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Encyclopedia > Kirby Puckett
Kirby Puckett
Date of birth March 14, 1960
Place of birth Flag of United States Chicago, Illinois
Date of death March 6, 2006 (age 45)
Place of death Phoenix, Arizona
Height 5'8"
Weight 210
Position(s) Center field
College Bradley
Draft 1982 / Round 1
All Stars 1986–1995
Awards 1991 1991 ALCS MVP,
1993 All-Star MVP
1993 Branch Rickey Award
Gold Glove 1986–1989, 1991–1992
Silver Slugger 1986–1989, 1992, 1994
Honors All-Star (10): 1986-1995;
All-Star Game MVP 1993;
Gold Glove (6): 1986-1989, 1991-1992;
Retired #s Minnesota #34 (1997)
Career
Highlights
1987 World Series champion
1991 World Series champion
Statistics BaseballAlmanac
Team(s) as a Player
1984–1995 Minnesota Twins
Baseball Hall of Fame, 2001
Member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame
Kirby Puckett
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Inducted as a member of the Minnesota Twins (34)
Year Inducted: 2001
First Year Eligible: 2001

Kirby Puckett (March 14, 1960 [1]March 6, 2006) was a center fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career with the Minnesota Twins from 1984 to 1995. Puckett led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, the only two championships for the franchise since their move to Minnesota in 1961. Image File history File links Kirby_puckett. ... For the Lebanese political coalition, see March 14 Alliance. ... 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1960 calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works, Second City (reference to when Chicago was second in population and prestige to New York). ... 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His gregarious personality and dynamic style of play endeared him to fellow players and fans alike. He is the Twins franchise's all-time leader (1961-present) in career hits, runs, doubles and total bases, and his .318 career batting average was the highest by any right-handed American League batter in the second half of the 20th century. In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... In baseball statistics, total bases refers to the number of bases a player has gained with hits, i. ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ...


He was the only baseball player during the 20th century to record 1,000 hits in his first five full calendar years in Major League Baseball, and one of only two to record 2,000 hits during his first ten full calendar years. After being forced to retire at age 35 due to loss of vision in one eye from glaucoma, he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 in his first year of eligibility. He was the first player born in the 1960s to earn the honor. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The 2001 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame introduced a new election system. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from January 1, 1960 to December 31, 1969, inclusive. ...

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Early life

Puckett was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in the Robert Taylor Homes housing project. Unheralded in high school, he worked in a Ford plant and as a census taker before briefly attending Bradley University where he was named to the first team All Missouri Valley Conference as a freshman. He transferred to Triton College and was subsequently drafted by the Twins in the first round of the 1982 baseball draft. Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town, City of the Big Shoulders, The 312, The City that Works, Second City (reference to when Chicago was second in population and prestige to New York). ... Official language(s) English Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (149,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Robert Taylor Homes is the name of a housing project in the Bronzeville neighborhood of the South Side of Chicago, alongside the Dan Ryan Expressway. ... Ford Motor Company, (Fomoco on mechanical parts), is an American multinational corporation and the worlds third largest automaker based on vehicle sales in 2005. ... Bradley University is a private, co-educational university located in Peoria, Illinois. ... Triton College is a two-year community college located in River Grove, Illinois, a suburb 14 miles (23 km) northwest of downtown Chicago. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ...


