI in 1963. He played in four
All-Star Games, won three Gold Glove awards, and caught at least 131 games for six consecutive seasons,
including 148 in 1962 and 147 in 1963. Battey, a native of Los Angeles, passed away on November 15, 2003 in Ocala, Florida.
|CLASS OF 2005|
||June 4, 2005
|| Frank Viola was a mainstay in the Twins starting rotation through his nearly eight seasons as a Twin
(1982-89), winning at least 16 games per season from 1984-88 and helping lead the team to its first World
Series Championship in 1987. Viola was named 1987 World Series MVP posting wins in Games 1 and 7, in
which he held the St. Louis Cardinals to just three runs in 16 innings. Viola had his finest individual season in
1988, when he posted a 24-7 record and a 2.64 ERA to earn American League Cy Young Award honors.
Viola ranks among the top ten in several Twins all-time pitching categories, including wins (112, 5th), games started
(259, 4th), complete games (50, 6th), shutouts (10, tied for 7th), innings pitched (1,772.2, 5th), and strikeouts
(1,214, 4th). Viola was named an American League All-Star in 1988 as a member of the Twins, and as a
National League All-Star in both 1990 and 1991 as a member of the New York Mets.
||June 4, 2005
|| Carl Pohlad enjoyed great success after taking ownership of the Twins in 1984, providing leadership
that has resulted in two World Series Championships and more recently back-to-back-to-back American
League Central Division Championships. The on-field success of the franchise was largely due to Pohlad's
ability to build and manage an exceptional baseball organization with a strong emphasis on player development.
In addition, the Pohlad family has given millions of dollars and countless hours of their time
back to the community and region through programs in the Twins Community Fund and the Carl and Eloise
Pohlad Family Foundation. Pohlad also served eight years on the Major League Baseball Executive
Committee and was an ex-officio member. He has served as Vice President of the American League
and was a member of the Player Relations Committee Board of Directors.
Carl Pohlad, a native of Des Moines, Iowa passed away on January 5, 2009 in Edina, Minnesota. Pohlad's sons now own and run the team.
|CLASS OF 2006|
||June 25, 2006
|| Zoilo Versalles led the Twins to their first World Series appearance in 1965. He was a slick-fielding shortstop
through his seven seasons as a Twin (1961-67), winning the American League MVP award in 1965 when he
hit .273 with 19 home runs and a career-high 77 RBI. Versalles also earned the second of two Rawlings Gold
Glove Awards in 1965, and made the second of his two All-Star Game appearances in the Twins' American
League Championship season.
In 1965, Versalles led the American League in runs scored (126), total bases
(308), doubles (45), triples (12) and extra base hits (76). Versalles spent 12 seasons in the Major Leagues,
playing in 1,400 games with Washington (1959-60), Minnesota (1961-67), Los Angeles Dodgers (1968),
Cleveland (1969), Washington (1969) and Atlanta (1971). Versalles, a native of Veldado, Cuba passed away on June 9, 1995 in Bloomington, Minnesota.
|CLASS OF 2007|
||August 19, 2007
|| Gaetti, a four-time Rawlings Gold Glove third baseman (1986-1989), played 10 seasons for the Twins from
1981-1990 and was the Opening Day third baseman nine consecutive years (1982-90). Gaetti helped guide
the Twins to their first World Championship in 1987 as he hit 31 homers and drove in a team-high 109 runs.
During the 1987 ALCS against Detroit, Gaetti hit .300 (6-for-20) with two home runs, five RBI and was named
the Series MVP. Gaetti was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1988 and 1989. In 1988 he hit
.301 and led the team with 28 home runs, which ranked fourth in the American League.
