Reusse: Slugger put Minnesota on baseball map in 1965

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 18, 2011 - 2:59 PM
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cschmuckMay. 17, 1110:32 PM

Well put Patrick! The Killer was the best. I wish all of today's players would play and love the game the way Harmon did. He was truly a class act.

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LimpDoggMay. 17, 1110:38 PM

Harmon you will be missed. I grew up in Massachusetts born in 1963 but I grew up with Number 3 as my hero. He is the first sports figure that I remember knowing of. My dad was a great admirer and he passed that on to me. I always wore number 3 in all my sports growing up. My sympathy to his family and all the loyal TWINS faithful. Nice story Patrick. Dave Churchill, Southern Vermont

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ccschonsMay. 17, 1110:47 PM

Thank you, Patrick. Your columns on Twins history are the best. (Followed by your stories on the contemporary Twins.)

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jocurtis72May. 17, 1110:54 PM

I wish I would have been old enough to see Harmon play. What a class act and great role model he was. Today's gutless version of the Twins could learn a thing or two from players like Harmon and Kirby. They went all out on the field. And nice to hear that the Twins could actually dominate the Yankees back then. I can't remember the last time the Twins did that to the Yanks, just that Gardengnome wasn't the manager at the time. It's time to wake up, Pohlads, fire Gardy and BS!

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drudgemonkeyMay. 17, 1111:06 PM

Thank you, Patrick!!! So glad you referenced the excitement of the great 1965 season, and Harm's great individual contributions in the franchise's early retrenchment in MN. Rest in Peace, Harmon.

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tmack24May. 18, 11 1:45 AM

Great column, he was a great ball player. I can recall many games in which he would hit one of those patented monster home runs and leap with joy. May he rest in peace.

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obholmenMay. 18, 11 6:11 AM

Thanks for the memories. I was there for both the Sunday afternoon game (the homer landed not far from me in the left field bleachers) and the all star game. After the all star homerun, we unfurled a sign that said "Forever Harmon" which had been the headline in the Mpls Star the evening before.

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minneg56May. 18, 11 6:14 AM

During these saddest of times in Minnesota sports -a welcome breath of fresh air in remembering Harmon and what he did as a baseball entertainer but as a great gentleman. Inded he showed as all what it is to be major league. RIP Harmon.

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longtimefanMay. 18, 11 6:40 AM

Thanks Pat. You've made me realize my love of the old Met was tied to the swing of Harmon. I never made that connection directly, until now. Ray Scott called it. Halsey Hall chuckled with glee and the crowd roared. Go Twins! Go Harmon!

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stover11May. 18, 11 6:46 AM

Good article...great photo! Isn't this the way baseball players are suppose to dress?

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