The post office in Harmon Killebrew’s hometown of Payette, Idaho, was renamed for the longtime Twins star during a ceremony on Friday.

 

 

Killebrew’s widow Nita, his five children and several grandchildren and great-children attended the ceremony, along with Idaho Gov. Brad Little, former U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Twins President Dave St. Peter. Labrador first introduced a bill in Congress to rename the post office, which was built in 1937 and is on the National Register of Historic Places, shortly after Killebrew’s death in 2011, and it was passed and signed into law last December.

Killebrew, a Hall of Fame player who spent seven seasons with the Washington Senators and 14 after the franchise relocated to Minnesota, grew up in the small town about 30 miles northwest of Boise before signing with the Senators as a 17-year-old in 1954. He went on to hit 573 career home runs, including a franchise-record 475 while playing with the Twins.

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