MLB Loses A Legend As Hall Of Famer Harmon Killebrew Dies at Age 74

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIMay 17, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 17: Fans have left flowers and notes at the base of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew's statue at Target Field on May 17, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Harmon Killebrew passed away today at the age 74 in Scottsdale, Arizona after a battle with esophageal cancer.  (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

After a long bout with esophageal cancer, former Minnesota Twin and Hall of Fame OF/1B/3B Harmon Killebrew passed away Tuesday at the age of 74. Killebrew passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife, Nita, and their family at his side.

Killebrew is 11th on the major league all-time HR list with 573 and was the American League MVP in 1969 when he hit .269/.427/.584 with 49 HRs in 709 plate appearances. He is also the Twins franchise leader in offensive WAR, SLG, OPS, games played, HR, RBI and extra-base hits.

Since I never saw Killebrew play and I don’t have any personal memories of him, I thought I would share a classic Home Run Derby battle between Killebrew and Willie Mays.

I absolutely loved this show when I was growing up, so I thought it would be good to recapture some memories of the show and Killebrew at the same time…

RIP, Mr. Killebrew.