Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Harmon Killebrew passes away

One of the great power hitters in big league baseball history, Harmon Killebrew, has passed away from esophageal cancer at the age of 74.

Killebrew, to me, is the face of the Minnesota Twins, of of the most powerful hitters in baseball history.

Growing up as young baseball fans we all knew the home run numbers...744 for Hank Aaron, 714 by Babe Ruth, 660 by Willie Mays, 586 for Frank Robinson, and 573 for Harmon Killebrew.

"Killer"  made his big league debut for the Washington Senators in 1954, at the tender age of 17, the start of a 22 year big league career,

I always remember Killebrew being one of only 4 men to ever hit a ball on the left field roof of Tiger Stadium, along with Frank Howard, Mark McGwire, and Big "Daddy Cecil" Fielder.

His 1972 baseball card was my favorite.

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