Bert Blyleven, Zygi Wilf named 'Great Immigrants' - KMSP-TV

Bert Blyleven, Zygi Wilf named 'Great Immigrants'

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Minnesota Twins legend Bert Blyleven and Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf have been recognized as “Great Immigrants” by the Carnegie Corporation for their contributions to America.

Every Fourth of July, the Carnegie Corporation “salutes the legacy of Andrew Carnegie by recognizing an inspiring group of well-known naturalized citizens from all walks of life.” The 2014 list includes athletes, actors, Nobel laureates, business leaders, artists, chefs and more.

What Carnegie said about Bert and Zygi

Bert Blyleven: “Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bert Blyleven, born in 1951 in Zeist, Netherlands, was raised in California and drafted by the Minnesota Twins after high school in 1969. A year later he was drafted to the Major League and named American League Rookie of the Year by Sporting News. Playing for several teams over the course of his career, he was a two-time All Star and two-time World Series champion, notorious for his difficult-to-hit curveball. His career total number of strikeouts, at 3,701, was the third-highest at the time he retired. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011 and currently serves as a commentator for the Minnesota Twins.”

Zygi Wilf: “The son of Holocaust survivors, Zygi Wilf is a real estate developer who achieved success in his business ventures with Garden Homes Development, a nationwide leader in retail, commercial, and private residential development. Wilf is also the principal owner of the National Football League’s Minnesota Vikings, which has seen three playoff appearances and won two NFC North titles under his leadership. In 2013, he was given the Fritz Pollard Alliance’s Tank Younger Award for his commitment to hiring minorities within the Viking franchise.”

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