Camilo Pascual to be inducted into Twins HOF

MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Twins today announced that former pitcher and five-time All-Star Camilo Pascual will become the 24th member of the Twins Hall of Fame when he is inducted during a special on-field pre-game ceremony Saturday, July 14, when the Twins host the Oakland Athletics at Target Field.

The first 5,000 fans will receive a Camilo Pascual Twins Hall of Fame pin courtesy of Fisher Nuts. Camilo Pascual will also be signing autographs for fans in the Twins Majestic Clubhouse Store from 4-5 p.m. on Saturday, July 14.

Pascual played 18 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 13 with the Minnesota Twins and Washington Senators franchise from 1954-66. He was the first ever Twins All-Star in 1961 and has appeared in more All-Star games than any pitcher in franchise history since 1950, playing in five of six games from 1959-64 and in four straight from 1959-61. He went 145-141 with a 3.66 ERA during his time with the Twins and Senators, ranking second on the franchise All-Time list in shutouts (31), third in strikeouts (1,885), fourth in innings pitched (2,465.0) and fifth in wins (145) and starts (331). He went 88-57 with a 3.31 ERA in six seasons in a Twins uniform from 1961-66, ranking third in shutouts (18), seventh in strikeouts (994), and eighth in wins (88), innings pitched (1284.2) and starts (179). He was the Twins first ever 20-game winner, recording 20 victories in 1962 and 21 in 1963, while leading the American League in complete games, shutouts and strikeouts in nearly every season from 1959-63.

Pascual was named one of the "50 Greatest" players in Twins history during the team's 50th Season Celebration held in 2010. Pascual pitched in 529 games at the Major League level from 1954-71, playing for the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds, Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians. Born in 1934, Pascual becomes the oldest living member of the Twins Hall of Fame. The Havana-native ranks 55th on baseball's All-Time wins list and is a member of the Latino Baseball Hall of Fame and Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame, ranking second to only Luis Tiant in strikeouts among Cuban-born Major Leaguers.

Among the current members of the Twins Hall of Fame scheduled to attend Saturday's ceremony honoring Pascual are Rod Carew, Tom Kelly, Tony Oliva, Jim Perry and Jim Rantz.

The Twins Hall of Fame, which honors players, managers, coaches and off-field personnel was created as part of the club's 40th Season Celebration in 2000. The inaugural class of Twins Hall of Famers - Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett and Calvin Griffith - were inducted on Aug. 12, 2000. Other inductees include pitcher 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), Minor League director Jim Rantz(2007), third baseman Gary Gaetti (2007), pitcher Rick Aguilera (2008), pitcher Brad Radke(2009), farm and scouting director George Brophy (2009), shortstop Greg Gagne (2010) and pitcher Jim Perry (2011).

Tickets to the Twins Hall of Fame induction game and all Twins home games are available at www.twinsbaseball.com, by calling 612-33-TWINS (612-338-9467) or 800-33-TWINS (800-338-9467), at the Target Field ticket office and at Twins Pro Shop locations in Apple Valley, Minnetonka and Roseville.