Hall-of-Famer Harmon Killebrew dies
Author Zizzur Staff. Published on May 21, 2011 - 3:27 am (1637 views — 235 words
Harmon Killebrew, who spent 21 of his 22 professional seasons with the Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins franchise, died today at the age of 74 after battling esophageal cancer. Killebrew announced on Friday that he would no longer receive treatment for the disease, which was deemed incurable by his doctors.
Nicknamed "Killer" and "Hammerin' Harmon", was a Major League Baseball first baseman, third baseman, and left fielder. During a 22-year baseball career in which he played for the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins, and Kansas City Royals, he was second only to Babe Ruth in American League (AL) home runs and retired as the AL career leader in home runs by a right-handed batter (since broken by Alex Rodriguez). He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
Killebrews eight seasons of 40 or more home runs is tied for second most in baseball history. Only Babe Ruth with 11 had more.
The Senators moved to Minneapolis prior to the 1961 season. In his first four seasons in Minnesota, Killebrew hit 190 home runs, including 49 in 1964. In all, his 393 home runs in the 1960s is the most of any player in that decade (Hank Aaron was next with 375 HR). His 1,013 RBI in the 1960s was second most, behind only Aaron's 1,107.
As a tribute to Killebrew, the Twins will wear their cream-colored 1961 throwback uniforms for all remaining home games.