Harmon Killebrew

Topics: Harmon Killebrew, Home run, Minnesota Twins Pages: 2 (544 words) Published: April 10, 2013
The life of Harmon Killebrew
It was the bottom of the 9th and the killer was up. Harmon Killebrew was born on June 29th 1936 in Payette, Idaho. For most of his youth he worked as a farmworker. He was an avid athlete and loved playing football and Baseball for Payette High school. Killebrew earned twelve varsity sports letters while he was in high school. In his senior year Killebrew earned the title as an all-American quarterback playing for Payette High school and later on receiving an athletic scholarship offer from the University of Oregon to play football but declined the offer to play for them.

In the 1950s Idaho senator told Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith that Killebrew who at the time was playing for a local semi pro team was hitting a .847 batting average. Killebrew later that year signed with the Washington Senators at the young age of seventeen becoming one of the youngest active players in the MLB but under the MLB Bonus rule that requires that he spends two full seasons on a major league roster. He was sent to Washington’s Minor league team in Charlotte because he was struggling at the plate and in the field. Later that year he returned and was back on the Washington Senators roster but this time he was starting for them but again was sent back to Charlotte because of his struggle at the plate. In 1958 Killebrew became the regular third baseman for the Washington Senators because of a trade the owner decided to make with another teammate which forced him to become the Washington Senators third baseman.

During the 1960s the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota to become the Minnesota Twins. During the Franchise first year Killebrew was named team captain he quickly to on this role by hitting forty six home runs and breaking the single season home run record. Later that year in July Killebrew entered the Home run Contest where he hit twenty home runs to win the contest. In the following Year Killebrew broke the Twins single season...
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