Early career - 1982-1990

Puckett started his minor league career with the Elizabethton Twins in Tennessee in 1982. At the time, Puckett was a slap hitter and outstanding defensive center fielder and produced a .382 batting average in his first season. After his time in the minor leagues, including a stint with the Visalia Oaks, he was promoted to the major leagues earning a spot on the Minnesota Twins roster on May 8, 1984. Called up to replace center fielder Jim Eisenreich, who had a condition that eventually was revealed to be Tourette syndrome, Puckett quickly proved himself. On May 8, he became only the 9th player in history to record 4 hits in the first full game of a career, by going 4 for 5 against the California Angels [2]. A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... Minnesota Twins American League AAA Rochester Red Wings AA New Britain Rock Cats A Fort Myers Miracle Beloit Snappers R Elizabethton Twins Gulf Coast League Twins The Elizabethton Twins are a minor league baseball team in Elizabethton, Tennessee, USA. They are a Class R team in the Appalachian League, and... Official language(s) English Capital Nashville Largest city Memphis Largest metro area Nashville Area  Ranked 36th  - Total 42,169 sq mi (109,247 km²)  - Width 120 miles (195 km)  - Length 440 miles (710 km)  - % water 2. ... The Visalia Oaks are a minor league baseball team in Visalia, California, USA. They are a high-A class team in the California League, and are a farm team of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1984 throughout the world. ... James Michael Eisenreich (born April 18, 1959 St. ... For the Nirvana song, see tourettes (song). ... May 8 is the 128th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (129th in leap years). ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11,26,29,30,42,50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Ballpark Angel Stadium of Anaheim (2004–present) a. ...


He was one of the league's best rookies in 1984, batting .296 and leading all American League center fielders in outfield assists, with 16. He had a similar season in 1985, when he played in every game and batted .288. Coincidentally, in 1985, the song "Centerfield" by John Fogerty was released as a single. The single created an immediate association in Minnesota with the electric performance and humble personality of the team's rapidly rising center fielder. In baseball, an assist (denoted by A) is a defensive statistic, baseball being the rare sport in which the defensive team controls the ball. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... Centerfield is an album by musician John Fogerty, released in 1985. ... John Cameron Fogerty (born May 28, 1945) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for his time with the swamp rock or roots rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. ...


In his third season, Puckett burst into stardom. It all began in the off-season, when he worked with hitting coach Tony Oliva on driving the ball for distance. Despite his small stature, 5 foot 8 inch (1.73 m), Puckett had immense strength and the quick wrists of a power hitter. In 1986, he added this to his game, blasting 31 home runs, raising his average to .328 and winning the first of his six Gold Glove Awards for outstanding defensive play. Antonio Oliva Lopez Hernandes Javique (born July 20, 1938) in Pinar del Río, Cuba, better known as Tony Oliva, is a former Major League Baseball right fielder who played his entire career in the American League for the Minnesota Twins between 1962 and 1976. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each...


1987

Reggie Jackson (right) interviews Kirby Puckett following Game 7 of the 1987 World Series.
Reggie Jackson (right) interviews Kirby Puckett following Game 7 of the 1987 World Series.

In 1987, Puckett led the Twins to their first title in the World Series after batting .332 with 28 home runs and 99 RBI in the regular season. His performance was even more impressive in the seven-game Series upset over the St. Louis Cardinals, batting a whopping .357. Image File history File links Kirby_Puckett_and_Reggie_Jackson_1987_World_Series. ... Image File history File links Kirby_Puckett_and_Reggie_Jackson_1987_World_Series. ... Reginald Martinez Reggie Jackson (born May 18, 1946), nicknamed Mr. ... 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... 1987 World Series Logo The 1987 World Series was played from October 17 to October 25, 1987 between the Minnesota Twins and the St. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ...


During that championship year, Puckett put on his best performance on August 30 in Milwaukee against the Brewers, when he went 6-for-6 with two home runs, one off of Juan Nieves in the third and the other off of closer Dan Plesac in the ninth. He also denied Robin Yount a grand slam with a catch in center field. August 30 is the 242nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (243rd in leap years), with 123 days remaining. ... This article is about Milwaukee in Wisconsin. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) Central Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 19, 34, 42, 44 Name Milwaukee Brewers (1970–present) Seattle Pilots (1969) Ballpark Miller Park (2001–present) County Stadium (1970-2000) Sicks Stadium (Seattle) (1969) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None... Categories: Wikipedia cleanup | People stubs | Sports stubs | Baseball ... Daniel Thomas Plesac (born February 4, 1962 in Gary, IN) was a pitcher with an 18 year career from 1986 to 2003. ... Robin Rachel Yount (born September 16, 1955 in Danville, Illinois) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers (1974-1994). ... Grand Slam is a general sports term applied when achieving something special. ...


