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illini81887
05-17-2011, 10:37 AM
http://twitter.com/#!/MLB/status/70512473689686016 (http://twitter.com/#%21/MLB/status/70512473689686016)

SI1020
05-17-2011, 10:41 AM
Another star from my youth leaves this earthly realm. He was much loved in Minnesota and a big part of some fearsome lineups. My sincerest condolences to his family and friends.

Noneck
05-17-2011, 10:47 AM
As a kid I enjoyed watching the Killer and Hondo at the plate. Both could really crush the ball. The Killer will always be remembered.

Chez
05-17-2011, 10:56 AM
RIP, Harmon. My earliest memory of him was when he injured himself during the 1968 All Star Game at the Astrodome -- stretching at first base trying to complete a double play.

Fenway
05-17-2011, 11:02 AM
My lasting memory of Harmon is when he silenced Fenway by hitting his 44th home run in Game 161 of the 1967 season.

I met him once in Orlando when the Twins played spring training there - he could not have been nicer to the fans that day.

tstrike2000
05-17-2011, 11:11 AM
Rest in peace to one of the all-time greats.

Fenway
05-17-2011, 11:32 AM
I took this a couple of years ago at the Mall of America.

In the amusement park they have the exact location where Harmon hit the longest ball in the history of the Met

http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/photos-ak-snc1/v4519/0/33/1014362077/n1014362077_30479718_1662061.jpg

BleacherBandit
05-17-2011, 11:54 AM
My father's favorite player growing up. R.I.P. Harmon.

Lip Man 1
05-17-2011, 11:54 AM
From my interview with 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 balls?

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 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. 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

thomas35forever
05-17-2011, 11:57 AM
Wow, that didn't take long at all after he checked into hospice care. RIP Harmon.:(:

BainesHOF
05-17-2011, 12:16 PM
Mr. Killebrew was always a class act on the sports memorabilia show circuit.

thomas35forever
05-17-2011, 12:23 PM
My dad, who just found out, sent my uncle and I this e-mail:
WOW! At the old Comiskey Park, I went to 3 different games and saw 3 different hitters hit home runs out of the ball park, over the left field upper grandstand which was not an easy feat. In the 1960's, it was Dave Nicolson from the White Sox and Harmon Killebrew, who was a White Sox killer for the Sox pitchers. The 3rd person was Ron Kittle in the 1970's. Harmon, RIP.

downstairs
05-17-2011, 12:39 PM
I'm too young to remember him, but I have a friend who interviewed him awhile back... he was apparently the nicest guy and a total class act.

RIP.

Fenway
05-17-2011, 12:52 PM
He finished with the Royals? :o: How did that happen????

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--w58dgAMym4/Tc4qLNEU5PI/AAAAAAAAu10/Ttcc9xTocnk/s1600/Killebrew+Harmon+Plaque_NB_0.png


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2602/3752369652_876c78d949.jpg

Procol Harum
05-17-2011, 01:12 PM
Such a great ballplayer and the epitome of what we dearly need our sports heroes to be as people: RIP, Harmon--ya done good.

Soxfest
05-17-2011, 01:49 PM
Rip HW

MtGrnwdSoxFan
05-17-2011, 02:08 PM
:rip:

Heaven needed a slugger. They got a great one.

LongLiveFisk
05-17-2011, 03:32 PM
Always liked watching the old "Home Run Derby" episodes and of course, he was one of the participants.

:rip: to a true baseball legend.

Fenway
05-17-2011, 03:41 PM
Always liked watching the old "Home Run Derby" episodes and of course, he was one of the participants.

:rip: to a true baseball legend.

