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RIP Harmon Killebrew

24 hour sports fans already know that Minnesota Twins Slugger Harmon Killebrew passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 74.  He had been battling esophageal cancer, which last week he announced was incurable. The hard-hitting slugger named Killer was, despite the moniker, one of the kindest and friendliest men that the sport has known.  Dave St Peter, the Twins president as said that 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.”   Killebrew’s legacy will also live on through the Major League Baseball imagery as it was his silhouette that inspired the logo.
During his 22-year career, Killebrew hit 573 home runs, ranking him 11th in major league history.  With eight season hitting over 40, he remained to this day tied with Babe Ruth for second in the history of the league.  Certainly this was a name you were seeing a great deal of in the latest sports headlines of his day. His number 3 jersey was retired in 1975 and he was elected to the hall of fame in 1984.  Of his talent for hitting home runs, Killebrew said, “I found out early in life that I could hit a baseball farther than most players and that’s what I tried to do.”

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