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Harmon Killebrew has passed away
Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | May 17, 2011 | La Velle E. Neal III

Posted on 05/17/2011 9:03:09 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

With his family by his side, Twins great Harmon Killebrew, one of the all-time great sluggers and one of the all-time great gentlemen, passed away Tuesday morning.

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KEYWORDS: baseball; killebrew; mlb; obituary; twins
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R.I.P.
1 posted on 05/17/2011 9:03:12 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement
Rest in Peace Harmon Killebrew.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
2 posted on 05/17/2011 9:05:41 AM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN '69 - St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Wow, that was quick since his recent public announcement to enter hospice. Prayers to Mr. Killebrew and his family. RIP.


3 posted on 05/17/2011 9:05:53 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: ConservativeStatement
Thanks for the memories of my baseball youth Harmon...
Say HI to Sparky and the others for me.
4 posted on 05/17/2011 9:06:10 AM PDT by Paul46360
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To: ConservativeStatement

Rest in Peace, Mr. Killebrew. You brought happiness and excitement to a kid from Yopnkers at the ballpark in the Bronx for many years.

Condolences to the Killebrew family.


5 posted on 05/17/2011 9:07:08 AM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I met him many years ago at the old Met Stadium when fans were allowed on the field for autographs.

RIP my old friend!


6 posted on 05/17/2011 9:07:44 AM PDT by Zathras
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To: ConservativeStatement

Game Called. Across the field of play
the dusk has come, the hour is late.
The fight is done and lost or won,
the player files out through the gate.
The tumult dies, the cheer is hushed,
the stands are bare, the park is still.
But through the night there shines the light,
home beyond the silent hill.

Game Called. Where in the golden light
the bugle rolled the reveille.
The shadows creep where night falls deep,
and taps has called the end of play.
The game is done, the score is in,
the final cheer and jeer have passed.
But in the night, beyond the fight,
the player finds his rest at last.

Game Called. Upon the field of life
the darkness gathers far and wide,
the dream is done, the score is spun
that stands forever in the guide.
Nor victory, nor yet defeat
is chalked against the players name.
But down the roll, the final scroll,
shows only how he played the game.

-Grantland Rice


7 posted on 05/17/2011 9:08:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: ConservativeStatement

Sad to hear this. I was listening to a sports talk show on Saturday and they were discussing him as if already at his wake. So I assumed he had taken a turn for the worse.


8 posted on 05/17/2011 9:09:13 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: ilgipper

“Palliative care” typically does not last long.


9 posted on 05/17/2011 9:10:47 AM PDT by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: ConservativeStatement

This is so sad. Killebrew was a wonderful ambassador for baseball and seemed like such a great guy. I saw him at an Old Timers Game at Candlestick Park in the early 80’s. Thanks for the memories Harmon, prayers for his family, friends and fans.


10 posted on 05/17/2011 9:11:38 AM PDT by nicksaunt
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To: ConservativeStatement
Gone, but forever remaining....

Was Harmon Killebrew the inspiration for the MLB logo?


11 posted on 05/17/2011 9:13:33 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Fond memories of a great baseball player.

RIP, Harmon Killebrew.

12 posted on 05/17/2011 9:16:15 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP.


13 posted on 05/17/2011 9:19:17 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: ConservativeStatement
Just checked his stats at "Baseball-Reference.com" - mind-numbing numbers across 22 Major League seasons.
And and all-around great guy, from what I've heard.
Baseball mourns.
15 posted on 05/17/2011 9:21:30 AM PDT by Psalm 73 ("Gentlemen, you can't fight in here - this is the War Room".)
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To: ConservativeStatement

http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110513&content_id=19011444&vkey=news_min&c_id=min

RIP.


16 posted on 05/17/2011 9:22:44 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: ConservativeStatement

I know they can’t live forever, but I’m still sad when baseball legends pass away . Some died early in life: Roger Maris, Don Drysdale, Mickey Mantle.

Sandy Kofax and Yogi Berra are still alive. They are probably the last of my childhood sports heroes.


17 posted on 05/17/2011 9:28:57 AM PDT by 04-Bravo
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To: Reagan Man
Great baseball player and great person. He led the Minnesota Twins to the 1965 World Series but shortstop Zolio Versailles, who never had a great season before or after 1965 was named MVP. Granted, 1965 was not his best season and there were a lot of other great players on that team, but it was Harmon, Oliva, Carew and Kaat which kept the Twinkies in consistent contention for most of the decade.

I can never recall hearing him whine about being overlooked or overshadowed. He wasn't the greatest fielder in the world, but I believe he played every infield and outfield position except shortstop, so there was always some way to get him into the line up.

