Boise Hawks to retire Harmon Killebrew's No. 3 in June

By Brian Murphy

The Boise Hawks will honor Idaho baseball legend Harmon Killebrew in a pre-game ceremony on Saturday, June 30. The Hawks will retire the late Killebrew's No. 3, which the Hall of Famer wore for most of his storied career with the Washington Senators, Minnesota Twins and Kansas City Royals.

Killebrew hit 573 home runs in a 22-year career that ended in 1975. He died in May after a battle with esophageal cancer.

Killebrew, born and raised in Payette, never played minor-league baseball in Idaho, but the Hawks will retire his uniform number anyway, said Todd Rahr, the team's general manager. Killebrew would have turned 76 on June 29. Rahr said the club has been in contract with Killebrew's family about participating in the event.

The Hawks, a short-season Class A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, open their season June 15 at Salem-Keizer. Boise's first home game is June 20 against Eugene.

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