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Harmon Killebrew
First Baseman

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Born: June 29, 1936 (1936-06-29) (age 71)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 23, 1954
for the Washington Senators
Final game
September 26, 1975
for the Kansas City Royals
Career statistics
Batting average     .256
Home runs     573
RBI     1584
Teams
Career highlights and awards
  • 11 All-Star appearances
  • AL MVP (1969)
  • Led AL in home runs 6 times
  • Hit 40 home runs in a season 8 times
  • 9th player to hit 500 career home runs
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1984
Vote     83.13%

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Killebrew was an all-state quarterback at Payette High School when Washington Senators scout Ossie Bluege saw him playing in an impromptu baseball game in 1954. After seeing Killebrew's raw power, Bluege reported back to the Senators who immediately signed him to a $30,000 contract. Because of his large bonus, Killebrew was a bonus baby. Because of the Bonus Rule, he was immediately added to the big league roster in 1954, though not yet having reached his eighteenth birthday. He played only small parts for five seasons, bouncing back and forth between the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts and Washington. While Killebrew was in Chattanooga, he became the only player to hit a home run over the 471-foot deep center field wall at Engel Stadium. He finally made it into the regular lineup in 1959, and hit 42 homers. The Senators became the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Payette High School is a high school in Payette, Idaho. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... Oswald Louis Ossie Bluege (October 24, 1900 - October 14, 1985) was an American third baseman in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Washington Senators from 1922 to 1939. ... A bonus baby was the not-particularly-complimentary term used to describe a Major League Baseball player receiving a particularly large signing bonus upon turning professional. ... See also: 1953 in sports, other events of 1954, 1955 in sports and the list of years in sports. // 1954 World Championships Mens all-around champion: Viktor Chukarin, USSR Womens all-around champion: Galina Rudko, USSR Team competition champions: mens - USSR; womens - USSR NASCAR Championship... The Chattanooga Lookouts are a minor league baseball team based near Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA. They are named for nearby Lookout Mountain. ... “Chattanooga” redirects here. ... Engel Stadium is a baseball field located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... See also: 1958 in sports, other events of 1959, 1960 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Lee Petty won the inaugural Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship — Lee Petty Indianapolis 500 — Rodger Ward USAC Racing — Rodger Ward Formula One Champion — Jack Brabham of Australia... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 6, 14, 29, 34, 42 Name Minnesota Twins (1961–present) Washington Nationals/Senators (1901-1960) Other nicknames The Twinkies Ballpark Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 1982-present Metropolitan Stadium (1961-1981) Griffith Stadium (1911-1960... See also: 1960 in sports, other events of 1961, 1962 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Marvin Panch won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the driving championship Formula One...


Killebrew was a stocky 5 ft 11 in, 210 pounds (95 kg) hitter with a short, compact swing that generated tremendous power. (See the image on the right.) Killebrew became one of the American League's most feared power hitters of the 1960s, belting 40 homers in a season eight times. In 1965 he helped the Twins reach the World Series, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Killebrew had his finest season in 1969, hitting 49 home runs, driving in 140 runs, and winning the MVP Award. Killebrew led the league in home runs six times, in RBI three times, and was named to eleven All Star teams. As a result, he was nicknamed "Killer" - a portmanteau linking the first 5 letters of his last name with his legendary hitting ability. The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... See also: 1964 in sports, other events of 1965, 1966 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Fred Lorenzen wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - Jimmy Clark USAC Racing - Mario Andretti Formula One Champion - Jimmy Clark of Great Britain... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... // August 16 — Enschede Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: Kazuo Matsubara (JPN) 2:19:29 September 21 — European Championships Marathon, Athens, Greece Mens Winner: Ron Hill (ENG) 2:16:48 December 7 — Fukuoka Marathon, Japan Mens Winner: Jerome Drayton (CAN) 2:11:13 Stock car racing: LeeRoy Yarbrough won... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... This article is about blends. ...


On June 3, 1967, Killebrew blasted the longest home run ever hit at the Twins' Metropolitan Stadium, a shot that landed in the second deck of the bleachers, and four years later on August 10, 1971, he hit his 500th career home run, also at The Met. is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Metropolitan Stadium (often referred to as the Met) was a sports stadium that once stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. It opened in 1956 as the home of a minor league baseball team, the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, replacing ancient Nicollet Park and built to specifications of major league... is the 222nd day of the year (223rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Metropolitan Stadium (often referred to as the Met) was a sports stadium that once stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. It opened in 1956 as the home of a minor league baseball team, the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, replacing ancient Nicollet Park and built to specifications of major league...


Despite his "Killer" nickname and his powerful style of play, Killebrew was in fact a quiet, kind man who was not much given to the partying lifestyle enjoyed by his peers. Asked once what he liked to do for fun, Killebrew replied, "Well, I like to wash dishes, I guess." Killebrew was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints in 1968. His wife was a lifelong member. For other uses, see Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (disambiguation). ...


