Nationals’ statement on passing of Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew

Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner Theodore N. Lerner issued the following statement today regarding the passing of Harmon Killebrew at the age of 74:

“For baseball fans and Washingtonians there was a distinct sadness felt today with the passing of Harmon Killebrew. Our family and the Nationals organization were honored to host Harmon for a game last season at Nationals Park. We shall long treasure that evening and the gentlemanly impression left by Harmon.

“A Hall of Fame inductee in 1984, Harmon’s contributions to the game of baseball are bountiful and lasting. While Harmon was best known for his days with the Minnesota Twins, our organization takes great pride in baseball’s storied history in D.C. and Harmon plays a large role in that legacy. I will always remember his first 84 big league home runs came while playing for the Senators from 1954-60.

“It is the fond memories of Harmon and his days with Senators that added fuel to Washington’s desire to reclaim a Major League franchise. For this, Washingtonians will be forever grateful.”

Killebew was a charter member of the Washington Nationals Ring of Honor at Nationals Park, which was unveiled on Aug. 10, 2010 to honor baseball Hall of Famers who are a proud part of Washington, DC’s baseball heritage.