On the Twins all-time
leaders list, Gaetti ranks fifth in doubles (252) and RBI (758), sixth in games (1361), at-bats (4989), hits
(1276), home runs (201) and total bases (2181), and eighth in runs scored (646), while his .977 fielding
percentage in 1988 is still the highest single season percentage by a Twins third baseman. Gaetti spent 20
seasons in the Major Leagues, playing in 2,507 games with Minnesota (1981-90), California (1991-93),
Kansas City (1993-95), St. Louis (1996-98), Chicago Cubs (1998-99) and Boston (2000).
||May 5, 2007
|| Rantz, who was a member of the Twins organization since its inception in 1961, signed his first
professional contract with the Washington Senators in 1960. A former pitcher, Rantz spent five years as a
player and Manager before joining the Twins front office following the 1965 season. He spent four years as
Assistant Public Relations Director before moving into the Minor League and Scouting department.
named Director of Minor League Operations in January of 1986. Rantz' duties have included full
administration of the minor league department, including the working relationships with the Twins six affiliates.
He is responsible for player moves at the minor league level and for the development of young talent for the
Major League club. Rantz also handles contract negotiations with minor league players. In 1997, he was
named Topps' Long Meritorious Service Award winner and in 2000, the Minnesota Twins were named Topps'
Organization of the Year. Baseball America recognized the Twins as Organization of the Year in 2002 and 2004. He retired following the 2012 season.
|CLASS OF 2008|
||June 21, 2008
|| Aguilera, a three-time All-Star pitcher (1991-1993), played in parts of 11 seasons for the Twins (1989-95,
96-99) and holds the franchise record with 254 saves. Aguilera helped guide the Twins to their second World
Championship in 1991 as he posted a 2.35 ERA while recording 42 saves in 63 games. During the 1991
ALCS against Toronto, "Aggie" recorded a save in each of the Twins three wins, including the decisive Game
5. He allowed just one hit in 3.1 scoreless innings during the series. Aguilera recorded a career-high 42 saves
in 1991 which ranked third in the American League and recorded 30-or-more saves in five seasons with the
Twins. Along with being the Twins All-time saves leader, Aguilera ranks second All-Time with 490
||1989-1995 and 1996-1999
|CLASS OF 2009|
||July 11, 2009
|| Radke, who was originally drafted in the eighth round of the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, played his entire
career with the Twins (1995-2006) and was the Opening Day starter nine times, including seven consecutive
seasons from 1999-2005. Radke won 11 games in his rookie campaign in 1995 and won a career-high 20
games in 1997. He was named the American League pitcher of the Month two times in his career, including
July of 1997 when he went 6-0 with a 1.57 ERA and again in April of 2001 when he posted a 6-0 record with a 2.23 ERA.
The Wisconsin native, who was named to the 1998 American League All-Star team, ranks second
on the Twins all-time list in starts (377), third in wins (148), strikeouts (1467) and innings pitched (2451.0) and
fifth in games (378). Radke, had a career 4.22 ERA and went 2-3 with a 3.60 ERA in six postseason starts, including going 2-0 in the 2002 Division Series vs. Oakland.
||July 11, 2009
|| Brophy was an original member of the Twins organization in 1961. When the Twins replaced the Class-AAA
Minneapolis Millers and the Saints as the featured team in Minnesota in 1961, Brophy, who was the Millers
general manager, went to work for Sherrod Robertson in the minor league department. After Robertson's
death in 1969, Brophy was named the Twins Vice President in October of 1970 and oversaw the Minor
League Farm System and Scouting departments. Brophy held the position until 1985 when health problems
triggered an early retirement from the Twins organization.
Brophy's duties included full administration of the
minor league departments, including the working relationships with the Twins minor league affiliates. He was
responsible for player moves at the minor league level and for the development of young talent for the Major
League club. Brophy also handled contract negotiations with minor league players. In 1984, he was named
the Topps' Long Meritorious Service Award winner. Brophy, who also served as a special assignment scout
for the Houston Astros before he retired in 1996, passed away in Edina, Minnesota, on November 20, 1998, at the age of 72 from complications stemming from aplastic anemia.
|CLASS OF 2010|
||September 4, 2010
|| Gagne, who was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 1979 First-Year Player Draft by the New York
Yankees, was traded to Minnesota in April of 1982 and debuted with the Twins the following season. The
15-year veteran played 10 seasons with the Twins (1983-1992) and became the Twins everyday shortstop in
1985. Gagne appeared in 1,140 games for the Twins, while posting a .980 career fielding percentage as the Twins shortstop.
