• Killebrew To Enter Hospice

    Posted by on May 13th, 2011 · Comments (5)

    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.

    Comments on Killebrew To Enter Hospice

    1. Raf
      May 13th, 2011 | 8:39 pm

      I admit getting a bit misty eyed at the announcement. I have an uncle who did the same last year, and an aunt doing the same this year. Nothing left to do but for them to play out the string.

      It certainly is tough, but understandable.

    2. May 13th, 2011 | 9:58 pm

      When I saw Killer’s quote today –

      “It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end. With the continued love and support of my wife, Nita, I have exhausted all options with respect to controlling this awful disease. My illness has progressed beyond my doctors’ expectation of cure. ”

      I was very sad. Classy guy. He deserves better.

    3. 77yankees
      May 17th, 2011 | 1:19 pm

      Sad news today that Killebrew had passed away. I never had the privilege of seeing him play, but hearing and reading about him through the years, he was similar to Frank Howard from the same era – a feared slugger who had the respect of all of his opponents and the reverence of every one of his teammates.

      R.I.P. #3

    4. MJ Recanati
      May 17th, 2011 | 2:31 pm

      @ 77yankees:

    5. Raf
      May 17th, 2011 | 7:20 pm


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