PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew was remembered for his kindness and respect for all those he encountered in a moving funeral service on Friday.
Several hundred, including past and present members of the Minnesota Twins, attended the service at a suburban north Phoenix church on a gorgeous sunny morning.
Killebrew, who hit 573 home runs in his long major league career, died Tuesday of esophageal cancer at 74.
Former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven had those in attendance stand and cheer Killebrew for an imagined home run No. 574 near the end of the service, and the crowd responded with a rousing effort.
But it was Killebrew the man who was celebrated far more than Killebrew the baseball player.
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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Teammates, family and friends will gather Friday for funeral services for Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew, who died Tuesday of esophageal cancer. He was 74.
Several family members, former Minnesota Twins teammates and fellow Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven were among those scheduled to speak at the service at a church in the north Phoenix suburb of Peoria.
Pall bearers at the funeral included former Twins Rod Carew, Paul Molitor, Tony Oliva and Frank Quilici; current players Michael Cuddyer, Justin Morneau, and Joe Nathan, and manager Ron Gardenhire.
A private burial is scheduled Monday in Killebrew's hometown of Payette, Idaho. A memorial service is planned at Target Field in Minneapolis next Thursday night.