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Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger

Celebration of a baseball great

August 29, 2012
The Daily News

Before the days of steroids and synthetic strength, the drug of choice for men like Harmon Killebrew was a milkshake and records were set on the merit of natural athletic prowess.

A character straight out of baseball's romantic past, Harmon Killebrew is famous for his warm, gentle personality and tremendous swing that resulted not only in a record-breaking number of homers but also defined what it truly meant to be a power hitter.

"Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger" (Triumph) by Steve Aschburner chronicles the amazing career of one of the last great home run hitters, from his early days growing up in the tiny town of Payette, Idaho, and cutting his teeth with the Washington Senators to becoming the AL's all-time home run leader among right-handed batters-a title he held for 37 years.

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Drawing on interviews with his friends and family, this biography covers such insights as:

- His time as one of the "Bonus Babies" of 1953-1957 and how it influenced the rest of his career.

- His experience playing with the unforgettable 1965 Minnesota Twins and the tough World Series loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

- The personal and financial struggles he encountered after his playing career and how his return to baseball and the Twins organization was his salvation.

An incredible teammate and role model as well as friend and partner, Harmon Killebrew was a natural born athlete with a kind, soft-spoken demeanor that stood in stark contrast to his "Killer" nickname that came from his last name and the brute power he packed in his commanding swing.

Recently succumbing to a battle with esophageal cancer, he remains to this day a baseball luminary and an inspiration to up-and-coming baseball stars.

A riveting read for both Killebrew fans and baseball enthusiasts, "Harmon Killebrew: Ultimate Slugger" celebrates this all-American gentleman and baseball legend.



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