Heard on the Hill

House Greets MLB All-Star Game Week by Naming Post Office for Harmon Killebrew

House passed bill designating an Idaho post office on Monday

Major League Baseball's All Star Game is taking place in Washington this year, and the House is kicking off the week by naming a Post Office after perennial all star and Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Updated 4:46 p.m. | The House is catching baseball fever as the All Star Game arrives in the nation’s capital.

One of the smaller pieces of legislation on the floor agenda for the week would name a post office in Payette, Idaho, for Washington Senators (and Minnesota Twins) legend and perennial All Star Harmon Killebrew.

The House passed the bill by voice vote Monday afternoon, before many lawmakers were back at the Capitol.

The Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer was among the greatest sluggers of all time, and among the most feared hitters in the American League during a career that spanned from 1954 through 1975. Killebrew ended his career with 573 home runs. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1984.

He spent all but one year with the organization that was the Senators when he reached the major leagues and moved to the Twin Cities in 1961. He died in 2011. 

“Harmon Killebrew built his strength lifting 10-gallon milk cans on Idaho dairies and leveraged his work ethic into legendary status,” Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, said when he introduced the naming bill. “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.”

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