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Some folks have seen the old school greats play in other citys but I've seen the Minnesota version, play here.

my brother took me to my first baseball game in 1969, at the old Met. I remember it rained that day, so there was a delay.  and Harmon and his other team mates were signing baseball's to kill the time.

So it was sad for me to hear that, Harmon Killebrew told the press yesterday that his Battle with esophageal cancer was coming to a end.

Killebrew came to Minnesota with the Washington Senators in 1961, and the the people here fell in love with the guy. after all he did hit 475 of his 573 career home runs here.

8,147 AT BATS

2,086 HITS

1,584 RBI's

573 HR's



So it was sad to all of us to learn that this morning with his wife by his side Harmon lost his battle with cancer.

I wrote this blog on Friday and I've updated it to day.  please enjoy the fallowing youtube clip's that I've posted.  celebrating the life of this amazing man.

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May 14, 2011  02:12 PM ET

Good old boy from Payette Idaho. He conducted himself the right way all those years and he will certainly be missed.

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May 14, 2011  02:20 PM ET

Nicely done, Count. It is a sad day in Minnesota sports, indeed. He was classy when he played, and even more so when his days were done. He truly loved baseball, and baseball loved him.


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May 14, 2011  09:56 PM ET

Nicely done, Count. It is a sad day in Minnesota sports, indeed. He was classy when he played, and even more so when his days were done. He truly loved baseball, and baseball loved him.

It is a sad day for all, good people touch others lives and are missed by all

May 15, 2011  08:06 AM ET

I'm going to KILLLLLLL that spamer!

May 15, 2011  05:43 PM ET

Good tribute to a great ballplayer and a real gentleman.

May 17, 2011  03:33 PM ET

MINNEAPOLIS -- Harmon Killebrew, the affable, big-swinging Hall of Famer whose tape-measure home runs made him the cornerstone of the Minnesota Twins and perhaps the most popular player in the team's 51-year history, died Tuesday after battling esophageal cancer. He was 74.

Power, Kindness Forever Remembered

Harmon Killebrew gave Minnesotans a ballplayer -- and a person -- that they were proud of during a Hall of Fame career, writes Jim Caple. Story

The Twins said Killebrew passed away peacefully at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife, Nita, and their family at his side. He announced his diagnosis just six months ago, and last week Killebrew said he was settling in for the final days of his life after doctors deemed the "awful disease" incurable.

Killebrew is 11th on baseball's all-time home run list after an exceptional 22-year career. His eight seasons with 40 or more homers still is tied for second in league history to Babe Ruth.

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SEATTLE -- The Minnesota Twins had a game on the schedule with the Mariners Tuesday but the thoughts of many players were in Arizona... mourning the passing of Harmon Killebrew, a man they considered both a mentor, and a friend.

"It's an extremely sad day, not just in Minnesota but in all of baseball. The world lost a great human being today," reflected Twins veteran Michael Cuddyer.

Cuddyer laughingly recalled a Winter Carivan trip he took with Harmon a number of years ago, a day that stays with him for a very good reason. "My autograph used to look like an EKG... it was terrible. It just looked like a bunch of squiggly lines. Harmon said, 'if that signature comes through my line one more time, I'm about to leave. The only person they're going to be mad at is you,'" Cuddyer remembered.

"From that day forward, I try to make my autograph legible every time I sign, no matter if it's for a kid, an autograph seeker, whatever the case is, I hear Harmon saying in the back of my head saying 'if you're going to take the time to sign this autograph, make sure people can read it."

It was that kind of professionalism that is sometimes lost on young athletes who collect big paychecks, but don't understand that giving back is part of the deal. Harmon Killebrew, through his one-on-one contact with players at spring training and through community appearances, was able to impart a bit of wisdom and professionallism, and help those athletes appreciate how truly fortunate they are.

"He cared more about others than he cared about himself, and any time a man can accomplish that and truly feel that way... you're doing things right," Cuddyer insisted. "He is the epitome of class, the epitome of professionalism. He's what you strive to be as a human being."

May 17, 2011  05:46 PM ET

"When I learned the news about Harmon today, I felt like I lost a family member. He has treated me like one of his own. It's hard to put into words what Harmon has meant to me. He first welcomed me into the Twins family as an 18-year-old kid and has continued to influence my life in many ways. He is someone I will never forget and will always treasure the time we spent together. Harmon will be missed but never forgotten."

Joe Mauer, Twins catcher

"This is a sad day for all of baseball and even harder for those of us who were fortunate enough to be a friend of Harmon's. Harmon Killebrew was a gem. I can never thank him enough for all I learned from him. He was a consummate professional who treated everyone from the brashest of rookies to the groundskeepers to the ushers in the stadium with the utmost of respect. I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for Harmon Killebrew. He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word."

Rod Carew, Twins legend

"Harmon was a Hall of Famer on and off the field. He was baseball's version of Paul Bunyan, with his prodigious home run power, leading by example in the clubhouse and on the field. Off the field, he emanated class, dignity, and warmth, and he was a great humanitarian. He was so down-to-earth, you would never realize he was a baseball legend. It's ironic that his nickname was "Killer," as he was one of the nicest, most generous individuals to ever walk the earth."

Jeff Idelson, president, Baseball Hall of Fame

"Harmon Killebrew was a hero to all Minnesota Twins fans. He always comported himself with dignity. He was a great baseball player and a civic-minded man who lived an exemplary life. He will be missed."

Mark Dayton, Minnesota Governor

May 18, 2011  06:53 AM ET

Very sad day for all Twins fans.


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