He homered a lot and struck out a lot. I think the only player in history who ever had ratios close to him in both categories was the immortal Babe Ruth. I'm sure they will be looking each other up in heaven to talk baseball and enjoy a hot dog together.

He was a true Hall of Famer both on and off the field. I believe it was the same scout who found our 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates Cy Young award winner Vernon Law who also discovered Harmon playing in the back woods of Idaho.

19 posted on 05/17/2011 9:30:46 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: 04-Bravo

I saw Harmon play when I was just knee high. Griffith Stadium when he was still a Washington Senator. I remember when he, Allison, Sievers, etc. came to visit my Little League in their grey flannel uniforms.


20 posted on 05/17/2011 9:32:42 AM PDT by conservaterian (Sarah/DeMint '12)
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To: ConservativeStatement

As a Detroiter who grew up in the 50s and 60s, I have fond memories of Killebrew taking on the Tigers, appearing on Home Run Derby, etc.

May he rest in peace.


22 posted on 05/17/2011 9:35:41 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (How's that change workin' out for ya, Obama voters?)
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To: DManA

just sarcasm. Really, HK was a great man and an example to many on how you should lead your life. He will be missed. But some websites are already negatively dissing his religious beliefs.

But HK is a great example to all Christians of “....by their fruits ye shall know them”


23 posted on 05/17/2011 9:37:02 AM PDT by 47samurai (The last real conservative)
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP Harmon Killebrew

Condolences and Prayers of Comfort to the family, fans and friends.


24 posted on 05/17/2011 9:37:36 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: DJ Frisat

Here’s a Home Run Derby vs. Mickey Mantle:

http://www.hulu.com/watch/166978/home-run-derby-harmon-killebrew-vs-mickey-mantle


25 posted on 05/17/2011 9:37:52 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement
He was good ... really good ... I mean really, really good.
So good that as a Yankee fan, I "hated" him.
But I loved him too because he was part of the greatest game in the world.
And now, another piece of my youth disappears ... RIP my friend.
If there is a "field of dreams" - it's your turn to bat.

26 posted on 05/17/2011 9:38:13 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: ConservativeStatement

First player to hit a ball out of old Tigers Stadium, over the left field roof - only 3 others ever did it ...


27 posted on 05/17/2011 9:47:09 AM PDT by Lmo56 (If ya wanna run with the big dawgs - ya gotta learn to piss in the tall grass ...)
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To: ilgipper

Hospice is essentially assisted suicide. When you’ve decided your time is up, these angels of mercy will give you the hot shot. Bless ‘em.


28 posted on 05/17/2011 9:53:22 AM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: PieterCasparzen

“Palliative care” typically does not last long.”

Depends. (no pun intended)

My Mom, age 93 & already living in board & care, entered, then got out of the hospital and looked like she was a goner in mere days. She looked like pure crap.

45 days later, she’s blown everyone’s mind with how well she has recovered.

Statistically, I have no doubt you’re right. But sometimes people come out of hospice. Yes, it is the exception. Obviously, we’re all headed on a one-way path and at the point where everyone agrees a patient should be in hospice, the end clearly approaches.


29 posted on 05/17/2011 9:57:23 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (The New Normal. Same As The Old Awful.)
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To: pingman

Not, really. Assisted suicide ends it all at once. Hospice just helps ease you into it, so that your body doesn’t fight to stay alive. It can take or a week or even longer.


30 posted on 05/17/2011 9:59:18 AM PDT by Eva
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To: pingman

Nonsense. Hospice workers ARE Angels of mercy.


31 posted on 05/17/2011 10:03:50 AM PDT by DManA
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To: Attention Surplus Disorder

Yes, people do “graduate” from hospice care. It is a misconception that it is the death watch ward exclusively.


32 posted on 05/17/2011 10:05:47 AM PDT by DManA
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To: 47samurai

some websites are already dissing his religious beliefs

There are always those that stoop to the bottom of the out house when they can not find anything else to try to discredit a person. I would have to assume miserable unproductive totally unintelligent people fall into that category.

Meanwhile, the people they diss have led productive role model lives, and I am glad to know of their accomplishments.


33 posted on 05/17/2011 10:06:54 AM PDT by handmade
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To: pingman

You have no idea...what you are talking about.


34 posted on 05/17/2011 10:07:01 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: PieterCasparzen

Got any stats, references to back that up?


35 posted on 05/17/2011 10:08:18 AM PDT by Osage Orange (MOLON LABE)
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To: All

Harmon Killebrew was everything that is “right” about baseball.

Growing up in Minneapolis, my brothers and I would get in fist fights over who got to “be” Killebrew when we played baseball.

A true gentleman, and one heck of a slugger!

His passing is the passing of an era.


36 posted on 05/17/2011 10:08:18 AM PDT by Spruce
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One of the greats when it REALLY WAS A GAME!

