Harmon Killebrew, MLB Hall of Famer, Has Died

Rich StoweAnalyst IIIMay 17, 2011

According to breaking news on SI.com, Harmon Killebrew has died.

Less than one week after announcing he was entering hospice care to finish out his life after a battle with esophageal cancer, the great first baseman of the Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins has died peacefully at the age of 74 with his family by his side.

Killebrew was one of the greatest power hitters in baseball history, amassing 573 home runs.

The baseball world lost one of its true legends and great ambassadors. 

This Yankees fan wants to express his gratitude to Harmon for all the memories he brought not only to Senators and Twins fans, but to all fans of the great game of baseball.

Killebrew joins a long list (and getting longer, it seems) of baseball icons that have passed in the last year, including Bob Feller, Robin Roberts, George Steinbrenner and Bob Sheppard, among others.

Rest in peace, Hammerin' Harmon. May you no longer be in pain and may your family find solace in the last days they were able to spend with you over the last week. 

The whole baseball world mourns your passing.