Harmon Killebrew, who for 14 seasons wowed Minnesota Twins fans with his copious home runs, passed away yesterday at age 74. Killebrew left an indelible mark on Minnesota, and is commemorated with a statue at Target Field (the Twins’ current home), and with a street named for him at the Mall of America (built on the site of Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins’ original home). This bumper sticker, from 1965, represents the peak of his popularity. No, “The Killer” didn’t actually run for Governor that year, but he did lead the Twins to their first World Series appearance, where they forced the Los Angeles Dodgers to seven games but fell short of the title. Though he finished his career with the Kansas City Royals, Killebrew entered the Hall of Fame as a Twin in 1984, and continued to keep close ties to Minnesota.
May 18, 2011