The Massachusetts native was a member of both 1987 and 1991 World Championship
teams and did not commit an error in 37 total chances during the seven-game series vs. Atlanta in the 1991
World Series. In Game 1 of that series Gagne helped guide the Twins to a 5-2 victory with a three-run home
run in the fifth inning off Braves starter Charlie Leibrandt. In 2009, Gagne, 48, was named to the Twins All-Metrodome Team commemorating the Twins era from 1982-2009.
|CLASS OF 2011|
||June 11, 2011
|| Perry played 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 10 with the Twins from 1963-72. He made
back-to-back All-Star appearances in 1970 and '71 and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1970,
leading the league with 24 wins and 40 starts. He became the first Twin to win the award after going 24-12
with a 3.04 ERA, 278.2 innings pitched and 168 strikeouts. He went 128-90 with a 3.15 ERA during his time
with the Twins, currently ranking fourth on the Twins All-Time list in wins and innings pitched (1883.1), fifth in
starts (249) and complete games (61), and sixth in strikeouts (1025). His 3.15 ERA ranks first among Twins
with a minimum of 1000.0 innings pitched. He posted double-digit victories in six of his 10 seasons with the Twins, including three consecutive seasons of 17-plus victories from 1969-71.
The North Carolina native went 12-7 with a 2.63 ERA in 1965, helping guide the Twins to their
first World Series appearance. Perry was named one of the "50 Greatest" players in Twins
history during the team's 50th Season Celebration held in 2010. Perry, pitched in 630 games at
the Major League level from 1959-1975, playing for the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins,
Detroit Tigers and Oakland Athletics. Born in 1935, Perry becomes the oldest living
member of the Twins Hall of Fame. His brother Gaylord Perry belongs to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Perry was also selected to the Twins 40th anniversary team in 2000
|CLASS OF 2012|
||July 14, 2012
|| Pascual played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 13 with the Minnesota Twins
and Washington Senators franchise from 1954-66. He was the first ever Twins All-Star in
1961 and has appeared in more All-Star games than any pitcher in franchise history since
1950, playing in five of six games from 1959-64 and in four straight from 1959-61. He
went 145-141 with a 3.66 ERA during his time with the Twins and Senators, ranking
second on the franchise All-Time list in shutouts (31), third in strikeouts (1,885), fourth in
innings pitched (2,465.0) and fifth in wins (145) and starts (331). He went 88-57 with a
3.31 ERA in six seasons in a Twins uniform from 1961-66, ranking third in shutouts (18),
seventh in strikeouts (994), and eighth in wins (88), innings pitched (1284.2) and starts
(179). He was the Twins first ever 20-game winner, recording 20 victories in 1962 and 21
in 1963, while leading the American League in complete games, shutouts and strikeouts
in nearly every season from 1959-63.
Pascual was named one of the "50 Greatest" players in Twins history during the team's
50th Season Celebration held in 2010. Pascual, pitched in 529 games at the Major
League level from 1954-71, playing for the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins,
Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians. Born in 1934, Pascual
becomes the oldest living member of the Twins Hall of Fame. The Havana-native ranks
55th on baseball's All-Time wins list and is a member of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame
and Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame, ranking second to only Luis Tiant in strikeouts among
Cuban-born Major Leaguers.
