A baseball Hall of Famer who hit more than 500 home runs in the pre-steroid era died today, the Minnesota Star Tribune reported. Former Minnesota Twins slugger Harmon Killebrew was 74.
Killebrew had been battling esophageal cancer, and entered hospice a few days ago, as reported earlier. He died at home in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his family by his side.
Killebrew hit 573 career homers and was named AL MVP in 1969. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984. After his retirement, Killebrew was a baseball analyst for the Twins, Oakland Athletics and California Angels.
Twins President Dave St. Peter said in a statement, "No individual has ever meant more to the Minnesota Twins organization and millions of fans across Twins Territory than Harmon Killebrew. He will long be remembered as one of the most prolific home run hitters in the history of the game and the leader of a group of players who helped lay the foundation for the long-term success of the Twins franchise and Major League Baseball in the Upper Midwest. Harmon’s legacy will be the class, dignity and humility he demonstrated each and every day as a Hall of Fame-quality husband, father, friend, teammate and man."