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MtGrnwdSoxFan
12-30-2010, 12:26 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=5969976

Here's hoping for a full recovery. :(:

DumpJerry
12-30-2010, 12:32 PM
That's not good news. My friends who are nurses have told me that this is a cancer with a very bad prognosis.:(:

I enjoyed Killebrew when he played and I know he is deeply beloved in Minnesota.

thomas35forever
12-30-2010, 02:53 PM
That's too bad. Just the name Killebrew should have been enough to strike fear in the hearts of pitchers. Hope things work out for the best.:(:

michned
12-30-2010, 05:53 PM
One of my all-time favorite non-Sox players. Like Dump said, esophageal C is an agressive beast. I lost both my Dad and Grandfather to it.

Prayers to Harmon.

Lip Man 1
12-30-2010, 06:04 PM
From my interview with Sox catcher J.C. Martin:

ML: The Sox won 95 games in 1965 but all everyone seems to remember was the "frozen ball" controversy. As an honest Southern gentleman, Iíve got to ask you, did the Sox freeze the baseballs?

JCM: (laughing) "I have no information that actually happened. But I will tell you this, the balls that year were the heaviest and had the highest seams Iíve ever seen. When a ball is moist the seams pop up and that went on all year. Iíll tell you a story, we were playing the Twins and Harmon Killebrew hit a shot to right center and he stood there and watched it. Well the ball hit the wall and Harmon had to suddenly start running. So the next time he comes up, he tells me, ĎJ.C. thereís something funny going on with those balls.í He knew when he hit a ball good and when it should have been a home run! Remember that we had other advantages at Comiskey Park. Gene Bossard our head groundskeeper, drilled two holes in the dirt in front of home plate. Heíd stick a hose in those and floor the whole area, turning it into mud. Then he'd replace the holes with the original dirt plugs. You couldnít have driven a ball past our infield with a cannon. The ball would hit that mud on its way out to the infield and just die.

Hereís another story, I swear itís true. Right before a game one time against Minnesota, I saw the whole Twins team come out of the dugout and start stomping the ground in front of home plate. Everybody! They were trying to pack that loose dirt back down."

Lip

eastchicagosoxfan
12-30-2010, 06:26 PM
One of my brothers met Killebrew in Tokyo at the airport while in line at customs. My brother was just shooting the breeze with this older fellow and the fellow introduced himself as Harmon Killebrew. My brother blurted out, "Harmon Killebrew!! 574 homeruns!!!" Killebrew corrected him, and said it was 573. My brother told Killebrew about having his 1975 baseball card. Killebrew got a real kick out of the story, and autographed a ball. He then pointed out the other guys in line. Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and a host of other stars from the 1950's and '60's. Killebrew said he would always remember my brother.

chisox77
12-30-2010, 06:34 PM
Harmon Killebrew - one of my favorite all-time names in sports, and for that matter, a great player and a real gentleman. Hope he can beat this.

ode to veeck
12-31-2010, 12:14 PM
The baddest Twin of them all. http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/news;_ylt=AuLW_BEtaZCaZZbN0X4WYJw5nYcB?slug=ap-twins-killebrewcancer

I saw a couple of Old Comiskey roof shots after they moved the plate farther out and almost got hit by Kingman blasts getting out of a cab near the corner of Waveland and Shefflied, and 9 of the 10 hardest balls I ever saw hit were probably by Dick Allen, but the simply hardest hit ball I ever saw was a HR that was a smoking missle with no arc that rocketed off the middle of the Comiskey exploding scoreboard by Harmon Killebrew.

DumpJerry
12-31-2010, 12:57 PM
One of my brothers met Killebrew in Tokyo at the airport while in line at customs. My brother was just shooting the breeze with this older fellow and the fellow introduced himself as Harmon Killebrew. My brother blurted out, "Harmon Killebrew!! 574 homeruns!!!" Killebrew corrected him, and said it was 573. My brother told Killebrew about having his 1975 baseball card. Killebrew got a real kick out of the story, and autographed a ball. He then pointed out the other guys in line. Willie Mays, Duke Snider, and a host of other stars from the 1950's and '60's. Killebrew said he would always remember my brother.
Was Kenny nearby making deals on his cell?

Lip Man 1
12-31-2010, 02:00 PM
Ode:

For what it may be worth, the Sox media guide doesn't list any balls hit by Harmon as going into the center field bleachers. I'd assume if he hit a ball off the scoreboard in center it would have been listed.

The guide lists the following players as having hit a ball into the center field bleachers:

Jimmie Foxx-1934
Hank Greenberg - 1938
Alex Johnson - 1970
Dick Allen - 1972
Richie Zisk - 1977
Tony Armas - 1984
George Bell - 1985

Lip

TommyJohn
12-31-2010, 02:22 PM
Ode:

For what it may be worth, the Sox media guide doesn't list any balls hit by Harmon as going into the center field bleachers. I'd assume if he hit a ball off the scoreboard in center it would have been listed.

The guide lists the following players as having hit a ball into the center field bleachers:

Jimmie Foxx-1934
Hank Greenberg - 1938
Alex Johnson - 1970
Dick Allen - 1972
Richie Zisk - 1977
Tony Armas - 1984
George Bell - 1985

Lip

I saw on a website that lists all of Mickey Mantle's home runs that he blasted one that landed past the CF bleachers or in the corner. It happened in 1961. If I find the link I'll post it if the site is still up.

