Harmon Killebrew Autographed Baseball HOF Player with COA from B & J Collectibles of Lakewood, NJ. This ball comes in an acrylic case and is in excellent condition.
Harmon Clayton Killebrew (pronounced /ˈkɪlɨbruː/; born June 29, 1936) is a former Major League Baseball player. In a 22-year major league career, he was second only to Babe Ruth in American League home runs and retired as the career leader in home runs by a right-handed batter (the record has since been broken). He is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted in 1984.
Killebrew was a stocky 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m), 210 pounds (95.3 kg) hitter with a compact swing that generated tremendous power. He became one of the American League's most feared power hitters of the 1960s, belting 40 homers in a season eight times. In 1965, he helped the Twins reach the World Series, where they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had his finest season in 1969, hitting 49 home runs, driving in 140 runs, and winning the MVP Award. Killebrew led the league in home runs six times, in RBIs three times, and was named to eleven All Star teams. As a result, he was nicknamed "Killer" and was also called "Hammerin' Harmon". Killebrew never hit 50 home runs in a single season, but he did hit 49 homers in a season twice (1964, 1969). He hit the most home runs for any player in the 1960s.
With exceptional upper-body strength, Killebrew was known not just for home run frequency but also home runs of great distance, known as "tape measure homers". He hit the longest measured home runs at the ballparks in Minnesota and Baltimore, and was the first of just four batters who hit a baseball over the left field roof at Detroit.
Killebrew's batting strength was demonstrated by several "tape measure" home runs that he hit in the prime of his career.
On August 3, 1962, he was the first batter ever to hit a baseball over the left field roof at Tiger Stadium, a seldom-reached target as contrasted with the old ballpark's cozy right field area. Only three others would accomplish this feat during the next 37 seasons before the stadium was closed.
On May 24, 1964, Harmon hit the longest measured homer at Baltimore Memorial Stadium, 471 feet (144 m) to deep left center. The ball landed in the far reaches of the bleachers. The only player to hit one completely out of the Orioles' stadium was Frank Robinson in 1966, which was reported as about 451, or about 20 feet (6.1 m) less than Killebrew's hit.
On June 3, 1967, Killebrew hit a 520-foot (160 m) home run, the longest measured home run ever hit at the Twins' Metropolitan Stadium and the longest in Twins history. That event is commemorated at the Mall of America, which includes a plaque marking home plate, and one red-painted seat from the Met which was placed at the location and elevation of the landing spot of the home run.
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