To fans my age Harmon Killebrew was an opposition slugger of great concern. I saw him launch many a baseball into the night air at the old stadium. As I watched him round the bags yet again, someplace down deep within the anger that comes with being a fan, his class always came through. Whenever I heard him being interviewed or when Jim Kaat use to speak of him you could tell he was everything you would want in a baseball hero. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1984. He hit 573 lifetime homers winning an MVP award and finishing in the top 10 in MVP voting 6 other times.
He has decided to end his battle against esophageal cancer and enter a hospice showing guts and class any of us can only hope to have when our time comes. His wife is at his side, still very involved with the Twins the players have requested the team wear the 1961 retro jerseys for all home games to honor the great slugger. His #3 jersey will be on display in the Twins dugout for the remainder of the season.