Baseball remembers Harmon: What they were saying

  • Updated: May 18, 2011 - 10:41 AM
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"He was a man without pretense. I loved being around and I loved talking to him. He's what you hope all your players, retired or active, should be. He represented the sport brilliantly. I just can't tell you how much I thought of him. He was one of those rare human beings. You hear what a great guy he was, and, guess what, he turned out to be even better." -- Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig

"He was probably my favorite guy [in Minnesota] that I ever met. I got to go on a couple caravans with him. And he was awesome. I never heard anyone say a bad word about the man." -- White Sox catcher and ex-Twin A.J. Pierzynski

"This is truly a sad day in the history of the Minnesota Twins organization. The Twins will remember Harmon for his many on-field contributions but importantly for the impeccable quality of his character, his great integrity and his compassion for everyone he encountered." -- Twins Chief Executive Officer Jim Pohlad

"Harmon was a Hall of Famer on and off the field. He was baseball's version of Paul Bunyan, with his prodigious home run power, leading by example in the clubhouse and on the field. ... He was so down to earth, you would never realize he was a baseball legend. It's ironic that his nickname was "Killer," as he was one of the nicest, most generous individuals to ever walk the earth." -- Jeff Idelson, president, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

"He was a great person. Tremendous. He'd do anything for you. I never ever heard him say anything bad about anybody. Never. In all the years I'd been around him." -- Former Twins teammate and current Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

"As a young player, he helped me a lot just in conversations on the bench talking about the game. That was a time when a lot of veterans wouldn't talk to young guys. But you could ask him about hitting. You could ask him about being a professional, things like that. He was an MVP, a guy who went to, what, 13 All-Star Games? But he never acted like he was better than you were." -- Former Royals teammate Frank White

"When I first came here to Minnesota, I didn't speak one word of English. He called me rookie, and still 50 years later he called me rookie. He was a superstar. He treated me the same way as if I was one of the big guys on the ballclub. I never saw Killebrew put nobody down.'' -- Former Twins teammate Tony Oliva

"Our family and the Nationals organization were honored to host Harmon for a game last season at Nationals Park. We shall long treasure that evening and the gentlemanly impression left by Harmon. ... It is the fond memories of Harmon and his days with Senators that added fuel to Washington's desire to reclaim a major league franchise." -- Nationals owner Ted Lerner

"We've lost a great man. We certainly lost an ambassador to baseball, certainly in the Minnesota area. I'm really lost for words because Harmon was a great man. He certainly always tried to help people once he finished playing the game." -- Rangers manager and former Twin Ron Washington

" He looked like one of those big, strong country horses. You don't see guys like that anymore. He was a guy who really overpowered the baseball."-- Longtime Braves infielder Chipper Jones

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