Tony O and Kitty Kaat are in the Hall of Fame!

coolhandgopher

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Great day for the organization and of course, these two 83 year olds who happen to be the only living members elected from today's group. Also happy to finally see Buck O'Neil elected posthumously.

If you've got 2 hours to kill, here's Kaat's masterful Game 2 win in the '65 World Series against Koufax and the Dodgers:

And a bit of my introduction to Buck O'Neil, the clear star of Ken Burns' Baseball documentary series:
 


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Love it! So glad both are in and both are doing well health wise to enjoy this long overdue moment.

Win Twins!!
 

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Both are good players. Neither belongs in the HOF.
 









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Well, if you're going to take injuries into account - as in Kirby Puckett, then you have to take injuries into account for Oliva.

he basically played 8 healthy seasons, and he missed some time in two of those. In those eight seasons, he was American League Rookie of the Year, won 3 batting titles, and received MVP votes every year, finishing 2nd in MVP voting twice. Also played in 8 consecutive All-Star games. If you take average and power into consideration, Oliva was the Twins' best all-around hitter until Puckett.
people including Yankees' manager Ralph Houk called Oliva the best hitter in baseball.

from an article in the Strib:

Oliva became the first rookie to win an American League batting title that season (1964) at .323. What's not remembered as quickly is that he also led the AL in doubles (43), runs scored (109), hits (217) and total bases (374). Nine triples and 32 home runs gave him 84 extra-base hits.

So, these numbers you see from the young Tony O., another batting title in 1965 at .321, another league lead in hits at 189, and 40 more doubles.

Pitchers still were dominating when Tony won his third batting title in 1971. He was batting .375 on June 25 in Oakland, when he dived for Joe Rudi's sinking liner and smashed his already balky right knee into a sprinkler head. He missed a series of games, then returned and limped to the title at .337.
 

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Reusse pointed out the 1970 Twins had what will be now 5 HoFers on their roster: Kaat, Oliva, Blyleven, Carew & Killebrew.

Still they were swept for the 2nd time by the Orioles who had few of their own (Palmer, B Robinson, F Robinson & Weaver), plus a handful of other really great players.
 




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Oliva and Kaat were very easy to cheer for. Congrats to both.
 




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