REGGIE TALES Harmon Killebrew
Before the steroid era took over Major League Baseball 10 years ago, Harmon Killebrew was one of the Top 5 home run hitters of all time. Harmon's death today makes me bitter towards the morons that j... Posted on 5/17/11 at 12:04 PM
It seemed almost surreal to fans of retired Minnesota Twins hero Harmon Killebrew when it happened. But there was their quiet retired slugger, feted -- with plenty of laughs -- during an entire hour of the old NBC "Late Night With David Letterman" program on Feb. 11, 1986.
The Twins' chief usher on June 3, 1967, instantly knew Harmon Killebrew had hit the sweet spot when he looked up from counting the turnstile numbers at Metropolitan Stadium. George Kight always stopped what he was doing when Killebrew was at the plate, but even he didn't guess where this one would wind up.
Harmon Killebrew died Tuesday morning at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home. He was 74. Killebrew had been battling esophageal cancer, and he announced last week that his battle was coming to an end. Killebrew died peacefully, with his wife, Nita, and their family at his side. Scroll down the page to see a video report on Killebrew's death and other videos about Killebrew's life and times.
The Seattle Mariners, Tuesday night's Minnesota Twins opponent, and MLB Radio are planning to pay tribute in different ways to Harmon Killebrew, the Twins slugging legend who died Tuesday morning of cancer at age 74.
Beloved Twins slugger moves to hospice Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew, 74, one of the most beloved athletes in Upper Midwest history, announced today that he no longer plans to fight his esophageal cancer and has settled in for the final days of his life, saddening friends and fans of the Twins great. Scroll to the bottom of the article to see two 2009 videos featuring Harmon Killebrew talking about his life and baseball career.
The historic day started with the unveiling of a statue of Kirby Puckett at the ballpark’s main entrance, featured a fighter jet flyover before the first pitch and ended with the home crowd roaring as the Twins won their first real game in their new home.
The first regular-season Major League Baseball game at the outdoor Target Field for the Minnesota Twins is over. The Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2, with three hits by Minnesota native Joe Mauer and the ballpark's first-ever regular-season home run by Jason Kubel.
Manny Ramirez was back in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup on July 3 after a 50-game suspension for being a drug cheat. On Monday night, he hit the fourth home run since his return. That put him at 537 for his career and surpassed Mickey Mantle for No. 15 on the all-time home run list.
“To see his name above Mantle’s on the list . . . that’s a shame,” Harmon Killebrew said.
A strange number popped up on Justin Morneau’s cell phone screen last October, and the Minnesota Twins first baseman almost screened the call.
Reluctantly, he answered the phone, and a voice brightened his day: “Hi Justin, it’s Harmon Killebrew.”
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