The Killer

“I didn’t have evil intentions but I did have power.”
Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew

Harmon Killebrew had great power. He belted 573 Home Runs in his 22 year Major League career and on six occasions he led the American League in homers. Killebrew also was the A.L. leader in Runs Batted In three times.

Harmon was an 11-time All-Star who hit 40 or more Home Runs eight times. Killebrew was named the American league’s Most Valuable Player in 1969 and was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1984.

Harmon Killebrew passed away last week at the age of 74.

Harmon Killebrew was one of baseball’s most feared hitters and his Home Run and RBI totals reflect that.

Killebrew was a great clutch hitter and was instrumental in the Minnesota Twins winning their first pennant in Minneapolis in 1965.

Harmon finished in the top four in the voting for the American League’s Most Valuable Player Award voting six times . He won the Award in 1969.

I interviewed Harmon Killebrew many times over the years and he always was a gentleman. I can tell you from first hand experience that all the nice things people have said about him are true.

I once mentioned to Harmon that among Hall of Famers, that he and Brooks Robinson were two of the nicest people I ever have met. Harmon thanked me for the kind words and said that Brooks Robinson was one of his closest friends. That did not surprise me.

It is a source of pride to me that Harmon Killebrew played for the Indianapolis Indians, the team for which I broadcast.

Harmon Killebrew was a great player and a great man. He will be missed and never will be forgotten.

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One Response to The Killer

  1. Pete Cava says:

    A very nice tribute from one HK (Howard Kellman) to another (Harmon Killebrew).

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