Harmon Killebrew was The Man. If he went inactive later in life after his
marital problems and divorce from his first wife, so what. He still lived a
life worth emulating. And we could all do a lot worse as far as a good example
Thanks for highlighting this cool story, Vai. As you drive into Buena Vista
from I-81, there is a sign at the entrance to the city referencing it as the
hometown of Mr. Manuel. As an SVU alumnus, I appreciate the education you've
provided on who both of these good men are/were and why their stories are worth
I too grew up in Minnesota and was early on a baseball fanatic. I listened
faithfully to the radio and read the Star/Tribune daily for Twins news and was
very excited to go to occasional games at the Met. My parents converted in a
similar period as Harmon, but I do not recall it as news then.I
finally met he and his brother Robert when they were doing a tour in Europe.
His appearance was not very well advertised, so I was thrilled to have 30-40
minutes with just the two of them, talking about events, places and people. I
do not recall that we discussed our common LDS ties.While I long
suspected that Harmon was living the lifestyle of the LDS faith, I did not have
the impression that he was regularly active, with callings. I would be curious
to learn what the LDS community or influence in Payette was, as I suspect he was
naturally raised in and comfortable with LDS ways, though perhaps practice,
doctrine and worship were not his focus.Regardless, those I know who
knew him all felt hs was truly a kind, generous and unassuming gentleman known
respectfully as Killer.
Once again Via you made my day!
Another uplifting story that I wouldn't hear anywhere else. Thanks for sharing!
Great Story-I love a guy who remembers his roots.
Excellent article, especially how Charlie Manuel's comments helped soften the
attitude of the native's of Buena Vista towards the school.Re:
bikeboy: According to numerous biographies about Killebrew, he divorced his
first wife, Elaine, in 1989. He married his current wife, Nita, in 1990.
Regardless of his activity/membership in his later life, there is no doubt
Harmon Killebrew was so well-liked by so many because of the manner in which he
lived his life and treated others. May his family find peace during this time!
Harmon Killebrew grew up in Idaho, but was a convert to the LDS faith latter in
life. I'm a native Minnesotan and have been a lifelong Twins fan, so you can
imagine how a Mormon boy in the 60's thrilled to have a Mormon hero on his
favorite ball team. You cannot even imagine the amount of good he did in
Minnesota. I hope Harmon gets to swing the celestial bat at a few potatoes!Thanks Via for this article that provides one more instance of his
I'm a bit confused about Mr. Killebrew.Years ago Mom told me he was
a Mormon - when he was playing. Cool!This week I've read another
story at DN, saying he was baptized, apparently in 1966 during his career. And
he was famous for his apparent adherence to Word of Wisdom tenets... and his
"vice" being ice cream. (I can identify!)So - why does
his official obituary (carried in the Boise news - Payette is less than an hour
away) make no mention of his Mormon faith? And why was his Arizona service at
"Christ Church of the Valley"? I'm assuming maybe it's a "second
wife thing"? Or maybe like Mr. Huntsman, he wanted to downplay his
religious convictions for some reason...(Nice article, by the way!)
Thank you Vai, I look forward to your articles more than anything else I read.
what a great story, enjoyed it.. thanks.
Love Uncle Cholly. Great story. Go Phils!
Another interesting a good story - thanks Bro Sikahema.