Killebrew on a stamp? Widow seeks to honor Twins great

Harmon Killebrew in 1969
Minnesota Twins' Harmon Killebrew smashes his 49th home run of the season, Oct. 1, 1969 against the Chicago White Sox.
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The U.S. Postal Service is considering putting Minnesota Twins Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew on a postage stamp. His widow wants Twins fans to help make that happen.

Killebrew, one of the greatest ever to play for the Twins, died in Arizona in 2011 after battling esophageal cancer. He was 74. He was a top power hitter in the 1960s and helped the fledgling Twins put down roots in a place that, until 1961, never had Major League Baseball.

News of Killebrew's death led Gov. Mark Dayton to call the Twins great "everybody's hero."

Nita Killebrew told MPR News that fans who feel the same need to tell the Postal Service about it. "You can never write too many letters," she said in an interview broadcast Friday.

When he first became ill, Nita Killebrew said Harmon would gain strength when they visited Minnesota and talked with everyday fans.

"We couldn't walk anywhere without people telling him how much they loved him. Every time they did, he just got a little stronger physically," she said. "Everybody was somebody to Harmon and I think those are the stories the U.S. Postal Service would love to hear."

The Twins have a web page set up to encourage fans to write to the Postal Service and put Killebrew on a U.S. stamp.

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