The Minnesota Twins, in conjunction with the Treasure Island Baseball Network, recognized John Gordon’s legendary broadcast career and many community contributions during his 25 seasons as a radio voice of the Twins over the weekend.
The Twins hosted a special pregame ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 17 prior to the matchup against the Cleveland Indians. The ceremony will include presentations from the team’s Twin Cities affiliate radio station, 1500 ESPN as well as 830 WCCO-AM. The ceremony will also feature a video tribute from Twins players and staff, special presentations and will culminate with a speech by the man himself. KDUZ/KARP Staffer and longtime friend of John Gordon, John Mons also took part in the pregame ceremonies.
In February, the Minnesota Twins announced that Gordon would retire following the 2011 season. The 2011 campaign marks Gordon’s 25th season as a member of the Twins radio broadcast team. Gordon’s style, voice and signature “Touch ‘em All” home run call are synonymous with Twins baseball as he provided the radio call for many of the team’s biggest moments over the past two and a half decades.
“I have always been blessed to have a job that beats working for a living,” said John Gordon. “The past 25 years with the Minnesota Twins have been just great. Being a part of the best organization in baseball has only added to what has been a fun career. I can’t thank the Minnesota Twins, the Pohlad Family and the many others in the organization, enough for the many wonderful memories. I will miss baseball, the many fine friends with the Twins and most of all, the great Twins fans. I just feel it’s time for Nancy and me to move on to the next phase of our lives.”
Gordon, 70, has been a frequent contributor on the team’s flagship stations 1500 ESPN and 830 WCCO-AM along with many affiliates across the team’s radio network. During his tenure with the Twins, Gordon’s primary broadcast partners have included the late Herb Carneal along with former Twins players Dan Gladden and Jack Morris.
A final farewell tribute to Gordon will take place prior to the Twins’ final game of the 2011 season on Wednesday September 28th.