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Harmon Killebrew

#3, HOF, Twin, Gentleman, Hero

May 17, 2011 11:11 AM

June 29,1936 - May 17, 2011

Thanks for everything, Harmon. Baseball will never be the same without you.

Memories elsewhere:
MinnPost: Dave Wright
ESPN: Jim Caple
Strib: La Velle
Hardball Times

Here:
Statue Unveiling
Met Stadium
Entering Hospice

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That was too fast. He was everybody's hero of my generation (I'm 51). The greatest Twin of all time.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 11:38 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 1

I'm too young to have seen him play but it has been really fun to hear my uncle (Killer was his favorite) talk about him. A true ambassador to baseball and the Twins and always a class act.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 11:46 AM by Eric Highlight this comment 2

I know it is probably bad of me to think of something so soon, but I figured I would say it anyway.

Are the Twins going to honor Harmon on their jersey's the rest of the season? Wait until next year? I think it would be cool to do it right away. Maybe the spirit of the Killer can right this ship.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 12:03 PM by tk Highlight this comment 3

You can be sure they will wear a memorial "3" patch on their sleeves as soon as they are able.

They will probably wear black bands tonight around their sleeves tonight.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 12:09 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 4

Also wouldn't surprise me if they paint some 3's on the field at Target Field

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 12:10 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 5

He was iconic. You only needed to mention his first name in this state and everyone knew who you meant. As the sad news spread this morning, I wonder how many fans said, texted or e-mailed that "Harmon" had died. Let the rest of the country talk about "Harmon Killibrew"; to us he was "Harmon".

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 12:14 PM by terry Highlight this comment 6

Simply, one of the best men to ever play the game.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 12:43 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 7

Harmon meant so much to those early Twins years. Not sure if it's right - haven't thought it completely through - but perhaps lowering the 1965 AL pennant and the 1969 and 1970 West Division flags to half-staff for some length of time?

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 12:54 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 8

I'm too young to have ever seen him play but being a baseball history guy when you think of certain teams you think of certain players. Cubs - Banks, Giants - Mays, Braves - Aaron, Red Sox - Williams. My generation thinks Twins - Puckett, but for anyone who knows the history of the game: Twins - Killer. When I went to the game this past Sunday I thought it was great how people were leaving flowers and other dedications to Harmon at his statue. I'm sure there will be many more the next few days. If any of you walk by, let me know or snap a picture. If I lived closer, I'd go see for myself.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 1:45 PM by ole Highlight this comment 10

A 3 is being painted on the infield dirt behind second base right now.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 2:16 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 11

My grandmother had life-size Killebrew poster on the inside of her closet door when she passed 20 years ago at the age of 96.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 2:19 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 12

"You can be sure they will wear a memorial "3" patch on their sleeves as soon as they are able."

In the same sense that most, if not all, tributes and notices were written at least a few a days ago so that they would be ready, I would imagine that the plans for uniforms have already been made and the patches exist.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 3:50 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 13

I've been thinking about a 1985 All-Star game event with Harmon and Sandy Koufax. Glad to see it discussed in this Strib article: http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/122036779.html

I was there. It was something of a flop that's for sure. They were suppose to have Koufax pitch to Harmon -- but as the writer notes there was no way to do that with many, many people milling around and no specific area cordoned off. If Koufax had pitched to Harmon, Harmon might have hit a ball that would have killed someone. So Harmon did toss balls up and try to hit them over the river -- but there was no way that was possible. The area they used is a park now, but then it was undeveloped with just weeds and dirt all over the place. Quite an odd scene for two Hall of Famers, and not very well organized at all. Mostly though I remember Harmon being good natured and trying to put a good face on the event, while Koufax was plainly irritated and grumpy.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 3:53 PM by msp Highlight this comment 14

Ben, you are correct, DSP confirmed that they will in fact be wearing a memorial patch on their sleeves beginning with tonight's game in Seattle.

They will also paint one of those infamous "Harmon Killebrew" signatures on the outfield wall at Target Field.

Obviously the Twins knew this was coming so they had time to make those plans and order the patches so they can be worn tonight.

When someone dies unexpectedly, teams will usually wear a temporary black band around their sleeve or something similar until a patch is made.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 4:13 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 15

I don't think we'll ever see a swing and follow through like Harmon's ever again. Everything about it said, "Power." I've been told, but can't confirm it, that the Major League Baseball logo is actually the white silhouette of Harmon at the plate. Does anyone know for sure?

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 4:33 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 16

"Does anyone know for sure?"

It is widely believed to be Killer - Harmon has said he was one of the models. MLB, for whatever reasons, will not confirm.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 4:40 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 17

I love the myth about Harmon being the model for the MLB logo, but it's not true. There was no model. The designer just tried to make it look like a generic baseball player.

