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Rod Carew on Harmon Killebrew: 'I can never thank him enough'

May 17, 2011 |  9:48 am

Harmon2_300 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."


Obituary: Harmon Killebrew dies at 74

Photos: Harmon Killebrew, 1936-2011

-- Kevin Baxter in Oakland

Photo: Harmon Killebrew in 1965. Credit: Harold Valentine / Associated Press