Hall of Fame baseball names such as Duke Snider, Bob Feller, Robin Roberts and George Lee “Sparky” Anderson are some of the legendary players who have passed away in the last year and on Tuesday the baseball world mourned the loss of another legend.
Harmon Clayton Killebrew or “Hammerin Harmon” as most fans grew to know him during his playing career passed away at the age of 74 due to esophageal cancer.
Killebrew, the owner of 573 Major League home runs, made a name for himself as a member of the Minnesota Twins and to this day could be the greatest Twins players in franchise history.
The owner of the American League (AL) home run record for right-handed hitters until 2009 was a 13-time All-Star and the 1959 AL Most Valuable Player. Known throughout baseball for towering home runs he earned the title of AL home run leader on six separate occasions while owning the RBI title three times.
Twins fans everywhere, including franchise management, were saddened by the loss of one of the most influential players to ever don the Minnesota uniform. “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. “Harmon will long be remembered as one of the most prolific home run hitters in the history of the game and the leader of a group of players who helped lay the foundation for the long-term success of the Twins franchise and Major League Baseball in the Upper Midwest.”
Despite being one of the greatest players of his generation Killebrew was not elected into the Hall of Fame until his fourth eligibility year; a travesty in almost every baseball fans’ mind. He was elected into the Hall in 1984 along with Luis Aparicio and Don Drysdale.
Looked upon as a pure class act and gentleman in the game of baseball the “Killer” will be missed forever, especially in the Twins baseball community where Harmon was an icon.
A ceremony for Killebrew, which is open to the public, will take place at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Arizona this Friday at 10 a.m. A private burial service will take place on Monday in Killebrew’s hometown of Payette, Idaho.
If you would like to send the Killebrew family a donation you can visit the Harmon Killebrew Foundation at www.HarmonKillebrewFoundation.org\
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