Radke, Brophy join Twins Hall of Fame
Pitcher, scout set for induction before July 11 game vs. White Sox
MINNEAPOLIS -- Former pitcher Brad Radke and former farm and scouting director George Brophy will make up the Twins 2009 Hall of Fame Class, the team announced on Friday.Both Radke and Brophy will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during an on-field ceremony before the Twins' July 11 contest against the White Sox at the Metrodome. Radke was elected in his first year on the ballot by a 55-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and other Twins Hall of Fame members. The rules are similar to those necessary for election into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. A player must receive at least 75 percent of the vote to gain entry. Brophy was elected through the Veterans Committee ballot, which consists of a 15-member committee that votes every other year on "non-player" personnel. The Twins eighth-round pick in the 1991 First-Year Player Draft, Radke spent his entire career with the club before retiring at the end of 2006 season. The right-hander compiled a career record of 148-139 with a 4.22 ERA. Radke was the Opening Day starter for the Twins nine times and was an All-Star in 1998. He also ranks second on the Twins all-time list in starts (377) and third in wins (148), strikeouts (1,467) and innings pitched (2,451). Brophy joined the Twins' Minor League staff when the club moved to Minnesota in 1961. In '70, Brophy became the Twins vice president and oversaw the club's Minor League farm system and scouting departments. He held that position until 1985, when health issues forced him into early retirement from the Twins organization. Brophy would continue to be involved in baseball, serving as a special assignment scout for the Astros, before he passed away in 1998 at the age of 72 from complications stemming from aplastic anemia. Radke and Brophy will become the 20th and 21st inductees into the Twins Hall of Fame. The other members include: Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett and Calvin Griffith (inducted in 2000), Jim Kaat (2001), broadcaster Herb Carneal (2001), pitcher Bert Blyleven (2002), former manager Tom Kelly (2002), long-time public address announcer Bob Casey (2003), outfielder Bob Allison (2003), catcher Earl Battey (2004), pitcher Frank Viola (2005), owner Carl Pohlad (2005), shortstop Zoilo Versalles (2006), third baseman Gary Gaetti (2007), farm director Jim Rantz (2007) and pitcher Rick Aguilera (2008).
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.