Skip to comments.Harmon Killebrew has passed away
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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Wow, that was quick since his recent public announcement to enter hospice. Prayers to Mr. Killebrew and his family. RIP.
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.
I met him many years ago at the old Met Stadium when fans were allowed on the field for autographs.
RIP my old friend!
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.
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.
“Palliative care” typically does not last long.
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.
RIP, Harmon Killebrew.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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”
RIP Harmon Killebrew
Condolences and Prayers of Comfort to the family, fans and friends.
Here’s a Home Run Derby vs. Mickey Mantle:
First player to hit a ball out of old Tigers Stadium, over the left field roof - only 3 others ever did it ...
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.
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.
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.
Nonsense. Hospice workers ARE Angels of mercy.
Yes, people do “graduate” from hospice care. It is a misconception that it is the death watch ward exclusively.
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.
You have no idea...what you are talking about.
Got any stats, references to back that up?
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.
One of the greats when it REALLY WAS A GAME!
He would fit in good in a remake of Field of Dreams.
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.
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.
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!
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.
“Growing up in Minneapolis, my brothers and I would get in fist fights over who got to be Killebrew when we played baseball.”
Well at least the loser could be Tony Oliva!
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...
>>>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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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