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In a society _ and an industry like professional sports _ where newer is often seen as better, Dior said he’s proud that his work has remained in place for so long.

“It hasn’t changed a bit. The only thing that changed is the color,” Dior said.

He acknowledged that he’s not 100 percent certain the logo wasn’t at least indirectly inspired by a Killebrew photo or some subconscious image imbedded in the designer’s mind.

“I had a bunch of photographs. I can’t swear that it wasn’t Harmon,” Dior said.

Killebrew was, without question, the basis for the logo of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, an organization that began in 1982.

MLBPAA public relations director Nikki Warner confirmed Wednesday that the three-frame silhouette is based on photos of Killebrew, who was a big part of helping the group get started and became a major supporter. He and Bob Feller were team captains last year in the “legends game” put on by the MLBPAA in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Also on Wednesday:

_ The Twins announced they’ll hold a public memorial service for Killebrew at Target Field the night of May 26. His funeral at Christ’s Church of the Valley in Peoria, Ariz., will also be open to the public on Friday morning. The family has scheduled a private burial service for Monday in Killebrew’s hometown of Payette, Idaho.

_ Killebrew’s family issued a statement thanking fans for their support and prayers, asking that instead of flowers they send donations to the “Legacy Program” at Killebrew’s foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz.


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