Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Harmon Killebrew passes away: Baseball legend

Harmon Killebrew
One of baseball's legends passed away this morning. Harmon Killebrew, Minnesota Twins first baseman and prodigious home run hitter passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 74.

Killebrew hit 573 homers in a 22-year baseball career that ended in 1975. He broke into the Majors in 1954.

Twins team president Dave St. Peter issued this statement on the team website: "No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins Territory than Harmon Killebrew." "Harmon will be long 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."

Among his accomplishments, 11 All-Star selections and the 1969 Most Valuable Player award. And for those not aware, he was the model for the silhouette'd logo used my Major League Baseball. Killebrew was voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

Killebrew spent his retirement as a successful businessman and occasional stops on the memorabilia circuit. He was one of baseball's greatest hitters.

No word yet on services, but you can be there will be a large Major League Baseball contingent there.

Here's a look back from our friends at KARE-TV in the Twin Cities...

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