Posted by: Jim E | June 16, 2011

Harmon Killebrew…Mudcat Grant…It’s A Wonderful World…And It Is!!!…

I’ve had this on my “list” for a few weeks…and after having my fill of all the regular stuff in the news…almost all negative…I thought…”Why not bring something to the table that may just inspire us a little.”…maybe lift us up…

Being a Minnesota transplant to Little Rock…I still have my ties there…and when Harmon Killebrew died on May 17, 2011…just a month ago…(I posted a couple of pictures of Harmon…one young and one not so young)…I listened to his memorial at the Twins new field…it was a typical Minnesota spring day…looked a bit cool, but at least no snow…jackets and coats all around…but Minnesotans are up to it…it was a wonderful service…Harmon was eulogized by many…but here’s a bit about him…born in Payette, Idaho, June 29, 1936…he was 74 when he died, almost 75…he was a quiet man, a gentleman by all accounts…never drank or smoked…his career lasted for 22 years, mostly with the Minnesota Twins…he was about 5’11” but a stocky 210 pounds…and was noted for his home runs…not necessarily for the frequency but for their distance…he was a power hitter for sure…second to Babe Ruth in career home runs in the American League…just an all-around good guy…elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame…

And why put Mudcat Grant in this post???…well, Mudcat played for the Twins from 1964-1967 and they became friends…he was an outstanding pitcher (I’ve added a picture of Mudcat Grant from his time with the Twins)…I remember both of these players during those years…and why the song, “It’s a wonderful world”???…well, I will let Mudcat, at 75, sing it for you…and explain…Harmon was a real role-model…and Mudcat speaks to that before he sings in this video…(and for you past Twin fans…Ric Oliva, Tony Oliva’s son plays the guitar)…enjoy…

So, how are you today???…are you feeling like it’s a wonderful world…Oh, it is so wonderful…I look outside and see all the wonders that Mudcat is singing about…and the wonders he and Harmon saw in their lifetime…and toward the end now…it is appreciated so much more…so how’s it going for you…Oh, let those beautiful and wonderful things of life be in front of your eyes today…rejoice and be thankful in it…

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  1. Harold has a baseball that was signed by Harmon Killebrew. I believe the story is he was a patient in a hospital here in the valley. Harold’s aunt was one of his nurses. They were talking and he told her to bring in some baseballs and he would sign them. He signed them for her and she gave them to her nephews.

    ~Cheryl

    • Cheryl…I thought about you and your family right away when the Idaho connection came up…great story about Harmon signing the baseballs…one of the stories about Harmon Killebrew was his giving players, especially rookies, a hard time about their signing autographs…he always told them to sign legibly so fans could read their names…it was well known, I guess, because it was even talked about during the memorial service…so you’ll have to check and see if his name is particularly clear and legible on Harold’s baseball…he has a special baseball…Harmon was a special person…thanks…

      Jim E

  2. What a fantastic tribute to Harmon from Mudcat- it is truly a wonderful world.


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