This morning, Twins legend Harmon Killebrew past away peacefully at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz with family by his side. the 74 year old, nicknamed the killer because of all of those homeruns he hit in his career, was a gentelman to Twins fans. I’ve personally didn’t really know him, except I did get an autograph or two from him when the Twins made their caravan stops in Mankato.
But, what I do know about him is the fact he was one of the all time Twins greats. He had 573 career homeruns, good for eleventh on the all time list. He has the most homers hit by a Minnesota Twin with 478.
He had 8 seasons with 40 or more homers, second to Babe Ruth who had 11. Kilebrew had two seasons where he hit 49 homeruns and won the MVP in 1969 when he hit .276 with 49 HRs, 20 doubles, 2 tripples and had 140 RBIs with a slugging percentage of .584.
He will be missed by all Twins fans, even those that didn’t really know him or watch him play. And not only did he have an impact on Twins fans, he also impact the players. He even made a trip to Fort Meyers to work with the players for a few days this past spring training, after recieving treatment for his cancer. He will always be remembered by many as not only one of the greatest homerun hitters of all time, but he will also be remembered for his generous personality. Now we will say goodbye to the great slugger and as John Gordon would say, “Touch “em all!”
Michael Cuddyer offers a player’s perspective http://www.foxsportsnorth.com/05/17/11/Cuddyer-He-was-able-to-paint-a-masterpie/landing_twins.html?blockID=524181