Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Baseball's kind "Killer"

Not long after I arrived in Minneapolis as a kid sportswriter for AP, I met Harmon Killebrew, then an announcer for the Twins. For the next several years, I enjoyed his company tremendously.

He was generous with his time, gracious with his words and gentle with his deeds.

Indeed, as a human being, he was the opposite of the nickname he earned as a home-run smashing Hall of Famer: Killer.

Harmon died Tuesday after a long fight with cancer. Baseball, and the world in general, is worse for his absence.

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