Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Harmon Killebrew Dies at Age 74

Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who played 22 seasons in the big leagues, died Tuesday morning at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona from esophageal cancer.  He was 74 years old.  His family was by his side.  Last week, Killebrew announced that he would no longer fight the cancer after doctor's deemed it incurable.

He was one of baseball's greatest ambassadors after his playing days, and one of the game's greatest sluggers during them.  He didn't just hit home runs, he hit absolute bombs.  He always swung for the fences, only hitting .256 during his career, but his 573 home runs are the eleventh most of all-time.  He played 21 of 22 seasons with the Twins franchise, first when the team played in Washington as the Senators (from '54 to '60) and then in Minnesota when the team moved before the 1961 season.  Killebrew played his last season, 1975, in Kansas City for the Royals.  He was inducted into Cooperstown in 1984.  He will be remembered as the greatest Twin to play the game.

Killebrew's stats: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/k/killeha01.shtml

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