» June 24, 1955: Washington rookie IF Harmon Killebrew hits his first HR in an 18-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers.
» May 1, 1959:
Harmon Killebrew's 10th inning home run, the 2nd of the game for the third sacker, gives Washington a 43 win over the woeful Tigers (2-14). Jim Bunning and Camilo Pascual each go the rout. Bunning is done in by errors by Eddie Yost and Rocky Bridges in the 8th, though Yost hits a double and home run against his old team.
» May 12, 1959:
Harmon Killebrew hits his 11th and 12th home runs and drives in five runs to lead the Senators to a 74 win over the Tigers. He also leads the American League in runs (26) and RBIs (28).
» May 29, 1959: President Dwight D. Eisenhower and his White House staff attend a game. He gets slugger Harmon Killebrew's autograph on a home run ball for his grandson David, as Washington defeats the Red Sox 76. The Killer will bang 15 homers in May.
» July 4, 1961:
At Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins sweep a pair from the White Sox, winning the opener 64 when Julio Becquer hits a 9th inning grand slam as a pinch hitter. Cal McLish shuts out the Twins in game 2 until the 8th inning when the Twins score 4 runs, 2 on Harmon Killebrew's only career inside-the-park-HR, off McLish. Appropriately, it is the Metros first IPHR. The Twins win, 42, behind Jack Kralick.
» September 4, 1961:
In Minnesota, the White Sox and Twins split a pair of 95 decisions in a day-nite DH. Harmon Killebrew hits his 39th homer in the opener to back Schroll's six innings of spotty pitching. Al Smith has four hits and four ribbies in the nitecap. Numberless rookie Joe Horlen makes his ML debut in relief and picks up the win. The only road uniform available has no number on it (as noted by Maxwell Kates).
» July 18, 1962: Minnesota is the first 20th-century club to hit two grand slams in one inning when Bob Allison and Harmon Killebrew connect in a team-record, 11-run first inning, against Cleveland. Barry Latman and Jim Perry serve the grand gophers. The Twins coast home 143.
» October 1, 1962: San Francisco wins the first of the best-of-3 National League playoff games as Billy Pierce takes his 12th straight at Candlestick Park, a three-hit, 80 victory. Willie Mays hits two home runs, giving him 49 in 1962, one more than American League leader Harmon Killebrew. Sandy Koufax, making just his 3rd start since returning from his hand injury, is the loser.
» September 21, 1963: Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew ties an American League record with four home runs in a doubleheader, a split with the Red Sox. Minnesota loses 112 after winning the opener 134. The Killer has three homers in the lid lifter.
» December 12, 1963: Minnesota LF Harmon Killebrew undergoes knee surgery.
» May 2, 1964: Minnesota becomes the 3rd club to hit four consecutive home runs in one inning. Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall, and Harmon Killebrew do the damage in an 11th-inning explosion that gives the visiting Twins a 73 win at Kansas City. The first three clouts are served up by Dan Pfister, and the last by Vern Handrahan. The Twins total six homers in the win.
» August 2, 1965: Harmon Killebrew suffers a dislocated left elbow in a collision with Baltimore's Russ Snyder. The Twins slugger will miss 48 games. Killebrew is leading American League in homers with 22 and RBIs at 70.
» June 9, 1966: Minnesota rocks Kansas City with the first 5-HR inning in AL history. Rich Rollins, Zoilo Versalles connect off Catfish Hunter, along with successive roundtrippers by Tony Oliva, Don Mincher (off Paul Lindblad) and Harmon Killebrew (off John Wyatt) in the 7th inning to give the Twins a 94 victory.
» July 25, 1967:
At Yankee Stadium, American League home run leader Harmon Killebrew gives the Twins a 10 lead with a 1st inning homer off Al Downing. Jim Kaat holds New York scoreless until two outs in the 9th inning when Mickey Mantle clocks a ball over the 457 mark to tie the score. The game is rained out with the score 11 and will be replayed on August 18. New York will win the replay, 10.
» September 26, 1967: Cleveland's Luis Tiant beats the Red Sox 63 despite Yaz's 43rd home run of the season. The Twins top the Angels 73 behind two monster home runs by Harmon Killebrew, his 42nd and 43rd of the season. Mickey Lolich blanks the Yanks, 10, for Detroit to tighten the pennant race. The Twins (9168) lead with Chicago (8968) and the idle Red Sox (9069) a game back, and Detroit (8969) one 1/2 back.
