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Earl
Battey

Earl Battey was a regular at the Minnesota Twins Baseball Camp for many years.  Those campers fortunate enough to spend time with the former Twins catching great, can attest to his sincere love of the game and his endearing personality.  Earl's last appearance at the Twins Camp came in January of 2003, as his long battle with cancer would  take him in August of that same year.

Earl Battey was recoginzed as one of the finest catchers in the American League.  Originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox, he was traded to the Washington Senators in 1959.  Long considered a great defensive catcher, in 1960 with the Senators Earl began to display the offesive promise at the Major League level that he had shown in his minor league career.  In 1961 with the Senator's move to Minnesota, he teamed with fellow Twin stars, Harmon Killebrew, Camilo Pascual, Bob Allison, and Jim Kaat to provide the nucleus of a Twins team that would claim the American League title in 1965.  In 1965, Earl joined teammates Killebrew, Versalles, Oliva Jim "Mudcat" Grant and Jimmy Hall in representing the Twins in the All-Star Game held that year at Metropolitan Stadium.

Earl was named to five All-Star teams, all as a Twin.  He also was awarded three Gold Glove Awards in 1960, 1961 and 1962.  He threw out 43.44% of all runners attempting to steal a base, which ranks him 15th all-time among Major League catchers.  Luis Aparicio, the American League's stolen base king in the 1960's rated Earl as the toughest catcher in the American League to steal a base against.

Earl was inducted post-humously into the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in 2004 and in 2010, at the occasion of the Twins 50th anniversary in Minnesota, Earl was named as one of the 50 Greatest Twins over the club's first 50 years. 

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