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Monday, August 22, 2022

Gladden, Tovar inducted into Twins Hall of Fame

As fitting as it is that Gladden and Gardenhire were inducted to the club Hall of Fame together, it’s also just as apt that the third man who was honored posthumously as part of the weekend’s ceremonies—utility man Cesar Tovar—was the same kind of player that defined Gladden’s tenure in Minnesota, with the speed, grit and hustle out of the leadoff spot that helped to define the late 1960s era of Twins baseball.

While Gladden was around to give his own acceptance speech on Sunday, Tovar died in 1994 and was represented at the ceremony formally inducting the pair as the 36th and 37th members of the Twins Hall of Fame by his family, including his son, Cesar Jr., who gave a speech on his behalf.

“It was just a sense of relief and gratitude that he just could be finally recognized for his contributions to the Twins organization,” said Nancy Jones, Tovar’s daughter. “It’s just immense happiness. The weekend’s been great. Like Dan said, meeting his family and the similarities between players, it just made the weekend even better knowing that they were similar types of ballplayers.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 22, 2022 at 08:49 AM | 14 comment(s)
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Saturday, August 20, 2022

Twins Hall honoree Cesar Tovar packed toughness and grit into his lean frame

Tovar appeared briefly for the Twins in 1965, then became an everyday presence in the lineup for seven seasons. You couldn’t be sure where he was going to play, just that managers Sam Mele, Cal Ermer, Billy Martin, Bill Rigney and Frank Quilici would have him in there — and generally leading off.

One of the smallest ironmen you could imagine finally will be inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame on Sunday. He died in 1994 in Venezuela, seven years before the Twins’ Hall started and, for many years, was lost to generations of voters from the media-heavy committee.

He finally made it in January, along with Dan Gladden and Ron Gardenhire. The ceremony for Gladden and Tovar will take place before Sunday’s game at Target Field.

Ironman? The Twins played 164 games (two official ties) during the Great Race in 1967. Tovar played in all of them, starting all but two in this fashion: 31 starts at second, 56 at third, five at shortstop and 70 in the outfield (60 in center).

He led the American League with 720 plate appearances — and would go over 700 in two other Twins’ seasons. He led the AL with 36 doubles and 13 triples in 1970. He led the AL with 204 hits in 1971.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 20, 2022 at 02:34 PM | 29 comment(s)
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