Twins mourn passing of beloved Imhoff

Press box ambassador, 79, was with club for 42 years

Twins mourn passing of beloved Imhoff

MINNEAPOLIS -- Margaret "Peg" Imhoff, a fixture in the Twins' press box for 42 years, known for her welcoming personality and effervescent smile, passed away Thursday morning after a battle with cancer. She was 79.

Imhoff, whose official role with the club was press box ambassador, was beloved by Twins employees and media members alike, and she warmly greeted those as they entered the press box at all three stadiums the Twins have played in since moving to Minnesota in 1961. The Twins named the dining room behind the press box "Peg's Café" when Target Field opened in 2010.

"The Minnesota Twins are deeply saddened by the loss of Peg Imhoff, who was the first and only Press Box Ambassador at Metropolitan Stadium, the Metrodome and Target Field," read a statement released by the organization. "Peg, who was known for her glowing smile and kindness, was a committed employee of 42 years. She was a true representative of the Minnesota Twins character and dedicated her life to baseball. The club, like many of her friends throughout the Major League Baseball community, are thinking of the entire Imhoff family during this difficult time."

With her longevity with the Twins, Imhoff was well-known among baseball circles and had close relationships with other longtime Twins employees such as owner Jim Pohlad, president Dave St. Peter, former general manager Terry Ryan, former scouting director Jim Rantz, broadcasters Dick Bremer and Bert Blyleven and many more.

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.