Baseball has lost another legend.
Harmon Killebrew, 74, succumbed to his battle with cancer Tuesday. He battled it for several months, but the cancer — as usually the case — won. And it’s a shame as Killebrew seemed to be one of the most genuine Hall of Famers out there.
Through my years of working with the area newspapers, I’ve had the chance to meet and interact with many Hall of Famers. I never had a personal dealing with Killebrew, but every time I saw him in Cooperstown, whether as a fan or when I was working, he always seemed happy and genuinely excited to talk with fans.
The photos in this post were taken in 2007 during the Hall of Fame week, when Killebrew was signing autographs outside of one of the local businesses. After taking this photo, I watched for a little longer and Killebrew really seemed to enjoy being out and interacting among fans.
It was just a few days ago when he released a statement saying the disease was incurable and he was ceasing treatments and entering Hospice care to spend his final days with his wife and be in comfort.
His battle ended Tuesday.
It’s been a tough year for the Baseball Hall of Fame in regard to losing some of its elder statesmen.
On May 6 of last year, former Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts died.
And since the last Hall of Fame ceremony in July, the Hall has now lost four members since then. Sparky Anderson died in November, Bob Feller in December, Duke Snider in February and now Killebrew.
Needless to say, it would appear the Hall will likely be working toward a very moving “In Memory” video at this year’s ceremony in late July.
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