1988

Puckett had his best season, statistically speaking, in 1988, hitting .356 with 24 home runs and 121 RBI, to finish third in the MVP balloting for the second straight season. The Twins won 91 games, six more than in their championship season the year before, but finished second to the powerful Oakland Athletics in the American League West. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 12 - Former Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Willie Stargell is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 9, 27, 34, 42, 43 Name Oakland Athletics (1968–present) Kansas City Athletics (1955-1967) Philadelphia Athletics (1901-1954) (Referred to as As) Ballpark McAfee Coliseum (1968–present) a. ... The American League West Division is one of Major League Baseballs six divisions. ...


1989-1990

Puckett won the AL batting title in 1989 with a mark of .339, making him the first right-handed batter to win the title in eight years. In April 1989, he earned his 1,000th hit, the first (and only) player in the 20th century to do so in his first five seasons. He continued to play well in 1990, but the Twins slipped all the way down to last place in the AL West. 1989 in baseball - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Jim Palmer, a three-time American League Cy Young Award winner, and Joe Morgan, a two-time National League MVP, are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first years of eligibility. ...


Late career - 1991-1995

In 1991, the Twins got back on the winning track and Puckett led the way by batting .319, eighth in the league. Minnesota surged past Oakland in midseason and captured the division title, then upset the favored Toronto Blue Jays in five games in the American League Championship Series. Puckett batted .429 with two home runs and six RBI in the playoffs to win MVP honors. This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... Major league affiliations American League (1977–present) East Division (1977–present) Current uniform Name Toronto Blue Jays (1977–present) Ballpark Rogers Centre (f. ... The 1991 American League Championship Series was played between the Minnesota Twins and the Toronto Blue Jays from October 8 to October 13, 1991. ...


1991 World Series

Kirby Puckett triumphantly rounding the bases after hitting a dramatic game winning home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.
Kirby Puckett triumphantly rounding the bases after hitting a dramatic game winning home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.

The World Series that followed is considered by many to be the most exciting ever. Both the Twins and their opponent, the Atlanta Braves, had finished last in their respective divisions in the year before winning their league pennant, something that had never been done before. Going into Game 6, the Twins trailed three games to two and had to win to stay alive. Puckett gave the Twins an early lead by scoring Chuck Knoblauch with a triple, and helped to hold off an Atlanta rally in the third inning with a leaping catch off the plexiglas outfield wall that stole a sure double by Ron Gant (in later seasons, the plexiglas would be removed). The game went into extra innings, and in the first at-bat of the bottom of the 11th, Puckett hit a dramatic walk-off home run on 2-1 off Charlie Leibrandt to keep his team alive, rocketing a hanging changeup into the left-center seats. After his retirement, the seat occupied by the fan who caught the ball was replaced by one made of gold-colored plastic with the seat number "34," Puckett's uniform number. This dramatic game has been widely remembered as the high point in Puckett's career. The images of Puckett rounding the bases, arms raised in triumph, are always included in video highlights of Puckett's career, often accompanied by CBS Sports commentator Jack Buck's words, "And we'll see you tomorrow night!" In the years to come, and especially after Puckett's death, Game 6 came to symbolize his entire career as an excellent ballplayer who always came through for the Twins when they needed it the most. The next night, Puckett's Twins won 1-0 in 10 innings for their second World Series title. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Mark McGwire swinging for the fences. ... Dates October 19, 1991–October 27, 1991 MVP Jack Morris (Minnesota) Television network CBS Announcers Jack Buck, Tim McCarver Umpires Don Denkinger (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Drew Coble (AL), Terry Tata (NL), Rick Reed (AL), Ed Montague (NL) The 1991 World Series was played from October 19 to October 27... Dates October 19, 1991–October 27, 1991 MVP Jack Morris (Minnesota) Television network CBS Announcers Jack Buck, Tim McCarver Umpires Don Denkinger (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Drew Coble (AL), Terry Tata (NL), Rick Reed (AL), Ed Montague (NL) The 1991 World Series was played from October 19 to October 27... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3,21,35,41,42,44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... Edward Charles Knoblauch (born July 7, 1968 in Houston, Texas) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Minnesota Twins (1991-97), New York Yankees (1998-2001) and Kansas City Royals (2002). ... 1993 Topps stadium club baseball card, featuring Ron Gant Ronald Edwin Gant (born March 2, 1965 in Victoria, Texas) is a former American Major League outfielder and second baseman earlier on who played for the Atlanta Braves (1987-1993), Cincinnati Reds (1995), St. ... Extra innings is the procedure by which a tie is broken in the sport of baseball. ... In baseball, a walk-off home run is a home run which ends the game. ... Charlie Leibrandt (born October 4, 1956 in Chicago) was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played for 14 years from 1979 to 1993 for the Cincinnati Reds, Kansas City Royals, Atlanta Braves and Texas Rangers. ... Major League Baseball on CBS is the name of the former TV show that televised Major League Baseball games on the American television network CBS (legally known as the Columbia Broadcasting System from 1928-1974). ... John Francis Jack Buck (August 21, 1924 – June 18, 2002), born in Holyoke, Massachusetts, was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. ... The 2004 World Series Trophy The World Series Trophy is awarded each year by Major League Baseball to the team winning the World Series. ...


