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Harmon Killebrew ends fight against cancer (entering hospice, all options exhausted)
Yahoo ^ | 5/13/11 | AP

Posted on 05/13/2011 9:35:08 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

MINNEAPOLIS, (AP) -- Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew says he will no longer fight esophageal cancer and is settling in for the final days of his life.

The Minnesota Twins released a statement on Friday from Killebrew, saying he has "exhausted all options" for treatment and the cancer is incurable.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: cancer; esophageal; harmonkillebrew; hospice
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I grew up listening to and watching Harmon Killebrew play ball as a Minnesota Twin and then go on to announce games.

One of the nicest guys to ever swing a baseball bat.

A Prayer for a peaceful passing and comfort to the family and friends.

1 posted on 05/13/2011 9:35:10 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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>>>A Prayer for a peaceful passing and comfort to the family and friends.

Dittos from another who grew up watching Harmon... sad.


2 posted on 05/13/2011 9:37:21 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: NormsRevenge
I remember, as a kid, a pic of Killebrew on the back page of the Daily News. It showed him doing a split at first base to reach a low throw. Absolutely amazing..he looked like a ballet dancer..was completely flush with the ground....wonder how to find it..it has to be on-line somewheres.

He is obviously at peace...I will pray for him..

3 posted on 05/13/2011 9:38:17 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

See you on the other side, Harmon.

I know you will be playing on a beautiful field. Hope to see you one day.


4 posted on 05/13/2011 9:40:24 AM PDT by FormerACLUmember (When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.)
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To: NormsRevenge

I saw him in old Griffith Stadium in DC when I was a kid. He could hit the ball - it just kept going and going.


5 posted on 05/13/2011 9:40:56 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: NormsRevenge

Sad. I must’ve been about four years old when my dad bought me my first pack of baseball cards. Killebrew was on top, right there under the bubblegum. One of my very earliest memories.


6 posted on 05/13/2011 9:40:56 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: NormsRevenge

What a great gentleman. A throwback to a different era. My boyhood hero, and one of the greatest ever to play the game. This is hard.


7 posted on 05/13/2011 9:42:06 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg ("It's hard to take the president seriously." - Jim DeMint)
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To: NormsRevenge

These are the kind of people that you really want to meet. They give the good fight and accept their fate as adults and don’t whine or blame others or look for handouts. A lot to learn about this man simply by his attitude as he is about to be lifted up. God Bless this man and his family.


8 posted on 05/13/2011 9:42:52 AM PDT by lesko
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To: NormsRevenge

9 posted on 05/13/2011 9:44:25 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like Everyone Else.))
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To: NormsRevenge

And the pool of professional athletes with real class is soon to shrink by one.

Hope his passing is peaceful and gentle.


10 posted on 05/13/2011 9:45:33 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ( If you can remember the 60s....you weren't really there)
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To: NormsRevenge
Prayers for Harmon Killebrew and his family.

I sure remember those Twins teams from when I was a boy: Killebrew, Carew, Tony Oliva, Bert Blyleven...what great memories.

11 posted on 05/13/2011 9:46:35 AM PDT by mojito
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To: Keith in Iowa

Same here.


12 posted on 05/13/2011 9:47:06 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: NormsRevenge

13 posted on 05/13/2011 9:47:07 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like Everyone Else.))
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To: ComputerGuy

Me too.

Killebrew, Lemon, Sievers, Allison, Pascual, etc.


14 posted on 05/13/2011 9:47:12 AM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: ken5050

“a pic of Killebrew on the back page of the Daily News. It showed him doing a split at first base to reach a low throw. Absolutely amazing..he looked like a ballet dancer..was completely flush with the ground”

As I recall, he did that in an All-Star game, and injured himself in the process.

He was one of my boyhood heroes.


15 posted on 05/13/2011 9:48:06 AM PDT by WL-law
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To: savedbygrace

16 posted on 05/13/2011 9:48:53 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like Everyone Else.))
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To: NormsRevenge

Was one of my hero’s when I was a kid. Sad.


17 posted on 05/13/2011 9:50:10 AM PDT by Invincibly Ignorant
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To: Invincibly Ignorant

http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Harmon_Killebrew_1936


18 posted on 05/13/2011 9:51:18 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: savedbygrace
Camilo Pascual could make a baseball break three feet.
Well, almost ;)
19 posted on 05/13/2011 9:51:18 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: Keith in Iowa
That winning Home Run Stroke!


20 posted on 05/13/2011 9:51:33 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Always Remember You're Unique.......(Just Like Everyone Else.))
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To: NormsRevenge

Thank God for hospices.


21 posted on 05/13/2011 9:54:26 AM PDT by youngidiot (Hear Hear!)
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To: mojito

Don’t forget Kerby Puckett(another REAL goood guy)!


22 posted on 05/13/2011 9:54:26 AM PDT by US Navy Vet (Go Packers!)
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To: mojito

I’ll never forget the 1965 World Series. I was in 6th grade, and some of the games were played on school days. I hid a transistor radio in my clothes, and listened with an ear piece.

I thought the World Series should be declared a school holiday, so we could watch the weekday games on TV.


23 posted on 05/13/2011 9:55:01 AM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: NormsRevenge

Ok, Twins, how about a name change at your ball yard:

“Harmon Killebrew Field at Target Park”

Pays proper tribute to the man without hurting the sponsor package. I’m guessing here that Target Corp paid a few bucks for the naming rights. Hopefully it can be done sooner rather than later.


24 posted on 05/13/2011 9:55:01 AM PDT by ssaftler ("John Galt, we need you!")
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To: NormsRevenge

Bummer. Absolute bummer. :(

God bless you, Harmon!


