"No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins Territory than Harmon Killebrew." -- Twins President Dave St. Peter

It's rare when a baseball player as incredible as Harmon Killebrew turns out to be an even more incredible human being.

It's an unfortunate fact of life in the big leagues that fame and money changes many players. In Killebrew's case, he made changes, benefiting communities around Twins Territory by way of his foundation and hosting charity events such as his Golf Classic tournaments once his playing days were over.

The humble Hall of Fame legend, best known for belting longballs of ridiculous lengths and helping the team appear in their first World Series back in 1965, ended his tragic battle with esophageal cancer this morning at his Arizona home at the age of 74, after deciding to enter hospice last week.

The Twins will don their 1961 throwbacks at Target Field for the remainder of the season to honor "The Killer."

The grounds crew have placed The Killer's photo under home plate. [Twitpic]

Great video of Killebrew crashing BLB's interview with Michael Cuddyer. [Babes Love Baseball]

Harmon Killebrew: 1936-2011 [Aaron Gleeman]

Baseball's Humble Slugger Dies [NPR]

Harmon Killebrew Passes Away at 74 [Twinkie Town]

Statements about the Passing of Harmon Killebrew [Twins Insider]

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