Harmon Killebrew (June 29, 1936 – May 17, 2011) was an American
professional baseball first baseman, third baseman, and left fielder.
During his 22-year career in Major League Baseball, primarily with the
Minnesota Twins, Killebrew was a prolific power hitter who, at the time
of his retirement, had the fourth most home runs in major league
history. Second only to Babe Ruth in home runs in the American League,
he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984. He led
the American League six times in home runs and three times in runs
batted in (RBIs), and was named to thirteen All-Star teams. His finest
season was 1969, when he hit 49 home runs and recorded 140 RBIs. Known
for his quick hands and exceptional upper body strength, Killebrew hit
the longest measured home runs at Minnesota's Metropolitan Stadium,
520 ft (158 m), and Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, 471 ft (144 m). He
was the first of four batters to hit a baseball over the left field roof
at Detroit's Tiger Stadium.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The first privateer battle of the American Revolutionary War,
the Battle of Turtle Gut Inlet, was fought near Cape May, New Jersey.
During the second day of anti-Serb riots in Sarajevo (aftermath
pictured), numerous buildings owned by ethnic Serbs were vandalized and
The United States defeated England during the FIFA World Cup in
one of the greatest upsets in the competition's history.
Atlantis became the first U.S. Space Shuttle to dock with the
Russian space station Mir as part of the Shuttle–Mir program.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
(literary) Chiefly in place names: situated on the nearer side.
Wikiquote quote of the day:
Thou great Creator! Pardon us who reach For other heaven beyond
this world of thine, This matchless world, where thy least touch doth
teach Thy solemn lessons clearly, line on line. And help us to be
grateful, we who live Such sordid, fretful lives of discontent, Nor
see the sunshine nor the flower, nor strive To find the love thy bitter
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