IMDb Mini Biography By: Jon C. Hopwood
Minnesota Twins baseball Hall-of-Famer, whose 573 career home runs were, as of 2003, seventh all time, and the American League record for a right-handed hitter. 1969 American League Most Valuable Player.
First Baseman for Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins (1954-1974) and Kansas City Royals (1975).
Minnesota Twins All-Time Games Played Leader (2,329).
Minnesota Twins All-Time Homerun Leader (559).
Minnesota Twins All-Time RBI Leader (1,540).
Minnesota Twins All-Time Total Bases Leader (4,026).
Minnesota Twins All-Time Walks Leader (1,505).
Minnesota Twins All-Time Slugging Percentage Leader (.514).
Member of 1965 American League Champion Minnesota Twins team. Member of 1969 and 1970 American League Western Division Champion Minnesota Twins teams.
Named to 11 American League All Star Teams (1959, 1961 and 1963-1971).
1969 American League MVP. Finished 3rd in voting in 1962, 4th in voting in 1963, 10th in voting in 1964, 4th in voting in 1966, 2nd in voting in 1967 and 3rd in voting in 1970.
.509 Slugging Percentage (73rd All Time), 2,435 Games (59th All Time), 4,143 Total Bases (55th All Time), 573 Home Runs (7th All Time), 1,584 RBI (29th All Time), 1,559 Walks (13th All Time), 1,699 Strikeouts (14th All Time), 887 Extra- Base Hits (47th All Time) and 3,693 Times on Base (60th All Time).
Father of Ken Killebrew.
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
Retired in 1975.
Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in December 2010.
He became the 10th Major League Baseball player to hit 500 regular season home runs on August 10, 1972.
I didn't have evil intentions, but I guess I did have power.
Look for the seams (on a knuckleball) and then hit in-between them.
Well, I like to wash dishes, I guess. - when asked what he liked to do for fun
My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass'; 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'
Life is precious and time is a key element. Let's make every moment count and help those who have a greater need than our own. I like to tell the story of my loving mother, Katie, saying, 'We're here to help each other. What other reason could there be? So get with it, son.'
When I watch the games today I see pitches right down the middle called balls. So I don't know where the strike zone is these days. They seem to have a wide plate and a small strike zone. [in 1998]
In Major League Baseball (MLB), the 500 home run club is the group of batters who have hit 500 or more regular-season home runs in their careers. On August 11, 1929, Babe Ruth became the first member of the club. Ruth ended his career with 714 home runs, a record which stood from 1935 until Hank Aaron surpassed it in 1974. Aaron's ultimate career total, 755, remained the record until Barry Bonds set the current mark of 762 during the 2007 season.Gary Sheffield is the most recent to reach 500 home runs, doing so on April 17, 2009. Twenty-five players are members of the 500 home run club.
Of these 25 players, 13 were right-handed batters, 10 were left-handed, and 2 were switch hitters. The San Francisco Giants are the only franchise to see four players reach the milestone while on their roster: Mel Ott while the team was in New York, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and most recently Bonds. Four 500 home run club membersâ€”Aaron, Mays, Eddie Murray, and Rafael Palmeiroâ€”are also members of the 3,000 hit club. Sheffield's 500th home run was his first career home run with the New York Mets, the first time that a player's 500th home run was also his first with his franchise. Alex Rodriguez, at 32 years and 8 days, was the youngest player to reach the milestone while Ted Williams, at 41 years and 291 days, was the oldest.
Membership in the 500 home run club is sometimes described as a guarantee of eventual entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame, although some believe the milestone has become less meaningful in recent years. Four currently eligible club membersâ€”Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosaâ€”have not yet been elected to the Hall. Bonds and Sosa made their first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2013; Bonds received only 36.2% and Sosa 12.5% of the total votes, with 75% required for induction. Eligibility requires that a player has "been retired five seasons" or be deceased for at least six months, disqualifying seven living players who have been active within the past five seasons. Some believe the milestone has become less important with the large number of new members; 10 players joined the club from 1999 to 2009. Additionally, several of these recent members have had ties to performance-enhancing drugs. Some believe that by not electing McGwire to the Hall the voters were establishing a "referendum" on how they would treat players from the "Steroid Era"