You reading my mind? We are watching this right now

http://www.hulu.com/watch/166978/home-run-derby-harmon-killebrew-vs-mickey-mantle

LongLiveFisk
05-17-2011, 04:01 PM
You reading my mind? We are watching this right now

http://www.hulu.com/watch/166978/home-run-derby-harmon-killebrew-vs-mickey-mantle

http://therumpus.net/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/twilight-zone.jpg

Paulwny
05-17-2011, 04:29 PM
RIP--- "Hammerin" Harmon

vinny
05-17-2011, 08:22 PM
RIP, Killer. Cancer sucks.

hula
05-17-2011, 09:08 PM
I remember seeing him when I was a kid at the old Sox park. One of the many greats from back then. Had the good fortune to be in Charlotte a few years ago for a Knights game and he was there signing autographs. Couldn't have been nicer and more available to the fans. He saw my Aparicio jersey and said he was inducted to the HOF the same year as Louie. RIP, Harm.

ode to veeck
05-17-2011, 09:50 PM
The greatest Twin of all, and a genuinely nice guy at all times off the field. He and Dick Allen were in a class by themselves in terms of how hard they could hit the ball. There was a story somewhere that his signature swing was the model for the MLB logo developed in late 60s or early 70s.

TDog
05-18-2011, 12:42 AM
I spent a couple of summers in Minneapolis and environs as a kid. Killebrew was the man on some very good Twins teams.

My most vivid memory of Killebrew, though, was listening to the end of a Twins-White Sox second game of a Sunday doubleheader on WCCO radio in my father's backyard in Wayzata. Two outs in the ninth with Cesar Tovar on second and the Sox winning 11-10. Wilbur Wood in his third inning of relief. My father, who was a Twins fan, leaned closer to the radio. When Killebrew struck out, my father said, "he can really be a bum sometimes."

Not a baseball season has gone by since that the analysis I read and hear from fans hasn't reminded me of that scene dozens of times.

Jacob Nelson Fox
05-18-2011, 08:37 AM
In the very first inning of the very first MLB game I ever attended(May 26, 1962), Harmon Killebrew hit a fly ball to left center field that just floated, and floated, and floated before gently rattling down in about the 5th row of the upper deck in old Comiskey.

I was mesmerized.

In the ensuing years, Harmon ruined many a summer day and night for me as he punished White Sox pitching. But I'll never forget that home run, and I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for the man.

And what a great poetic baseball name: Har-mon Kill-e-brew!

God Bless you, Killer.

ode to veeck
05-18-2011, 09:00 AM
http://www.hulu.com/watch/170347/home-run-derby-harmon-killebrew-v-willie-mays

ode to veeck
05-18-2011, 09:23 AM
Killer gets robbed in the 9th before Willie hits a walk off to end it in a see saw battle.

ernie14
05-18-2011, 07:40 PM
Rest In Peace

Condolences to the family at this very difficult time

ehren
05-20-2011, 12:13 AM
He finished with the Royals? :o: How did that happen????

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--w58dgAMym4/Tc4qLNEU5PI/AAAAAAAAu10/Ttcc9xTocnk/s1600/Killebrew+Harmon+Plaque_NB_0.png


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2602/3752369652_876c78d949.jpg

Clark Griffith outrighted Killebrew after the '74 season, and offered him a managing job in the farm system. Killer thought he had more ball in him and declined, signing with Kansas City in '75. Killebrew's last career homer came against the Twins when the Royals visited the Met in September.

The baseball world, and the world in general, lost a really good guy. :rip:

TDog
05-20-2011, 02:30 AM
Clark Griffith outrighted Killebrew after the '74 season, and offered him a managing job in the farm system. Killer thought he had more ball in him and declined, signing with Kansas City in '75. Killebrew's last career homer came against the Twins when the Royals visited the Met in September.

The baseball world, and the world in general, lost a really good guy. :rip:

As I recall, the Twins retired Killebrew's number 3 before a game where he was playing for the Royals.

Railsplitter
05-20-2011, 09:13 AM
I believe Killebrew is the only member of to 500 homer club to reach that mark in a multi-homer (500 and 501)

Tragg
05-20-2011, 10:54 AM
RIP Killer

One of the greats who was in peak career when I started following baseball in 1967. I remember him in the same vein as Yaz, Oliva, Kaline, Lou Brock, Bob Gibson.