It's a sad day around Target Field as the Minnesota Twins are mourning the loss of their longtime media relations director Tom Mee.
The organization says Mee was widely regarded as the organization's first employee when the team moved from Washington to Minnesota in 1961.
He died Friday at the age of 88.
Mee attended the first game the Minnesota Twins ever played and then served as the club's media relations director for 30 years until he retired in 1991. He stayed around the club and even worked as the team's official scorekeeper until 2007.
Here is how some people around the Twins organization remember Mee.
"Tom Mee was a pioneer in the field of Sports PR," said Twins Senior Director of Communications Dustin Morse in an email to GO. "He was an invaluable resource to not only the Minnesota Twins but me personally as I grew and advanced in the world of sports. He always made time, cared about others and shared his love for the game of baseball. I am proud to lead the same department he built; I am a better person for having Tom in my life."
According to the Twins, Mee is a St. Paul native and played baseball for the University of Minnesota. He began his career working with the St. Paul Saints in 1957.
In his time with the Twins he las a long list of accomplishments.
- He was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in 2013
- He became the second recipient of the Herb Carneal Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007
- And the Twins' communication's office library at Target Field is named in his honor