He would fit in good in a remake of Field of Dreams.


37 posted on 05/17/2011 10:09:31 AM PDT by Always Independent
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP


38 posted on 05/17/2011 10:10:31 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: ConservativeStatement

Rest in Peace Harmon.

I grew up in Bloomington in the 60s and 70s, a mile from the stadium.

Harmon Killebrew was a big part of the heart of Minnesota.


39 posted on 05/17/2011 10:10:59 AM PDT by kidd
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To: al_c; ConservativeStatement; ConorMacNessa; ilgipper; Paul46360; PzLdr; Zathras; dfwgator; ...
I couldn't care less about Commissar Selig's dumb logo, which he now makes all teams in his domain wear on caps, helmets, jerseys, pants, socks, etc., etc. It's all over the ballparks, including scoreboards and advertising signs, even on the bases. Enough already. And he probably stole the idea for the silhouette style of the logo from the NBA.

As for Harmon Killebrew, I'll agree he was a very nice guy. As a ballplayer, he was exceptional at one aspect of the game only: hitting home runs. His lifetime batting average was a mediocre .256, he was an average third baseman, and he was slow on the basepaths.

I feel bad that he passed away, but let's be honest about his baseball legacy.

40 posted on 05/17/2011 10:11:23 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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When I was a kid, his name was one on the tip of my tongue...a real, honest to goodness slugger...;

RIP GOOD MAN, YOUR TRIALS ARE OVER!


41 posted on 05/17/2011 10:11:31 AM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: pingman

So you have your opinion and I have mine. When I worked as a Hospice nurse the whole idea was to allow the person to be comfortable, have dignity, and help the family involved have the best of the remaining time that was possible.

What did you do when you worked with Hospice? You have worked with Hospice patients I assume.


42 posted on 05/17/2011 10:11:50 AM PDT by handmade
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To: Spruce

“Growing up in Minneapolis, my brothers and I would get in fist fights over who got to “be” Killebrew when we played baseball.”

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Well at least the loser could be Tony Oliva!


43 posted on 05/17/2011 10:13:27 AM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Thanks. I have several of these on tape, but they look great on Hulu! Also watched the one with Killebrew & Rocky Colavito, as he was with the Tigers for awhile...


44 posted on 05/17/2011 10:15:02 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (How's that change workin' out for ya, Obama voters?)
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To: justiceseeker93

>>>I feel bad that he passed away, but let’s be honest about his baseball legacy.

The only one not doing that seems to be you. By the way, he played first base, not third... you could even get that right in trying to diminish the man’s impact on the game. Schmuck.


45 posted on 05/17/2011 10:18:02 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: EyeGuy

Heh, interesting enough — There were 4 boys in my family, the “runner-up” in the melee got to be Oliva!

The losers could be anyone else, except Babe Ruth. No one was allowed to be Babe Ruth.

Great memories.


46 posted on 05/17/2011 10:19:11 AM PDT by Spruce
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To: DJ Frisat

It was always great to watch those old Home Run Derbys, because back then you could see the modesty of the ballplayers back them compared to the prima donnas of today.


47 posted on 05/17/2011 10:19:50 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

My favorite example of that was Al Kaline’s refusal of a $100k contract offer — not because it wasn’t enough, but because he felt that he wasn’t worth it.


48 posted on 05/17/2011 10:24:33 AM PDT by DJ Frisat (How's that change workin' out for ya, Obama voters?)
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To: All

Over the years, I have been blessed to meet and talk with several childhood “heroes.” Murcer, Ripken, Jr., Puckett,Brock, Gibson, Colavito, Yasztremski, Throneberry,Spahn, and Killebrew.

All had that special intangible quality of being comfortable in their own skin. They are/were humble. They are/were always putting the spotlight on others.

I met Killer when on a business trip when my shuttle driver (who shared the same last name) was surprised when I asked if he was related. He insisted that instead of the hotel, he take me to meet his Uncle Harm. I hated to leave that meeting. Special memories.

We are all fortunate to have such role models as he was. No complaining, just dealing with what he was dealt.

Gwjack


49 posted on 05/17/2011 10:24:49 AM PDT by gwjack (May God give America His richest blessings.)
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To: DManA

I had an aunt that was in and out of hospice prolly 4 times over a ~~2 year period.

At the risk of sounding “Ezekiel” on you, people in that condition are IMO not really lucky they are living that long in those various physical states.

But I should clarify, hospice is IMO a blessing and the people who work in it do great work. Each and every one of them I’ve met so far is unquestionably a diligent, competent, and caring caregiver.


50 posted on 05/17/2011 10:26:31 AM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (The New Normal. Same As The Old Awful.)
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