17 May 2011

R.I.P. Harmon Killebrew

One of the most feared home run hitters in baseball history has died today. Harmon Killebrew played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball, all but one with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, and hit 573 home runs, which is eleventh all-time and was at the time of his retirement the most hit by an American League right-handed batter in history until being passed by Alex Rodriguez. He is tied for second all-time in seasons with 40 home runs with eight, led the league in home runs six times and in RBI three times and he was named to eleven All-Star teams. No batter hit more homers than he did in the 1960's. Killebrew also helped the Twins win their first pennant in over thirty years in 1965 by hitting a game-winning two run homer to defeat the New York Yankees for the pennant. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Junior Circuit in 1969. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984.
Despite having the nickname "Killer," Killebrew was known for being a humble and quiet man.
Killebrew was 74 years old.

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