On Tuesday, May 17, baseball hall of famer Harmon Killebrew, dies of cancer at the age of 74. He was diagnosed six months ago with esophageal cancer, which is incurable. Harmon passed away peacefully in his home of Scottsdale, Arizona, while near his wife, Nita, and his family.
Killerbrew was a member of the Twins baseball team. He made it as the 11th spot on Baseball’s all-time homerun list after a 22-year career. He was America League’s Most Valuable Player in 1969 after hitting 49 homeruns with 140 RBI’s and 145 walks, all team records stand to this day. In honor of Killebrew, the Minnesota House observed a moment of silence on Tuesday morning.
“No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins territory than Harmon Killebrew,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said. He said Killebrew’s legacy “will be the class, dignity and humility he demonstrated each and every day as a Hall of Fame-quality husband, father, friend, teammate and man. The Twins extend heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the Killebrew family at this difficult time.”
Harmon is still tied second in league history to Babe Ruth. His upper-cut swing formed the silhouette that inspired Major League Baseball’s official logo.Tweet