Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Harmon Killebrew: 1936-2011

Sad day for baseball today.
Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew passed away today. He was 74.

Gaylord Perry once referred to Killebrew as "Ma Bell" because he hit for long distance.
And no one at the time lingered so long in the batter's box to admire his power-ball handiwork. Though the behavior seemed contrary to his modest personality, Killebrew is widely regarded to have been the first player to delay his home run trot in order to monitor, and perhaps admire, his launches. Reggie Jackson, Dave Parker, Rickey Henderson and Barry Bonds took it to new levels, but they were mimicking Killer.
He hit the longest measured home runs at Metropolitan Stadium and Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, and in 1962 was the first to clear the left-field roof at Tiger Stadium in Detroit.

Home Run Derby TV Show
Mickey Mantle vs Harmon Killebrew


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