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Killebrew left the Mayo Clinic and entered Hospice
Monday, a statement was released by Killebrew. It said the
esophageal cancer is in advanced stages so the Mayo Clinic can no
longer help. Killebrew stated that he would spend his final days in
Hospice care. He had announced his cancer diagnosis only six months
Followers loved 'The Killer'
Pitchers were never comfortable facing the 5-foot-11, 220-pound
Killebrew as he swung mightily from the right-hand side of the plate.
Harmon "The Killer" Killebrew had huge arms and hands. The power in his
hits was something everyone wanted to see. He led the American League
six times, once as a Washington Senator and five times as a Minnesota
Twin, in home runs while leading the RBI only three times in his 22
year career from 1954 to 1975 where he had 573 home runs making him
number 11 on the all-time list. Killebrew's strong upper-cut swing is
believed to be the batter silhouette that seems in the official Major
League Baseball logo.
"He hit line drives that put the opposition in
jeopardy," former Washington Senators scout Ossie Bluege once said.
"And I don't mean the infielders. I mean the outfielders."
Killebrew was so soft-spoken in nature though. Followers loved this.
"No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota
Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins territory than
Harmon Killebrew," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "Killebrew's
legacy will be the class, dignity and humility he demonstrated each and
every day as a Hall of Fame-quality husband, father, friend, teammate
Jeff Idelson is the Baseball Hall of Fame President. He even said,
"It's ironic that his nickname was 'Killer,' as he was one of the
nicest, most generous individuals to ever walk the earth."
'We're here to love and help one other,' said Killebrew
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