Gagne elected to Twins Hall of Fame
Shortstop a stalwart on two World Series champion teams
MINNEAPOLIS -- Last year Greg Gagne was named the starting shortstop on the Twins All Metrodome team. Now he's been selected to be part of an even more prestigious group -- the Twins Hall of Fame.The Twins announced Tuesday that Gagne will be inducted as the 22nd member of the club's Hall of Fame this summer. Gagne, the shortstop on the 1987 and 1991 World Series champion Twins teams, was the only player selected to this year's Hall of Fame class. He was chosen by a 55-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected 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. The induction ceremony will take place in an on-field ceremony before the Twins' Sept. 4 contest against the Rangers. It will be part of a special 50th Season Celebration Weekend, which will commemorate the franchise's move to Minnesota back in 1961. Originally drafted in the fifth round of the 1979 First-Year Player Draft by the Yankees, Gagne came to Minnesota in a trade in April 1982. He made his Major League debut in 1983 and spent parts of the next 10 seasons with the Twins. It was in 1985 that Gagne took over as the Twins' everyday shortstop. He appeared in 1,140 games and was best known for his solid glove, posting a .980 career fielding percentage. While playing for the Twins from 1983-92, Gagne posted a .249 batting average with 69 home runs, 335 RBIs and 452 runs scored. The shortstop also holds another famous distinction within the organization. He is one of only seven players who were on both of the Twins' two World Series championship clubs. Gagne did not a commit an error in 37 total chances during the seven-game series with the Braves in the 1991 World Series. Gagne also had an impact with his bat in that series, belting a three-run homer in the fifth inning of Game 1 off Braves starter Charlie Leibrandt to lead the Twins to a 5-2 victory. The Twins Hall of Fame was created in 2000 to celebrate the club's 40th season in Minnesota. The other members include: Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett and Calvin Griffith (inducted in 2000); Jim Kaat and broadcaster Herb Carneal (2001); Bert Blyleven and former manager Tom Kelly (2002); longtime public address announcer Bob Casey and Bob Allison (2003); catcher Earl Battey (2004); Frank Viola and owner Carl Pohlad (2005); Zoilo Versalles (2006); Gary Gaetti and farm director Jim Rantz (2007); Rick Aguilera (2008); and Brad Radke and farm and scouting director George Brophy (2009). Beginning this spring, the Twins Hall of Fame will have a permanent home. Members in the Twins Hall of Fame membership will be displayed on Target Plaza just outside the confines of the Twins' new home, Target Field.
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.