Sad to hear of the passing of Harmon Killebrew. The Hall of Famer was 74 and died today after a gallant battle with esophageal cancer.
I remember watching him with the Twins. He was a terrifying batter who certainly didn't get cheated on his cuts. He swatted 573 home runs when that number meant more than it does today. In other words, pre-steroid era.
I also remember him getting hurt in an All-Star game by making a long stretch at first base. He messed up his hamstring on that play.
In the classic book "Ball Four," Jim Bouton talked about the fear that "The Fat Kid" put into opposing pitchers. He thought highly of Killebrew as most players did.
Unfortunately, I never had the chance to meet Killebrew. But from everything I've read and heard about him there wasn't a nicer, kinder man than him.
Harmon Killebrew, great ballplayer, great man. He'll be missed.
Condolences to his family, friends and former teammates.