Pascual was also selected to the Twins 25th anniversary team in 1986 and the 40th
anniversary team in 2000.
|CLASS OF 2013|
||June 14, 2013
|| Guardado played 17 years in the major leagues, including 12 seasons with the Twins from
1993-2003 and was traded back to the Twins in 2008. "Every Day Eddie" is the Twins
all-time leader in games, appearing in 648 throughout his career, recording at least 60
appearances in eight different seasons. The two-time All-Star became the club's closer
from 2001-03 and helped lead the club to two division titles. He led the AL with 45 saves
in 2002, while his 116 career saves as a Twin rank third-most in club history. His 83 games
in 1996 and 45 saves in 2002 both rank second on the Twins all-time single season lists.
He is one of just three pitchers in Twins history to record 40-plus saves in consecutive
season, having done it in 2002 (45) and 2003 (41). Additionally, he is the Twins all-time
leader in innings (579.0) for a reliever, and ranks second among Twins relievers in
strikeouts (550) and wins (34).
The Stockton, California native was drafted by the Twins in
the 21st round of the 1990 First-Year Player Draft and spent parts of his major league
career with Seattle, Cincinnati and Texas. The left-hander was named one of the "50
Greatest Twins" in 2010
||1993-2003 and 2008
||June 14, 2013
|| Mee began his career in 1957 and was witness to the Twins' first baseball game in 1961.
Widely regarded as the organization's first employee, Mee had many roles within the
organization, including serving as the club's backup radio and television announcer and
public address speaker. He was most well-known for his role as Director of Media
Relations, a position he held for 30 years.
The St. Paul native received the Robert O.
Fischel award for Public Relations excellence in 1988 before retiring in 1991. He was the
second ever recipient of the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. Mee, who
also served as the official scorer after retirement, dedicated his life to baseball in
Minnesota and is vastly responsible for the Twins' rich history. The Tom Mee Library,
which is located in the Baseball Communications office at Target Field, is named in his
||1961 - 1991
|CLASS OF 2016|
||July 16, 2016
|| Hunter played 19 years in the major leagues, including 12 seasons with the Twins from 1997-2007 and again in 2015. He finished his Twins career playing in 1,373 games with 1,343 hits, 281 doubles, 26 triples, 214 home runs, 792 RBI, 739 runs, 354 walks and 128 stolen bases. Hunter was a five time AllStar with the Twins (2002, 2007), Angels (2009-2010) and Tigers (2013), won nine Rawlings Gold Glove Awards (seven while with the Twins) and won two Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger Awards over his 19 year career.
The Pine Bluff, AR, native was drafted by the Twins in the first round (20th overall) of the 1993 FirstYear Player Draft and ranks fifth on the Twins alltime list in home runs (214), sixth in RBI's (792) and extrabase hits (521), and seventh in games (1,373), hits (1,343), doubles (281), runs (739) and total bases (2,318).
||1997-2007 and 2015
||July 17, 2016
|| Gordon spent 25 seasons as the Twins Radio, primary play-by-play voice, joining the Twins in 1987. The Detroit, MI native began his
broadcasting career with the Spartanburg Phillies in 1965 after
graduating from Indiana University. After five years with Spartanburg,
Gordon joined the Baltimore Orioles where he remained until 1973,
when he accepted the broadcasting job at the University of Virginia to
become the voice of Cavaliers football and basketball. From there, he
joined the Yankees Triple-A affiliate Columbus Clippers from 1977-81,
before moving to New York in 1982.
For his work with the Spartanburg
Phillies, Gordon was inducted into the South Atlantic League's Hall of
Fame on June 19, 2001.
