Tovar was the Twins' leadoff hitter for several years. It was a lineup that started with Tovar and followed by Rod Carew, Tony Oliva, Harmon Killebrew and Bob Allison. Needless to say, they drove a lot of pitchers crazy.
In September 1968, Tovar played all 9 positions in a late season game.
He is a better remembered for hitting .281 for the Twins over 8 seasons and leading the league in hits in 1971 with 204. He had 195 in 1970.
Tovar broke up 5 no-hitters in his career, including twice in 1969 against Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally of the Orioles.
Tovar died in Venezuela in 1994.
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