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 1:04 PM
They once strode to the plate at Metropolitan Stadium with the long, confident strides of young men doing what they loved. As they gathered at the same spot Thursday, they were older now by as many as 40 years. The strides were shorter, and the faces were longer.
More than an hour into the public memorial service to honor the late Harmon Killebrew, another of the Minnesota Twins' Hall of Fame players, Rod Carew, rose from his seat and walked toward the podium behind the pitcher's mound. Before he spoke a word, his love for his former teammate was evident. Carew paused at a large No. 3 made out of flowers, kissed his hand and touched the slugger's number.
After heavy hitters like Rod Carew, Paul Molitor and Justin Morneau set the table with touching remarks, Nita Killebrew took over the cleanup duties, delivering a powerful, tear-jerking thank you to about 4,000 fans, 45 relatives and dozens of former teammates and current Twins at Target Field. Scroll down the article to see a report on the Killebrew memorial service Thursday night.
The Twins will memorialize Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew again Thursday, in a service at Target Field that is open to the public. Speakers will include baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, former Twins Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva and current Twins Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer. But on Monday, the Twins' first home game since Killebrew died, something had to be said.
Killebrew died a few days ago after battling cancer and finally entering hospice services. He treated the game of baseball with respect and honor. And he did the same in life, raising millions of dollars for a variety of charities. Hospice was one.
At the end of a day that began with their attendance at Harmon Killebrew's funeral in suburban north Phoenix, the Twins scored three times in the ninth inning and had the bases loaded with one out before falling 8-7 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew was remembered for his kindness and respect for all those he encountered in a moving funeral service Friday. Scroll down the article to see former teammate Bert Blyleven's eulogy and a Twin Cities TV report on the funeral.
Fundraising for the field began a few years ago, and many local sponsors, individual and corporate, have stepped up to the plate. But the last of three Harmon Killebrew Foundation donations, which were described only as "significant," helped complete the field. The field, which cost $400,000 to construct, will be named Harmon Killebrew Field.
Teammates, family and friends will gather today for funeral services for Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who died Tuesday of esophageal cancer. He was 74. The funeral will be streamed live and carried live on multiple TV stations, including Fox Sports North, which is seen in the Red River Valley.
Minnesota Twins legend Harmon Killebrew's funeral is open to the public and set for Friday morning at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria, Ariz. The family has scheduled a private burial service for Monday in Killebrew's hometown of Payette, Idaho.
"In the days of trash talk, flash poses and general strutting by so many professional athletes, Harmon Killebrew remained an old-fashioned, head-down, toe-in-the-dirt hero," St. Paul Pioneer Press columnist Tom Powers writes. "Few athletes have been blessed with such extraordinary amounts of both ability and class.
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