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Harmon Killebrew Passes RIP

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  1. shooterIII

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    Harmon Killebrew, slugger supreme, Hall of Famer and civic treasure in the Twin Cities, died on Tuesday at age 74 after a fight with cancer.

    Being a Minnesotan and a Twins fan I am sorrowed by the passing of one of the finest gentlemen that ever played the game. RIP Harmon!!!
     
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    When I was much younger, listening to Red Sox games on the radio, Harmon Killebrew was the one batter I would dread coming to bat against Red Sox pitchers. I always wanted to tell him that. That such a good ballplayer was also a really nice guy is quite a contrast to today's baseball players. He was a credit to all of baseball.

    LA in MA
     
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    One of the best stories about Harmon was when he was inducted into hall of fame he tells the story of his mother fussing to his dad about Harmon and brother and Dad playing ball in the yard and killing all the grass. His Dad came back with the line "What are we raising here? Grass or kids." That line has always stuck with me. jim w.
     
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    Was alway my hero while growing up, I currently have all of his baseball cards and some are even signed. He is quite a credit the many "loud mouthes" playing the game today. He was always soft spoken and let his bat do the talking. Imagine how many homers he would have if playing in the smaller ballparks of today instead of the immense "Met" in Minnesota.
     
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    Although he was dubbed "Harmless Harmon", he was tops in my book. I listened intently when he was at bat..Odie
     
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    I remember that story about the grass.

    He was "The Man" for many years in the league and still is up in Minn

    Wonder if the smoking and chewing were what caused the cancer.

    Great man

    Regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
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    I too remember sitting with my Grandad listening to ballgames..those were the days guys like Brooks & Frank Robinson, Al Kaline, Carl Yaszstremski and of course Harmon Killebrew...all great guys who gave everything for their fans...they were the class of the game from a better time
     
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    Here is a story from one of the Twins, Michael Cuddyer at a Twins Caravan.

    Killebrew took him aside one time and told him to work on his signature.

    "I did a signing with him on Caravan one year, and my signature looked pretty bad." Cuddyer said. "He told me, 'If I see this come through the line one more time I'm walking away and leaving, and the only person these people are going to be mad at is you, because you're the reason I'm going to leave.' From then on I've tried to make it as legible as I can. Every time I sign an autograph, he's in my head, thinking about how it looks."

    A number of other Twins have told similar stories.
     
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    I was lucky enough to met Harmon Killebrew once, probably 10 years ago. Class act.

    I was surprised at the size of the man. He wasn't that big physically. Back in the 60s when he played he was considered to be a big man. Don't know where he got his power from, but he hit some monster home run shots.
     
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    A real good old boy from right here close by in Idaho. One of the best & no steroids either
     
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    Killebrew was a great hitter and a fine man.......but "The Man" was and is Stan Musial......and I'm a Cubs fan.
     
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    Yup a great player from a great era....and by the way 61 and 755 are still the records in my book!
     
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    Another quote: “Life is precious and time is a key element. Let's make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own.” Harmon Killebrew
     
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    He was a wonderful player and a great hitter along with being a great inspiration to the many thousands of youngsters and fans of all ages. Sorry to hear of his passing. I was a young ballplayer during the start of his carreer and a young man when he played it to the finish. One didn't have to be a Harmon fan to keep up on him. Just had to have the ability to read the scorecards and you would see Harms numbers always on top.He surely could crush em for a long homer. Dan
     
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    I grew up where Harmon played high school ball & was fortunate to attend the same church. He was always my hero & he signed a couple of balls for me. He actually was not a big man, but his arms/wrists/hands were massive. Each time I shook his hand I thought about the Popeye cartoons and Popeye's arms. That is what Harmons arms looked like. He was a true gentleman & he made the Minnesota Twins my favorite team all my life. Harmon Killebrew & Johnny Unitas will always be my favorite baseball & football players. I think that if steroids were not used in the game he would probably still be 6 or 7 on the all time list instead of 11th.
     
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