DETROIT — Jack Morris and Jim Thome will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame July 29 in Cooperstown, N.Y., and feted with separate celebrations in August at Target Field.
The Twins will honor Morris, their 1991 World Series hero, Aug. 18 during the third game of a four-game series against Detroit, for whom the fiery right-handed pitcher starred during the 1980s. An on-field pregame ceremony is planned, and the first 5,000 fans will receive a Jack Morris T-shirt.
Morris, who grew up in St. Paul, went 18-12 during the ’91 regular season for the Twins and won a pair of World Series games, including an epic 10-inning, Game 7 shutout to earn MVP honors.
Thome, who joined the 600-home runs club during his 2010-11 tenure with the Twins, will be celebrated Aug. 25 before Minnesota’s game against Oakland. He hit 37 home runs in 179 games for the Twins.
Meanwhile, manager Paul Molitor said he plans to attend the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies that weekend while the Twins are playing at Boston. He would drive to Cooperstown Saturday morning July 28 and miss the final two games of the four-game series at Fenway Park.
“Playing hooky,” Molitor quipped. “It’s a special class for me.”
Molitor also grew up in St. Paul and competed against Morris in amateur city leagues. Alan Trammell, the former Tigers star shortstop, also is being inducted. Molitor and his contemporary became close friends in the 1980s when they were offseason neighbors in San Diego.