Injuries reduced his effectiveness in the early 1970s, and in 1975, after a one-year stint with the Kansas City Royals, he chose to retire. Killebrew hit 573 home runs in his career (ninth best all time, most by an American League right-hander, and second in the AL only to Babe Ruth, as of 2005) and drove in 1,584 runs. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984, the first Minnesota Twin to be so honored. The street along the south side of the enormous Mall of America, the former site of the Metropolitan Stadium ("The Met"), has been named "Killebrew Drive" in honor of Harmon Killebrew. His uniform number 3 was the first to be retired by the Twins, and is only one of five Twins to have their jersey retired — Tony Oliva, Rod Carew, Kent Hrbek and Kirby Puckett are the others. He is, by a wide margin, the all-time home run leader among players born in the state of Idaho. "If Harmon Killebrew isn't the league's best player, I've never seen one. He's one of the greatest of all time." (quote by Reggie Jackson) The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 10, 20, 42 Name Kansas City Royals (1969–present) Other nicknames The Boys in Blue Ballpark Kauffman Stadium (1973–present) a. ... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... This article is about the pitcher and outfielder. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... This article is about the year. ... Mall of America (also MOA, MoA, or the Megamall) is a shopping mall located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. ... Tony Pedro Oliva (born Antonio Oliva Lopez Hernandes Javique on July 20, 1938 in Pinar del Río, Cuba) is a former Major League Baseball right fielder who played his entire career in the American League for the Minnesota Twins from 1962 to 1976. ... Rodney Cline Rod Carew (born October 1, 1945), is a former Major League Baseball player for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels from 1967 to 1985. ... Kent Hrbek (aka Herbie) (born May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a former American Major League Baseball player. ... Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 [1] – March 6, 2006) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Minnesota Twins from 1984 to 1995. ... Official language(s) English [1] Capital Boise Largest city Boise Largest metro area Boise metropolitan area Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq mi (216,632 km²)  - Width 305 miles (491 km)  - Length 479 miles (771 km)  - % water 0. ...


Following his retirement, Killebrew was a broadcaster for Minnesota Twins baseball from 1976 to 1978 and also from 1984 to 1988. Killebrew also became a successful entrepreneur in insurance, financial planning, and car sales. In 1990 he retired from business to pursue endorsement and charity work, especially in the fields of preventive and palliative health care charities and international causes Killebrew currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he chairs the Harmon Killebrew Foundation [1] Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Scottsdale . ...


In 1999, he was ranked 69th on The Sporting News list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. This article is about the year. ... In 1998, The Sporting News compiled a list of Baseballs Greatest Players. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ...


Trivia

  • Common Folklore suggests that the silhouette of Harmon Killebrew swinging a bat is the official logo of Major League Baseball. However, MLB.com states the following: "The MLB logo: No one player has ever been identified as the model of the 1969 Major League Baseball batter logo".
  • On the list of lowest batting averages for league RBI champions, Killebrew holds both the number one spot and the number three spot. In 1962, he won the RBI title while batting just .243 – the lowest ever for an RBI champion — and, in 1971, he again led the league in RBI but hit only .254 — the third-lowest ever.
  • As non-pitchers, only Killebrew, Bill Mazeroski and Rabbit Maranville have been elected into the Hall of Fame while never once batting .300 (over a full season) in their careers.
  • One seat from Metropolitan Stadium was placed in the Mall of America at the exact location (including elevation) it occupied in the stadium, to commemorate a 520-foot home run hit by Killebrew on June 3, 1967.
  • Killebrew never hit 50 home runs in a single season, but he did hit 49 homers in a season twice (1964, 1969).
  • Once hit a home run in batting practice before a game that knocked the back off a seat.
  • In 1969, the season in which Rod Carew stole home base seven times, Killebrew was at the plate for one of the steals. Killebrew missed the take sign from his third-base coach, was unaware that Carew was stealing home, and swung and missed. This prompted a local Minneapolis sportswriter to quip, "There goes Rod Carew, lined to left by Killebrew!"
  • He once appearred in an episode of Step by Step playing himself.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... William Stanley Mazeroski (born September 5, 1936 in Wheeling, West Virginia), nicknamed Maz, and also called simply The Glove by radio broadcaster Bob Prince, is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career (1956-72) with the Pittsburgh Pirates. ... Rabbit Maranville Walter James Vincent Maranville (November 11, 1891 - January 5, 1954), better known as Rabbit Maranville, was a Major League Baseball shortstop. ... Metropolitan Stadium (often referred to as the Met) was a sports stadium that once stood in Bloomington, Minnesota, USA. It opened in 1956 as the home of a minor league baseball team, the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, replacing ancient Nicollet Park and built to specifications of major league... Mall of America (also MOA, MoA, or the Megamall) is a shopping mall located in the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota. ... is the 154th day of the year (155th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... Rodney Cline Rod Carew (born October 1, 1945), is a former Major League Baseball player for the Minnesota Twins and California Angels from 1967 to 1985. ... Step by Step was an American television sitcom which was aired on ABC from September 20, 1991 to August 15, 1997 and with a network change moved to CBS from September 19, 1997 to June 26, 1998. ...

See also

A number of baseball players are distinguished by the fact that they made their professional debut in the majors without having played a single game at the minor league level. ... Listed below are the Major League Baseball players who have hit 30 or more home runs before the All-Star break (multiple occurrences denoted into parentheses). ... Players denoted in boldface are are still actively contributing to the record noted. ... In Major League Baseball, the 500 Home Run Club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have hit 500 or more career home runs. ... In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... Below is the list of Major League Baseball players who have reached the 2,000 hit milestone. ... Below is the list of 295 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 Runs milestone. ... Below is the list of 252 Major League Baseball players who have reached the 1,000 RBI milestone. ... Major League Baseball recognizes runs batted in champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Major League Baseball recognizes home run champions in the American League and National League each season. ... Listed below are the occurrences of Major League Baseball players who have hit three home runs in a single game. ... At the end of each Major League Baseball season, the league leaders of various statistical categories are announced. ...

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Killebrew was a stocky 5 ft 11 in, 210 pounds (95 kg) hitter with a short, violent swing that generated tremendous power.
On June 3, 1967, Killebrew blasted the longest home run ever hit at the Twins' old park, Metropolitan Stadium, a shot that landed in the second deck of the bleachers, and 4 years later on August 10, 1971, he hit his 500th career home run, at Metropolitan Stadium.
Common Folklore suggests that the silhouette of Harmon Killebrew swinging a bat is the official logo of Major League Baseball.
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