1992-1995

The Twins contended for one more season and then began to slip, but Puckett refused to follow suit. In 1994, Puckett, now playing in right field, won his first league RBI title by driving in 112 runs in just 108 games, and he was having another brilliant season in 1995 before having his jaw broken by a Dennis Martínez fastball on September 28. Many have speculated that this injury caused him to develop glaucoma the following year, but there is no conclusive evidence for this. The following are the events of the year 1994 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1995 throughout the world. ... José Dennis Martínez Emilia (born May 14, 1955 in Granada, Nicaragua), better known as Dennis Martínez, was the first baseball player from Nicaragua to play in Major League Baseball. ... September 28 is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Retirement

On March 28, 1996, after tattooing the Grapefruit League (spring training) for a .360 average, he woke up without vision in his right eye. He was diagnosed with glaucoma, and several surgeries over the next few months could not restore vision in the eye; Puckett never played professional baseball again. On July 12, Puckett announced his retirement from baseball at age 35. His lifetime batting average of .318 was the highest of any right-handed batter since Joe DiMaggio retired in 1951. Puckett moved to Scottsdale, Arizona in the winter of 2003. March 28 is the 87th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (88th in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... A Grapefruit League game at the LA Dodgers camp in Vero Beach, Florida Spring training in Major League Baseball is a series of exhibition games which precedes the regular season. ... July 12 is the 193rd day (194th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 172 days remaining. ... Joseph Paul DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, Jr. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1951 throughout the world. ... Scottsdale (Oodham S-vaá¹£ai Vaá¹£onÄ­) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to Phoenix. ...


Awards and accolades

Puckett appeared in 10 straight All-Star Games and was named the MVP of the 1993 All-Star Game in Baltimore. The Twins retired his number 34 in 1997. In 2001 he was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, becoming the sixth player ever to be inducted before reaching the age of 41. In 1999, he ranked Number 86 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. He also was a six time Golden Glove winner. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the manager (the managers from the previous years... // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... Oriole Park at Camden Yards is a baseball stadium located in Baltimore, Maryland ( ), which was constructed to replace the aging Memorial Stadium. ... 34 (thirty-four) is the natural number following 33 and preceding 35. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The 2001 elections to select inductees to the Baseball Hall of Fame introduced a new election system. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The following are the baseball events of the year 1999 throughout the world. ... The Sporting News (TSN) is an American-based sports newspaper. ... In 1999, MasterCard sponsored the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. ...


