After 25 Years, A Familiar Voice Is Stepping Down

Sunday, February 13th, 2011 at 11:16 am

John Gordon, the radio voice of the Twins will retire after this season. He has been with the Twins since 1987.

Over the phone Gordon told Mlb.com,”It’s time,” “My wife, Nancy, and I want to do some traveling. We want an opportunity to see our families and spend some time with them. I just want an opportunity to see what’s out there after 43 years in professional baseball and 25 years of working with the Minnesota Twins.”

Gordon might be remembered best for his signature “touch ‘Em All” home run call, especially in Game 6 of the ’91 World Series when he said it twice following Kirby Puckett’s game winning home run.

A Detroit native, Gordon began his broadcasting career with the Spartanburg Phillies in 1965 after graduating from Indiana University. He spent five years with Spartanburg before joining the Orioles from 1970-73. After a stint at the University of Virginia broadcasting football and basketball games, Gordon returned to baseball as the voice of the Yankees’ then-Triple-A Columbus affiliate in 1977. He then joined the Yankees’ broadcast crew from 1982-86 before coming to the Twins in ’87.

Gordon is proud of his longevity with the Twins saying, “Winning the two World Series titles and the six division titles in the last nine years, all those are wonderful experiences I’ve had with the Twins,” “But more than anything, the fact that I’m thankful that I’ve had the chance to work with what I feel is the best organization in all of baseball. I’m very, very fortunate to stay with an organization for 25 years. There aren’t many broadcasters in the business today that have that type of longevity.”

Gordon made it clear that his health has nothing to do with his retiring. Lets hope the Twins can send him off the way he came in, calling a world series championship.

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