25 posted on 05/13/2011 9:55:10 AM PDT by Absolutely Nobama (A Movement that does not move cannot call itself a Movement.)
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To: NormsRevenge

My first baseball mitt was a “Harmon Killebrew” model.


26 posted on 05/13/2011 9:57:22 AM PDT by r9etb
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To: WL-law

Wow..you’re right. Great recall..I remember that now..


27 posted on 05/13/2011 9:57:25 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP
Wow! What a fantastic action photo!

It don't mean a thing if ya ain't got that swing.

And he had it!

God bless you in the tough days ahead, old buddy.

Leni

28 posted on 05/13/2011 9:58:17 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: NormsRevenge

Rounding third and headed home safely.


29 posted on 05/13/2011 9:59:23 AM PDT by pogo101
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To: NormsRevenge

Harmon Killebrew is everything that is “right” with baseball. My brothers and I always fought over who got to be Killebrew when we played baseball.


31 posted on 05/13/2011 10:03:14 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: NormsRevenge
Local Minneapolis media coverage
32 posted on 05/13/2011 10:03:17 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: Colofornian

You’re a douche to hijack this thread with your bile.


33 posted on 05/13/2011 10:04:52 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: ssaftler

The Mall of America sits where Met Stadium used to be. One of the streets that border the mall is Killebrew drive.


34 posted on 05/13/2011 10:07:55 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: ComputerGuy
I came along a little later, in Bloomington
Killebrew, Oliva, Carew, Tovar

Trivia:
The only part of the old Metropolitan Staduium that remains is the seat that Killebrew hit with the longest homerun there. It is located in its same spot in the present Mall of America:


35 posted on 05/13/2011 10:08:26 AM PDT by kidd
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To: Colofornian

I went back and reviews your posting history...

Did you really have to hijack a thread like this and use it to vent your hate of LDS? Really?

Schmuck.


37 posted on 05/13/2011 10:11:52 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Sad, but the question remains:

Baseball player/esophogeal cancer. Did Killebrew chew tobacco, or use snuff during his career on the field? If so, that fact should be known to try to educate young players.

I know a banker who has lost half his tongue and half his esophogus as a result of chewing tobacco as a teen. That question asked, my prayers are offered for a peaceful passing and comfort for those he leaves behind.

38 posted on 05/13/2011 10:12:37 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: NormsRevenge

I remember a double header at the Stadium in ‘61. Mick and Rog were going for Ruth’s record and the Twins were in. It rained baseballs all day long, due to the usual suspects, including Killebrew and Allison.

Killebrew was a great ball player, and the memories I have of him are all good. God Speed, Harmon. Mick and Rog, and a whole bunch of the guys are waiting for you to take your ups.


39 posted on 05/13/2011 10:12:58 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: youngidiot

Why don’t you guys take it to a religion thread. Show some class and tact - everyone is paying respect to a dying man and baseball legend.


40 posted on 05/13/2011 10:13:34 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: NormsRevenge

Prayers for his suffering to be eased.


41 posted on 05/13/2011 10:14:14 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: kidd

>>>The only part of the old Metropolitan Staduium that remains is the seat that Killebrew hit with the longest homerun there. It is located in its same spot in the present Mall of America:

There’s also a plaque in the floor of the mall at the spot of the old home plate...

Approximate GPS coordinates: N44.85508 W93.24270 — give or take 10 feet or so...


42 posted on 05/13/2011 10:15:05 AM PDT by Keith in Iowa (FR Class of 1998 | TV News is an oxymoron. | MSNBC = Moonbats Spouting Nothing But Crap.)
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To: kidd
I remember the '65 World Series - I was in Hospital Corps School at Great Lakes, IL. The Twins beat both Koufax and Drysdale and went up 2-0. After that, it was all downhill for the Twins :)
They were but the first Washington Senators team to abandon DC. The next absconders became the Texas Rangers.
43 posted on 05/13/2011 10:15:58 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: Colofornian

Mormans are great people and God loves ‘em.
Enough of that.
Harmon Killebrew was a great ball player. That’s coming from a Tiger fan. Comfort and peace to him and his family.


44 posted on 05/13/2011 10:17:38 AM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: NormsRevenge

Hope he reads FR. He is one of the baseball greats of my childhood, and a wonderful man to boot. Thanks for sharing your life with us big man! Great memories!


45 posted on 05/13/2011 10:18:04 AM PDT by RatRipper (I'll ride a turtle to work every day before I buy anything from Government Motors.)
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To: Colofornian

Dude, you need to reign in the obsession sometimes.

Note: I am a Methodist.


46 posted on 05/13/2011 10:19:24 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: PzLdr
Killebrew put up some whopping numbers in a long and productive 22 year major league career.
While nowhere near a .300 hitter, he drew a ton of walks and wound up with an impressive career on base percentage of .376, which is way above average. His lifetime slugging pct is over .500 and cranked 573 homeruns and over 1500 RBIs.

Twice he had an OPS (on base plus slug pct, now considered the most telling offensive stat) over 1.000 for a season, which is rarefied air.
47 posted on 05/13/2011 10:21:23 AM PDT by over3Owithabrain
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

I had that card. He was a great hitter.


48 posted on 05/13/2011 10:22:32 AM PDT by LS ("Castles made of sand, fall in the sea . . . eventually." (Hendrix))
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To: over3Owithabrain

Anyone else remember the game, I think it was in 67, when the Twins no-hit the Tigers but the Tigers won the game?


49 posted on 05/13/2011 10:22:43 AM PDT by sand lake bar
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To: sand lake bar

Or was that the Orioles? (Sorry)


50 posted on 05/13/2011 10:23:22 AM PDT by sand lake bar
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