» September 30, 1967:
Boston beats the Twins 64 to tie Minnesota for first place. Carl Yastrzemski's 3-run home run gives him the American League-lead with 44th, but Harmon Killebrew answers with his 44th for the losers. Meanwhile, Detroit, which had games rained out on the 28th and 29th, plays two with the Angels. Mickey Lolich wins the opener, 50, his 3rd straight shutout, and Detroit takes a seemingly safe 62 lead into the 8th inning of the nitecap. The Angels then bat around, scoring six runs, to hand Detroit a devastating 86 loss. Detroit now trails Minnesota and Boston by a half-game.
» May 8, 1968: Oakland's Catfish Hunter pitches a perfect game against the Twins, winning 4-0. The 22-year old righthander hurls the first American League regular season perfecto in 46 years. He strikes out 11, including Harmon Killebrew three times, and drives in three of the A's four runs, the other coming on a two-out, bases-loaded walk to 1B Danny Cater in the eighth inning.
» April 19, 1969: Harmon Killebrew beats the Angels defensive shift by hitting an opposite field 9th inning single through the open right side of the infield to give the Twins a 65 win. Rod Carew ties the score in the 7th with a steal of home. The Twins have won five straight.
» April 27, 1969: Harmon Killebrew hits his 400th home run, and the Twins take first place in the American League West by beating Chicago 43.
» June 21, 1969: Minnesota scores a club-record 11 runs in an inning, the 10th inning at Oakland, and set major-league record for runs in the 10th, in winning 144. The Twins send 16 batters to the plate in the frame garnering eight hits, four walks, and three errors. Harmon Killebrew's 3-run homer is the big blow. Minnesota's 11 match the New York Yankees' 12th inning of July 26, 1928, for most runs for one club in extra innings, and shatters the previous high for the 10th inning of eight runs. The A's add a run of their own in the 10th to set a record (12) for runs in the 10th by two clubs. Yesterday, Oakland won, 32, in 14 innings.
» July 11, 1969:
Harmon Killebrew hits a pair of homers and a double to boost his RBI total to a American League-high 90. The Twins beat the Pilots, 92.
» November 12, 1969: Minnesota's Harmon Killebrew is voted American League MVP honors.
» April 25, 1970: Tiger P Earl Wilson fans for the 3rd out in the 7th inning against the Twins. On the 3rd strike by Jim Kaat, Twins C Paul Ratliff traps the ball in the dirt, and must either throw to 1B or tag the batter. Instead he rolls the ball back to the mound, ignoring the fact that ump John Rice has not signaled a K. As the Twins head for their dugout, Wilson begins running the bases and is around 3B when OF Brant Alyea retrieves the ball and throws to SS Leo Cardenas, who is standing by home. Wilson turns back to 3B but Cardenas and Alyea run him down for a 7-6-7 out on a 3rd strike. Wilson pulls a hamstring on the play and leaves, trailing, 21, and Detroit ties it up 33 in the 9th. But Harmon Killebrew singles home Tony Oliva in the bottom of the 9th for the win.
» June 22, 1970: Rod Carew, batting .376 for the Twins, injures his right knee during an attempted double play when Milwaukee's Mike Hegan slides into Carew. The injury will require surgery and sideline him until September. Harmon Killebrew's 5th inning homer with two on enables the Twins to beat the Brewers, 43 behind Jim Kaat.
» September 21, 1970: The A's Vida Blue no-hits the Twins 60, becoming the youngest pitcher to perform the feat since Paul Dean, 36 years ago to the day. The only base runner against Blue is Harmon Killebrew, who walks in the 4th inning. Bert Campaneris, who helps Blue with a leaping catch on Mitterwald in the 5th, adds a triple and home run. An Oakland crowd of only 4,284 watches Blue's 2nd ML start.
» October 4, 1970:
Dave McNally hurls Baltimore to a 2-0 ALCS lead as the Orioles blast the Twins 113. Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva hit home runs in a losing cause.
» July 13, 1971: In an All-Star Game featuring home runs by Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew, the American League triumphs at Detroit 64. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson's home run goes 520 feet.
