The Minnesota Twins have announced the passing of legendary slugger Harmon Killebrew.
Killebrew, who announced on Friday that he was ending his fight against esophageal cancer, passed away on Tuesday morning at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 74 years old.
Killebrew, who began his career with the Washington Senators in 1954, played 20 of his 21 Major League seasons with the Senators and Twins, who moved from Washington, D.C. to Minnesota prior to the 1961 season. He was the 1969 American League MVP, and was elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1984.
As the record books stand today, Killebrew is eleventh on baseball's all-time home run list with 573 blasts.
Killebrew's number three is one of only five numbers that have been retired in Twins history, along with Tony Oliva's #6, Kent Hrbek's #14, Rod Carew's #29, and Kirby Puckett's #34.
We send our deepest and most heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Harmon Killebrew.