Harmon Killebrew, 1936-2011


Idaho calls him a native son. Minneapolis-St. Paul calls him a civic treasure. Anyone who loves baseball calls him a legend.

Harmon Killebrew, 74, died today at home in Scottsdale, Ariz., due to esophageal cancer.

Just last week, before deciding to spend his final days in hospice care at home, Killebrew said, "I have exhausted all options with respect to controlling this awful disease. My illness has progressed beyond my doctors' expectation of a cure."

Killebrew had the nickname "Killer," not because of his demeanor, which was mild-mannered compared to today's sports superstars, but rather because he was one of the greatest sluggers of all time. He played for the old Washington Senators in the 1950s before the team moved to Minneapolis, changing the moniker to the Twins. He was an 11-time All-Star and the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1969. He hit 573 home runs during a 22-year career.

The Payette native was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1984.