(WIBX950 Sports)    Harmon Killebrew passed away Tuesday morning at his Scottsdale Arizona home,  he was 74.   Killebrew had been battling esophageal cancer, and he announced last week that his battle was coming to an end. Killebrew died peacefully, with his wife, Nita, and their family at his side.   The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown remembers this great Hall of Famer. 

This statement is from Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum:   “Harmon Killebrew personified Hall of Fame excellence in every aspect of his dynamic life. He will forever be remembered for his 573 career home runs and as the 1969 American League Most Valuable Player, and as one of the greatest hitters of his era. Since joining the Hall of Fame family in 1984, Harmon was a beacon of light among his fellow Hall of Famers, always smiling, always enjoying every moment that life delivered to his doorstep. We have so many fond memories of this wonderful baseball hero, and we will miss him enormously.”

Hall of Fame Presdient Jeff Idelson had this to say about Harmon Killebrew:   “Harmon was a Hall of Famer on and off the field.  He was baseball's version of Paul Bunyan, with his prodigious home run power, leading by example in the clubhouse and on the field. Off the field, he emanated class, dignity, and warmth, and he was a great humanitarian. He was so down-to-earth, you would never realize he was a baseball legend. It’s ironic that his nickname was ‘Killer,’ as he was one of the nicest, most generous individuals to ever walk the earth.”

To find out more about Harmon Killebrew log on to www.baseballhall.org.