If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything, or so the old saying goes.
And 500 Home Run Club member Harmon Killebrew remains a living example of a man of true character and conviction. He always has stood for true sportsmanship, honesty and integrity. And, of course, he wasn't a bad power hitter, either.
The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum celebrates its second Character and Courage Day Oct. 10, honoring those values that have an impact beyond the field, and Killebrew will be featured.
A 1984 inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame, Killebrew has been a gentle giant off the field. He will share his story and insights on the game in the Hall of Fame museum's Grandstand Theater. Killebrew was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2006.
A 13-time All-Star, Killebrew finished his career with 573 home runs, which ranks 10th all time. He was named the American League’s Most Valuable Player in 1969 and finished the decade with the most homers of any major league player from 1960-69.
Last year, the Hall of Fame dedicated the Character and Courage statues of Hall of Famers Roberto Clemente, Lou Gehrig and Jackie Robinson in the museum’s foyer. The statues were made possible through a gift from Hall of Fame supporter Bob Crotty.