Puckett had been admired throughout his career and for some years after. His unquestionable baseball prowess, outgoing personality, charity work, community involvement, healthy image, good rapport with the media, and nice-guy attitude earned him the respect and admiration of fans across the country. In 1993, he received the Branch Rickey Award for his community service work [3]. // This year in baseball Events January - Reggie Jackson is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, receiving 94% of the vote. ... The Branch Rickey Award is given annually to a Major League Baseball player in recognition of their exceptional community service. ...


Controversy

Puckett became the subject of controversy in the years before his death. He was arrested and charged with groping a woman in a bar restroom in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, on September 5, 2002. He was tried and acquitted. Location Location in Hennepin County Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Minnesota Hennepin County founded incorporated 1858 1960s Mayor Nancy Tyra-Lukens Geographical characteristics Area     City 91. ... September 5 is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years). ... This year in baseball: 1999 - 2000 - 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 Events January-March January 8 - Ozzie Smith is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. ...


In the March 17, 2003, edition of Sports Illustrated, columnist Frank Deford penned a piece entitled "The Rise and Fall of Kirby Puckett", that documented Puckett's alleged indiscretions and attempted to contrast his private image with the much-revered public image he maintained prior to his arrest. A companion of many years to Puckett commented once that when Puckett couldn't play baseball anymore, "he started to become full of himself and very abusive." His weight ballooned to over 300 lbs and he was alleged to have begun to perform lewd acts in public, such as urinating in the parking lot of a shopping center, in plain view of other people. March 17 is the 76th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (77th in leap years). ... The following are the events of the year 2003 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The first issue of Sports Illustrated, August 16, 1954, showing Milwaukee Braves star Eddie Mathews at bat in Milwaukee County Stadium. ... Frank Deford (born December 16, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland) is a senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, author, and commentator. ...


In 2004, Puckett moved from the Twin Cities to Scottsdale, Arizona. Up until the end, the Twins tried to get Puckett to come back into the organization in a coaching capacity.


Death

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On the morning of March 5, 2006, Kirby Puckett suffered a massive hemorrhagic stroke at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. He underwent emergency surgery that day to relieve pressure on his brain; the surgery failed, and his former teammates and coaches were notified the following morning. Many, including 1991 teammates Shane Mack and Kent Hrbek, flew to Phoenix to be at his bedside during his final hours along with Kirby's ex-wife Tonya Puckett and two kids Kirby Jr. and Catherine. His autopsy report, released after the end of the 2006 season, revealed the cause of his stroke was hypertension due to his post-career weight gain. Image File history File links WikiNews-Logo. ... Wikinews is a free-content news source and a project of the Wikimedia Foundation. ... March 5 is the 64th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (65th in leap years). ... The following are the baseball events of the year 2006 throughout the world. ... Hemorrhagic stroke, or cerebral hemorrhage is a form of stroke that occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. ... Scottsdale (Oodham S-vaá¹£ai Vaá¹£onÄ­) is a city in Maricopa County, Arizona, adjacent to Phoenix. ... A cardiothoracic surgeon performs a mitral valve replacement at the Fitzsimons Army Medical Center. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... Shane Lee Mack (born December 7, 1963 in Los Angeles) is a former Major League Baseball. ... Kent Hrbek (aka Herbie) (born May 21, 1960 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a former American Major League Baseball player. ... For other forms of hypertension, see Hypertension (disambiguation). ...

