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Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew Dies at 74

Harmon Killebrew in 1957 (Hulton Archive/Getty)

Major League Baseball lost a legend May 17th.

Harmon Killebrew died Tuesday of esophageal cancer at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, he was 74.

Killebrew became the first Minnesota Twin player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984 and his jersey was retired by the Twins in 1975.

Nicknamed “The Killer,” Killebrew, who played from 1954-1975, was an 11-time All-Star who won the American League MVP Award in 1969 after hitting 49 home runs with 140 RBI and 145 walks, all team records that stand to this day.

His eight seasons with 40 or more homers still is tied for second in league history to Babe Ruth. He was an All-Star at three positions: First base, third base and in the outfield.

Killebrew retired as the American League’s career leader in home runs by a right-handed batter with 573, a record that has since been passed by Alex Rodriguez.

Along with a statue in Killebrew’s likeness outside Target Field, there’s a giant bronze glove where fans pose for snapshots, the glove is 520 feet from home plate, fittingly the distance of his longest home run.The seat that home run ball hit is now a Minnesota attraction, affixed to a wall inside the Minneapolis Mall of America, which was built over the location of Metropolitan Stadium.

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