CHSAA Distinguished Alumni
   Each year the Centralia High School Alumni Association recognizes distinguished alumni from all walks of life and occupations.  Gary J. Gaetti was a member of the induction class of 2012 and was honored in ceremonies at the high school and the historical museum.  see photos

Gary J. Gaetti


Class of 1976 

Attended Lakeland Junior College
& Northwest Missouri State University

Was a 1st Round Draft Pick 1979

Played in the Minor Leagues 1979-1981

Played in the Major Leagues 1982-2000

Member of the Minnesota Twins World Series Championship Team 1987
MVP of the American League Championship Series 1987

Received 4 Golden Glove Awards

Recipient of the Silver Slugger Award 1995

Elected to the All-Star team twice 1988 & 1989

Only player ever to start 2 triple plays in one 9-inning game
(picture and ball displayed in Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY)

Started 6 triple plays during his career-a Major League record

Served as hitting coach for the Houston Astros in the 2005 World Series

Served as hitting coach for 8 years in the Minor Leagues

Manager of the minor league team "Skeeters" in 2012
Inducted into the following Halls of Fame:

Lakeland Junior College Sports Hall of Fame
Northwest Missouri State University Sports Hall of Fame
Minnesota Twins Sports Hall of Fame
Italian American Sports Hall of Fame
Centralia Sports Hall of Fame

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