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3. Harmon Killebrew

3. Harmon Killebrew
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 29, 1936 in Payette, ID USA
  • Weight: 195 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 23, 1954
  • Final Game: September 26, 1975
  • TSN All-Star - 1964
  • TSN All-Star - 1967
  • Most Valuable Player - 1969
  • TSN All-Star - 1969
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1969
  • TSN All-Star - 1970
  • TSN Player of the Year - 1970
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1971
  • MVP - 1959
  • MVP - 1961
  • MVP - 1962
  • MVP - 1963
  • MVP - 1964
  • MVP - 1965
  • MVP - 1966
  • MVP - 1967
  • MVP - 1969
  • MVP - 1970
  • MVP - 1971
 
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Harmon Killebrew was signed under the then “Bonus Rule” meaning that the 18 year old had to spend two full seasons in the Majors before he was essentially ready.  The Washington Senators would then take their time developing the budding power hitter, and they were right to do so.  “The Killer” was clearly worth the wait.

Killebrew would become the team’s starting Third Basemen in 1959 and went to his first of what would be thirteen All Star Game appearances.  “Hammering Harmon” was a power hitter, one of the best ever.  He would win the Home Run Title six times and go over 40 dingers in a season eight times.  559 of his 573 career Home Runs was as a Twin, and while he was never really thought of as a great hitter for average, he would four times lead the American League in Walks, one of those seasons saw him get enough free passes to win the On Base Percentage Title in 1969, which by the way was an MVP season for him.  Five other times, Killebrew would finish in the top five in MVP voting.

In 1984, Harmon Killebrew would go into the Baseball Hall of Fame, nine years after Minnesota retired his number 3, making him the first Twin to earn that honor.  The Twins also honroed Killebrew by enshrining him as part of their first Hall of Fame Class in 2000.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base, Third Base, Designated Hitter, Outfield
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent (Bonus Baby) 1/19/54
  • Departed: Signed with the Kansas City Royals as a Free Agent 1/24/75.
  • Games Played: 2329
  • Notable Statistics: 1,258 Runs Scored
    2,024 Hits
    277 Doubles
    24 Triples
    559 Home Runs
    1,540 RBI
    18 Stolen Bases
    .258/.378/.514 Slash Line
    60.5 bWAR

    13 Playoff Games
    6 Runs Scored
    10 Hits
    1 Double
    0 Triples
    3 Home Runs
    6 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .250/.444/.500 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards: MVP (1969)
    All-Star (1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 & 1971)
    Lou Gehrig Memorial Award (1971)
    Highest On Base Percentage (1969)
    Highest Slugging Percentage (1963)
    Most Home Runs (1959, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967 & 1969)
    Most Runs Batted In (1962, 1969 & 1971)
    Most Walks (1966, 1967, 1969 & 1971)
    Most Extra Base Hits (1962)
    Most Hit by Pitch (1964)
    Most Sacrifice Flies (1967)
    Most Intentional Walks (1966, 1967 & 1969)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1965 & 1966)
    Highest Championship Win Probability Added (1965, 1969 & 1970)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a First Baseman (1976 & 1977)
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