Harmon Killebrew

Harmon Killebrew
Birthdate 6/29/1936
Death Date 5/17/2011
Debut Year 1954
Year of Induction 1984
Teams Royals, Senators, Twins
Positions Designated Hitter, First Base, Left Field, Third Base

Harmon Killebrew hit 573 homers; at his retirement it was the most by a right-hander in AL history & the 2nd-most in the AL behind Babe Ruth.

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Harmon Killebrew led the AL in homers six times

Harmon Killebrew led the AL in homers six times

Harmon Killebrew made his Major League debut on June 23, 1954. Fifteen months before that he signed this contract on March 16, 1952. The deal calls for Killebrew’s signature to appear on souvenir baseballs with stamped signatures. The terms of the contract? Killebrew received one cent per ba
Harmon Killebrew made 13 All Star teams in 22 years

Harmon Killebrew made 13 All Star teams in 22 years

Harmon Killebrew’s flowing signature is found on this Topps Chewing Gum baseball card, a 1968 All Star rendition. Killebrew was a 6-time home run champ who led the league in RBI three times and walks four times. The slugger hit 25 or more homers in 13 seasons to finish with 573 in his career.
Jack Lang of the BBWAA informed Killebrew of his election to Cooperstown

Jack Lang of the BBWAA informed Killebrew of his election to Cooperstown

Harmon Killebrew felt he had a career worthy of baseball’s highest honor. At the time of his retirement, only Henry Aaron, Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, and Frank Robinson had more home runs. In his first year on the Cooperstown ballot, Killebrew received 59.6% of the vote,

4 responses to “Harmon Killebrew”

  1. bill Drew says:

    He was with the Royals? Did they exist at that time? Wasn’t it the KC Athletics?

  2. James says:

    It was the Royals. The end of his career and beginning of the new franchise. Technically, the Senators left Washington in 1960 and became the Twins. So, he really only played for two franchises.

  3. Hank Prevette says:

    My first major league game was in the old Griffith Stadium in DC – Wash Senators vs. KC A’s in 1959. I was ten years old. Harmon hit a walk-off off Dick Hall and became my baseball idol forever after that. I used to listen to the Twins on my transistor late at night under my bed covers – play by play – Ray Scott, Herb Carneal and Halsey Hall. I felt like I was in Heaven when the Twins pulled out a win. Not a lot of great pitching then except Camilo Pascual and Jim Kaat, but plenty of homeruns – Killebrew, Allison and Rollins. Back in the 1960’s and 70’s – the great days of pure major league baseball.

  4. Meri Mohler says:

    In 1954 Harmon Killebrew was playing Emmett, Idaho in Payette. Harmon was 17 years old. He hit a home run so far over the fence it landed in a field. The pitcher looked at the catcher and said Is it. The catcher nodded his head and said it is. (Meaning over the fence)
    Harmon was signed in the next several days by Washington Senators, later becoming the Minnesota Twins.
    I know this because Harmon was my best friend and school friend. The pitcher was Lynn Mohler and later became my husband. We stayed friends always with Harm. He called us several days before he passed. He and Lynn are playing baseball together again, I am sure. ⚾️🙏❤️😥 I miss them both.

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