May 17, 2011

Harmon Killebrew (1936-2011)

You knew that once Harmon Killebrew announced that he was ending his cancer treatments and entering hospice care...the Hall of Famer's days were numbered.

Tuesday morning we got word that the slugger's fight against esophageal cancer had, officially, come to an end in Scottsdale, Arizona.

"No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins Territory than Harmon Killebrew," Dave St. Peter, President of the Minnesota Twins said.  "Harmon will long be remembered as one of the most prolific home run hitters in the history of the game and the leader of a group of players who helped lay the foundation for the long-term success of the Twins franchise and Major League Baseball in the Upper Midwest."

The 74-year-old Killebrew was named the American League MVP in 1969 and when he retired...he had the fifth most home runs in Major League history. Currently, his 573 career home runs ranks him 11th on the all-time list.

But more importnatly, maybe now one of baseball's biggest debates can be put to rest as well. Is the MLB logo a silhouette of Killebrew?

"Killer" sure thinks so.

"You know, I was in the commissioner's office when the mock-up for that logo was being done," Killebrew once said. "But for some reason, they won't admit it's me. It's an interesting thing, and I don't know why."

Now that he's gone...I know I'll never look the logo the same.

Harmon Killebrew was 74 years old.


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