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Updated: January 27th, 2012 2:59pm
Former pitcher Camilo Pascual elected to Twins Hall of Fame

Former pitcher Camilo Pascual elected to Twins Hall of Fame

by Judd Zulgad
1500ESPN.com
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The Minnesota Twins' first pitching ace will be honored by the club this summer.

Camilo Pascual, who moved from Washington with the Senators in 1961 to pitch for the Twins, has been elected to the team's Hall of Fame. Team president Dave St. Peter made the announcement on Friday afternoon during the Twins' media luncheon. 

The five-time All-Star will become the 24th member of the Twins Hall when he is inducted during a pregame ceremony on July 14 before a game against Oakland at Target Field.

Pascual, now 78, made his big-league debut with the Senators in 1954 and pitched for the organization through the 1966 season. Pascual went 145-141 in 13 seasons with the Senators/Twins and had a 3.66 ERA.

Known for his curveball, Pascual also pitched for the new Washington Senators (1967-69), Cincinnati (1969), the Los Angeles Dodgers (1970) and Cleveland (1971) before retiring. Pascual returned to the Twins in 1978 for a two-year stint as Gene Mauch's pitching coach.

Pascual started the first regular-season major league game for the Twins at Metropolitan Stadium, facing the expansion Senators on April 21, 1961.

Pascual was picked to the American League All-Star team five times while with the Twins, including four years in a row (1959-62). He led the AL in strikeouts from 1961 to '63 and in shutouts in 1959, '61 and '62.

Pascual won 20 or more games in 1962 and 1963 and won 15 or more in 1959 and from 1961 to '64. Pascual finished his career with a record of 174-170 and a 3.63 ERA.

Pascual was named one of the "50 Greatest" players in Twins history during the team's 50th season celebration held in 2010.

The Twins Hall of Fame, which honors players, managers, coaches and off-field personnel who have contributed to the organization's growth, 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 -- was inducted on August 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), third baseman Gary Gaetti (2007), farm director Jim Rantz (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).

Judd Zulgad is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays and "Saturday Morning SportsTalk" from 10 a.m. to noon on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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