» August 10, 1971: Harmon Killebrew becomes the 10th player to amass 500 home runs, and adds his 501st, but the Orioles beat the Twins 43. Mike Cuellar picks up the win.
» August 16, 1971: Harmon Killebrew, who has a higher percentage of his hits (28.6%) go for home runs than any other player, collects his annual triple in a 112 win over the Indians. It marks his 8th season when he will hit exactly one three bagger.
» June 27, 1972:
Nolan Ryan (8-5) triples and scores the go-ahead run in the 7th as California beats the Twins, 31. Poor base-running in the 4th doesn't help the Twins cause: With Harmon Killebrew on 3B and Steve Braun on 2B with no outs, Nettles flies out to Spencer in left field. Killebrew fakes a dash to the plate and Braun starts from 2B. A relay catches Braun at 2B and another throw nips Killebrew at 3B for a triple play.
» July 14, 1972:
The Twins cap a 3-run rally in the 9th, scoring the winning run when Harmon Killebrew draws a bases loaded walk from Red Sox reliever Newhauser. Boston wins, 76. Minnesota is helped by Juan Beniquez's 2nd straight three-error game, a record for American League shortstops. John Kennedy will take over the SS job, while Beniquez will play the rest of his ML career mostly in the outfield and at 1B.
» October 2, 1974: In the Rangers' season finale, Billy Martin allows Ferguson Jenkins to hit for himself rather than use the DH, the first such incident in the American League all season. Jenkins singles to break up the Twins Jim Hughes's no-hitter, scores the Rangers' first run, and goes on to win his 25th game of the season 21. With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Harmon Killebrew pinch hits for Larry Hisle and strikes out. It is the Killer's last ML at bat as a Twin. He'll sign on as a DH for the Royals after declining the Twins offer to manage in the minors.
» May 4, 1975:
Harmon Killebrew returns to the Met wearing the visitors Royals uniform. His #3 is retired before the game, and the Killer then brings the crowd to its feet when he unloads a homer in his first at bat. Minnesota wins 63, behind Jim Hughes.
» May 31, 1975:
The Royals beat the Brewers 75 in a game bridging the generation gap. Home run leaders Henry Aaron and Harmon Killebrew are in their 22nd ML seasons and winning pitcher Lindy McDaniel is in his 21st. All three were playing in the majors before Brewers SS Robin Yount was born.
» November 10, 1975: The Royals release slugger Harmon Killebrew, ending a 22-year career marked by 573 home runs, good for 5th on the all-time list.
» January 15, 1981: In his first year of eligibility, former Cardinals P Bob Gibson is the only person elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA. Players falling short of the 301 votes needed for election include Don Drysdale (243), Gil Hodges (241), Harmon Killebrew (239), Hoyt Wilhelm (238), and Juan Marichal (233).
» January 10, 1984: Luis Aparicio, Harmon Killebrew, and Don Drysdale are elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA.
» August 12, 1984: Harmon Killebrew, Rick Ferrell, Don Drysdale, Pee Wee Reese, and Luis Aparicio are inducted into the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York.
» June 10, 1992: At Milwaukee, Mark McGwire hits his 22nd homer of the year and his career 200th. It comes in his 2,852nd at bat, and he is the 5th quickest to reach 200. The fastest was Ralph Kiner (2,537), then Babe Ruth (2,580), Harmon Killebrew (2,584) and Eddie Mathews (2,811). Winning for first-place Oakland is Ron Darling (63).
» July 3, 1993: Detroit's Cecil Fielder becomes the 3rd player in history to homer onto the left field roof at Tiger Stadium, doing so in the Tigers' 11-5 loss to the Rangers. Harmon Killebrew and Frank Howard are the only other players to accomplish the feat.
» May 31, 2002:
Carlos Beltran hits a grand slam and adds a solo homer in the 11th to pace the Royals to a 107 win over Texas. His solo shot is the first of three consecutive home runs in the 11th, as Mike Sweeney and Joe Randa follow suit. They became just the 2nd team to hit at least three consecutive home runs in extra innings. The Twins had four consecutive home runs, from Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall and Harmon Killebrew, in the 11th inning, on May 2, 1964. Neifi Perez homers for KC, and Alex Rodriguez hits two for Texas.