Pascual elected to Twins Hall of Fame

Pascual elected to Twins Hall of Fame

MINNEAPOLIS -- Former Twins right-hander Camilo Pascual was elected as the lone inductee into the Twins Hall of Fame this year, club president Dave St. Peter announced Friday.

Pascual, a five-time All-Star over an 18-year career, is set to be inducted as the Hall's 24th member during a special pregame ceremony on July 14, when the Twins host the Oakland Athletics at Target Field. The Twins Hall of Fame was established in 2000.

The 78-year-old pitched with the Washington Senators from 1954-60 before the Twins moved to Minneapolis in 1961, and remained with the club until 1966. He retired after the 1971 season after also pitching with the second Washington Senators franchise, the Reds, the Dodgers and Indians.

Pascual, known for his devastating curveball, finished his career with a 174 wins, 2,167 strikeouts and 3.63 ERA in 2,930 2/3 innings. While with the Senators and Twins, Pascual won 145 games, posted a 3.66 ERA and struck out 1,885 batters in 2,465 innings.

A native of Cuba, Pascual led the American League in strikeouts three times ('61-63) while also leading the league in shutouts three times ('59, '61-62) and complete games three times ('59, '62-63).

He was elected to the Twins Hall of Fame by a 55-member committee consisting of local and national media, club officials, fans and past elected members, using rules similar to those necessary for election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Pascual was the top vote-getter, followed by Chuck Knoblauch, Eddie Guardado and Dan Gladden.