Harmon Killebrew was discovered in 1954 by a scout for the Washington Senators after he hit a 435-foot home run into a beet field during a semi-pro Payette Packers game in Idaho.
The 1954 Payette High graduate went on to become one of baseball’s greatest home run hitters in a 22-year professional career with the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals.
Now a post office in Payette could be named in his honor.
Rep. Raúl Labrador introduced a bill July 13 proposing the U.S. Postal Service located at 915 Center Ave. in Payette be named the “Harmon Killebrew Post Office Building.”
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Killebrew, who died of esophageal cancer in 2011, hit 573 career home runs and was named the American League MVP in 1969. He played in 13 All-Star Games and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.
Beyond his baseball years, Killebrew established a legacy of generosity. The Harmon Killebrew Foundation has helped build more than a dozen Miracle League Fields for children with disabilities, including one in his hometown of Payette.
“Harmon Killebrew built his strength lifting 10-gallon milk cans on Idaho dairies and leveraged his work ethic into legendary status,” Labrador said in a press release. “But Killebrew was far more than a great athlete. He was a truly good and kind man who used his fame to make the world a better place. His generosity lives on in his hometown and naming the Payette Post Office for him is a well-deserved honor.”
The baseball and football fields at Payette High are already named for Killebrew, and the city holds an annual celebration in his name.