Harmon Clayton “Killer” Killebrew (1936-2011) was a Hall of Fame corner infielder and left fielder who primarily played for the Washington Senators/Nationals (who later became the Minnesota Twins). Born in tiny Payette, Idaho, Harmon is perhaps the best non-tuber to ever come out of the Gem State. And while people everywhere (except maybe Alert, Nunavut) love to mash those tasty Idaho potatoes, Killebrew kept himself busy mashing baseballs a country mile.
A 13 time all-star and the 1969 American League MVP, “Hammerin’ Harmon” finished his career with 573 home runs and 1,584 RBIs. Both numbers rank highly on baseball’s all-time list. He was not, however, much of a contact hitter, only batting .256 over his long, storied career.
Despite his fearsome nicknames and style of play, Harmon was actually a kind, quiet man. While still playing baseball, Killebrew became a Mormon, and refrained from drinking and smoking. He did, however, love ice cream, consuming up to a gallon a day of the tasty treat. He also thoroughly enjoyed Chinese and Polynesian food, pizza, tacos and extremely hot mustard. (Who knew? Btw, if you don’t believe me, look up the 4/8/1963 Sports Illustrated article, “Out of The Park On a Half Swing”)
However, Killebrew participated in one activity that is perfectly fitting for the man known as “Hammerin’ Harmon” and “Killer”. When asked if he had any unusual hobbies in an interview for the aforementioned article, Harmon calmly replied, “just washing the dishes, I guess.”