Posts tagged: Harmon Killebrew
My mom and my Aunt Bernice were modest Idaho gals, which in 1961 meant wearing skirts to baseball games. That July 11 was the last time they did that. Fifty years ago Monday, I watched my first big league baseball game — the All-Star Game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. I’ve never seen its like since. Candlestick Park was the stadium of the San Francisco Giants, who had moved west from New York three years earlier. The ballpark was built on a spit of land that spilled into San Francisco Bay, and there every gust of wind west of China converged. As we walked up the concourse that day, one such gale arrived and blew my aunt’s and my mother’s skirts up over their heads. Mortified, they almost walked back to Idaho/Steve Crump, Twin Falls Times-News. More here.
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The passing of the great Harmon Killebrew recently caused a few Idaho political, history and baseball junkies to reflect on another guy from Payette, Idaho – one-term wonder Sen. Herman Welker. Welker is mostly forgotten to history these days, and probably deserves to be, except for two or maybe three footnotes in history. The Welker footnotes: 1) Welker’s nickname, Little Joe from Idaho, references his bosom buddy status with Sen. Joseph McCarthy, the Commie hunting, red-baiting politician from Wisconsin who had an entire era of politics – McCarthyism – named after him. Welker was just about McCarthy’s biggest defender, even as Joe was censured by the United States Senate. 2) Welker’s re-election was derailed in 1956 by a fresh faced young Idaho Democrat by the name of Frank Church/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here.
Question: Are you surprised that a former U.S. senator for Idaho would be 'Tailgunner Joe' McCarthy's biggest supporter?
Former Green Bay Packers and University of Idaho football star Jerry Kramer shares his memories of his friend Harmon Killebrew, during a memorial service for the former Minnesota Twin in the gymnasium of Payette High School, in Killebrew's hometown of Payette. Killebrew, who hit 573 home runs in his long major league career, died last week at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., of esophageal cancer at 74. Joe Jaszewski & Idaho Statesman capture Killebrew memorial in a photos here. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Joe Jaszewski)
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Minnesota Twins players stand along the third base line during a moment of silence to honor Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew before the Twins' baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday in Seattle. Killebrew, the big-swinging slugger for the Twins and an A's broadcaster from 1979-82, died Tuesday at 74 after battling esophageal cancer. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Legend has it that Idaho Sen. Herman Welker, also from Payette, tipped the Washington Senators to the fact that a strong kid in Idaho was worth a look. Welker wasn’t a great or even a very good senator, but he was right about Harmon. Welker pestered Clark Griffith, the Senators’ owner, until Griffith sent his scouting director to Payette, a little farm town hard along the Oregon border in southwestern Idaho. Harmon told the guy he was going to play football and baseball for the Oregon Ducks, but when the Senators’ scouting director (that could refer to Welker or the team) saw the 17-year old hit one 435 feet out of the park and into a “beet field, not a potato” field, Killebrew turned pro/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Report. More here. (2010 file photo: Harmon Killebrew signs autographs before the Hall of Fame Classic baseball game in Cooperstown, N.Y.)
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Former Minnesota Twins baseball player Harmon Killebrew poses with a statue of him unveiled near Target Field in Minneapolis on April 3, 2010. Killebrew, a Payette, Idaho, native who played major league baseball for 22 years and was the American MVP in 1969 and lead the Twins to the World Series in 1965, has died after a battle with throat cancer. Story here.(AP Photo/Andy King)
Harmon is heading for home. Harmon Killebrew - Baseball Hall of Famer with 573 home runs - is making his way toward home for the last time. He announced last week that he is seeking hospice care after fighting esophageal cancer. As a Minnesota-grown girl, my Minnesota Twins hero was Harmon Killebrew . And I have a 1967 scrapbook that says so. The Killebrew family also lived in our neighborhood for a brief time. We met when their family dog ran away from home and everyone helped in the search. When their dog gave birth to puppies, my sisters and I convinced our parents that a poodle puppy was essential to our happiness. We named the puppy - what else? - Homer. Mrs. Killebrew asked me to baby-sit one evening when she needed to run errands/Catherine Johnston, End Notes. More here.
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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, who was diagnosed with the disease in December. “It is with profound sadness that I share with you that my continued battle with esophageal cancer is coming to an end,” the former Twins and Washington Senators star said. “With the continued love and support of my wife, Nita, I have exhausted all options with respect to controlling this awful disease. My illness has progressed beyond my doctors' expectation of cure”/ESPN.com. More here. (AP file photo: Harmon Killebrew poses with a statue of him unveiled near Target Field in Minneapolis April 3, 2010.)
Question: Did you know that baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew is from Payette, Idaho?
Former Minnesota Twins baseball player Harmon Killebrew poses with a statue of him unveiled near Target Field in Minneapolis in this April 3, 2010, file photo. Killebrew, a native of Payette, Idaho, played major league baseball for 22 years and was the American MVP in 1969 and lead the Twins to the World Series in 1965. The Hall of Famer issued a statement today re: his battle with esophageal cancer. More here. (AP Photo/Andy King)
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