Bert Blyleven is a Dutch-American former professional baseball pitcher who played from 1970 to 1992. Blyleven was born in the Netherlands but was raised in Garden Grove, California where he attended Santiago High School. He was drafted straight out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in the third round in 1969 after just 21 minor league starts.
In his first season, his sharp curveball helped him to ten victories and he was named AL Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News. In 1973, he pitched nine shutouts, the most of any AL pitcher that season. He was a member of the Twins 1987 World Series Champion team.
In 1996, Blyleven became a television color analyst for the Twins, calling games for WCCO-TV and Midwest Sports Channel (later Fox Sports North). Blyleven was inducted to the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame in 2002, and later the MLB Hall of Fame in 2011 The Twins finally retired his jersey in 2011. On September 2, 2020, Blyleven broadcasted his final game for the Twins.