Harmon Killebrew began life like many others. He grew up in Payette, Idaho, and attended public schools. He even loved baseball. What set him apart is that he excelled at baseball, becoming known in the Major Leagues as Harmon "Killer" Killebrew. Even today, he is regarded as one of the most productive power hitters in major league baseball history. He hit 573 home runs during his professional baseball career.
Killebrew began his major league career with the Washington Senators from 1954-1960. In 1961, he joined the Minnesota Twins. He stayed until 1974. He played for the Kansas City Royals in 1975, and then left baseball as a professional player. During his baseball career, he was selected thirteen times to American League All-Star Teams, was the American League Home Run Champion for six years, was the American League's "Most Valuable Player" in 1969, and was the captain of the American League All-Star Team in 1985. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
In 1976, Killebrew started an insurance business with a former U.S. Congressman. Until 1984, Harmon worked as Killebrew & Harding, Inc. selling business insurance and estate planning. EF Hutton Financial joined forces with Killebrew & Harding, offering financial and estate planning, making Killebrew the Vice President of Operations. A third partner was added in 1984, and they became Killebrew, Harding, & Harper. Killebrew left the insurance business in 1987 to devote time to his automobile dealership, Harmon Killebrew Motors, which he started in 1984, in Ontario, Oregon. He sold the dealership in 1990, moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, with his wife, Nita, to establish Professional Endorsement, through which he arranges appearances and endorsements.
In 1998, Killebrew and Nita established the Harmon Killebrew Ltd. The foundation allows Killebrew to donate funds to worthy causes, such as the Hospice Care Foundation and cancer research.
Killebrew was initiated into Templar Chapter DeMolay in Payette, Idaho, in 1954. He received the Legion of Honor in 1985. Killebrew was a member of the first class to be inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on November 13, 1986.
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