Former manager Tom Kelly surrounded by former teammates Dan Gladden, Jean "Mudcat" Grant, Harmon Killebrew and Kent Herbeck and friends at the Memorial Service at the Metrodome on March 12, 2006
Former manager Tom Kelly surrounded by former teammates Dan Gladden, Jean "Mudcat" Grant, Harmon Killebrew and Kent Herbeck and friends at the Memorial Service at the Metrodome on March 12, 2006

He died on March 6 in Phoenix of complications from the stroke at approximately 5:30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (0030 UTC, 7 March), shortly after being disconnected from life support [4], just 8 days away from his 46th birthday. The official cause of death was recorded as "cerebral hemorrhage due to hypertension." Puckett died at the second-youngest age (behind Lou Gehrig) of any Hall of Famer inducted while living, and the youngest to die after being inducted in the modern era of the five-season waiting period. Puckett is survived by his children, son Kirby Jr. and daughter Catherine. At the time of his death he was engaged to marry Jodi Olson, with an expected wedding date of June 24. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 1353 KB) I took this picture on March 12, 2006 Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2048x1536, 1353 KB) I took this picture on March 12, 2006 Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (72nd in leap years). ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... Nickname: Valley of the Sun Location in Maricopa County and the state of Arizona Coordinates: Country United States State Arizona Counties Maricopa Incorporated February 25, 1881 Government  - Type Council-Manager  - Mayor Phil Gordon (D) Area  - City  515. ... Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is a high-precison atomic time standard. ... Henry Louis (Lou) Gehrig (June 19, 1903 – June 2, 1941), born Ludwig Heinrich Gehrig, was one of the most outstanding American baseball players of the twentieth century, setting more than a score of Major League and American League records and voted the greatest first baseman of all-time by the... June 24 is the 175th day of the year (176th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 190 days remaining. ...


A private memorial service was held in Twin Cities suburb of Wayzata on the afternoon of March 12 (declared "Kirby Puckett Day" in Minneapolis), followed by a public ceremomy held at the Metrodome attended by family, friends, ballplayers past and present, and approximately 15,000 fans (an anticipated capacity crowd dwindled through the day due to an incoming blizzard that night). Speakers at the latter service included current Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew and Dave Winfield, and a multitude of former teammates and coaches. Wayzata(pronounced Wy-zeta) is a city located in Hennepin County, Minnesota. ... March 12 is the 71st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (72nd in leap years). ... Nickname: City of Lakes Motto: En Avant (French: Lets go!) Location in Hennepin County and the state of Minnesota. ... Harmon Clayton Killebrew (b. ... David Mark Winfield (born October 3, 1951 in St. ...


Quotations

I was told I would never make it because I'm too short. Well, I'm still too short, but I've got 10 All-Star Games, two World Series championships, and I'm a very happy and contented guy. It doesn't matter what your height is, it's what's in your heart. -- at his 1996 retirement press conference.
Don't take anything for granted, because tomorrow is not promised to any of us.
Kirby Puckett's going to be all right. Don't worry about me. I'll show up, and I'll have a smile on my face. The only thing I won't have is this uniform on. But you guys can have the memories of what I did when I did have it on.
I told Chili Davis, maybe I should bunt to get on base. He said "Bunt?! Bunt my you know what! Get a good hanging change up and hit it out lets go home!" I said "Ok thats exactly what I'll do.-Describing his walkoff home run in the 1991 World Series

Charles Theodore Chili Davis (born January 17, 1960 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a former center fielder/designated hitter who played in Major League Baseball with the San Francisco Giants (1981-87), California Angels (1988-90, 1993-96), Minnesota Twins (1991-92), Kansas City Royals (1997) and New York Yankees (1998... Dates October 19, 1991–October 27, 1991 MVP Jack Morris (Minnesota) Television network CBS Announcers Jack Buck, Tim McCarver Umpires Don Denkinger (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Drew Coble (AL), Terry Tata (NL), Rick Reed (AL), Ed Montague (NL) The 1991 World Series was played from October 19 to October 27...