The Wikipedia article on the subject has a pretty good summary of the history of the logo.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 4:41 PM by Rick 18

Reusse and Mackey (spelling?) said on the KSTP ESPN radio this afternoon that a number 3 will be on the jersey sleeves. Added to the already made decision to wear the golden-era 1961 jerseys at home for the remainder of the season in his honor.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 5:16 PM by luke Highlight this comment 19

Wiki states, "The silhouette was chosen specifically because of its ambiguity: the batter could be right- or left-handed and of any ethnic background."

I am a left-handed batter, but always saw the silhouette as a right-handed batter. If I squint my eyes and look to the side, I barely can visualize it as a left-handed batter...

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 5:17 PM by tk Highlight this comment 20

""I was in the commissioner's office one day in the late 1960s," Killebrew said. "I can't remember the specifics, but I think it had something to do with a litho they were doing for the National Kidney Foundation. Anyway, I walked through the back part of the office, and there was a man sitting at a table. He had a photograph of me in a hitting position, and he had one of those grease pencils that you see at a newspaper, and he was marking that thing up. I said, 'What are you doing with that?' and he said they were going to make a new Major League Baseball logo. I never thought any more about it. And then the logo came out and it did look like me. The only change was the angle of the bat -- they changed that to kind of make it fit more into the design."

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 5:57 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 21

Being of the Puckett Generation I look forward to listening to my Dad's Killebrew stories while throwing back a few beers in his honor this weekend.

Thanks for being the foundation of the greatest Sports Franchise in Minnesota Harmon!

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 7:44 PM by Andrew Highlight this comment 22

They did a moment of silence for Harmon pregame at the Fort Worth (Texas) Cats game tonight.

Posted on May 17, 2011 at 8:48 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 23

And, what connection would there have been to an AA team in Fort Worth?

I can't believe it...the Twins actually WON a game? The world must definitely be coming to an illustrious end very soon.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 06:49 AM by luke Highlight this comment 24

Ask, and ye shall receive I guess. Apparently the world IS coming to an end this weekend :{. Clicky.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 07:50 AM by luke Highlight this comment 25

Sorry, Luke, I'm not buying that.

Besides, I've got tickets to the game on Monday. ;-)

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 08:22 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 26

Garry Trudeau has been having fun in "Doonesbury" lampooning the End-of-the-World crowd. I've still got about 16 games left on my 20 game pasckage for this year so the world can't end on Saturday.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 08:28 AM by terry Highlight this comment 27

I'm not buying it either, I just thought it was funny. Ludicrous. Off-the-wall.

It better not happen, I have a date weekend with my gf this weekend...lol. I wanna be HERE for that.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 08:39 AM by luke Highlight this comment 28

Luke, there doesn't have to be a connection between the AA team in Fort Worth and Killebrew. All of baseball is recognizing the passing of a great baseball legend and even greater man.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 08:46 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 29

And, what connection would there have been to an AA team in Fort Worth?

It's a baseball team. All of baseball is mourning today.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 08:50 AM by Expectorate Highlight this comment 30

Very classy gesture by the Mariners organization last night, honoring a player most identified as a Twin. Well done, Seattle.

Watching on tv last night, the game seemed so much more personal. I'm really glad our guys got the win yesterday, it just seemed so right.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 09:16 AM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 31

Reusse tells a story I haven't heard before about the Killebrew statue on Target Plaza. It's meant to show the swing that tied the 1965 All-Star game at Met Stadium.

From now on, looking at that statue will be a whole different experience.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 09:35 AM by Rick 32

awesome story, Thanks for posting it Rick

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 11:25 AM by Thrillhouse Highlight this comment 33

Wow that allstar game had alot of true allstars in it to bad I was a little to young to see it.I doubt we will see anything like Harmon in baseball again he was one of a kind on and off the field.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 2:55 PM by Leroy Highlight this comment 34

Once upon a time professional baseball players, even the best of them, were not paid grotesque salaries. They lived in middle class neighborhoods. They had "regular" jobs in the off season and drove sedans. They were approachable and could be counted upon for the time of day. Those days are long gone. And now so is a great example of that era.

Killebrew used to bring his cracked bats home and hand them out. All the neighborhood kids had at least one bat. The one I had I tried to tighten back up with screws and use which, of course, didn't work out so well. The bat is long gone but the memories remain, including that of being rewarded for a short bike ride and under the fence crawl by watching one of the Killer's towering fly balls that seemed to take forever to reach the stands and return to earth. Maybe being an old fart isn't such a bad deal after all.

