Harmon Killebrew, then with the Washington Senators, shakes hands with President Dwight D. Eisenhower before the start of a game in 1959 against Boston. At center is Calvin Griffith, president of the Senators.
Kept his promise
Minnesota Twins first baseman Killebrew poses with 9-year-old Johnny Guiney Yankee Stadium on Sept. 12, 1964. Killebrew had visited Guiney in May after he was hospitalized with critical burns suffered when his altar boy robes caught fire. Johnny asked his idol to hit a homer, and the leading home run hitter in the major leagues responded with a first inning, two-run blast.
Minnesota Twins first baseman Harmon Killebrew in action during the 1969 season. Killebrew made 11 All-Star appearances during a 22-year career spent mostly with the Washington Senators and the Twins when they moved to Minnesota in 1961.
All Stars, Baltimore Orioles' Frank Robinson, Minnesota Twins' Harmon Killebrew and Oakland Athletic's Reggie Jackson, in the clubhouse after defeating the National League 6-4, in Detroit in the 1971 Midsummer Classic.
Killebrew in action during the 1973 season. Killebrew is 11th on baseball's all-time home run list with 573. Killebrew's eight seasons with 40 or more homers is tied for second in league history to Babe Ruth.
Can I have your autograph?
President Ronald Reagan, right, holding an autographed baseball as he talks with soon to be Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, formerly of the Minnesota Twins, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., in 1984. Killebrew, along with other former baseball players, were in Washington for the Old Timers Baseball Classic.
Minny happy returns
Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett enjoying a laugh with fellow Hall of Fame star Harmon Killebrew during ceremonies honoring Twins announcer Bob Casey, in Minneapolis on May 31, 2003.
Hank Aaron, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, Frank Robinson and Mark McGwire — members of the 500 home run club — are acknowledged before the Major League Baseball Century 21 Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park on July 12, 2004 in Houston, Texas.
No generation gap
National League All-Star Barry Bonds of the San Francisco Giants greets with fellow 500 Home Run club member Harmon Killebrew during the Major League Baseball 2004 Century 21 Home Run Derby at Minute Maid Park on July 12, 2004 in Houston, Texas.
Enshrined at Cooperstown
Killebrew was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984 and was fifth on the career home run list when he retired in 1975 after one season with the Kansas City Royals.
In the plaza outside Target Field, there is a giant bronze glove where fans pose for pictures. It is the same distance from home plate, 520 feet, as that longest home run Killebrew ever hit. His No. 3 jersey is retired, and this bronze statue in his likeness stands outside the ballpark.
Killebrew signs autographs before the Hall of Fame Classic baseball game in Cooperstown, NY, in 2010. He was active at Twins events throughout his lifetime.
Still a Twin
Killebrew has maintained a regular presence around the Twins over the years. He made an effort to get to know almost all the current players, striking particularly close friendships with Michael Cuddyer (pictured with Killebrew during the 2010 ALDS) and Jim Thome, among others.
Hall of Famer and former Twins star Harmon Killebrew, who died May 17, was the highest-profile MLB loss in 2011. Other deaths included Cy Young winner and Orioles pitcher Mike Flanagan, who took his own life on Aug. 24., former Dodger Duke Snider, former Royal Paul Splittorff, former manager Chuck Tanner, former infielder Jose Pagan, former manager Dick Williams, former Yankee Hideki Irabu, former slugger Matty Alou, former Cards pitcher Bob Forsch and Mariners prospect Greg Halman.
Roses sit on the plaque by the statue of Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame baseball player Harmon Killebrew by his statue on Target Field plaza, Friday, May 13, 2011, in Minneapolis.
Number 3 forever
The Minnesota Twins remember Killebrew by outlining the Hall of Famer's number behind second base.