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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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