MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- As part of their 40th season celebration, the Minnesota Twins announced Friday they are forming a team Hall of Fame to honor players, coaches, team executives and broadcasters who have contributed to the club's success.
The first inductees, who will be recognized at a pre-game ceremony Aug. 12, are Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett and the late Calvin Griffith.
Voting for the Twins Hall of Fame will be conducted by a 24-person committee of Minnesota media members, team broadcasters, fans and team representatives.
Some milestones of the inductees:
--Killebrew: Hit 573 home runs, 475 of them in his 14 seasons with Minnesota; holds seven Twins single season and career batting records; elected to Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 10, 1984; had his No. 3 formally retired Aug. 11, 1974.
--Carew: Won seven American League batting titles; holds five Twins single season and career batting records; elected to Baseball Hall of Fame on Jan. 8, 1991; had his No. 29 formally retired July 19, 1987.
--Oliva: Career .304 batting average in 15 seasons; only player to win batting titles in his first two seasons, and won three in his career; had his No. 6 formally retired July 14, 1991.
--Hrbek: Member of 1987, 1991 World Championship teams; hit grand slam in Game Six of 1987 World Series; had his No. 14 formally retired Aug. 13, 1995.
--Puckett: Career .318 batting average in 12 seasons; was 10-time All-Star, six-time Gold Glove and five-time Silver Slugger winner; member of 1987, 1991 World Championship teams; holds six Twins single season and career batting records; had his No. 34 formally retired May 25, 1997.
--Griffith: Instrumental in bringing Twins to Minnesota; in 24 seasons as president and principal owner, Minnesota had three AL West Division championships, one AL pennant and hosted an All-Star Game. Griffith died Oct. 20, 1999, at the age of 87.
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