MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN – The Minnesota Twins, in partnership with the Minnesota Twins Neighborhood Fund and the Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America, introduced at this time that longtime Twins broadcaster Dick Bremer has been named the winner of the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award for 2023. Moreover, neighborhood pillar and historian Frank White is that this yr’s Terry Ryan Play Ball! Minnesota Award recipient.
The duo will likely be honored alongside the Twins’ different annual award winners on the nineteenth annual Diamond Awards, set for Thursday, January 25, 2024 at The Armory in Minneapolis and benefitting analysis, training and care in mind, nerve and muscle issues on the College of Minnesota. Since its inception in 2006, the occasion has raised almost $4 million by means of a mix of company sponsorships and cash raised by means of public sale gadgets.
Bremer and the Twins introduced in October that, after 40 years within the broadcast sales space, he’s transitioning right into a particular assistant position within the Twins entrance workplace at yr’s finish, retiring because the longest-tenured tv broadcaster for a single crew in Main League Baseball. Bremer’s new particular assistant position will make sure that he continues to be an envoy for the Twins, serving as a key consultant of the group at neighborhood and fan occasions whereas regaling subsequent generations of Twins followers together with his numerous tales of previous and current gamers.
The voice of generations of followers all through Twins Territory, Bremer was born in St. Paul and raised in Dumont, Minnesota, northwest of the Twin Cities. He started his Twins play-by-play profession with Spectrum Sports activities from 1983-85. After a one-year hiatus, Bremer rejoined the membership’s broadcast crew in 1987 and was within the sales space till this yr, spanning Twinsvision, Midwest Sports activities Channel, Victory Sports activities, Fox Sports activities North and Bally Sports activities North. In 2013, he obtained the Silver Circle Emmy for Broadcast Excellence and was inducted into the Minnesota Museum of Broadcasting Corridor of Fame. In 2020, Bremer traded his microphone for a keyboard, authoring the best-selling memoir Sport Used.
A graduate of Staples Excessive College and St. Cloud State College, Bremer started his play-by-play profession doing College of Iowa males’s basketball. The revered broadcaster has additionally known as Minnesota North Stars video games; Minnesota Vikings preseason football; College of Minnesota football, males’s basketball and males’s hockey; Massive Ten basketball; and the Minnesota State Excessive College League’s football and ladies’ and boys’ basketball tournaments.
White has devoted his life to offering alternatives for underserved youngsters to play sports activities whereas concurrently guaranteeing that the tales of the good, native athletes who got here earlier than them are instructed and stick with it to subsequent generations. Born and raised in Cornmeal Valley within the Rondo neighborhood in St. Paul, White spent 30-plus years as a youth basketball referee and labored with the Metropolis of Richfield’s recreation division. He additionally ran the Twins’ Reviving Baseball in Inside Cities (RBI) program for 23 years earlier than retiring this yr, tirelessly working to convey again baseball to the interior metropolis whereas selling sportsmanship and the values that make a very good citizen.
Alongside the best way, White turned a historian, gathering tales and artifacts to extend consciousness of great Black women and men, and their contributions to St. Paul and Minnesota, whereas establishing himself within the pantheon of native historians whose experience is the nationwide pastime. Boosted by the story of his father, Louis, who performed for the Twin Metropolis Coloured Giants and moonlighted for barnstorming Negro Leagues groups once they got here to city, White spearheaded the Minnesota Black Baseball Undertaking, curated an exhibit on the Ramsey County Historic Society and wrote the guide They Performed for the Love of the Sport: Untold Tales of Black Baseball in Minnesota.
White’s collective physique of labor garnered him quite a few awards through the years, together with: Robert Peterson Recognition Award (for his Negro Leagues work), Minnesota Historical past Award (2011), Virginia Kunz Award (2012), Omar Bonderud Human Rights Award (2014), Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dwelling the Dream Award (2016) and Minnesota Twins Legacy Award (2023). He was inducted into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Affiliation Corridor of Honor in 2013 and into Mancini’s St. Paul Sports activities Corridor of Fame in 2017.
The nineteenth annual Diamond Awards will honor the Twins’ annual award winners, together with these awards voted on by the Twin Cities Chapter of the Baseball Writers Affiliation of America. All proceeds from the occasion will profit the College of Minnesota’s modern analysis and affected person care centered on ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Illness), ataxia, muscular dystrophy, a number of sclerosis and Parkinson’s illness. For extra data on the occasion go to diamondawards.umn.edu or name (612) 626-6430.