Trivia

  • Beginning in the 1985 season, Puckett would make the sign of the cross before every at-bat, it became one of his most recognizable gestures.
  • During the 2006 season, the Twins wore a black 34 on their sleeve in honor of Puckett.
  • Puckett was one of seven Twins to be part of both the 1987 and 1991 World Series teams. The other six were Randy Bush, Greg Gagne, Kent Hrbek, Al Newman, Gene Larkin, who had the winning hit in Game 7 of the 1991 series, and Dan Gladden, who was the runner Larkin batted in. He was the first and as of 2006 the only of those players to have died.
  • Kirby makes a cameo appearance in MC Hammer's "Too Legit to Quit" video.
  • Kirby Puckett is credited with giving the nickname "Donnie Baseball" to New York Yankees star Don Mattingly.
  • Twins teammates used to wear T-shirts that read "I wanna be like Puck."
  • During the 1987 season, Warren Zevon rewrote the lyrics of a song called "Poor Poor Pitiful Me" to include the line, "Looks like Kirby Puckett."
  • Comedian Chris Rock once joked that the only African-Americans in Minnesota were Prince and Kirby Puckett.
  • Kirby Puckett authored three books:
  1. A children's picture-book autobiography, Be the Best You Can Be (ISBN 0-931674-20-4), published by Waldman House Press in 1993;
  2. An autobiography, I Love This Game: My Life and Baseball (ISBN 0-06-017710-1), published by HarperCollins in 1993; and
  3. A book of baseball games and drills, Kirby Puckett's Baseball Games (ISBN 0-7611-0155-1), published by Workman Publishing Company in 1996
  • Puckett was the first player born in the 1960s to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. In June 2006, he was joined by Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn. He died at the second youngest age of any Hall of Famer to have died after his induction (Lou Gehrig is the youngest). Roberto Clemente was younger than Puckett (one year older than Gehrig) when he died in a plane crash, but he was not inducted until after his death.
  • Kirby holds the distinction of being the only player to make it to the Hall of Fame after hitting zero homers in his very first season (with a minimum of 500 at-bats.)
  • In 2000, Puckett was elected the greatest Minnesotan sportsman of the 20th Century by the sportswriters of the Star Tribune.
  • In 2006, the number 34, Puckett's uniform number, manifested itself in odd ways as the season progressed. Twins catcher Joe Mauer won the American League Batting title (as well as the title for all of Major League Baseball), the first Twin since Puckett to do so. Mauer's batting average that season was .347 - a combination of Puckett's number, 34, and his, 7. The same year, his teammate Justin Morneau led the Twins in home runs with 34 homers. The team evened its record after a disastrous April and barely average May at 34-34 in early June. 34 was also the number of state senators (out of a total of 66) who voted to approve the Twins' stadium bill in May.
  • In late 2006, Puckett was voted as the Twins' Hometown Hero, a series of the same name that profiled each Major Leagues team best players, where the voting took place online.

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Notes

  1. ^ [1] During his career, Puckett had been listed as being born in 1961; however, research by the Baseball Hall of Fame in the 2000s discovered he was born a year earlier. Many baseball resources still list the incorrect birth year. Local media on the day of his death carried the correction, listing Puckett's lifespan as 1960-2006.
  2. ^ The Five Most Important Figures in Minnesota Sports History Accessed 06/27/06
  3. ^ Branch Rickey Award on Baseball Almanac Accessed 06/26/06
  4. ^ Baseball great Kirby Puckett dies Accessed 06/26/06

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Remembering baseball great Kirby Puckett. - By Jeremy Derfner - Slate Magazine (1123 words)
Puckett, who looked like a fire hydrant, was the only real ballplayer who lived in that world with me.
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Puckett was Baseball America's Appalachian League Player of the Year in 1982, California League Rookie of the Year in 1983, and Minnesota's Rookie of the Year in 1984, becoming the ninth player in major league history to debut with four hits in a nine-inning game and leading AL outfielders with 16 assists.
Puckett's star burned brightest during Game Six of the 1991 World Series, which pitted the Twins against the Atlanta Braves in an unlikely matchup of teams that finished last in their division the season before.
Puckett would certainly have amassed more impressive career totals than his 2,304 safeties or 207 round-trippers (he batted.314 with 23 home runs in his final season) had he not awoken one day during spring training in 1996 with blurred vision that left him unable to continue playing the game he loved.
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