Harmon's life: A timeline

  • Updated: May 18, 2011 - 3:14 PM

 

• Born June 29, 1936, in Payette, Idaho.

• Nicknamed "Killer" for his powerful swing. Said he built strong arms and hands hustling 10-gallon cans of milk on dairy farms as a kid.

• Team's first $100,000 player, in 1971.

• Played for Twins franchise for 14 seasons.

• As he led the league in homers in 1959 he was paid $9,000.

• In 22-year career, hit 573 home runs (475 in a Twins uniform); had eight seasons with 40 or more homers.

• American League MVP in 1969 and its first Hall of Fame inductee in 1984.

• Five children with his first wife, Elaine. Divorced in 1989; married Nita in 1990.

• Worked as Twins TV broadcaster for several years in the 1970s and '80s.

• When Killebrew retired in 1975, only Babe Ruth had hit more home runs in the American League.

• Set American League home run record for right-handed batters that endured for more than three decades, until Yankees' Alex Rodriguez hit his 574th in 2009.

• Hit longest measured home run at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, about 522 feet.

• A red seat from Metropolitan Stadium is suspended at the Mall of America, 520 feet from the stadium's home plate on the park floor.

• A bronze statue at Target Field memorializes Killebrew's low, compact swing, and the Gold Glove outside Gate 34 is 520 feet from Target Field's home plate, the distance of his longest home run.

• His number 3 jersey was retired by the Twins.

• Owned an insurance company in Idaho, auto dealership in Oregon, car leasing company in Bloomington.

• Was told he had esophageal cancer in December 2010.

• Died Tuesday in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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