EDIT: Found it. Here is the info. It was hit on July 13, 1961. Site says the ball landed beyond the bleachers.

http://www.theswearingens.com/mick/hr071361.htm

WSox597
12-31-2010, 04:02 PM
A great player, and one of my favorite non-Sox also. That cancer is a real bad one, I lost my father to it.

I wish him well.

ernie14
12-31-2010, 04:07 PM
A great player, and one of my favorite non-Sox also. That cancer is a real bad one, I lost my father to it.

I wish him well.



I'm sorry about your dad WSOX597.

My thoughts and prayers are with Harmon and his family.

eastchicagosoxfan
12-31-2010, 06:20 PM
Was Kenny nearby making deals on his cell?
Huh? You lost me.

michned
12-31-2010, 06:38 PM
I saw on a website that lists all of Mickey Mantle's home runs that he blasted one that landed past the CF bleachers or in the corner. It happened in 1961. If I find the link I'll post it if the site is still up.

Harmon also hit one at Comiskey towards the end of his career that went into the upper deck in left-center.

WSox597
01-01-2011, 08:57 AM
I'm sorry about your dad WSOX597.

My thoughts and prayers are with Harmon and his family.

Thanks, Ernie14. That is some bad stuff there. The treatments for it can resemble something from a horror movie.

My dad opted for radiation and chemo. He managed to last over 5 years with it, but it came back.

NSFWSoxFan
01-02-2011, 04:08 AM
He played on some of those great Washington Senators teams. "First in war, first in peace, last in the American League."

DumpJerry
01-02-2011, 10:48 AM
He played on some of those great Washington Senators teams. "First in war, first in peace, last in the American League."
For future reference:
:tealtutor:

twsoxfan5
01-03-2011, 05:34 PM
Thanks, Ernie14. That is some bad stuff there. The treatments for it can resemble something from a horror movie.

My dad opted for radiation and chemo. He managed to last over 5 years with it, but it came back.

Wow there are a lot of people on here that have had experience with this type of cancer and I feel for all of you. My dad has it right now and he is basically a medical miracle b/c he is still alive and doing pretty well over a year later.

hula
01-03-2011, 11:00 PM
I remember seeing him play the Sox when I was a kid. He was very impressive to say the least! He's one of those guys that the bat looked like a toothpick in his hands from, like Boog Powell and Yaz. Had the good fortune of meeting Harmon several years ago at a autograph signing at the Charlotte Knights. Really, really nice guy. Hoping the very best for him.

gobears1987
01-04-2011, 04:11 AM
Huh? You lost me.

Old joke around here.

thomas35forever
05-13-2011, 01:06 PM
Harmon's given up and entered hospice care. Very sad day.:whiner:
http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2011-05-13/harmon-killebrew-ends-fight-against-cancer-enters-hospice-car?icid=maing-grid7|aim|dl10|sec3_lnk2|62772 (http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2011-05-13/harmon-killebrew-ends-fight-against-cancer-enters-hospice-car?icid=maing-grid7%7Caim%7Cdl10%7Csec3_lnk2%7C62772)

happydude
05-13-2011, 02:29 PM
Harmon's given up and entered hospice care. Very sad day.:whiner:
http://aol.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2011-05-13/harmon-killebrew-ends-fight-against-cancer-enters-hospice-car?icid=maing-grid7|aim|dl10|sec3_lnk2|62772

Very sad, indeed. I read his biography several times as a boy while growing up in the 70's and saw the past-his-prime Killebrew bat a couple times while a very small child. Like most kids, I was drawn to home run hitters and he and Hank were my favorites way back then.

MtGrnwdSoxFan
05-13-2011, 03:18 PM
:(:

At least he'll go as comfortably as possible. It's awful that he couldn't beat it, though.

cards press box
05-13-2011, 03:26 PM
Harmon Killebrew hit a very long home run against the White Sox in the first game that I ever saw in 1968. He always struck me as a gentle giant and has always been one of my favorites. This is a very sad day.

TomBradley72
05-13-2011, 03:46 PM
Very good man- very sad news.

He was a classic slugger from 60's-

soxinem1
05-13-2011, 05:46 PM
Very good man- very sad news.

He was a classic slugger from 60's-

Agreed. He is a pretty classy guy too.

Prayers and thoughts out to the family.

DumpJerry
05-13-2011, 05:56 PM
Thome reminds me of him.

Soxfest
05-13-2011, 07:36 PM
Class guy...........all the best HK.

doublem23
05-14-2011, 02:40 AM
Guys who can stay this classy to the very end... Really amazing.

white sox bill
05-14-2011, 10:57 AM
I was 9 yrs old in the summer of 69 when I first realized I loved the Sox. Harmon reminds me of the full figured sluggers back in that era like Boog Powell, Willie Stargell, Frank Howard, Willie McCovey etc

Sad ending I only hope he goes painlessly, peacefully and fullfilled.

Fenway
05-14-2011, 11:31 AM
Hard to believe he was a Third Baseman when he came up.

At the Broadcast museum outside Minneapolis - they show how graphics were done on games in the 60's - they used a cash register and press type with each players name. No surprise what Twins player they picked

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v4519/0/33/1014362077/n1014362077_30480440_351227.jpg

Bobby Thigpen
05-14-2011, 11:38 AM
My Grandpa's all time favorite player. If Harmon goes, it will be one last thing to remind me of my Grandpa. God speed Harmon.

Southsider101
05-14-2011, 05:10 PM
Thome reminds me of him.

Well said.

When I was a kid going to Sox games in the early 60s and watched guys like Harmon or Boog Powell hit home runs, it was like watching Zeus shoot thunderbolts from his fingers. You just knew you stood in the shadow of baseball greats.