Harmon Killebrew passes at 74
The ‘original’ Minnesota Twin, Harmon Killebrew, passed from esophageal cancer at 74, today. He is most known for his monterous HR’s; nicknamed “Killer” and “Hammerin Harmon”. He followed the Washington Senators to Minnesota (Twins) in 1961 and remained for the rest of his career (until 1974). He got the Twins to the World Series in 1965, and back-to-back Championship series in 1969 and 1970. He hit 573 HR’s in his career (11th most in MLB history), and had eight seasons with 40 or more HR’s(2nd person only to Babe Ruth). He was an 11-time All-Star, and won 1969 MVP with Twins franchise record: 49 HR’s, 140 RBI’s, and 145 walks. Considering he put the Twins on the map, the 50th year anniversary is ambiguous with pride and glory. The Twins decided to wear creme-colored throwbacks (pic below) for the remainder of the season in honor of “Hammerin Harmon”. On Friday, May 13, the Twins hung the #3 Killebrew jersey in the dugout as a salute (pic below) to him. Read the excerpt, courtesy foxsports:
”I never thought anything would compare to being elected into the Hall of Fame, but being able to interact with fans once my playing days were over has been just as gratifying,” Killebrew said.
”No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins territory than Harmon Killebrew,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said. He said Killebrew’s legacy ”will be the class, dignity and humility he demonstrated each and every day as a Hall of Fame-quality husband, father, friend, teammate and man. The Twins extend heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the Killebrew family at this difficult time.”