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Miracle and Goldklang Group Induct Terry Ryan and Dave Yoakum Into Scouts Hall of Fame
04/22/2010 6:00 PM ET
April 7, 2010 - At the Minnesota Twin / Pittsburg Pirates Spring Training game on March 30th at Hammond Stadium, Terry Ryan (Minnesota Twins) and Dave Yoakum (Chicago White Sox) were officially inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame. Their plaques were unveiled at the Hammond Stadium Scout Wall located just inside the main gate.

Terry Ryan, currently the Minnesota Twins Senior Advisor to the General Manager, was the fourth General Manager in Minnesota Twins history from 1994-2007. Prior to becoming general manager, he was vice president of player personnel, a position he assumed in 1991. In that role, Ryan was responsible for scouting and evaluating all talent at the major league level and assisting in personnel decisions. He was also responsible for signing all major league players with less than three years of major league service.

Through the efforts of Ryan and his staff, the Twins organization won the American League Central Division in four of the last six years (2002, '03, '04 and '06) as general manager. He was named Sporting News Executive of the Year in 2006 and in 2002, and was the recipient of the 2006 Andrew "Rube" Foster Legacy Award as American League Executive of the Year by the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (also in 2004). In 2002, the Twins were named Organization of the Year by Baseball America (again in 2004), USA Today and Sportsticker. Ryan won his first Sporting News Major League Executive of the Year Award in 2002, joining Calvin Griffith (1965) and Andy MacPhail (1991) as Twins recipients of the award.

Ryan returned to baseball in 1980 as Midwest scouting supervisor for the New York Mets, a position which he held for six years before being named the Twins' scouting director in January, 1986.

Terry and his wife, Karilyn, have two children, Tim and Kathleen, and live in Eagan, MN.

Yoakum enters his 19th season with the White Sox, serving as Special Assistant to the General Manager. Yoakum, hired following the 1991 season, works on special assignment scouting of other major league clubs.

A former infielder in the Detroit Tigers system (1966-70), Yoakum has worked as a coach, instructor, scouting supervisor or major-league scout for over three decades. Following his playing career, Yoakum was a player/coach in the Houston Astros organization (1971), a scouting supervisor/infield instructor for the Astros (1972) and New York Yankees (1974-76), a scouting supervisor/minor league instructor with the Toronto Blue Jays (1977-80) and a major league advance scout for the Blue Jays (1981-91).

During his minor-league playing career, Yoakum was a teammate of four future major-league managers: Cito Gaston, Gene Lamont, Jim Leyland and Stump Merrill. In his 35 seasons as a scout, Yoakum has worked for executives Tal Smith, Pat Gillick, Ron Schueler and Williams.

In January 2003, Yoakum, along with Dennis Gilbert, Roland Hemond and fellow scout Harry Minor (Mets), created the Professional Scouts Foundation. The foundation provides support to scouts who have been in baseball at least 25 years but may have fallen on financial hard times due to illness, retirement or the non-renewal of their contracts.

Yoakum is married to the former Nina Wheeler and has a daughter Anna (9) and son Dax (7). They reside in Orlando, Florida.

The Goldklang Group activated a ballpark campaign in 2008 to spotlight the tremendous dedication of Professional Baseball Scouts, tireless and devoted individuals who spend a significant amount of their lives on the road, and create recognition for their invaluable contributions to the game of baseball.

The criteria for induction includes a minimum of 20 years of pro scouting experience, with selection based on a combination of quantifiable success in the field, contributions made to the game in other areas of the sport whether professional or amateur, and importantly, their involvement and dedication to the local community that is honoring them through induction.

ABOUT THE GOLDKLANG GROUP The Goldklang Group is a sports entertainment consulting and management firm. The Group provides operational consulting and management services in all areas relating to sports franchise and event acquisition, promotion and operation.

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