A senior VP where my wife works found himself seated next to the Killer on a plane to Boise. They talked baseball the entire flight. Among other things the VP told Killebrew about one of the directors at work who goes to lots of games and is a long time Twins fan. A few days later a large envelope arrived at our door. Inside, between two pieces of cardboard was a piece of simple notebook paper upon which was written: "Paula --- keep pulling for the Twins" and signed as neatly as can be by Harmon. His like does not often pass this way.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 4:09 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 35

Harmon will be surly missed to the disabled and Twins community. RIP, #3
Click my name for an article I wrote about Harmon.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 5:51 PM by michael Highlight this comment 36

Here we go again...

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 9:42 PM by tk Highlight this comment 37

Quote of the night from Dick, "Butera, who had a hit a couple days ago..."

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 9:42 PM by tk Highlight this comment 38

did he end the quote with...

"...might get one more this season."?

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 9:50 PM by mj Highlight this comment 39

Dave St. Peter on the spruce-icide: "they made me do it". Click on my name for link.

Bring Back the Trees.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 10:08 PM by ClarkAddison Highlight this comment 40

he topped it with...

"Butera is a singles hitter."

good one Dick.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 10:09 PM by mj Highlight this comment 41

he meant to say "Butera is a horseshit hitter."

But he learned from the Blyleven incident in NY.

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 10:25 PM by mj Highlight this comment 42

Nathan's back? Well, at least his scare tactics!

Posted on May 18, 2011 at 11:26 PM by tk Highlight this comment 43

Can we forget about the stupid trees? Is it really that big of a deal that they took them out? Seriously, people need to get over it.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 09:56 AM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 44

Suppose this was Gardy's pregame speech yesterday?

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 10:00 AM by jared Highlight this comment 45

Jared,

After you watched that scene, was the next video recommended the Harry Potter "deleted scenes"? HA!

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 10:57 AM by tk Highlight this comment 46

Here's more on the MLB logo story. I found that article after following up on something I read in a similar article in today's Strib.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 12:15 PM by Rick 47

I quoted that story above - obviously the basis for the widespread belief that the Killer, himself, held. This has been the case for years, why didn't MLB weigh in on the matter? You don't suppose it was thought cheaper to pay off some designer once than to pay royalties to a ballplayer long term?

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 1:13 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 48

TK - That was the next video! not sure how the heck they are related but whatever.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 1:32 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 49

FYI - Target Field wins Sports Facility of the Year.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 1:51 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 50

Jared, when I first read your post I thought it was referring to my post immediately above. That would be a heck of a Gardy pre-game speech: "Can we forget about the stupid trees? Is it really that big of a deal that they took them out? Seriously, people need to get over it."

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 2:22 PM by ClarkAddison Highlight this comment 51

Rene Rivera homered?? Maybe the world really is coming to an end Saturday.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 3:24 PM by terry Highlight this comment 52

Clark- Oops! Sorry. I thought about it right after I posted that i should have mentioned the link just in case but decided not to make a second post. However, hearing gardy make a speech about the trees would have been great.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 4:17 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 53

3 HR's for #3?

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 4:55 PM by TK Highlight this comment 54

lol terry. That, coupled with a mini winning streak for the guys, it could be very possible.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 5:15 PM by luke Highlight this comment 55

This team is actually starting to show some signs of life.

Pitching, hitting and some defense. Whoda thunk?

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 5:16 PM by F_T_K Highlight this comment 56

F_T_K, I was thinking the same thing. It is almost like it took this team to be worse than what people expected to start doing what they do well, surprise people with their play.

In no way am I insinuating that our hometown boy's are back, but they sure looked confident celebrating at the mound after the game this evening.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 5:21 PM by TK Highlight this comment 57

7 games out of first... and it's May.

(I consider Detroit in first... Cleveland doesn't count.)

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 5:47 PM by mj Highlight this comment 58

3 in a row? Maybe the world is ending on Saturday haha! Go Twins!

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 6:11 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 59

This is sort of hard to say, but I think our 2nd best option for the token All-star game member (if Kubel continues to go south) may be Glen Perkins. Glad to see some signs of life...it is a shame they played like crap on that last homestand...even .500 on it, and we'd be with the Sox. I have a hard time not believing the Indians are for real at this point.

Posted on May 19, 2011 at 10:22 PM by twinswschamps2027 (aka twinswschamps2011) Highlight this comment 60

twinswschamps2027 (aka twinswschamps2011), we would still be 1.5 games behind Chicago if we would have won 3 of 5 on our last home-stand.

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 01:06 AM by TK Highlight this comment 61

The Target building is going to reintroduce their Northern Lights display on top of the 34-story structure.

I believe this will be visual from part of the skyline view seating. It will be interesting to see it in action at night again, only this time it looks more technological and brighter.

