Before the Washington Senators became the Minnesota Twins, in 1954 they signed a kid from Idaho but 17 years of age, Harmon Killebrew. Besides being a nice man beloved by all who knew him, he was a pre-steroid era slugger who powered 573 home runs. The day he retired he ranked tenth in all time home runs, and second only to Babe Ruth in the American League. It was Killebrew who changed the franchise from also ran status to pennant winners.
Another Hall of Famer, Reggie Jackson, voiced this opinion: “If Harmon Killebrew isn’t the league’s best player, I’ve never seen one. He’s one of the greatest of all time.”