Twins Update Target Field to Honor Harmon Killebrew; Announce plans for Memorial
A number of new elements honoring the late Harmon Killebrew will be in place for the upcoming series against the Seattle Mariners.
The Twins will honor Harmon Killebrew with a special pregame ceremony prior to Monday night's 7:10 p.m. tilt against the Seattle Mariners.
A #3 flag will fly on the Twins Territory flag pole beneath the Twins Territory Flag for the remainder of the 2011 season. It will be raised for the first time on Monday prior to the game against the Mariners.
The #3 on the infield dirt will remain in place during Monday's game and will also be present for the Killebrew Memorial Service at Target Field on Thursday, May 26. (Additional details are forthcoming on the Memorial Service at Target Field as they become available.)
A black band will be placed on Killebrew's retried number on the facade of the Captain's Deck.
Harmon's signature (one of the best in baseball) will be placed on the outfield wall under the out of town scoreboard.
The Twins will wear the 1961 throwback uniforms at home for the remainder of the 2011 season.
The Twins will wear a #3 patch on all uniforms for the remainder of the 2011 season.
The Twins have announced plans for the Harmon Killebrew Tribute at Target Field on Thursday, May 26 at 7:10 p.m. The event, which will be free and open to the public, will be emceed by Twins Broadcasters Dick Bremer and John Gordon.
Speakers scheduled to celebrate the life of Harmon include MLB Commissioner Alan H. "Bud" Selig, National Baseball Hall of Famers Rod Carew and Paul Molitor, Twins legends Jim Kaat and Tony Oliva, current Twins Michael Cuddyer and Justin Morneau.
Musical tributes will include Harmon's former teammate Jim "Mudcat" Grant, Jeff Arundel, author of the Harmon Killebrew song, The Minnesota Chorale and more. The event will also include a variety of unique video tributes.
Target Field gates will open at 6 p.m. and all seating will be general admission. Ballpark concessions will be open and all attendees will receive a commemorative program provided compliments of the Twins and Star Tribune.
Fans are invited to visit the ballpark early as Harmon's National Baseball Hall of Fame plaque will be available for viewing from Noon to 6:30 p.m. on Target Plaza near the Killebrew bronze statue.
In homage to Killebrew's historic accomplishments at Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins will wrap a light rail train with graphics honoring Killebrew. Former Killebrew teammates will gather at the Mall of America, around the location of home plate of Metropolitan Stadium. From there, the group will board the specially-named #3 Hiawatha light rail train and proceed to Target Field, stopping by the H.H.H. Metrodome to pick up additional Twins alumni.
In lieu of flowers, the Killebrew family is requesting that fans donate to the Harmon Killebrew Family Memorial Fund; Wells Fargo Acct#3471335038; c/o Minnesota Twins; 1 Twins Way; Minneapolis, MN 55403.