Harmon Killebrew was signed by the Washington Senators in 1954 at the age of 17 years old. Like most players of this era of baseball, Killebrew had amazing lower half swing mechanics or patterns. After watching a good number of swings, I was really impressed with how athletic and repeatable his swing was, especially with his footwork and his violent hip rotation.
Just like Mickey Mantle and Hank Aaron, Killebrew’s upper half mechanics were solid for the most part. I believe players of this era where perhaps more “muscly” with their upper half at times and Killebrew showed some signs of that but overall he was still really good. It was very apparent that he was trying to get uphill with his swing path in this derby and he does a phenomenal job of getting the barrel behind the ball.
Perhaps one of the more impressive things you’ll notice is his pre-landing hands and barrel action. Killebrew has a nice barrel tip which he syncs up very nicely with the rest of his body. This connection between his barrel movement and explosive hip action one of the main reasons his swing was so violent and fun to watch.
If you are interested in watching the Home Run Derby between Mickey Mantle and Harmon Killebrew, click here. Now let’s take a look at the great Harmon Killebrew’s swing. Enjoy!