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The Twins celebrated Tony Oliva's 75th birthday in style

Even though he's been retired for nearly 37 years, Tony Oliva said he's "still living the dream" and on Saturday his former team celebrated that dream's 75th birthday.

The Minnesota Twins created a video tribute to Oliva, presented him with a 6-foot-4 birthday card and asked him to throw a ceremonial first pitch.

He called his birthday experience at Target Field "one of the best" gifts he's ever received.

"The fans have been great. Any place I stop they tell me, 'Happy birthday Tony. Happy birthday Tony,'" Oliva said. "That's something I'll never forget."

Oliva said his sister and brother, who live in Cuba, came into town to celebrate. He said friends from Miami and New York were in town to celebrate, too., an organization dedicated to promoting Oliva's push to Cooperstown, was also on hand to celebrate and spread its message.

Co-founder Erin Murphy said she and other members of the group met with Twins President Dave St. Peter in April to help plan the event.

"I don't have the right words to tell them how much I appreciate what they do for me and my family," Oliva said about the efforts of 

-- Michael Nelson / Real-Time Correspondent

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