George Killebrew Steps Down As MLR Commissioner
After serving three years as MLR Commissioner, George Killebrew has stepped down and been replaced by former MLR deputy commissioner Nic Benson.
Killebrew successfully guided the league through its growth phase, setting the stage for a successful 2031 World Cup bid and an expansive league in North America.
Early Life and Education
George Killebrew was an agriculturalist who served as Tennessee’s first Commissioner of Agriculture. Additionally, he held other state government posts.
He was born in Montgomery County, Tennessee and attended Punahou School before graduating from Southern Methodist University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
His mother, a former Punahou student, encouraged him to apply to SMU. After an exhausting 204-hour journey from Clarksville, Killebrew entered as a sophomore in 1854 and graduated four years later in 1856.
Killebrew earned the distinction of being both a batting champion and an All-Star, leading the American League in home runs six times while driving in more than 100 runs twice. He was inducted into baseball history’s Hall of Fame in 1984.
Killebrew’s professional baseball career began in 1954 with the Washington Senators, and he made his Major League debut on June 23rd of that same year.
He was a first baseman and left fielder who twice led the American League in home runs – once in 1967, and again in 1969. Additionally, he tied Carl Yastrzemski for the lead in hits with 51.
After retiring in 1971, Killebrew dedicated his later years to spreading awareness of The Miracle League. In 1984 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Achievements and Honors
Killebrew was one of the greatest power hitters in American baseball history, hitting 40 home runs eight times and earning himself a place on 13 All-Star teams. In 1969 he earned himself the title as American League’s Most Valuable Player.
Born and raised in Payette, Idaho, Killebrew was discovered by Washington Senators scout Ossie Bluege and signed for a $30,000 bonus. At first he played sparingly but soon became their regular third baseman.
In 1959, he enjoyed a breakthrough season at the hot corner, hitting 42 homers and tying Rocky Colavito for the American League lead with 44 hits. For 1960, he split time between third base and first base, hitting slightly higher at first but lower at third.
Over his 22-year career, Killebrew achieved eight 40-home run seasons and amassed 44 multiple home run games. Additionally, he led the American League in home runs six times and earned selection to 13 All-Star teams.
George Killebrew ’81 is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer for the Dallas Mavericks. A sports business executive and former baseball player, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University (SMU).
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Former professional baseball slugger, Killebrew, was one of baseball’s all-time great hitters. A 13-time All-Star and hit 573 home runs during his illustrious career, Killebrew earned himself a place in history by receiving the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Most Valuable Player Award. His daring style and powerful swing made him an iconic figure within the sport.
Harmon Clayton Killebrew was a professional baseball player with an estimated net worth of $5 million as of 2010. He was known for his powerful swing and fast hands, as well as having an imposing upper body build.
He spent 22 years in Major League Baseball, mostly with the Minnesota Twins. During that time he amassed eight 40-home run seasons and earned himself the title of American League Most Valuable Player in 1969.
After retiring from baseball, Killebrew worked as a television broadcaster and hitting instructor for several teams. In 1984 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Throughout his career, Killebrew hit more home runs than any right-handed batter in American League history. Tragically, he passed away in 2011 at 87 years old; survived by his wife and two sons.