MINNEAPOLIS -- Angelo Giuliani, who was behind the plate for Joe DiMaggio's first at-bat in the majors and went on to sign Kent Hrbek as a Minnesota Twins scout, died Friday, the Twins said. He was 91.
Mr. Giuliani was a scout with the Washington Senators before the team moved to Minnesota in 1961 and became the Twins. He retired in 1987.
''I've seen a lot of changes," Mr. Giuliani said then. ''It's kind of a young man's game. The old scouts just fade away."
He said his proudest moment was opening day in 1984 when Minnesota's lineup included four of his signees -- Hrbek, Tim Laudner, John Castino, and Jim Eisenreich.
''He had an eye for talent, the ability to close a deal," said Terry Ryan, general manager of the Twins. Mr. Giuliani had also signed Ryan as a player.
Mr. Giuliani played seven seasons in the majors as a catcher for the St. Louis Browns, the Washington Senators, and the Brooklyn Dodgers in the late 1930s and early '40s. He hit .233 over 243 games with 69 runs batted in.
He caught the day DiMaggio debuted in 1936 and also was on the field when Lou Gehrig gave his famous farewell speech at Yankee Stadium in 1939.
Mr. Giuliani created the Twins's youth clinics in 1961, a program that continues today.