He was also inducted into the Minnesota
Broadcasting Hall of Fame on October 10, 2008. He called his final
game on September 28, 2011 and has the Twins radio booth named in
his honor. His signature "Touch 'Em All" home run call
helped make him a fan favorite among Twins fans. He's just the
second Twins broadcaster to be elected, joining the legendary Herb
||1987 - 2011
|CLASS OF 2017|
||August 19, 2017
|| Cuddyer, spent 11 of his 15 Major League seasons with the Twins, contributing to six different American League Central championship teams. The 2011 All-Star batted .272/.343/.451 with the Twins and played in a total of 1,139 games for Minnesota, collecting 1,106 hits, 239 doubles, 35 triples, 141 home runs, 580 RBIs, 606 runs scored and 411
Cuddyer, who was selected by the Twins with the No. 9 overall pick in the 1997 MLB Draft, is ninth on the Twins' alltime list in doubles, 10th in home runs and 11th in RBIs. He mostly played in right field, but also played first base and third base. Cuddyer rejoined the club in November, 2016, as a special assistant.
||August 20, 2017
|| MacPhail, who is currently the president of baseball operations of the Phillies, was hired by the Twins as Vice President of Player Development in 1984, and took over as the third general manager in Twins history following the 1985 season and proceeded to build the franchise's first two World Series champion teams in '87 and '91.
He was named the Sporting News Executive of the Year in 1991, after turning Minnesota around from a last-place club to winning the title. The Twins compiled an overall record of 710-699 (.504) during MacPhail's decade at the helm. MacPhail is the son of National Baseball Hall of Famer Lee MacPhail and grandson of fellow Hall of Famer Larry MacPhail, who were also MLB executives.
||1985 - 1994
|CLASS OF 2018|
||August 4, 2018
|| Santana, memorably acquired in the Rule 5 Draft from the Astros as part of a trade with the Marlins, developed into an ace for the Twins with the help of his incredible disappearing changeup. At his height of his run with the Twins from 2003-07, he went 82-35 with a 2.92 ERA and 1,152 strikeouts in 1,070 2/3 innings.
Santana won AL Cy Young Awards in 2004 and '06, finished seventh in '03, third in '05 and fifth in '07. He was also an All-Star with the Twins from 2005-07 and won his lone Gold Glove Award in '07. He won the pitching triple crown in '06, leading the AL in wins, ERA and strikeouts. He said his favorite memory was setting Minnesota's franchise record with 17 strikeouts against the Rangers in '07, but that he didn't take any day in the Majors for granted. "Every day was special," Santana said. "There were a few games people remember, like the 17 strikeouts. That one was very special to me."
Santana was traded by the Twins after the 2007 season, pitching four years with the Mets with a top three finish in National League Cy Young balloting in '08 and his final All-Star appearance in '09. He also threw the first no-hitter in Mets history in '12.
|CLASS OF 2019|
||August 3, 2019
|| Nathan pitched 16 seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the Twins from 2004-11. He finished his Twins career with a record of 24-13, a 2.16 ERA (463.1 IP, 111 ER), 134 walks, 561 strikeouts and a club-record 260 saves in 460 games. Nathan was named to the American League All-Star team four times for Minnesota and was the closer on three different American League Central Division championship teams. He was named the co-winner of the American League Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award with New York's Mariano Rivera in 2009 after saving a club-record 47 games.
The Houston, Texas, native was originally drafted by San Francisco in the sixth round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft and was acquired by the Twins as part of a four-player trade in exchange for catcher A.J. Pierzynski in November 2003. Nathan saved 35-plus games in six different seasons for Minnesota and led all of baseball in saves (246) over a six-season stretch from 2004-09.
||August 4, 2019
|| Bell was named the third president in Twins history in January 1987. He spent 16 years as Minnesota's Chief Executive, helping lead the team's business operations, while he was instrumental in the Twins 1987 and 1991 World Championship seasons. During his tenure, Bell led the effort to ensure the long-term viability of the Minnesota Twins and specifically oversaw the development, design, construction and opening of Target Field in 2010.
Other accomplishments include setting an American League attendance record in 1988, when the Twins became the first A.L. team to attract more than three million fans. He also led the development and construction of Minnesota's spring training facility, CenturyLink Sports Complex, located in Ft. Myers, Fla., which opened in 1991. In addition, Bell became the fourth recipient of the Herb Carneal Award in 2009 as presented by the Minnesota chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
||1987 - 2002