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Harmon Killebrew

Mvp Season

Killebrew tied Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox for the American League home run title in 1967, but the Twins lost the pennant the final weekend when they dropped the final two games in Boston. Two years later, Killebrew, rebounding from a hamstring pull suffered in the 1968 All-Star game, had a career season. He belted forty-nine homers, drove in 140 runs and was voted Most Valuable Player as the Twins, in baseball's new divisional realignment system, won the AL West title. Minnesota, however, lost the AL Championship Series in three straight to Baltimore in both 1969 and 1970. Killebrew homered twice in those six games.


1936 Born June 29 in Payette, Idaho
1954 Signed by Washington Senators as a "bonus baby," one week before 18th birthday. Makes major league debut on June 23.
1959 Becomes regular in Washington starting lineup
1961 Washington Senators relocate to Minneapolis-St. Paul—renamed Minnesota Twins.
1965 Bats .286 in seven games, hitting one home run as Twins lose World Series to Los Angeles Dodgers, 4 games to 3.
1969-70 Plays in American League Championship Series as Twins lose each year in three straight to the Baltimore Orioles.
1974 Released by Twins
1975 Plays final season for Kansas City Royals; ends career with 573 homers
1977 Helps found Danny Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament in honor of teammate who died of leukemia
1998 Founds Harmon Killebrew Foundation, Ltd., with his wife, Nita

After the 1970 season, Killebrew's career began a gradual decline, and the Twins released him after the 1974 season. Press reports cited fiction between Killebrew and Griffith, which Killebrew denied. Killebrew played his final season with the Kansas City Royals before retiring. He worked as a Twins broadcaster for a few years and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.

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