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Twins to retire Jim Kaat's number this summer

The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that Kaat's No. 36 would be honored and pulled from the list of available numbers players can wear.
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FILE - Jim Kaat, left-handed pitcher of the Minnesota Twins is shown in March 1967. The Minnesota Twins will retire the uniform number of former pitcher Jim Kaat. He was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. The Twins will add Kaat's 36 to their wall of retired numbers during a pregame ceremony at Target Field on July 16. (AP Photo/File)

Former Twins pitching great and legendary announcer Jim Kaat will be honored in a pregame ceremony at Target Field before their game against the White Sox on Saturday, July 16 by having his number retired.

Kaat, a workhorse on the mound during the early years of the franchise, was elected to the Hall of Fame in December and will be inducted in July.

He becomes just the ninth Twin to have his number retired by the team, joining a list that includes legends Harmon Killebrew (3), Tony Oliva (6), Tom Kelly (10), Kent Hrbek (14), Bert Blyleven (28), Rod Carew (29), Kirby Puckett (34) and Joe Mauer (7). 

Jackie Robinson's No. 42 was retired across Major League Baseball in 1997.

Kaat, a coveted lefthander, played in 13 seasons for the Twins and remains their all-time leader with 178 wins.

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Kaat's No. 36 is only the ninth number retired by the Twins. He was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/William P. Straeter, File)

Kaat went into the broadcast booth after he hung up his cleats and has worked for both the Yankees (1986, 1995-2006) and Twins (1988-93, 2019-present). He also worked many nationally televised games for Fox.