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Baseball Great Kirby Puckett Dies at 45


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I am saddened not only as a huge baseball fan but also as a personal fan to this player on and off the field.


Godspeed Puck, Godspeed. :ohface:


FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Hall of Famer and Twins great Kirby Puckett passed away Monday afternoon at a Phoenix hospital, one day after suffering a massive stroke. He was 45.


"The entire Minnesota Twins organization is saddened by the loss of Twins great Kirby Puckett," the team said in a statement.


Considered one of the greatest players ever to don a Twins uniform, Puckett spent 12 years with the club before his career was cut short in 1996 when glaucoma caused him to lose sight in his right eye. Puckett retired as the club's all-time leader in hits (2,304), doubles (414), total bases (3,453), at-bats (7,244) and runs (1,071). The 10-time All-Star was then selected as a first-ballot inductee into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.


"This is a sad day for the Minnesota Twins, Major League Baseball and baseball fans everywhere," Twins owner Carl Pohlad said.


Puckett was a six-time Gold Glove outfielder and five-time Silver Slugger. He led the American League in hitting in 1989, batting .339. But, aside from his affable personality, he was best known for his unforgettable walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, which the Twins won in seven games. He was the MVP of the ALCS that year and also was a key member of the Twins 1987 championship team.

He was a leader off the field as well, being honored with the Roberto Clemente Award in 1996. Puckett is survived by his daughter Catherine, son Kirby, Jr., and his fiancée Jodi Olson and her son Cameron. Funeral arrangements have not yet been released.


Summary of Accomplishments:

• 10-time All-Star (1986-1995)

• All-Star Game MVP (1993)

• Six-time Gold Glove winner (1986-1989, 1991-1992)

• ALCS Most Valuable Player (1991)

• Five-time Silver Slugger

• Clemente Award winner (1996)





Rest in Peace Kirb.

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