March 07, 2006

Kirby Puckett Dies of Stoke at 45

Induction Information
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 2001, as a Player 423 votes on 515 ballots 82.14%

Born: March 14, 1960, in Chicago, IllinoisDied: March 6, 2006, Phoenix, Arizona
ML Debut: 5/8/1984
Primary Position:
Center Fielder Bats: R Throws: R Primary Uniform #: 34

Played For: Minnesota Twins (1984-1995) Post-Season: 1987 ALCS, 1987 World Series, 1991 ALCS, 1991 World Series Awards: All-Star (10): 1986-1995; All-Star Game MVP 1993; Gold Glove (6): 1986-1989, 1991-1992; 1991 ALCS Most Valuable Player

A fun-loving and gregarious ball player, Kirby Puckett totaled 12 solid seasons with the Minnesota Twins. The 1982 first-round draft choice hit for power and average, batting .318 with 207 home runs. A true team leader, Puckett led the Twins to a pair of World Series titles in 1987 and 1991. The six-time Gold Glove winner was named to 10 consecutive All-Star teams from 1986 to 1995. Puckett finished among the top 10 in MVP voting seven times, only to have his career end prematurely after the 1995 season due to irreversible retina damage in his right eye.

Kirby also had a checkered past.

ESPN voices on Puckett



  1. Hi Hodgepodger,
    I was sad to hear this on the news, but his one kidney may help his sister. If the organ matches, if anything good can come from his death!

  2. hi holly! hope all is well with you. so young.. it seems a shame.