Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Harmon Killebrew: 1936-2011

This morning, the Twins announced the their hall of fame slugger Harmon Killebrew died after a battle with esophageal cancer. Killebrew had spent 21 seasons in the Senators/Twins organization before spending his final season in the majors with Kansas City. Harmon finished his career with 573 home runs, which at the time, was second in American League history (Babe Ruth-714). Last week I did a post on Harmon, when it was announced that he entered hospice. That post shares how I felt about Harmon, so I'll let you read that one as well. For now, I leave you with a statement from Twins president Dave St. Peter on Harmon Killebrew.

"No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins Territory than Harmon Killebrew. 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. However, more importantly Harmon'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."-Dave St. Peter, Twins President

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