Click name for story

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 01:31 AM by TK Highlight this comment 62

Maybe I am getting my buildings mixed up...

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 01:39 AM by TK Highlight this comment 63

Thanks for the story TK. Why is it that I don't ever remember the Northern Lights display? How long has it been out of commission? Report made it seem like it's only been a few months...

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 06:50 AM by luke Highlight this comment 64

I had never heard called the Northen Lights display, but I have always found it cheesy and sad looking for the headquarters of Target. Especially when compared to Wells Fargo Place, which is classy and elegant.

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 10:56 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 65

Quote from Bert's Eulogy today: "When a home run is hit, Twins radio announcer John Gordon makes the call, 'Touch them all'. Harmon Killebrew, you touched us all."

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 66

Nice service. Eulogy from kids, grandkids, Bert and a statment passed along from fellow golfers from Scotland. Very kind words preaching the man and his kindness more than the legend and his greatness. Sounds like the entire team was going. Gardy, Morneau, Nathan, Cuddy and Rod Carew were shown in the front rows. The rest of the guys must have been back a few rows. Quite a few people there, good to see the support.

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 1:32 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 67

They said that Hank Aaron is scheduled to appear at the Memorial Service next Thursday at Target Field...It is going to be one big celebration of the life of Harmon! #3

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 2:51 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 68

Hank Aaron???! Serious???

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 8:41 PM by mj Highlight this comment 69

the Cuddyer HR in the second...

are you kidding me?

Look at that swing... and look at the statue of Harmon at Target Field.

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 10:02 PM by mj Highlight this comment 70

is Dick drunk?

"that'll bring up Dusty Hughes." he meant Luke.

earlier, he said "it's a 1-0 Twins lead"... and it was 2-1.

I'm bordering on drunk... and I noticed this.

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 10:42 PM by mj Highlight this comment 71

Can we make it 4 in a row?

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 10:59 PM by twinkfan Highlight this comment 72

Tough loss, but I am satisfied with our play at the end. Butera double? Too bad Kubel could have popped one up, or Morneau's swing couldn't have been just a little harder on that grounder.

Posted on May 20, 2011 at 11:28 PM by TK Highlight this comment 73

One reason for that meltdown, front office off-season laziness. We all knew this bullpen would suck...except maybe Bill Smith.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 01:21 AM by Jim Highlight this comment 74

Well, this is disheartening: The world didn't explode in a ball of fire, nobody got "taken up", and the Twins lost last night,

As they say, "back to normal".

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 07:33 AM by luke Highlight this comment 75

Don't give up hope, Luke. You've still got today. Besides, the texts from which this Harold Camping guy bases his prediction on were written halfway around the world, so maybe his prediction is off by 12 hours.
Better safe than sorry, though. If anyone is flying anywhere today, insist on an atheist pilot.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 07:58 AM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 76

The Twins want everyone to wear the number 3 to the game Monday - they have, no doubt, laid in a good supply of jerseys, etc.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 11:22 AM by Ben Highlight this comment 77

Hello? Is there anybody left to read this board? Have I been left behind?

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 12:42 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 78

I am still around, was off buying a #3 jersey like I have been instructed by the all powerful front office.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 2:11 PM by TK Highlight this comment 79

Whew! I was afraid I was the only person left to wander a God-forsaken hellscape after The Rapture.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 2:13 PM by Dr. X Highlight this comment 80

lol Dr. X - no you wouldn't have. Many of my friends (and me too probably) are very likely on the "Left Behind" list.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 4:37 PM by luke Highlight this comment 81

I don't know Dr. X - maybe you and I are the only two people left...no one's commented here in several hours...lol.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 10:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 82

The world has not ended.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 11:06 PM by Rick 83

The rapture knocked out my DirecTV for the pregame.

I was left wailing and gnashing my teeth.

Posted on May 21, 2011 at 11:10 PM by mj Highlight this comment 84

"Delmon Young was back at the wall, but the ball went over his head."

Why, oh why can't we get a defensively competent left fielder?

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 12:11 AM by Rick 85

Grand slam. I think I might get sick. And I'm sober.

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 12:23 AM by ole Highlight this comment 86

I'm not sober anymore, after that Grand-slam.... and Delmon 'dumb-dumb' Young is purely horrible. Just play Revere there from now on... he seems to hit better too.

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 12:31 AM by jcm-baseball Highlight this comment 87

3-game winnings streak, followed by a 6-game losing streak?

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 01:36 AM by tk Highlight this comment 88

Too bad this season can't be 144 games like our awesome 1995 season...

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 01:59 AM by tk Highlight this comment 89


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This is the kool aid we'll be needing in order to watch this garbage.

Posted on June 1, 2011 at 11:48 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 91

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