Skip to comments.Harmon Killebrew ends fight against cancer (entering hospice, all options exhausted)
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.
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One of the nicest guys to ever swing a baseball bat.
A Prayer for a peaceful passing and comfort to the family and friends.
>>>A Prayer for a peaceful passing and comfort to the family and friends.
Dittos from another who grew up watching Harmon... sad.
He is obviously at peace...I will pray for him..
See you on the other side, Harmon.
I know you will be playing on a beautiful field. Hope to see you one day.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And the pool of professional athletes with real class is soon to shrink by one.
Hope his passing is peaceful and gentle.
I sure remember those Twins teams from when I was a boy: Killebrew, Carew, Tony Oliva, Bert Blyleven...what great memories.
Killebrew, Lemon, Sievers, Allison, Pascual, etc.
“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.
Was one of my hero’s when I was a kid. Sad.
Thank God for hospices.
Don’t forget Kerby Puckett(another REAL goood guy)!
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.
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.
Bummer. Absolute bummer. :(
God bless you, Harmon!
My first baseball mitt was a “Harmon Killebrew” model.
Wow..you’re right. Great recall..I remember that now..
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.
Rounding third and headed home safely.
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.
You’re a douche to hijack this thread with your bile.
The Mall of America sits where Met Stadium used to be. One of the streets that border the mall is Killebrew drive.
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:
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?
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.
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.
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.
Prayers for his suffering to be eased.
>>>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...
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.
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!
Dude, you need to reign in the obsession sometimes.
Note: I am a Methodist.
I had that card. He was a great hitter.
Anyone else remember the game, I think it was in 67, when the Twins no-hit the Tigers but the Tigers won the game?
Or was that the Orioles? (Sorry)
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