Rod Carew, who played for the Angels and the Minnesota Twins, issued the following statement Tuesday on the passing of teammate and fellow Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew:
"This is a sad day for all of baseball and even harder for those of us who were fortunate enough to be a friend of Harmon's. Harmon Killebrew was a gem. I can never thank him enough for all I learned from him. He was a consummate professional who treated everyone from the brashest of rookies to the groundskeepers to the ushers in the stadium with the utmost of respect. I would not be the person I am today if it weren't for Harmon Killebrew. He was a Hall of Famer in every sense of the word."
-- Kevin Baxter in Oakland
Photo: Harmon Killebrew in 1965. Credit: Harold Valentine / Associated Press