Wednesday, July 6, 2016
no. 550 - harmon killebrew
Who is the man: Harmon Killebrew was coming of his eighth-and-final 40-home run season when this card was issued. A year removed from his MVP season, he remained a feared slugger.
Can ya dig it: Killebrew appears to be in the depths of the batting cage here. Good shot.
Right on: Nice acting by Harmon. By the expression on his face, he seems to be admiring a titan blast.
You see that cat Killebrew is a bad mother: When Killebrew retired, he was fifth all-time in career home runs with 573. (He's currently 12th). Oh, and his nickname was "Killer".
Shut your mouth: David Letterman once dedicated an entire episode of his show on NBC to Harmon Killebrew. The Late Show had decided to host a Holiday Film Festival and asked various celebrities to create films that could be aired on the show. Letterman grew up a fan of Killebrew and asked him to make a movie. Killebrew didn't want to, but Letterman prodded him until Killebrew did. When the show aired, they ran out of time to air Killebrew's film. Letterman felt bad about that and decided to devote an entire separate show to Killebrew.
No one understands him but his woman: Killebrew was married twice. He had nine children.
(A word about the back): Killebrew is now sixth all-time in home run frequency. The top 10 is: Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, Barry Bonds, Jim Thome, Ralph Kiner, Killebrew, Giancarlo Stanton, Sammy Sosa, Ted Williams and Manny Ramirez.