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

When he retired Harmon Killebrew’s 573 homers were the most in AL history by a right-hander and 2nd behind Babe Ruth for HRs by an AL player.

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Autoball contract signed 15 months before MLB debut

Autoball contract signed 15 months before MLB debut

Harmon Killebrew made his Major League debut on June 23, 1954. More than two years before that the 11-time All Star signed this contract to appear on souvenir baseballs with stamped signatures. The terms of the contract? Killebrew received one cent per ball sold. Interestingly Killebrew signed the contract on March 16, 1952 but
Harmon Killebrew autographed 1968 Topps All Star card

Harmon Killebrew autographed 1968 Topps All Star card

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 hit 40 or more homers in eight different seasons. Five other seasons he hit more than 25 homers in a season to finish with 573 in his care

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