Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew has been diagnosed with esophageal cancer.
"I have begun preparing for what is perhaps the most difficult battle of my life," said the former Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins slugger, "While my condition is very serious, I have confidence in my doctors and the medical staff, and I anticipate a full recovery."
Killebrew, 74, has begun treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
He spent 22 years in the Major Leagues, was named an American League All-Star 11 times and was selected the league’s most valuable player in 1969.
Killebrew finished his career with 573 home runs and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.