According to the Associated Press, the most famous Minnesota Twin in franchise history, passed away today at the age of 74.
Harmon Killebrew, who had 573 home runs (11th all-time), and 1,584 runs batted in over a 21 year career with the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals died of esophageal cancer.
In 1969, Killebrew won the American League Most Valuable Player Award after setting Twins’ team records for most home runs in a season (49), runs batted in (140) and walks (145).
Killebrew is also known for hitting the longest home run in the history of Met Stadium in Minnesota (where the Twins play) not New York, (home of the Mets). He accomplished that feat on June 3, 1967 when he hit a home run that went 500 feet.
A first baseman, third baseman and left fielder, Killebrew was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York in 1984.
A father of nine, Killebrew was a successful businessman in insurance, the automobile industry and financial planning after his death.